We’d love to travel the globe as traveling homeschoolers with our daughters.
I dream about waking up in our London flat to a heart attack-inducing breakfast followed by a quick jaunt over to Buckingham for a spot of tea with Her Majesty.
Or, ya know, just taking the Tube over to King’s Cross Station so we can stand where Platform 9 ¾ should be.
We want to be global citizens and traveling homeschoolers who immerse our children in a myriad of cultures and places.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to stroll through a marketplace in Cairo or spot a leopard while on African safari?
Our reality is such that becoming traveling homeschoolers abroad with our children might only happen once or twice or…never.
We’re regular, middle class people and travel can be uber expensive.
I hope to GO some day, but in the meantime I’m offering our daughters a little taste of the world while at home.
It is possible to raise children who have a global perspective, even if you never leave your home city.
How to Become Traveling Homeschoolers When You Can’t Travel (Yet)
So Mondays are slow in our homeschool. We’re all recovering from what was undoubtedly a socially-full, sugar-themed weekend and I learned early on that jumping into regular paced lessons just doesn’t fly for my students.
We start our day like normal (Bible memory verse, devotion, calendar practice), but then we head into a time of relaxed, self-guided learning which consists of two or three of these fantastic resources.
Here are some resources to help you “travel” while staying at home.
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At-Home Traveling Homeschoolers Resource #1: Around the World Stories
Around the World Stories just warm my soul.
A real-life family travels to all sorts of incredible places and dives into local culture, food, music, history and customs. Then, they create audio stories told from the eyes of children.
The stories combine geography, local legends, famous landmarks and holidays.
Each country is the focus of four stories.
They offer a selection of fun supplements to go along with the audio story so my girls are always coloring or doing related crossword puzzles as the story is read to us.
Then, we watch videos, learn simple language phrases, try out delicious recipes and quiz each other on fun trivia—all related to the story’s focus country.
We purchased the Europe package but they also offer adventures in Asia.
Each set contains 52 original, educational stories.
At-Home Traveling Homeschoolers Resource #2: Globally Minded Kids
Jamie C. Martin’s book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time is so user friendly and relatable.
The author suggests hundreds of books written about places and people all over the globe.
It’s not just a giant list, though.
It’s divided up by region as well as age level.
She tells you if a book mentions religion (and which one it is).
She also gives a brief synopsis of each title.
The country/region index is helpful when we’re delving into a particular area and I want to lickety split put 10 books about Spain on hold at the library.
This book is a fantastic resource to use before a long road trip or as a way to incorporate Charlotte Mason learning into your classroom (can you say living books?).
Our eldest daughter is a prolific fiction reader but non-fiction is a struggle. We’re experiencing more success now that I’ve let her choose books from Jamie’s list to explore on her own.
At-Home Traveling Homeschoolers Resource #3: Little Passports
My sister bought Little Passports for the girls a couple years ago and we even got them while we traveled around in the RV. (God bless our mail forwarding service!) Our subscription is still going strong thanks to my sister’s generosity (or maybe her forgetfulness but we’ll take it, either way).
Each month Sam and Sofia take us on an adventure via their magical scooter. We zip to Paris or explore the rainforest or try sushi in Tokyo.
The stories are very simple, definitely meant for younger children and each arrives with a small token from the month’s country.
The girls also enjoy going online for more interaction with Sofia and Sam and whatever place they’re traipsing through at the moment.
This is a small taste of different nations for your littles complete with a wall map and passport to fill with stamps.
At-Home Traveling Homeschoolers Resource #4: Five in a Row
I’ve written about Five in a Row before so I won’t go into great detail, but the basic concept is this: read a beautiful picture book two or three times in a week and glean from it countless lessons.
Most FIAR books take readers to far off places and we’ve adored learning about China from Ping or experiencing France in “The Glorious Flight” or making apple pie while whisking all over the planet for ingredients.
My girls always look forward to snuggling on the couch discovering new tidbits in a cherished picture book.
Then we use the FIAR text to guide us through short, easy-to-grasp lessons all based on the week’s chosen story.
This is basic and beautiful and I’m certain that when I look back on our homeschool days, FIAR will absolutely top my list of favorite memories.
At-Home Traveling Homeschoolers Resource #5: To Every Nation
Have you heard of Kim Sorgius?
I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon her website but I’m so glad I did.
We’ve worked our way through several of her family devotions and all of us learned something.
Currently we’re using To Every Nation: A Study of 12 Missionaries and Their Great God as a history and geography book for our 5th grader.
The workbook covers 12 Christian missionaries with a brief biography, map and timelines work, famous quotes, the history of the nation they served and sometimes questions about that country’s current circumstances as well. We’ve studied Eric Liddle, Gladys Aylward and Corrie ten Boom among others.
Our eldest works her way through the missionary’s story and then presents what she’s learned to our youngest and myself.
It’s low key and just gives us a toe-dipping into some challenging, inspirational parts of church history.
At-Home Traveling Homeschoolers Resource #6: Checklist
Let me leave you with a quick checklist of other ways to get a little international flavor into your life:
• Keep an eye on upcoming guest lectures/exhibits at your local museum or university.
• Visit churches when overseas missionaries come home to talk.
• Host an exchange student (sometimes they just need a place to spend the holidays).
• Visit Chinatown and experience a real Chinese market or grocery store. Eat dumplings!
• Experiment with flavorful recipes and listen to traditional music from your selected country, too.
Lisa writes at www.armedonlywiththis.com when she has a chance between homeschooling her kiddos and writing Word Portraits, short biographies of regular people who are anything but common. More information coming soon!