This is a homeschooling journey and an educational journey, but most importantly, this is a family journey. You don’t have to homeschool to get something out of this, or to share and take part in our journey. You just have to enjoy learning and exploring together as a family.
When I attended school as a child, I remember studying history before ever learning about the region, land, people, customs and cultures of the area we were studying. We were learning about a story before having developed a bond or relationship with its characters. The first thing a good author does, when sitting down to write a book that will survive the ages, is develop a bond between the reader and the main characters. This way, as a reader, you feel the trials and tribulations of the characters involved. You root for them to prevail. You feel it in your heart when they don’t. And you grieve for their losses. I believe that having that kind of relationship with our fellow citizens of the world is vital and could possibly lead to generations that sincerely care for the welfare of all.
This understanding led me to change things up when I decided to homeschool my children. Rather than filling their early years with social studies or history, I decided that we would take a journey throughout the world. Through our studies, slowly but surely, continent by continent, we would learn about the land, the waters, the wildlife, and the people. We would focus in on chosen countries on each continent and make maps, learn about the terrain, the ecosystems and species that make that region come alive. By incorporating the nature and wildlife of the region, a global environmental awareness would be nurtured. We would read folktales, learn about the languages, the customs, beliefs, traditional food, and the music and dance that make that culture unique. We would do traditional handwork and make traditional meals, and hopefully….. TRAVEL. My children have fallen in love with each country we have studied. As they get older, that love will grow and become a bond created through respect, honor, and appreciation. The elements of compassion.
HOME COUNTRY STUDIES:
On our Country Study Pages you will find month long, complete geography and culture curriculums for selected countries. For each individual country study, you will find a booklist, an introduction to the country and the beauty of the region, mapmaking projects, projects based on traditional folktales, projects based on the traditional clothing of the region, recipes for cooking traditional meals, art projects, links to become familiar with the traditional music and dance of that country, and more.
By clicking on our “Explore Nature” tab you will find an ever growing wealth of resources to help you make nature study a wonderful and intrinsic part of your homeschool. From wildlife sketching video tutorials from John Muir Laws, to activities to get your children out and excited about nature, to wonderful products to help you educate your children about natural history. This section of our site will be replete with ideas to help you educate your children about nature, as well as give them the opportunity to create a life long bond with nature.
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Very soon I will have an “Explore Literature” tab on the menu. This section of the site will include booklists for various ages, as well as wonderful literature for mothers. Literature and reading are cornerstones of our homeschooling, as well as my life personally, and I hope to share with you the titles that have brought wonder, joy, empathy, ethics, and adventure into our lives.
TRAVEL ADVENTURE PAGES
Next year I will begin creating travel adventure pages. These pages will offer full educational travel itineraries for various countries to help you create the educational trip of a lifetime. In each region, accommodations, historic sites, museums, historic re-enactments, cultural activities, and nature sites will be highlighted. There is nothing that compares to real life learning, and traveling is an amazing way to experience that.