I can’t believe I have reached the end of this journey, blogging about our year studying about Children Around the World with Winter Promise and Sonlight. It took us 42 weeks to complete our study, and it took me even longer to blog about it all. (We finished two and a half months ago!)
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I decided to wrap things up with a book list. Shocker, I know. 🙂
But I realized that there have been several series that have been mentioned here and there but that really deserved a little extra attention. These are the series we found that have installments in different countries around the world. It was a little hard to schedule these sometimes as their orders didn’t coincide with the order we studied, but if the order mattered to the series, we usually started the series when we hit the country the first book took place in and then the kids read the rest of the series on their own for fun. The one exception has been the Kerrigan kids which we started reading aloud together right at the end of the year when we did East Africa and are still reading together each night we’re all here before bed time.
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Series that Take Place around the World
The Adventures of the Kerrigan Kids by Gilbert Morris – These four books are so much fun! About a widowed father and his four kids, three of whom are adopted making them from four different continents, these books take the readers to Kenya, England, Australia, and Hong Kong. We all wish Mr. Morris had kept writing this series as we love them!
Giada De Laurentiis’s Recipe for Adventure series is also super fun! We just found these about halfway through the year and the kids devour every one we can get our hands on! These, of course, include fun, kid-friendly recipes from each destination.
Thea Stilton books are much beloved in our house. The girls read them over and over and pretty much every time we started a new country throughout our studies, one of them would pipe up with, “There’s a Thea Stilton book set there, Mom,” and run off to find it, either in their room or later at the library, to read it again and share it with the others. They really do have some good information about each country so, while not my idea of quality literature, I give them a grudging nod and thank you for the enhancement they were to our studies.
Sadly, I forgot about these books until we were about two-thirds of the way through our study. Dave and Neta Jackson’s Trailblazer Series contains 40 books, each of which stars fictional children who meet a famous missionary and come to know the Lord through their ministry. While the reader gets to know the missionary, they are also learning about the places and cultures each story is set in. An excellent addition to our studies!
Janet and Geoff Benge’s Christian Heroes Then and Now also added much to our year. While we only read a few, there are many to choose from set all over the world. These also focus on famous missionaries and Christian workers but are much less fictional than the above series, serving as true-life biographies.
One final non-fiction series I feel I must mention is Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in…. series. These are absolutely wonderful and appeal to a wide age range! Once we discovered these, we read every single one that coincided with a place we were studying. High quality illustrations and well-written text make these a must for every homeschool, in my opinion! As we move into studying history for the next few years, we are looking forward to her new spin off series of historical If You Were Me books.
Two Final Books for Children Around the World
As I wrap up this wrap-up post, I want to mention two final books that served as a nice wrap up for our school year, one for the littles and one for the bigs.
A Little Peace of Me by Madeleine Lippey is a sweet story in which children dream of a peaceful world without war or racism. May it be so!
And the long title What’s in a Name?: From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, How Every Country Got its Name by A. M. Barrett rather speaks for itself. This would make a fun reference book to look at throughout the year as you traveled to a new country, but since I found it at the end when searching for books about Zimbabwe, we used it as a fun review, learning about where the country names came from and remembering what we had learned about the ones we visited.
And that, my friends, is the end. Thank you so much for journeying with us! It has been so much fun, and you have added to our enjoyment by being with us.