The world can seem really big and far for many young learners. How do we get our kids to learn and understand other children all around the world, just like them?
Unit studies about children around the world are great ways to get your kids engaged in knowing all about others their age across the globe.
Our world truly, as kids get older and older, is getting more and more interconnected. The United States is already a melting pot, and other larger countries in the world are growing to be the same. My kids got to learn firsthand, just how interconnected the world really is.
We moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific years ago. From this small island, my kids have met other children from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and more. It is fascinating for them to learn about how their friends “do” life where they grew up.
Just the mere fact that I let them go outside, play and get dirty here, is such a change from life in America. The cultural dancing here and the work kids are expected to do on the farms and at home, has made their lives completely different.
Meeting kids from all over the world has allowed them to accept differences and embrace the uniqueness of the kids they have met. I believe this is something kids can take with them straight through adulthood.
Some of your children will grow up to travel the world and even maybe live in other countries. Through unit studies about children around the world, you can influence and teach your children to appreciate the differences that make us all unique and special – the way the Lord created us.
Where do you start when making unit studies about children around the world?
Do you think you won’t have enough information for a unit study? There actually may be too much information that you have to cut the study down some or expand it through a whole semester.
Some topics to include in your unit studies about children around the world are:
- What is life like in other countries for kids?
- What do kids wear there?
- What do kids eat in other countries?
- Which holidays do kids in other countries celebrate?
- What other religions to kids practice?
- Find the countries on a world map.
- Learn to say hello and goodbye in different languages (See videos below).
- Books about children from different countries…
We love using these books in our homeschool. They go along with Simply Charlotte Mason’s geography studies:
These resources will help you with your unit studies about children around the world in your homeschool:
Children of the World Printable Matching Game | From ABC to Acts
“Children of the World” Activities | Mama’s Happy Hive
Children Around the World | Write Bonnie Rose
Fabulous Children Around the World | Mofishin
Games Around the World | Globe Trottin’ Kids
Children around the world unit study | My Emerald Nest
How do children around the world go to school? | Teach123
Let’s Explore Schools from Around the World | KC Edventures
Children Of The World Dress Up | Montessori Nature
Multicultural Children (Coloring pages)| Education.com
Top Multicultural Childrens Books | Natural Parent Guide
Cultural Diversity: Life Around the World Bundle |The Principal’s Wife
Traditional Costumes Around The World 3-Part Montessori Cards | Montessori Nature
Children around the world (activities)| Educatall.com
Expanding the Child’s horizons, part 2: Teaching diversity. Children around the world (FREE Cards)| I Believe in Montessori
FREE Children Around the World Color and Write Pack | Embark on the Journey
Art History and Art Around the World Writing Integration | Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Missions: Kids Around The World 8-Week Children’s Ministry Curriculum (FULL Curriculum) | Children’s Ministry Deals
Your kids will love these interactive, fun videos to go alongside their unit studies about children around the world:
Books about children around the world
Carole P. Roman has a unique series titled If You Were Me and You Lived In… that is written from the point of view of children who live in other countries to children. It has great info and pictures too.
There are many titles, here are just a few:
If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the WorldIf You Were Me and Lived in…Brazil: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 17)If you were me and lived in… Russia: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 9)If you were me and lived in… Mexico: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the WorldIf You Were Me and Lived in …Norway: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the WorldIf you were me and lived in… South Korea: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures around the World
13 Fabulous Children’s Books about Food from Around the World | Hello, Wonderful
Children’s Books About Friendship Around the World | All Done Monkey
20 Lovely Picture Books from Around the World for Kids! | The Homeschool Resource Room
Children Around the WorldThis Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World (Easy Reader Books, Children Around the World Books, Preschool Prep Books)Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the worldWhat We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World (Global Fund for Children Books)A Ticket Around the WorldA Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
Children love learning about the way other children live around the world. They like to understand how family dynamics work, what types of holidays they celebrate, and even how their school days go.
Studying about other children around the world and their cultures through unit studies will broaden their minds and help them be open to the world around them. The world is getting smaller and smaller, with the use of technology and real-time communication.
Grab some coffee and read about Why Teaching Children about Other Cultures is Important. Then gather the best fit resources above to explore unit studies about children around the world with your homeschool this year.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!