Let’s face it: raising globally-minded children can be a challenge. Very few of us are able to travel the world with our children in tow, immersing ourselves in various cultures. I wish I could give my children the world in this way, but it is just not possible right now.
To say that the book has changed our homeschool would be an understatement. Since devouring it, I’ve been on a quest not only to read every book that Jamie recommended but also to find other fantastic resources for raising globally-minded children.
And that’s where Around the World Stories comes into play.
Discover the World Through Stories
*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.
As a mom and educator, I know that stories are important. This is why I seek out high-quality read alouds for my children. These read alouds are the spine of our homeschool. I love that all three of my children can participate in a read aloud and grow from it, regardless of reading level.
And while books are important, so too are oral stories. Storytelling has been around for as long as we have. It is our original form of communication and the earliest form of teaching!
There are so many benefits to storytelling that I couldn’t possibly begin to list them all. Here are just a few:
- Improve listening skills
- Increase and expand background knowledge
- Improve vocabulary
- Boost literacy skills
- Increased understanding of cause-and-effect
- Understanding of sequencing
- Learn about problem solving, overcoming obstacles, and conflict resolution
- A fun way to learn about the world
- Connection to others
- Develop early writing skills and voice as you learn what makes a great story
- Spark imagination
- Inspire creativity
- Learn lessons in an engaging way
Give Your Child the World Through Books and Stories
I am admittedly a bit obsessed with Jamie Martin’s new book. I devoured it in two days, gushed about it, found and read many of the multi-cultural books recommended, gushed about the book again, and joined the Read the World Summer Book Club.
I also decided that,effective immediately, our homeschool year would have a global theme.
And so I started looking for more ways to raise globally-minded children. I soon discovered Around the World Stories. And I liked what I saw!
Around the World Stories: Discover the World Through Stories
Around the World Stories is a monthly subscription service that delivers original, high-quality stories to your inbox. 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.
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… all for only $7.95 per month!
Our family has already enjoyed two stories set in Germany. We cannot wait to hear more! If you want to try it, head over to Around the World Stories for a free one-month trial!
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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