The “Perfect” Writing Curriculum

 

writing amour quoteWhile writing this post on “writing,” I was painfully reminded of the number one reason students have trouble writing (or in some cases hate to write)!  It’s Writer’s Block!  Sometimes, it is extremely hard to get the writing process started.

Type A personalities like myself insist on perfection from the beginning of a project.  With that kind of pressure, it is hard to even begin because we are struggling to find the best way to start!  We want to “hook” the audience right away!  Additionally, Perfectionists stall along the way as they obsess over every misspelled word or incorrect punctuation in their first draft.

For older students, they may not know what to write about or how to organize their thoughts.  Younger students simply haven’t lived long enough to have much to write about.  Struggling students may have a limited vocabulary, writer’s fatigue with the act of physically writing, and/or dysgraphia (a form of dyslexia).  Let’s face it!  It is hard to find the perfect curriculum that fits your child’s learning style and meets your family’s learning needs.

1 peterFirst, let’s back up a bit and discuss WHY we want our children to be excellent (or at least proficient) writers and good communicators.  The most important reason to teach reading, writing, and language arts is to help our students share their faith, express their beliefs, and explain the Gospel. 

Especially in the age of texting and tweets, Facebook and Instagram,  blogs and vlogs, and news and fake news, this generation more than any other generation in the past, need the ability to express themselves and defend their faith in a powerful and effective manner.  Is our aim to raise the next C.S. Lewis or Charles Spurgeon?  Probably Not.  But do we want our children to be able to express themselves in spoken and written language to impact their friends, family, and strangers for the kingdom of God?  Oh Yes!  So if our primary goal is NOT to raise the next Mark Twain or to earn a perfect score on the SAT, then your writing instruction can be simple, stress-free and still very fruitful.

Is there a perfect writing curriculum?  I humbly say “No”!  Just like there is not one perfect math curriculum or reading curriculum, there is no such thing as the perfect writing curriculum.  It is easier to use the same curriculum for all students if you have a large family, however like math, your students will probably be at different writing levels and have different writing and spelling abilities.  Writing is one of those subjects that may need to be individualized.  So let’s talk about making your writing instruction easier so you don’t go crazy trying. You CAN teach writing, punctuation, and grammar without a boxed curriculum, and you can do it without breaking your budget!

writing voltaire quoteAfter teaching 25 plus years, writing books and devotionals for homeschooling moms, and homeschooling my own, I have found there are basically SIX essentials to teaching writing and instilling a love of writing in any student:  (1) Read and discuss great books, (2) copy great writers, (3) write something every day, (4) integrate writing, grammar and spelling, (5) practice editing, and (6) play with words!

Check out our PODCAST “Writing Lessons:  You Can Do It.”  CLICK HERE.

In this podcast, we unpack and explain the six basics of  teaching your child to write.  We also explain the method Ben Franklin used to teach himself how to write.

ben-franklin-quotes writingFrom the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:

“About this time I met with an odd volume of the Spectator – I thought the writing excellent, and wished, if possible, to imitate it.

With this view I took some of the papers, and, making short hints of the sentiment in each sentence laid them by a few days, and then, without looking at the book, try’d to compleat the papers again, by expressing each hinted sentiment at length, and as fully as it had been expressed before, in any suitable words that should come hand. 

Then I compared my Spectator with the original.  By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discovered many faults and amended them; but I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that, in certain particulars of small import, I had been lucky enough to improve the method or the language.”

In a nutshell, Franklin did the following: (This is also what IEW uses in Key Word Outlines)

  1. Read an article or passage from a book.
  2. Wrote short hints about each sentence (or a keyword outline) and then set it aside for a while.
  3. Using these short hints, he recalled what the article was about and then rewrote the article in his own words.
  4. Compared his work with the original.
  5. Revised and improved his writing.

 

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The most important thing to remember is if you can read, understand, and evaluate this article on the “perfect” writing curriculum, then you are capable and qualified to teach your child how to write and how to write well!

 

May God richly bless your teaching and writing for His glory,

Carrie

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST:

 

 

 

Check out our PODCAST “Writing Lessons:  You Can Do It.”  CLICK HERE.

