Read the World Summer Book Club
Australia, Oceania, & Polar Regions Week
This is our last week with the Read the World Summer Book Club.
Even though the Summer Book Club has come to an end, Give Your Child the World will stay prominently displayed and frequently used on our bookshelf. This has been an amazing journey and we look forward to many more global adventures using books. Thanks so much Jamie!!! You’re the bees knees 🙂
Reading around the world with “Give Your Child the World,” a globally minded treasury of children’s books, by Jamie of www.simplehomeschool.net is an amazing family adventure that I highly recommend.
Here are some of our favorite moments traveling through Australia, Oceania, & Polar Regions with picture books!
Inviting the World Into Our Home
Give Your Child the World encourages families to invite the world into our homes in variety of ways.
- During the multicultural week, we collected a globe and new maps (including a shower curtain map) to add a global touch to our home decor.
- During Africa week, I shared photographs and memories with my family.
- During Europe week we started using all those maps we had collected.
- As we read about the Middle East we started using a positivity jar to encourage kindness to others.
- Asia week gave us a chance to focus on intentionally praying for others around the world daily.
- Latin America gave us a chance to commit to trying new global dishes.
This week we concentrated on “Explore a New Country Each Month.“
We have enjoyed traveling around the world via books and food and games and art so much that we are going to continue traveling around the world. We are going to slow down our pace from the Read Around the World Summer Challenge and start spending quality time in one country reach month. In addition to revisiting several titles from Give Your Child the World some of the additional resources we are exploring to accomplish this goal include:
- Little Passports
- Build Your Library Kindergarten – Around the World Curriculum
- Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents Through Craft Fun
- Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World
- Kids Around the World Celebrate!: The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands
- Kids Around the World Play!: The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands
Reading the World: Australia, Oceania, & Polar Regions Week
We’ve been tracking the Australia, Oceania, & Polar Regions we’ve read from Jamie’s book on Instagram using the tags #giveyourchildtheworld and #booksbeforebreakfast
Creating Global Art
In celebration of the great fishing and ice fishing in these areas of the world we made a giant stuffed fish.
Using white butcher paper I created two equal sized fish and let the kids use their water paints to color the fish.
We glued on large googly eyes, created a hole in the top of the fish with a hole punch, and then hung it from our dining room light using a piece of yarn.
Bringing the World To Our Table
We got to play with a papaya, and coconut water 🙂 The kids loved being able to help cut and taste test all the fruit.
Both kids loved this fabulous recipe from Global Table Adventure for a Pineapple Papaya Coco Sipper from Micronesia.
Exploring the Globe
We played a modified version of Bounce Eye, a marble game from Australia. A circle is drawn on the ground (we used masking tape). Marbles are placed inside of the circle and another player tries to knock those marbles out of the circle. The player who gets the most balls out of the circle wins. We used these larger plastic balls since choking hazards are still a concern in the home. We also modified the rules to make them a bit simpler.
Singing Around the World
One of our favorite parts about exploring this part of the world has been discovering all kinds of new and wonderful animals. The kids enjoyed these songs about some of the fabulous and amazing critters!
1. Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree
2. Australian Animal Action Dance Songs
3. Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees by Bob Brown
Joining the World in Prayer
Australia, Oceania, & the Polar Regions are some of the most unique environments in the world. The people, animals, and nature give testimony to the amazing power of God to create goodness and beauty. Several species are endangered due to illness, environment loss, or encroachment of the human population.
“Dear Lord, thank you for the beauty and diversity in the world. Please help us enjoy and preserve our amazing planet.”
We are having an amazing time learning more about the world through the Read the World Summer Book Club!
Want to join us? You can find all the details about the club on Simple Home School!
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