Read the World Summer Book Club
Latin America Week
We only have two more weeks left with the Read the World Summer Book Club.
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 Latin America 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.
This week we concentrated on “Introduce Foods with an International Flair.“
We have been adding a bunch of recipes to our repertoire from Jamie’s recommendations each month. We have fallen in love with Global Table Adventure and have committed to making at least one recipe from Sasha’s collection each month.
We have also scrounged up two kid cookbooks that focus on International recipes:
We plan to incorporate the kids choosing and cooking recipes from these cookbooks into our school year. We have enjoyed reading around the world so much, we are going to do it again, but hanging out a little longer on each continent and visiting a few more individual countries.
This kids are super excited about this and so am I 🙂
You can bet we will be revisiting several of the selections from Give Your Child the World.
Reading the World: Latin America Week
We’ve been tracking the Latin America Books we’ve read from Jamie’s book on Instagram using the tags #giveyourchildtheworld and #booksbeforebreakfast
Creating Global Art
The kids and I do a lot of reading aloud at listening levels that are well above their expected age ranges. One of the most recent read-alouds that they just loved was Mardi Gras Mystery (LOL Detective Club). My daughter has been in search of the stolen dogs described in this book and playing Mardi Gras almost everyday since we read this book. If you are looking for some good, fun read-alouds the whole LOL Detective Club series by E.M. Finn is really good.
The kids love dressing-up as part of their Mardi Gras imaginary play. So, we decided to introduce them to another celebration that would allow them to get dressed up in fun and sparkly costumes; Carnival in Brazil. They decided that they would like to make their very own costumes. We headed to the local Walmart and they picked out some iron-decals that they loved and we bought some fluorescent fabric paint.
Then, we couldn’t find the iron and my mom volunteered to tack them on using a good ole fashioned needle and thread. Yes, we found the iron eventually. Obviously, ironing has taken a backseat to lots of other living in this house….LOL
It took a while for the kids to get the hang of how much paint to use and there were several clumps formed and some spread over the decals. Whoops! They had fun anyway 🙂
The dry time is reported to be 4 hours, but we are over 24 hours past completion of our project and the paint is still a little wet. There are directions indicating that the shirts shouldn’t be washed until after 72 hours.
I’m going to wait that long and then try washing the shirts before they wear them in an effort to decrease the risk of the paint spreading to the couches, carpet and other clothes.
The kids are besides themselves, they want to wear their newly designed outfits for Carnival now!
If we repeat this activity I’m going to use fabric markers instead of paint 🙂
Bringing the World To Our Table
We made two fabulous recipes from Global Table Adventure this month; Black Beans and Rice from Costa Rica and Carribean Fry Bakes from Saint Lucia. Both were absolutely delicious and perfect for the kids to help make and eat.
We have had some amazing kitchen adventures with Global Table Adventure this month. The kids are learning a ton and getting in some quality time with Grandma!
Look at this little man with the powdered sugar! Love watching them enjoy learning about the world so much 🙂
Exploring the Globe
We played a traditional playground game called Mar y Tierra. It’s so easy to play and tons of fun. Our version involved jumping back and forth from a puddle to dry land. Highly recommended, super easy activity for youngsters!
Singing Around the World
My favorite kid songs to help little learn Spanish are from Jose Luis Orozco. The kids like them and unlike many more obnoxious options, the songs are easy listening for Mama too! Most of his work is available on Amazon, but he also has his own web site. Here are three of our favorites 🙂
1. “Buenos días” (Good Morning) -Jose Luis Orozco
2. José-Luis Orozco: “Diez deditos”
3. José-Luis Orozo: De Colores
Joining the World in Prayer
Latin America is diverse and beautiful. There are affluent areas and those that are impoverished. High crime levels is a recurrent issue for many area of Latin America.
“Dear Lord, please protect those who are in danger or scared.”
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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