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NEW PODCAST: Get Your Feet Wet This Summer with Nature Studies

feet in the sand.jpg.600x315_q67_crop-smartAh, summertime sun and lazy days at the beach!  Some of my favorite times during the year.  Besides relaxing at the beach and sleeping in,  I love “testing out” new things during the summer.  I use the lazy days of summer to try out ideas or activities I might want to do the next school year.

If you are looking for a way to do science next year that is stress-free, text-book free, and guilt-free, then try Nature Studies!  If you are looking for a way to do science this year that doesn’t require an expensive curriculum or expensive outside science classes, then I strongly suggest you do Charlotte Mason style Nature Studies this year!

What are nature studies?  In our latest podcast, we explore how to use your time at the beach (or your free time this summer), dipping your feet into the cool refreshing idea of nature journaling.

nature god's broadcasting systemIn a nutshell, it is using God’s creation as your inspiration for scientific exploration.  No boring textbooks are needed.  No expensive science curriculums are needed.  No hectic outside science classes are needed.  It’s you, your kids, a backpack, a few journals, and the great outdoors!

NATURE STUDY IN A NUTSHELL:

  1. Explore nature (backyard, neighborhood walks, parks, gardens, zoos, hikes, etc).
  2. Stop, sit, and draw what you see.
  3. Learn about the plant/animals you saw when you get home.
  4. Add info to your drawing (facts, labels, quotes, verses, thoughts, etc)

Yep, it really is that simple!  If you are not sure how to get started or you have always wanted to do nature studies with your family but haven’t tried it yet, summertime is the BEST time to try it out!  If you plan on doing nature studies for the first time this coming school year, summertime is the BEST time to ease into this new and fun way to learn science.

CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast, “Nature Studies:  Get Your Feet Wet This Summer.”  It is full of simple and easy things you can do this summer to try out nature studies with your family.  Then go watch and subscribe to Joy Cherrick’s Nature Study Hacking website and newsletter. She is a master!

As promised, we listed resources mentioned in the podcast below.  Happy Exploring!

 

FREE “Nature Studies for the Nature Deficit Family: How to Get Started” Handout

**The handout also lists places to visit in Southern California but you can use the list as an example of places to explore in your local area.***

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NATURE JOURNALS, DRAWING HELP & SAMPLES:

Step by Step Drawing Instructions

Draw Write Now Series samples and  and links to purchase 

Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces Of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman

Lined composition notebooks,  Spiral art sketchbooks, and beautiful lined and unlined journals.  

Quality Colored Pencils

 

sea shell guideFIELD GUIDES AND RESOURCES:

Smithsonian Sea Shell Handbook 

Acorn Naturalist: Laminated Field Guides 

Online classification guides

Shell Museum Identification App.  

Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces Of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman

 

READ ALOUD BEACH FAVORITES

Read Aloud Revival (RAR) Seaside Recommendation List

 

CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast, “Nature Studies:  Get Your Feet Wet This Summer.”

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Gameology

SONY DSCGameology is the best way to get through the winter blues and break through the “February Wall.”  What is Gameology?

It is the art of learning through games.   It is an art I have spent many years perfecting!  Yes, I admit it.  I am a game-a-holic!  And I am proud to say through my example my daughter is a game-a-holic too!  When our family started a new unit, we played a game to introduce the topic.  When we needed help remembering information, we played a game.  When we were overwhelmed and overworked, we played games.  When I needed a break (or the kids needed a break), we played games.  While in the car, we played games. While on vacation, we played games.  While waiting at the doctor’s office,  we played games.  When math facts were killing us, we played games. When biology and chemistry terms baffled us, we played games.  During election season, we played games.  During the world series season, we played games.  Before and after historical field trips, we played games.  I think you get the picture.  Any time I could use game time as an excuse to put the books away, I did!

Did you know it takes 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain UNLESS it is done through play?  If a person is learning through play or games, then it only takes 10-20 repetitions!  So you see, science backs me up too!  Playing is our brain’s favorite way to learn.  Playing games is a great way to learn, review and reinforce concepts, skills, and facts.  It is scientifically proven!  There is so little time and so many games to play!

