So this amazing thing happens on Sundays during the winter months. My husband takes the kids to ski lessons and they ski the day away.
I stay home, alone.
It’s really my only guaranteed alone time during the week. It is sacred to me. I read, I write, I do yoga, and I don’t feel guilty because the I know that my children are having an absolute blast with daddy.
Around 4:00, they trickle in. They are rosy-cheeked and tired from a day spent outdoors going up and down a mountain.
Now, on a normal day, our family has a quiet time in the afternoon. But 4 pm is much too late for such things, especially when the kids are this tired. (Because they will, without a doubt, fall asleep and then torture me all night!)
But the thing is, they come home so tired that they can barely function. They sprawl on my carpet, bicker amongst themselves, cry at the drop of a hat.
All parents know this kind of tired. It’s tricky business to navigate these waters until bedtime and remain calm and sane. I’ve learned that stories help.
Thankfully, I discovered Around the World Stories this year. Our post-ski Sunday nights are so much more peaceful as a result… and the best part? My kids are learning!
Around the World Stories: Stealth Learning at its Best
*Disclosure: I received access to Around the World Stories in exchange for a review. I actually approached Around the World Stories and they were kind enough to work with our family. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share resources that I would use with my own family and ones that I believe other families will enjoy.
When children are engaged and interested, the learning can be amazing. This is why I am a huge fan of stealth learning. A fantastic book, an amazing game, or a big juicy conversation- these are all opportunities for stealth learning.
Stories are a wonderful way to sneak in learning. Children get lost in another world. They are entertained and happy… and they retain more facts and details than if they were given a worksheet.
I discovered Around the World Stories over the summer and it was love at first listen. The creators of Around the World Stories, Tania and Matt, have spent the past year traveling Europe with their children…. and sharing stories with the world! I’ve gushed about these stories before, and today I’d like to gush again. Because they are that good!
The scoop on Around the World Stories
Around the World Stories is a monthly subscription service that delivers original, high-quality stories to your inbox for just $9.95 per month. Each week, you receive one 25-35 minute story dedicated to the fun adventures of a child from a specific country, with a new country featured every 4 weeks. You have the option to stream these stories from any device connected to the internet, or you can download the stories to listen offline.
You also have the option of purchasing the full story pack for $99 (but keep reading because there is a discount for My Little Poppies readers mentioned later in this post!). With this option, you receive every story published to date and one each week until you have a total of 52 stories.
Our family has enjoyed listening to stories about the following countries:
- The Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
These weekly stories draw young listeners into the fun adventures of children from other cultures and countries, bringing to life how the world’s children live, play, eat, think, and learn.
Each story comes with a parent guide including discussion points, country background, and an activity to make the story a truly memorable and educational experience.
Depending on the story, the parent guide might include:
- Information about holidays celebrated in the country
- How to say common words in another language
- Background information about the country, covering a range of different academic subjects
Stealth learning at its best
Recently, I took the kids up north for an impromptu getaway. I’ve mentioned before that my kids are not the best of travelers. I always plan ahead and make sure I have something delicious to listen to on the drive.
Thanks to Around the World Stories, my kids were engrossed in the country of Denmark on the drive up. They barely made a peep! (And, if you know my kids in real life you know how rare this is!)
One of our getaway days was brutally cold. The windchill made it painful to stay outdoors for long and so we were relegated to the small condo. Fortunately, I thought ahead and packed a few games. One of the games we played is called Explore the World.
This game is new to us and this was our first time playing. Much of the content was above my kids’ heads, but I am excited to report that they each received a question about Denmark and answered correctly! And, while I’d like to tell you that we have spent many hours studying Denmark, the truth is we haven’t. They were able to answer the questions correctly because they had listened to Around the World Stories on our drive.
Around the World Stories is a perfect companion for…
Around the World Stories is one of my favorite homeschool resources. I use Around the World Stories in many different ways, and I especially love to pair the stories with the following resources:
A special offer for those interested in Around the World Stories
I’m thrilled to share that Around the World Stories is offering two special discounts for My Little Poppies readers:
- Use the code LITTLEPOPPIES20 for $20 off the full story pack. With this code, you would have immediate access to 38 stories already released, with one story sent to you each week until you have all 52 stories from Europe.
Enter the code LITTLEPOPPIESTRIAL to receive a one-month free trial of Around the World Stories. With this code, you will receive one story per week for one month.
Are you looking for more ways to discover the world through stories?
Check out these related posts:
- Read Your Way Across the Globe
- Making Space for Storytelling in Your Homeschool
- 6 Books for Teaching Map Skills
- Including World Folktales and Fables in Your Homeschool
- Books for Kids Who Want to Save the World
- 10 Things You Can Do To Help the WORLD
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What is your favorite form of stealth learning? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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