I love books! I mean I LOVE books. Normally, I’m a fiction reader – I want to escape and not have to “think.” But, I have a book in my hands right now – Give Your Child the World – that is one of the best resources I’ve seen for not just homeschoolers, but any parent who wants to enrich their child’s experiences with good literature – and do it globally!
Give Your Child the World
The subtitle on Give Your Child the World says, “Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time,” and that’s what this book covers. In just a few chapters, author Jamie Martin tells her story – husband from England, one biological child, one adopted son from Liberia, and one adopted daughter from India. Their family is “global,” and so is their passion.
The Martin Family
The bulk of this book is an amazing number of book suggestions broken up by ages and continents/areas of the world. Can you imagine how it could be used in homeschooling or simply to expand your child’s view of the world?
Ways to use this book
Books offer all of us readers the opportunity to watch real struggles played out – good vs. evil, compassion, character ideals, challenging relationships. Without leaving our couch we can “see” into the rest of the world! Yes the world is crazy scary sometimes, but knowledge is power, and you as the parent/teacher can provide that knowledge through great literature!
As a homeschooler, I love the idea that I can look for particular countries or continents and get specific book ideas. It would be easy to tailor a study of China or Antarctica by reading the novels Martin has in her lists. Or, maybe your family sponsors a child through Compassion or is looking into international adoption. Possibly your child has a project to do on World War II, or she’s learning Spanish and she wants to learn more about Spain. Open this book and you’ll find worlds of information!
Ideas for global learning
Martin has a number of suggestions for sharing quality literature that is global in nature. Some of her ideas are: use maps and globes as you talk about different places, try ethnic foods, celebrate annual heritage days, use the news as ways to discover new places, and, of course, read!
Two of my favorite things
I am in love with the concept of this book; it truly is an amazing resource for teachers and parents. The way Martin has split the books by age group, and noted if particular topics might be too heavy at that age, is ingenious. She obviously put a lot of work and time into this, and it’s something we all need on our bookshelves! In the back of the book are even indexes for authors, titles, and countries/regions.
But what really made me says “Oh Wow!” out loud was the historical index Martin includes. I’m a history nerd and have spent tons of time amassing lists for my kids to study particular time periods. This book has it all spelled out!! I just can’t stress enough how exciting this is to me as a mom and homeschool teacher. Want to study the Middle Ages or the 1700s? Here you go! Need to do a project on Canada in the early 1800s? Martin has that covered!
J.R.R. Tokien said, in The Fellowship of the Ring, “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” In Give Your Child the World, Jamie C. Martin has compiled a wealth of information that you can use to teach your children about the world around them!