At our special weekend for homeschooling moms in March, we will be sharing how to  travel around the world through books, games, field trips, and family vacations.   In our morning session, “Passport to Learning,” we will focus on our all-time favorite games we used throughout the years to learn about geography, cultures, and countries around the world.  Since we have so many favorite games and so little time in our morning session, I wanted to share some of our favorite math, science, history, grammar, writing, and art games with you in this post!

TURN MATH TEARS INTO TRIUMPHS

Let’s get one thing straight before we start:  Not all students will memorize their math facts!  While this act comes easily to many, it is downright impossible for some.  So don’t beat yourself up (or your child) if he still can’t recall quickly and correctly the answer to 6 x 8 !  However, you can play card, dice, and board games to help teach, review and reinforce those pesky math facts and down-right mind-blowing algebraic concepts.

Addition & Multiplication Fact Card Games:  Check out our “12 Days of Christmas” article.  We explain 12 different card and dice games you can play.  Also, my Math FUNdamentals:  Using Games to Teach Math book is out of print, but we are working on a 2nd edition and hope to publish with Amazon in 2021.  All of the games listed below can be played with the whole family.  Each game can also be adapted for younger players or for advanced students.

  1. Quick Pix Multiplication– Fast-paced multiplication fact recall gameI
  2. Quick Pix Math– Same game but with addition facts
  3. Sequence Dice Game–  best addition and strategy game on the market!
  4. Over and Out Card Game– super fun game of adding, subtracting, mental math and doubling
  5. Farkle– hilarious game with lots of adding
  6. Shut the Box– adding, subtracting, and simple order of operations
  7. Uncle Wiggly Game:  game of counting and place value!  Don’t forget to read the tales of Uncle Wiggly!
  8. 24 Card Came– adding, subtracting, and multiplication fun
  9. Zeus on the Loose– Don’t let the name full you!  It is math game with a mythology twist!
  10. Totally Tut- Again, don’t let the name full you!  It is math operations game with an Egyptian pyramid theme.
  11. Sushi Go!  Super fun party game with lots of math addition in the scoring78877n-sequence-dice-game
  12. Absolute Zero Card Game– great for older kids
  13. Equate -math verison of Scrabble
  14. Pizza Fraction Fun Game– Don’t forget to have fun learning fractions too!
  15. ANY Board Game with dice!  Kids are adding every time they roll and move!  Our favorite is Parchessi!
  16. ANY -Opoly Game!  Kids are learning about all kinds of topics while practicing their money skills!  Our family favorite is Dog-opoly!

*** Don’t forget logic is a big part of mathematical thinking!  Add these “must have”
strategy and logic games to your math playtime:  Chess, Clue, Guess Who, Battleship, Mastermind, Logic Links, Set, & Ticket to Ride

SEEK SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE

Where to begin??  There are so many scientific fields to investigate!  See our “Textbook and Stress-Free Science” article for some of the best science games out there.  In the list below, I share a few new ones on the market and some old classics not mentioned in the science article.game oplogy

  1. Treking the National Parks:  Great way to learn about our national parks and the animals that live in them.
  2. Amazing Animal Trivia Game:  mix between memory and trivia
  3. Guess in 10:  animal card version of 20 questions
  4. Qurious Space:  fast-paced space trivia game
  5. The Invention Game– hilarious guessing game about real patents that were never mass- produced
  6. Totally Gross:  Game of Science– be prepared for some silly science shenanigans!
  7. Rock On!  Geology Game of Rocks & Minerals:  bingo-type game to learn rock cycle

 

BECOME A HISTORIAN

Since we will share our favorite geography games at our special weekend for homeschooling moms in March, this list will focus more on history games you can play.  Shhhh!  Don’t tell your kids they are doing school work!  These games are so fun and jam-packed with information, you may never want to use a history book again!

  1. The Constitution Quest Game:  learn about the 3 branches of governmentIMG_0902
  2. Hail to the Chief:  learn about the electoral college and presidential trivia
  3. Monopoly America Special Edition:  take a trip down American memory lane.  Even the pieces are patriotic
  4. Our America Board Game: tons of trivia facts
  5. Oregon Trail Game: They finally created a card game from the classic computer simulation!
  6. Made for Trade:  great for colonial history (and economics)
  7. Castle Keep:  Medieval strategy
  8. Medieval Alliance:  beautiful board and playing cards
  9. Medieval Memory Game:  learn about important persons and structures medieval-alliance-game.jpg
  10. Senet:  classic Egyptian game, a little bit of math and a lot of Egyptian fun
  11. Ancient History Go Fish Game:  learn about important persons and ancient structures
  12. Feilong:  The China Game– awesome way to learn about ancient China
  13. Any Professor Noggins Games!

