Can you believe this is the 4th week of the Virtual Curriculum Fair?
This is probably one of my favorite weeks because I love learning about all the different places around the world. We love to study their languages and cook their foods and play their games and sing their songs… there is just so much you can do when you are learning about all the places there are to go in this big little world!
We have had a number of foreign exchange students stay with us through the years. We have a son and daughter in China as well as a couple daughters in France and Spain and Brazil. This has been such a wonderful way to encourage our children to really get to know those places that we may not see.
One of our favorite ways to learn about different parts of the world is through cooking. We do love to play around in the kitchen and so we spend a lot of time trying different recipes from different parts of the world.
And there are lots of great food facts throughout these cookbooks. You can learn interesting facts like how Hawaii is the only state that grows cocoa beans to produce chocolate. Or learn of the Spanish tradition to eat a grape each time the clock chimes midnight on New Year’s Eve… a dozen grapes as your ring in the New Year.
Games… what a fun way to learn! We use games for so many things when it comes to our home education. I know I find with my children that learning happens best when it’s fun. Plus we really do love to play games and our home and we’re always trying to encourage our kids to come together around the table and play. There is so much more we can learn this way.
My oldest son also loves to do unit studies and lapbooks. In this way he can learn about those places he is most interested in and also keep notes specific to those things he finds most interesting. As he was studying the state of Arkansas he learned that you can actually mine for diamonds there. And if you find one you get to keep it! Details like that help encourage our kids to want to learn more about these places that they are learning of.
And how about having fun with the language as you study different countries? It can be so much fun to listen to different languages being spoken. My oldest son who loves learning languages and is currently studying Chinese and French. But he’s still really enjoyed hearing the different languages spoken as we are studying other parts of the world.
As we study this great big world let us look at it with the eyes of a child. Let us be eager to learn all that there is to learn. Take the time to make a craft or cook a meal. Spend some time learning some basics of the language. You can even have fun drawing your own Maps of certain geographic areas. Enjoy the music. Certainly it’s a great big world full of amazing and beautiful things!