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Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is so this week I decided to focus some attention on kidlit books and activities that encourage young readers to explore the globe. Enjoy!
Becky from Kid World Citizen has great ideas on Using the Web to Take Kids on Virtual Field Trips
Through her own travel experiences and a multicultural family scattered across three continents, she shares the importance of children learning how they are connected globally and how they are more similar than different. Julie’s goal is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to understand the world in which we live and about our own place in it.
Around the World in 30 Books — A Trip Across the Globe – Inspire Creativity, Reduce Chaos & Encourage Learning with Kids
Global Learning for Kids – via @MulticulturKids is also an amazing resource for parents and kids alike.
Author Carole P. Roman fondly remembers the day she and her grandson were spending time together on a family trip to Las Vegas. As a curious four-year old, Carole’s grandson spotted a replica of the Eiffel Tower and asked what it was. After explaining what the iconic Paris, France landmark was, she realized that kids needed a colorful and easy way to learn about the world around them. In that moment the idea for what is now a 50+ book collection was born.
If You Were Me and Lived in… is an award-winning collection of twenty-two books that share national identities and cultural experiences with the middle reader crowd. This series has been given multiple awards and is extremely popular in the homeschool community. It’s spin-off of the same name, addresses historical time periods and is fast being recognized as a great introduction to history by homeschooling moms.
Carole’s massive catalog of published works is broken up into several types and ten of her titles make up the “historical series.” These books include 22 notable titles like If You Were Me and Lived in….(Peru, Egypt, North Korea, Italy etc).
Her ten If You Were Me and Lived in- Historical series books includes a look at life in Ancient Rome, Mars, Colonial Times and many more.
What world will you be traveling to via the pages of a book this weekend?
Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.
Whimsical author/illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters and I created this book to not only encourage families to read and participate in some “unplugged” activities, but to also delve into the beauty and the wonder of this classic children’s tale. Get the full scoop on this vibrant book HERE and “meet me in the garden!”