 

GRAMMAR GAMES

In our article, “The Perfect Writing Curriculum,” we shared some of our favorite word games to help build vocabulary and a love of language.  Click here to read it.  There are also the classic spelling games like Scrabble, Boggle and Mad Libs that should be on every homeschooling shelf!  The list below is full of grammar and writing games.  These games are so addictive, I bet the whole family will want to spend all day playing them!tall-tales-game-giveaway.jpg

  1. Tall Tales Story Telling Board Game:  create and spin a tall tale while playing!
  2. Once Upon A Time:  cooperative family game of writing fairytales
  3. Create A Story Board Game:  Draw character, setting, and conflict cards to create the best (or craziest) story
  4. The Plays the Thing:  Super fun game to learn about Shakespeare and three of his balderdash_game-13596.jpg
    plays.  No prior knowledge of Shakespeare needed to play!
  5. Apples to Apples:  Did you know this family favorite is full of adjectives and nouns!
  6. Read My List:  quick thinking, fast-paced game to build vocabulary
  7. Balderdash!    Hilarious game of vocabulary and definitions!  (Did you know Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, and Roald Dahl make up hundreds of words now used in the English language?

MUSIC AND ART GAMES:

  1.  Lord of Chords: Wow!  Expensive but beautifully done.  Full of music puns and clever way to learn simple and complex music theory.
  2. Art History Games:  Go Fish for Art Renaissance Card Game, Impressionist Artists Go Fish,  Van Gogh and Friends Go Fish Card Game, & American Ditto Art Game

 

Coming in a future post, “Soul Food,” we will share some of our favorite Bible games too!

So that, my friend, is Gameology in a nut-shell!  We hope your family will love playing these games as much as we did!

God bless,

Carrie

**If you would like to learn more about using games, literature, and fieldtrips to teach geography, history (and just about everything else), join us at our 3rd annual special weekend for homeschooling moms on March 27th and 28th.  In our morning session, “Passport to Learning,” we will share tons of ideas of how to incorporate traveling, games, and literature into your homeschooling!

For more information, click HERE.

To register, click HERE.

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Around the World in 80 Books (Part 3)

hello-diffretn-languages.jpgHola!  Bonjour!  Ciao! Nǐn hǎo! Guten Tag!  Good day, Matie!  Welcome back to our travels around the world in 80 books three-part series.  If you haven’t read the first and/or second blog, CLICK HERE (PART 1) and HERE (PART 2).

This month we will finish our travels by traveling to Asia, Africa, and Australia.  Besides eating delicious food and reading great books from around the world, we also spend a lot of time playing games!  Over the years, we have accumulated geography board games and card games as well as unique games that are played in other cultures.  Our “travel around the world” year-long studies can be summed up in four words:  pray, read, eat, and play!  We would learn about other countries and pray for missionaries around the world.  We would read books about people and places around the world and chapter books set in different places around the world.  We would eat new and exciting foods grown and cooked in countries around the world, and we would play games that helped us appreciate God’s amazing world and the people in it.

game ticket to rideI could do a whole blog just on the games our family has played and collected over the years!  Because we have so many favorites, my daughter and I will share many of them at our special weekend for homeschooling moms in March.  One of our Saturday sessions is “Passport to Learning.”  I promise we will bring tons of games from around the world to share with you!  Click here for more info on Saturday’s session:  Passport to Learning

Until then, let’s get our book backpack and finish our travels to Asia, Africa, and Australia!

