Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool
Twenty years from now when my kids are grown, married, perhaps with children of their own…nothing would thrill me more than if they looked back on their childhood through the lens of the books we read together.
Wouldn’t that be cool?
They might remember these distinct “book stages” of their lives:
- the Children Just Like Me era
- the Beatrix Potter/first family trip to England era
- the Little House era
- the understanding slavery era
- the Anne era
- the World War II era
- the Story of the World era
But why? What’s the point of all this reading that fills our days?
It’s true that creating a story-centered family culture offers plenty of benefits to children: time to bond as a family and huge academic advantages among them. But those aren’t the most important reasons to me.
The real reason I’m attempting to raise my kids one book at a time is this:
I hope these titles root deep in my children’s souls, building their characters page by page, strengthening them for when hard times inevitably come, and leading them to grow up looking not just for a career but a calling.
You see, I believe my kids, and yours, are meant to impact, change, and heal this hurting world of ours. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to not just read, but to read our way around the world.
This travel plan fits every budget. 😉 And now you can come along!
Reading about other cultures, countries, and those who live in them kindles our kids’ sense of adventure, grows their compassion, and gently conveys this important lesson:
This world isn’t all about me, but I can be all about helping this world.”
And that knowledge and awareness will serve our children whether they become truck drivers or surgeons, missionaries or homeschooling moms. Each and every one of them world-changers in their unique spheres of influence, whatever it might turn out to be.
It’s in honor of all your amazing kiddos (& mine) that I’ve spent the past five years researching and writing Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time.
I am all excitement and nervous butterflies, pinching myself in disbelief after ALL.THIS.TIME, to give you a taste of it today!