Read the World Summer Book Club
Middle East Week
If you haven’t figured this out already, our family LOVES “Give Your Child the World,” a globally minded treasury of children’s books, by Jamie of www.simplehomeschool.net. We traveled to the Middle East this week via picture books. Most of the books we read were geared towards 6-8 years old, but my four year old was able to enjoy most of the picks and a couple of them also appealed to my two year old.
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.
- When we explored Europe we started using all those maps we had collected.
This week we concentrated on Jamie’s idea to “Start a Positivity Bean Jar.”
Jamie discusses this concept much more eloquently on Steady Mom.
We chose to collect seeds instead of beans, simply because my daughter preferred that choice. During one of our very first reads of the Read the World Summer Book Club, Ladybug was taken with the idea that in several parts of the world including in our own country, there were people including children who did not have enough to eat or keep their tummies full.
Her solution at three years old was to collect seeds from our garden outside and then the families could plant their own food and have enough to eat. Of course the world is not truly that simple, but I’m encouraged to see her looking at the situation with a positive light and searching to aid those in need.
We give the children one sunflower seed to place in their jar on the mantle each time they do something nice for someone else. This has been a game changer in a home filled with three children ages three and under……..as of August – four and under. We used Have You Filled a Bucket Today? to explain how acts of kindness could be beneficial for them and others and are enjoying watching their moral compass and sense of charity develop.
Reading the World: Middle East Week
We’ve been tracking the Middle East Books we’ve read from Jamie’s book on Instagram using the tags #giveyourchildtheworld and #booksbeforebreakfast
What a conversation starter with my littles! Jamie doesn't have recommendations listed for books for 4-6 year olds from the Middle East, because there is so much conflict in that region of the country – she recommends they be pre-read. So…..the decision for our house was to find some books from the 6-8 year list and forge ahead. Our book for today was "Silent Music." For what it's worth – I was comfortable reading it to my preschoolers. The book introduced calligraphy to my kids and was also an introduction to the idea that different countries used letters and alphabets that were different than ours. A brief mention of war resulted in a discussion about what war was – I went with "an argument between nations that resulted in fighting and lots of people die." We talked about how some children don't feel safe even when they go to sleep at night and how lucky we are to have our house and a safe place to sleep. My daughter was also fascinated by the idea of using calligraphy when you are scared. She talked about how she sometimes likes to paint or draw when she is worried – I think we just had our first conversation about coping mechanisms. She doesn't even realize it, but I do 😃 Glad we read this one! #giveyourchildtheworld #booksbeforebreakfast #picturebook #calligraphy #prayspecies
Alia Muhammad Baker, chief librarian of Basra's Central Library, saved close to 30,000 books from destruction during the Iraq War, including a biography of Muhammad from around 1300. This is a great non-fiction picture of the good deeds people can do in the face of war and conflict. My daughter is lovingly referring to her as the "book hero." 💛📚💛 Do be prepared for some concern over the war raised in the book – they do talk about guns and fighting, bombs and soldiers. We also had a good talk about how great it was to save the books, but human life is always more important….i.e. if there is a fire in our house all the people get out and leave the books – they can be replaced, but you can't 😃 Happy Reading! #giveyourchildtheworld #booksbeforebreakfast #kidsnonfiction #picturebookoftheday #prayspecies
I don't know if there is really a right or gentle way to introduce children to the idea of war, but this book tries very hard to do just that. It's a powerful read that had me working hard not to cry to finish. I am so grateful that when I say "It's been a good day if everyone is still alive and fed at the end of the day," it's more in jest than reality. #grateful #powerfulkidsbooks #booksbeforebreakfast #giveyourchildtheworld #prayspecies
This book is an ideal family book club read for families that have kids of different ages or for curious parents who just want to share a story with their kids!!! There is a version of the story available at 3 reading levels – 1) picture book: Listen to the Wind, 2) the young readers edition: Three Cups of Tea, and 2) grown-up or older reader: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time. The picture book has a good story with unusual illustrations. At the end of the story there is a collection of photographs of the real people and places pertaining to this story. Each picture has a one line description that helps you retell the story to the children. This part of the book was great for discussing the key points of the story with the kids….unlike some books that have factual snippets at the end that are overly wordy or clearly intended for the adult to interpret, these snap shots can be read directly to the child as a continuation of the story. Loved it! This story is kid friendly, non-fiction, and has tons of great bonuses at the end (real pictures, book suggestions, and super cool artist notes). Totally worth grabbing!!! #giveyourchildtheworld #booksbeforebreakfast #actsofkindness #kidsnonfiction #gogetthisbook #prayspecies
We have two more Middle East books the kids wanted to share this week and then we will move onto Asia with the rest of the #giveyourchildtheworld group 😃 Honestly, I'm not usually a fan of counting books, but in this case the repetition is done in a very entertaining and even funny way. There's a punch line – in a counting book….LOL When I closed the book, the kids were counting back to me in Arabic and I could do it right along with them. Whoops – we just accidentally learned something – love when that happens…… Serioulsy, though if you are teaching your kids Arabic, this is a great one to grab!!! #booksbeforebreakfast #countingbook #kidlit #prayspecies
Creating Global Art
After perusing several online, many for weddings, we made our very own henna tattoos! Ladybug and Owl both enjoyed this activity. Ladybug is already making plans for next time. She would really like to try doing it with black henna and she would like to try creating a design on her ankle and foot.
Directions for Henna (Kook-Aid) Tattoos
- Pour 1/4-cup hot water in a bowl and add 1/4-cup cornstarch and dissolve.
- Add two packets of powdered drink mix, such as Kool-Aid, into the mixture.
- Apply with Q-tips or paintbrush.
Bringing the World To Our Table
Hummus! This was a simple and easy win for our busy family this week.
Exploring the Globe
We explored the fabulous art of belly dancing and had a fabulous time! Both kids are pretty good at these dance moves. We enjoyed it so much, I think I’m going to have to add some belly dancing into our curriculum for the year.
Singing Around the World
1. Counting to Ten in Arabic
2. The Itsy Bitsy Spider in Arabic
3. The Arabic Alphabet Song
Joining the World in Prayer
The Middle East is a beautiful part of the world with amazing individuals that must often stand strong when faced daily with political and religious unrest.
“Dear Lord, please help all our global neighbors live in harmony.”
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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