BOOKS #61-70  ASIA

  1. Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin & Story of Ping by Majorie Flack (China)
  2. Grandfather Tang by Amy Tompert (China)
  3. The Origami Master by Nathaniel Lacheneyer  (Japan)
  4. Bee-Bim Bop  & A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Korea)
  5. Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein (**deals with incarnation beliefs**)
  6. Grandfather’s Dream by Holly Keller (Vietnam)
  7. The Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang Compestine (China)
  8. White Crane:  Samurai Kids #1 by Sandi Fussel (Japan)
  9. Dolls of Hope by Shirley Parenteau (Japan)
  10. White Elephant by Sid Fleischman (Thailand)

 

BOOKS #71-#80 AFRICA & AUSTRALIA

  1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox  (Australia)
  2. The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall (Australia)
  3. Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox  & New Zealand’s ABC by Holly Schroeder
  4. Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (Egypt)
  5. Emmanuel’s Dream:  A True Story by Laurie Ann Thompson (Ghana)
  6. Seeds of Change:  Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Kenya)
  7.  I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Baba Wague Diakite (Mali)
  8. The Storyteller by Evan Turk (Morocco)
  9. Nelson Mandela:  Long Walk to Freedom Picture Book edited by Chris van Wyk (South Africa)
  10. Boy Who Harnassed the Wind:  A True Story by William Kamkwamba (Malawi)

 

 

I hope you enjoyed our travel “Around the World in 80 Books” three-part series.  We suggested 80 books we have used over the years to learn about different cultures and places around the world.  However, don’t box yourself into these books.  There are so many picture books, devotionals, and chapter books to choose from.  The idea is to pick books that highlight a country or culture in an authentic way.  I tried to pick books that showed the beauty of God’s world and the diversity of God’s people.  I also tried to find stories of people whose lives are worth emulating and stories of people following God’s Word.  I tried to read books that helped our family see the world the way God sees it and help our children to love God’s people the way He loves them.  I even chose books that highlighted other religions so my children would hopefully grow up to be global-minded, mission-oriented, and kingdom-centered.

If you are overwhelmed, may I offer a word of advice given by Jesus himself?  “Seek first the kingdom of God and all of these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:22)” and But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42).  Martha was frazzled and stressed about all she needed to do, but Jesus reminded her the most important place to be is at his feet in his presence.  When we choose to put God first, all the other things will be added in God’s perfect way and in God’s perfect timing.   My motto is “If all you did today with your family was read THE good book and a GOOD book, then you had a great day!”  It is enough and sufficient for that day.  The GOOD book is soul food and a good BOOK is brain food.  Without even trying, your kids will learn a few historical, scientific, and /or artistic concepts along the way.  There will be other days to catch up on math and writing.

May God richly bless your homeschooling adventures for His glory,

Carrie De Francisco

Mark your calendars for March 27-28th.  If you live in the southern California area, we would love for you to join us for our next homeschooling mom event:  Homeschooling Adventures:  A Weekend to Refresh, Rest and Rejuvenate.  It will be a weekend of encouragement, refreshment, and fellowship.  During our Saturday morning session, Passport to Learning, we will share more on the topic of how to travel the world (literally and figuratively) through books, field trips, games and family vacations. Check out our Upcoming Events Tab for details of each session and links to register.

 

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Around the World in 80 Books (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of Around the World in 80 books!  If you haven’t read Part One, click here

passport booksGet your passport!  This month, we are off to explore South America, Europe, and the Middle East – one book at a time.  If you can’t physically visit a country to immerse yourself in their culture, the next best thing is to immerse yourself into the life of a person from that country.  Whenever our family has a chance to talk with a friend or a family member who is from another country, we invite them over for tea and conversation.  One of our favorite tea times was with a friend of mine from Bible study.  As usual, my friend who is from Malaysia arrived in traditional Malaysian clothing and was bearing yummy gifts for the kids and my hubby.  Christy loves to cook, so we invited her to our home to share stories of her growing up and to cook lunch!  (Yes, I actually invited a friend over and asked her to cook our lunch!)  The kids and I had a blast!  She brought authentic spices from Malaysia and even produce from her own garden.  She invited the kids to help her prepare the meal while she explained what the foods and spices were, some of her favorite childhood stories that revolved around the meal she was preparing and even taught us some Mayla words.  Christy also brought pictures and books and told us all about her home town, her family, and her country.  She even taught us how to play one of her favorite Malaysian games.

suitcase booksIf you don’t have any friends or acquaintances from far away and exotic lands, the next best thing is to become friends with a character in a book.  We can learn so much about a country and its culture through the eyes of someone who lives there (fictional or real).  This month, let’s explore South America first and visit the Carnaval in Brazil!  (Hey, I am from N’awlins after all!  We love a carnaval!) It was hard to choose, but here is a list of our top ten favorite books about South America, Europe (so, so, so many to choose from) and the Middle East.

