Some people are addicted to their smart phones. Others, it's video games. Some, it's binge watching their favorite shows online. Me? I'll admit it, my addiction is traveling. Maybe not so much anymore but there certainly was a time where I had the bug, to go, go, go. After I had traveled once, I was hooked, and wanted more. By the time I had graduated High School I had already crossed the pond three times to visit Europe, once I hit college it was several more. Needless to say, once I was out of school any chance that I had to travel, I took it.
As a homeschool mom, it is my desire to instill this love for other cultures and people within my children. Yes, America is a wonderful and blessed nation and I am thankful for American citizenship and what that means but I never want me or my family to be so self-centered that we think that because we are American we are better than anyone else. Having that mentality is harmful when reaching out to anyone, especially those in cultures that you might not understand.
Sharing literature with my children that highlight other nations and cultures is a powerful way to open up a whole new world to them. It allows them to see the world through someone else's eyes. It helps them to see that there are both similarities and differences between the children on these cultures and their own lives.
Here is a list of some books that you can introduce to your children that will get them excited about other cultures!
Tales From Africa
Mary Slessor: Courage in Africa
Answering The Call
With Kitchener in the Soudan
Penguins and Antarctica (Magic Tree House Guide)
Arctic and Antarctica
Antarctica (Rookie Read-About Geography)
Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes
Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China
Echoes of the White Giraffe
Switherby Pilgrims: Tale of the Australian Bush
Battle Order 204
Red Sand, Blue Sky
The Wheel on the School
St. George for England
The Glorious Flight
Great Kapok Tree: Instructional Guides for Literature
Out of Many Waters
A Way Beyond Death
Adventures of Don Quixote
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by The Rainbow Resource Center. All thoughts expressed here are my own.