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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday: Geography & Bible

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Last week, I wrote about what we use and LOVE for our geography studies: Ann Voskamp's, A Child's Geography: Explore The Holy Land.  Today, we started a new chapter Isreal: The Land of Milk and Honey.  I'm VERY excited!  About 2 years ago, my BIL and SIL went to live in Israel for 9 months.  I was SO jealous.  I wanted very badly to go and tour Israel while my sweet sister Sarah was there.  My in-laws went to visit them in our stead.  :)  Anyway, I asked her to send us some Israeli paraphenalia... and she DID!  a potato chip bag, some food labels, tourist maps and such.  My MIL found some really cool laminated placemats with cool info about Israel.  I'm thrilled to be finally able to use them for more than just protecting the table!!

Of course they're in Trujillo.  Shoot.

I'll definitely have to have them sent to us!

Here's another thing we do to complement our geography studies on Wednesdays...

First thing every morning we read something for 'Bible'... we've done all sorts of things ranging from reading straight through the Bible itself, The Child's Story Bible, to Randy Alcorn's Heaven for Kids.  But currently we are re-reading Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings. Oh, it's good.  It might be my favorite resource for teaching the Bible. 

Anyway, in the morning after Bible time on Wednesdays we haphazardly select a country from Window on the World: When We Pray God Works**, we read it, get out the globe and then pause to let it all soak in a minute.  We finish as each of us pray for some aspect of God's work among the people of that country.  It has been amazing how it has not only opened our kids eyes to other peoples of the world, but how to pray for and love them.  It's awesome.  My kids ask for it every week!!

Books we've used for Bible:

Free resource on Turkey from Voice of the Martyrs:  HERE.
You'll have to sign up for their newsletter... but why not be up-to-date on what's happening around the world with the persecuted church... it would be totally worth it!!

**[Window on the World is a nicely bound book that features 85 different people groups.  The full color glossy pages are captivating for the littles and the magazine-type layout holds the attention of the older group.  It is easy to read and very informative.  Each chapter includes a little information on culture, history and the country's religious climate as of 2001.]


Phyllis said...

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Carrie said...

Oh, I *love* Leading Little Ones to God and Catherine Vos' story Bible! ;)

I'll have to check out Windows to the World ... Have you seen Material World? It was very eye-opening for Ethan to see average people and their possessions from countries all over the world.

Silvia said...

I'm glad you are having fun and making memories while learning a lots of valuable things.

Richele said...

Just signed up - been meaning to do that, so thanks! I've downloaded the Egypt resource for the end of this term.

Israel's on my list of dream trips as well.

Deedee said...

Yeah! for Voice of the Martyrs units! We did the Egypt one when we studied ancient Egypt and it made our study come to life!

Actually my Mom did it with my boys! I don't know if you guys have a webcam to use at home? My Mom downloaded the same unit in the States and got on each week with my boys and did another lesson with them via webcam and helped them with their worksheets, etc.

We love 'Grandma School' as the boys call it. It is a nice addition to Homeschool! LOL!

Amy in Peru said...

I can't wait to check that one out. I've seen similar things on the internet, Ann Voskamp linked to it once... I'd have to search for it.

Yes. Learning is WAY better when it's fun!

Tell me what you think about the VOM after you use it, I'm interested to know...

@DeeDee that is SUCH a good idea! I'm going to talk to my mom about it!!!!!

Right now they spend an hour a week playing video games together with my dad... and LOVE it, but a class would be WAY better!!

thanks for the idea!

Melissa said...

I love your geography resources! Can't wait to check them out...we LOVE Window on the World and VOM! Glad you shared!

turtlemama said...

We also love Leading Little Ones to God and the Story Book Bible. I thought of you today when I came across a book on Amazon that I thought Ellie, my 11yo might like. The first in a series, the Rani Adventures. It is a collection of stories about the recollections of the eldest son of a missionary family who grew up in the rainforest of Peru. The first volume is called, Life is a Jungle. Have you read any of them?

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