An inspiring global education for kids and their families.


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HURRAH! Bolstered by extremely generous donations of extremely generous All Around This World supporters, All Around This World is now making FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to Explore Everywhere, All Around This World’s dynamic daily learning program, available to . . .


That’s right. Thanks to supporters of All Around This World’s “1000 Classroom Campaign” there are now 1000 scholarships available, giving up to 25,000 kids full access to great global learning.  This is for your classroom. And yours. And 998 more.
“Explore Everywhere” is All Around This World’s always-online multimedia learning program that provides inspiring international cultural and musical lessons meant to inspire REAL LIFE global learning experiences for explorers of all ages. Scholarships are available for the 2015-2016 school year. (We’ll start in October by exploring Africa for several months. We’ll venture to Latin America in the spring.)

This scholarship is for the “Everything Plan,” which includes lesson plans, teacher training videos and access to training webinars and other ample resources to help you share this wonderful material with your students. There are songs, dances and activities for kids of all ages, but the lessons will work especially well for kids from 4 – 12 years old.

“Full scholarship” = FREE. You won’t have to buy anything extra. This 100% scholarship is available anywhere you can access the Internet. Sorry to say, at this time individual families aren’t eligible. (though if you want to support a family scholarship fund, I’m all ears.)

INTERESTED? QUESTIONS? CONTACT ME TODAY!  And by all means spread the word. “1000 scholarships” sure sounds like a lot, but, honestly, Explore Everywhere is incredibly cool. This is something your friends should not miss.


All Around This World is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old  that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, world traveler and dad of three girls developed All Around This World with his girls as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them.



by Jay

Bravo, Burundi!


This week (July 27- August 3) we took a detour from our usual Explore Everywhere travels to test some quizzes and games for “big kids” (7 and up). What do you know about Burundi? Do you know ANYTHING about Burundi? Whatever you know, you’ll know a whole lot more after visiting All Around This World’s page on Try the “getting to know Burundi quiz first, then go to the folder labeled Burundi for more games. Hint: Start with the simpler quizzes, remember what you learned and the more challenging activities will be a breeze.

Ethiopia is EXCITING

Explore Everywehre--Let's Eat Ethiopian Food

This week (July 20-26) in Explore Everywhere all the learning we’re doing made us HUNGRY so we went out for Ethiopian food. On the way we learned about injera, wat and how to eat when in Addis. We also shook our shoulders while dancing the Eskista, and mellowed to Ethiopian jazz.

Let’s Travel to Tanzania

All Around This World--Tanzania (Celebrate Mwaka Kogwa)

This week (July 13-19) in Explore Everywhere we journeyed to the East African nation of Tanzania where we celebrated the new year by hitting each other with banana leaves and then hopped like Wagogo frogs.

Follow Us to Uganda

All Around This Word--Africa Dance-Along (The Ugandan Amagunjju)

This week (July 6-12) in Explore Everywhere we began our country-by-country tour of Africa, starting in Uganda where we demanded raspberries, cooked sweet flat bread, sang duets in dual languages and danced to cheer the King.

African Instruments–I’ve Got the World on a String

All Around This World--It's Instrumental (Make a Simple Sintir)

This week (June 29-July 5) in Explore Everywhere we made fake flutes, a phony balaphon and a simulated North African sintir, all the while learning about African instruments that made glorious noise when you hit them with mallets, pluck them with your fingers or blow air through them from one end to the next.


All Around This World -- Africa Double CD

The All Around This World Africa Double CD set featuring 32 of your favorite family-friendly African songs is now available for your purchasing pleasure. I mean, not just available like “you have to come to music class in Philadelphia to pick one up,” but available like, YOU CAN ORDER ONLINE! At this moment the physical CD is only available on the CD Baby website ($18.99 plus shipping) but very soon you’ll be able to buy it through Amazon and other online retailers. You can also buy either of the two CDs individually — West, Central and South, and North and East, as digital downloads ($9).

Why buy a physical CD instead of just ordering digital downloads? I’m glad you asked! The double CD set comes with cool exclusive album art that includes perks like musician credits, lyrics, and a really cool little version of the AATW: Africa African musical map that shows you where the songs on the CD originated.

All Around This World--Africa Double CD Map insertAll Around This World--Africa CD insert lyrics

All Around This World--Africa double CD insert musician creditsAll Around This World--Africa Double CD (a peek inside)

Cool, eh? Or buy each of the CDs individually, digital download only:  All Around This World -- Africa (West, Central and South)All Around This World -- Africa (North and East)

African Instruments — If You Build It, They Will Drum

All Around This Word--EE It's Instrumental (Make a Simple Djembe)

This week in Explore Everywhere (June 15-21) we began our tour of African instruments with an introduction to African shakers, rattles and drums, from bendir to ngoma, dun dun to ravanne, kpanlogo to kebero. We didn’t just sit back and let others have all the fun. Instead we dove in head-first, making sekeres, djembes, a calabash, a sistrum and a pair of funky, incredibly easy gankogui bells.

This week’s summary.

Memories, Malipenga and the Maasai

This week in Explore Everywhere (June 8-14):

AATW--Maasai Jumping DanceThis week in Explore Everywhere, All Around This World’s online learning program, we continued our region-by-region introduction of Africa by venturing to Central Africa, where we learned how the Luba make memories, to Southern Africa, where we mocked our colonizers with kazoos, and to East Africa, where we celebrated adulthood with the Maasai by jumping straight up in the air.

This week’s summary.