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We have been busy learning about the world. I’ve been thinking about how to introduce different countries and cultures to Jack (5yrs) and Sarah (3yrs) in a way which is meaningful to them. So rather than looking at different countries from a geography sense, we have been learning about children from around the world; what clothes they wear and why, what kinds of food they eat, what language they speak and what games they play.
It’s fascinating. Jack and Sarah are so engaged; eagerly wanting to know what food children eat in Nepal or what language children speak in China.
So far I have introduced Jack and Sarah to two really beautiful books; Children of the World and Maps. These are both such beautiful books that I thought I would share them with you.
Children of the World is a beautifully photographed book showcasing 192 countries. The book is alphabetised and each new page gives a glimpse into each country and the children who live there.
On each opening page there is a beautiful full-page photo along with poems, drawings and words from the children. It is extraordinary. Jack and Sarah are learning about foods and language, religion and cultural diversity.
The photographs also often give a little window into the lives of the children; with landscapes or houses in the background. I highly recommend this book.
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska was another pleasant surprise. It’s gorgeously illustrated and is big enough to really dive into with so many interesting pictures to explore. It’s not an atlas, so doesn’t include all countries but the ones which are included are beautifully represented.
In Tanzania we learnt about Black Mamba snakes and Mt. Kilamanjaro. In Jordan we learnt about the salt in the Dead Sea and in Croatia we learnt about traditional folk dancing. Jack in particular is really enjoying this book and will sit with it carefully investigating all the different illustrations.
Next week we are going to be exploring our place in the world a little more and we would like you to join with us too. I’ll share more details soon.
Until then, keep an eye out for these two books. They are truly beautiful and I highly recommend them.