Go Global

If we could all travel the world, it would be such an amazing learning experience for our families. Unfortunately, many of us can only travel from our living room and bring the world to us – but we can still make it fun. There are so many ways to explore different cultures and countries. Here’s an assortment of ideas to give you some inspiration:

  • Find where you are off to on a map, a globe, a computer – or all of these. Which direction is it from where you are? What time is it there? What season? How long would it take to travel there?
  • What is the land like physically? Is it mountainous, forested, a desert? Find an artistic way to represent the landscape. You could sculpt it, draw/paint, go outside and make nature art to represent it.
  • What is the predominant language? Try learning to count to 10 and say a few common phrases, or even dig deeper with the Language Immersion Challenge.
  • Get into the culture – make a traditional craft, cook a common dish, explore their music through listening, dancing, or creating homemade instruments and playing along.
  • Explore the society. Who are a few key figures, past and present? How did they help shape the area? What sorts of events have defined the region? What is the current social climate?
  • What are some indigenous animals? Read books or watch nature videos pertaining to them
  • Create their flag and write a few key facts about how it came into being.
  • Visit a relevant restaurant.
  • What would your life look like if you lived there? Consider clothing, housing, transportation, work, climate, school, family dynamics, economic factors, etc.
  • Design a travel brochure, make postcards, or create a collage poster (National Geographic magazines often abound at thrift stores and make excellent sources for photos).
  • Consider finding a global penpal program.
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Who am I? Foremost, the lucky momma of an amazing boy. To be perfectly honest, I am less his teacher than he is my inspiration - I have learned at least as much from him in the last seven years as he has from me. I am an old-timer at heart; I'd rather live on a farm, garden, crochet, and raise my kid out in the sun than anything else. I'm a bit of a technological dinosaur, more geared toward life where you can get your hands dirty and have some fun exploring, learning, and growing. I'm a homeschooled, homeschooling single parent with a passion for my son, nature, and the simple life. I am not here to pretend I know it all or lay out the research or provide a step-by-step game plan. I hope to encourage and inspire families to join in the journey of learning together - and have the fun that life is supposed to be made of along the way. Happy exploring!

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