We started our 18th year of homeschooling this week. I shuffled shelves, scoured the attic for a missing grammar book and lay out fresh school supplies and goodies at each child’s place around the dining room table as we ramped up to full schedule.
We’ve graduated four kids so far with three more still at home. The years have been a sieve to all the daily tasks — the memory work, Bible study, history projects, co-op days, math facts, 5-point essays. Though so much of it was necessary and all of it seemed valuable, two things stand out above the others as time best spent: our shared mornings of Bible study and the shared books we’ve read aloud. More than any other work, those two seemed to have molded and shaped our family, our thoughts and values and perspective.
With the launch of a new school year, this new release, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie Martin, arrived in my mailbox at just the right time. I had been casting about for an exciting theme or new unit study — something that would give this school year a special spark. This book is it and I could not be more excited to explore the world and this treasure this year!
Give Your Child the World is a carefully curated list of more than 600 children’s books from all around the globe. These books listed let kids taste and see the people groups and cultures of countries on every continent.
It’s not a geography book, though you could easily incorporate many of the books listed to round out an amazing world geography course. It’s not a missions book, though these books would provide a rich backdrop to help understand the people and places where missions takes place.
It’s really a buffet of some of the best in children’s literature with a global perspective. More than that, Jamie marvelously provides numerous ways for families to bring the world into their homes — ideas like creating a prayer jar, learning about ethical spending, using Google earth, traveling vicariously through a flat paper doll and sponsoring a child in another country.
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Jamie lives out what she writes in Give Your Child the World with four countries represented in her own family. She’s done the hard work of reading through hundreds of books to provide this list of the best. My only wish is that it included selections for high schoolers — I’m hoping perhaps as Jamie’s own children grow, she’ll share in the next edition titles she’s culled for the oldest kids at home.
I’m delighted not just to tell you about this great book, but to give away a brand new copy to one of you. This is a book you’ll want to keep on your shelves as a resource for books to pull from the library, used sales or to gift on special days. This book will give us the special spark and unique theme I so wanted for our school year as we travel the globe through the best of children’s literature!
To enter to win a new copy of Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally minded Kids One Book at a Time, please leave a comment below. This giveaway will stay open until Sunday, August 28 at midnight and I’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Happy weekend, friends!
P.S. I’ve been working this week on the personal spiritual retreat materials that are almost ready….you can get a sneak peek here!