BOOKS #31-40  SOUTH AMERICA

  1. Cassio’s Day:  Brazil by Maria De Fatima (This is a great non-fiction, photographic book series)  (Brazil)
  2. Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood  (Paraguay)
  3. From Dawn to Dusk:  Enrique’s Day by Sara A. Fajardo  (Peru)
  4. My Name is Gabriela by Monica Brown  (Chile)
  5. The Lost City:  The Discovery of Machu Picchu by Ted Lewin  (Peru)
  6. Treasure Hunters:  Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson (Peru)
  7. Nate Saint:  On a Wing and a Prayer by Janet Benge (Ecuador)
  8. Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs (Peru)
  9. Cameron Townsend:  Good News in Every Language by Janet Benge (Central America)
  10. Waiting for the Bibloburro by Monica Brown  (Colombia)

**Don’t forget about the Count Your Way Through series.  Count Your Way Through Brazil by Jim Haskins was one of our favorites.

 

BOOKS #41-#50  EUROPE

  1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Denmark)
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (France)
  3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (England)
  4. The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning (Germany)
  5. D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (Greece)
  6. Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco and Patrick:  Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola (Ireland)
  7. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Italy)
  8. Heidi by Johanna Spyri (Swiss Alps)
  9. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Europe in general)
  10. The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson (Austria)

**Han’s Christian Andersen’s Fairytales are full of European imagery, folktales, and landscapes.  You must check out my favorite art series, Katie and the Sunflowers (and the other Katie books)  by James Mayhew.  Katie has the ability to jump into masterpieces and interact with the painter and the people in the painting.  These are great books to read while studying Europe and its great masters.  ***

 

BOOKS #51-60 MIDDLE EAST & INDIA

  1. Arabian Nights:  Retold from the Classic Tales by Classic Starts (Middle East)
  2. The Legend of the Persian Carpet (Persia / Iran)
  3. Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (Israel)
  4. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (Pakistan)
  5. One Grain of Rice by Demi (India)
  6. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn (Afganistan)
  7. Just So Stories and The Jungle Book by Kipling (India)
  8. Who is Gandhi? and Who is Mother Theresa? (Who is Series)
  9. The Librarian of Basra:  A True Story from Iraq by Jennette Winters
  10. The Hungry Coat:  A Tale from Turkey by Demi

**Don’t forget about the Count Your Way Through series.  There are many Middle Eastern and European countries in this series.  Count Your Way Through Iran by Jim Haskins is a more recent publication and is beautifully illustrated.

 

 

indian food.jpgThe best part about “traveling” around the world is trying new foods. Make sure you try out some local ethnic restaurants in your area and attempt to make authentic recipes from around the world.  We even tried to find markets and grocery stores that specialized in a particular culture. This way we could try some of the spices, produce and goodies a country was known for.  When my family and I started “traveling around the world” as part of our Year One cycle, I needed to purchase cookbooks.  Today, delicious ethnic recipes are just click away on the internet or just ask Siri.

Enjoy your homeschooling adventures this month!  Check back next month for Part Three.  We will travel to Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Sayonara, adios and aloha,

Carrie De Francisco

***Mark your calendars for March 27-28th.  If you live in the southern California area, we would love for you to join us for our next homeschooling mom event:  Homeschooling Adventures:  A Weekend to Refresh, Rest and Rejuvenate.  It will be a weekend of encouragement, refreshment, and fellowship.  During our Saturday morning session, Passport to Learning, we will share more on the topic of how to travel the world (literally and figuratively) through books, field trips, games and family vacations.   For more information on the event and sessions, visit our tab “Upcoming Events.”  Make sure you “like” and “follow” our blog for monthly topics on Christian homeschooling and for updates on our registration for our homeschooling mom event in March.***

Check out our Upcoming Events Tab for details of each session and links to register.  See you in March!

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