Growing Up Around the World: A Summer Series

Growing Up Around the World

Has your family been enjoying plenty of books, video clips, food, and fun during launch week of our Read the World Summer Book Club? I hope so!

It’s been tremendous to watch you all enjoying this book baby of mine (so much that it SOLD OUT on Amazon–but don’t worry, more copies on the way!). My heart has felt as though it will burst with joy at times as I see all you’ve been up to.

As Sarah and I planned the book club, we wanted a way for all of you following along to get to know what it’s really like growing up in various parts of the world.

So we came up with a weekly blog series to add to our global adventures–and wanna know the best part? Your family is invited to contribute to it, too!

Check it out:

Growing up around the world: A SimpleHomechool.net series
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FREE BOOKS! Today’s best Kindle freebies for your family

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FREE BOOKS! Today's best KindleAmazon freebies for your family

All of the resources below were available free or on offer at the time this post was put together, but keep in mind that Amazon freebies/deals change rapidly, so don’t wait to download those that interest you. I’d also recommend double-checking that the price hasn’t changed before clicking to order!

Also, a disclaimer: I’ve done my best to choose titles I think my readers would enjoy, but I haven’t read all of the books listed below. Please preview to determine what’s appropriate for you and yours.

Have fun!
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Read the World: Multicultural Week

Read the World: Multicultural Week
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Welcome, welcome to the first week of our Read the World Summer Book Club! Sarah and I are both beyond thrilled to have you joining our families this summer as we explore the globe one book at a time.

Before we get into the fun of Multicultural Week, here’s a quick overview of the club’s logistics:

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The Calendar:

Mon, June 27th – Multicultural Week (Ch 5 of GYCW) ** We are here!

Mon, July 4th – Africa Week (Ch 6)
Mon, July 11th – Europe Week (Ch 7)
Mon, July 18th – North America Week (Ch 10)
Mon, July 25th – Middle East Week (Ch 9)

Mon, Aug 1st – Asia Week (Ch 8)
Mon, Aug 8th – Latin America Week (Ch 11)
Mon, Aug 15th – Australia/Oceania/Polar Regions Week (Ch 12)
Mon, Aug 22nd – A global link up for all families to take part in–details here this Friday!

sidebarThe challenge this summer: Read at least one book from each region of the world listed above (8 total).

For those of you who haven’t received Give Your Child the World yet, I’d recommend checking on Instagram for book suggestions to keep you going while you wait for it to arrive. Then when you have my book in hand, it will be a breeze to catch up on any weeks you may have missed–it’s definitely not too late to join in!

Remember to use the hashtag #GiveYourChildtheWorld on social media to share your family’s fun all summer long. And don’t forget that every child who completes the book club challenge can enter to win one of over $1,000 in donated prizes!!

No need to do anything yet (except keep track of the titles you read). There will be a form to complete at the end of the club in August. And remember, if all your titles come from suggestions in Give Your Child the World, you’ll receive double giveaway entries!

If you missed any other details, head to my first post to get your questions answered!

And now…on to Multicultural Week!

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Weekend homeschool links

Weekend homeschool links

Our Read the World Summer Book Club begins on Monday–you’re joining in, aren’t you?!

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Just come back here on Monday for printables and fun to kick off Multicultural Week! (Check out the whole calendar here…) And if you aren’t sure what books to check out, the Instagram hashtag is already hopping with folks sharing their discoveries!

If you’ve been trying to decide whether to come along, here’s a blog comment from Dorcas that may help:

“I just listened to you on Inspired to Action’s podcast and I was so inspired! You gave me goosebumps repeatedly. I love your heart for the world. That is exactly what I want to foster in my children.

I had already been thinking about your book, but I went right to Amazon and put it in the cart. Can’t wait to get it and join in on this summer club!”

Weekend homeschool links:

What we’re reading this week:

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Fear the world or love the world: It’s your choice

Fear the world or love the world: It's your choice
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” ~ 1 John 4:18

You guys? It’s scary out there. We need only a glance at the day’s headlines for a reminder.

As parents raising children in these uncertain times, what should we do?

The way I see it, we only have two choices: raise our kids to fear the world, or…raise them to love it.

Fearing this world comes naturally in our hyper-connected society; it’s the default mode set out to take over our family’s thoughts. But it isn’t the only option.

If we want to cultivate a love for God’s world in our homes instead, we must act with intention first, so we don’t react with fear later.

We must infuse our children’s lives with purposeful meaning.

Now, today.

We must speak beauty and truth into their young spirits again and again, giving them something to cling to when fear tries to set up permanent residence in their minds.

Thankfully, the power of story can help us shield our kids from the world’s distractions and heaviness. Here’s how.
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