Give Your Child The World Week 1

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Have you heard about the #GiveYourChildTheWorld summer book club, hosted by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival?  It's all about traveling the world with your kids through the pages of a book and helping kids see themselves through the greater lens of a global culture.



The request button on my library home page has been on overdrive, since I first picked up my copy of Jamie's book, Give Your Child the World  after listening to an interview on (surprise, surprise) the Read Aloud Revival podcast.  (It's almost like they planned that or something....) The book is an annotated booklist organized by world region, which really speaks to my Montessori global perspectives approach.  Apparently it speaks to a lot of other Montessori folks as well, as when I look at the prizes available for the book club at the end of the summer, there are a lot of Montessori treasures included including some things that I would love to show up on my shelves but wouldn't be inclined to splurge on.

Maybe the giveaway gods will be kind to me....I mean to my kids.

It's about the kids.

This week we are dusting off our "Pope Map" for the summer.  We will also pull out some of our other favorite Montessori mapping materials.  (Did you know my homeschool posts are all well indexed and sorted?  You can find any subject by clicking on the homeschool button on the right and then clicking for the subject you'd like to see!)  Jamie and Sarah also have printables and a myriad of links available each week on the Simple Homeschool site.

This first week, I was probably over ambitious with our reading list (I linked to just some of them below), but I really prefer the pick up a pile of books already requested approach to using the library.  My kids never want me to pick out books for them when we are already at the library, but when new things just show up on the shelf, they can't seem but help reading them!  Lucie and Tomas are doing a 1,000 books before Kindergarten program at our local library and while they don't care if I read the same three things over and over again, the rest of us do.

Even if you don't want to participate in the summer event, I am giving this book my highest recommendation.  By that I mean it is going on the short-list of titles I suggest for new homeschooling moms.  That reminds me, I should put all of those titles in a post together some time, but I'll save that for another day.  For now, here are a few titles that we already own and some we are enjoying new this week.  The theme for this week is multicultural books.  I don't know if I will have a chance to post our lists each week but I will try for those of you who might be interested in a starting place but haven't had the chance to pick up Jamie's book (yet).

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