Read the World Summer Book Club
Have you been enjoying our posts about the Read the World Summer Book Club?
Each week we are sharing how the book club is impacting our ability to share the world with our children. We are enjoying books, ideas, and lots of fun activities, crafts, songs, and recipes! Each week, we are also finding an additional, unique way to bring more global culture to our home.
Inviting the World Into Our Home
Give Your Child the World encourages families to invite the world into our homes in variety of ways.
Last week, I shared some of my favorite photographs and memories from Africa with my family.
This week we concentrated on “Now That You Have Those Maps and Globes – Use Them!.”
We added little sticky notes to the wall map in our dining room pointing to the specific countries represented by the books we are reading.
Jamie – if you are reading this – we would love some printable story discs like the ones available with FIAR and BFIAR 🙂 For those who don’t know, story discs are very small, round graphic representations of a storybook, such as blueberries for “Blueberries for Sal” and you can laminate them and then adhere them to a map. Just an idea!
Our family has committed to incorporating one of Jamie’s ideas for practical ways to invite the world into our home each week of the book club. It amazes me how something as simple as looking up where the stories take place on the map has impacted the kids’ understanding of geography, culture, and diversity.
Reading the World: Europe Week
We’ve been tracking the Europe Books we’ve read from Jamie’s book on Instagram using the tags #giveyourchildtheworld and #booksbeforebreakfast
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We're off to Europe with the #giveyourchildtheworld ! First stop – Iceland. This book made my kids laugh out loud… It is most likely to be found humorous by kids who have experience living with or being around chickens. This is especially true if any of these chickens happen to have a strong personality or occasionally seem to think it might be human. #europeweek #kidlit #booksbeforebreakfast #prayspecies
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One of my favorite things about having the children home with me is learning right alongside them! Did you know that a young girl in Germany was the first to understand that insects and other small creatures underwent metamorphosis as opposed to being shapeshifters?!? 😮😮😮 Awesome Blossom! #giveyourchildtheworld #booksbeforebreakfast #learnsomething #learningathome #prayspecies
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Truth? The first time I read this book earlier this week, I struggled. I wanted to make sure I was able to point out all the landmarks and highlights to the kids as we read through the book and went looking for a "reading guide." Then, I found this quote about the author, ""Anno feels that it is important pedagogically that children be allowed to experience the joy of making their own discoveries, and he accuses mothers (but surely fathers are equally guilty) of being in too much of a hurry during story time to let their children find the figures for themselves." – Sandra Beckett in "Recycling Red Riding Hood"…..that would be the author calling me out…..LOL Message heard! And I must say when I relaxed a bit, the kids and I enjoyed the heck out of this book!!!! Thanks Anno and #giveyourchildtheworld #momisalwayslearning #readingtothekids #wordlesspicturebooks #booksbeforebreakfast #prayspecies
Creating Global Art
Reading about Europe makes it easy to be inspired by some amazing artists.
We’ve had this collection of board books featuring famous artists since the kids were tiny. Both of my children are drawn to works by Monet and Matisse. Degas is another favorite.
I gave Ladybug paint (red, blue, yellow, and white) and some paper. A copy of “Chrysanthemums,” and the yellow frame to showcase her artwork was provided by one of our favorite preschool curricula, Mother Goose Time.
Ladybug used her paintbrush to create the swirls she loves so much in one of her favorite paintings, “Chrysanthemums (1897),” by Monet.
Owl has always been more of a Matisse kind of guy. I also provided him with some paint and he enjoyed using some different objects for stamping. I was waiting for the grapes to be painted, but somehow magically he resisted this time.
Since, he enjoys Matisse so much I also gave him some different colored pieces of paper and glue. He cut out a variety of shapes and had a great time using glue and paint to adhere them to his canvas.
Owl’s artwork below is a lovely combination of paint and cut outs or decoupage similar to those that Henri Matisse used later in his life. A fabulous book on Henri Matisse, Henri’s Scissors showcases this technique and is an excellent first choice picture book for introducing children to this amazing artist.
The best part of creating any artwork of course, is getting to show it off to Grandma!
Bringing the World To Our Table
We LOVED the Flemish Sauteed Brussels Sprouts recipe suggested by Jamie of Simple Home School. She has suggested several recipes from Global Table Adventure including this one and they have all been simple to make and delicious. I am not a recipe/food blog reader, but I love Global Table Adventure. She writes well, concisely, answers questions, and has great food ideas! I am a food blog convert…..well for the Global Table Adventure blog anyway.
We also enjoyed some amazing savory (ham and cheese) and sweet (cinnamon apple) crepes. Oh, my they were scrumptious and far less good for us than the Brussels sprouts. The recipe for the crepes came from Mother Goose Time – and I’ll share it in an upcoming post sometime very soon!
Exploring the Globe
We found this awesome game from Russia called “Gorodki.” The real version is a bit intense with large and heavy things that are thrown….BUT it can easily be adapted into a much safer and fun preschool and/or toddler friendly version. The premise is the building of “little cities” that can then be knocked down by a stick/ball.
Many of the suggested patterns or “skittles” are easy to build or mimic with our wooden block set from Melissa and Doug. The ball was a safer alternative than a bat or stick for both the kids and the house. The kids love this game and repeat it on their own 🙂
Singing Around the World
Europe has some of my favorite lullabies of all time.
Here are three that the kids and I have been enjoying this week.
1. A French Lullaby – Frère Jacques
2. An Irish Lullaby (Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra)
3. A Czech lullaby – Hullee, baby (Halí, dítě)
Joining the World in Prayer
Although, our kids are too young to watch the news they are aware that sometimes bad things can happen. They’ve attended funerals, lost pets, and know that when an ambulance passes there is likely someone hurt or injured. Starting when they were very young I taught the kids to pray whenever we heard an emergency vehicle siren. We simply say, “Please Lord watch over those involved in that emergency.”
Given recent events in Europe when many people have been inured and hurt we repeat this prayer.
“Dear Lord, please watch over those involved in an emergency.”
This is always a great prayer to have in your arsenal to help when the kids or yourself are faced with a difficult situation. I have prayed this prayer several times this week and will continue to do so as the children grow.
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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