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Children of the World – Unit Study


We’ve been taking a focused look on various topics in our social studies, choosing one topic per month to concentrate our studies around.  I grouped most of the books in our reading list at the beginning of the year into different themes, which include the British Isles, New Zealand, The Old and New Testaments, exploration, and so forth.  [Most of our books for this year come from Sonlight Core C, World History Y2].

Each month we include a person of interest, mapping exercises, reading aloud together, notebooking pages, and various other activities depending on the theme and what resources we have.

journal cover

I made my own cover for the journal so I didn’t have to print the solid colour version.

So this month is all about how children of the world live.  I’ve been looking forward to this one all year!  Justice and compassion issues are really important to us as a family, and we plan to continue to lay this into our children’s worldview.  We already do lots of things as a family in terms of supporting others and loving and giving where we can.  But sometimes it’s good to have some intentional and concentrated learning time as well, just to bring a different dimension to putting this emphasis in our children’s value system.  One day, it will be up to them to decide what they do with all this.

Here’s what we’re aiming for (with our almost 8 year old daughter):

  • To widen her growing awareness of how others live;
  • To cultivate a heart of thankfulness;
  • To stir a missions heart and encourage a response in reaching out to others;

We’re weaving our history and geography in by marking places on our world map and doing notebooking and copywork pages that I printed free from various websites.

The main resource that my daughter is using to write in is a printable activity e-book (from Winter Promise) which includes activities and suggested for serving and reaching out to children.  Because doing we’re enough writing as part of this unit study, we’re taking a couple of weeks off our regular writing program (Writing with Ease).

We are using:Window on the world

journal page

Extra reading and activities

We’re also going to watch a program on an inspiring young lady who cares for 30 orphaned children in Uganda.

Most of our learning will take place simply by reading selections from these great books aloud, through discussion together, and through using a few simply writing and craft activities to reinforce it.  So far we are really enjoying this together.  It really can be that simple!  And really at this age, it probably needs to be. 🙂

Here are a couple of the suggested activities from the prayer journal e-book (well worth purchasing this super resource – then you can also read the text that relates to the activities):

  • Write a thank you card to Dad for providing for us
  • Volunteer at the local soup kitchen
  • Interview a foster care worker
  • Follow a 30-day calender and pray for the need listed on each day
  • Read about the life of Paul
  • Write to a missionary

I hope there’s something here that inspires you to do something similar in your learning at home to grow your child’s awareness, and stir their hearts to make a difference.

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Sonlight Grade Level Colours

Sonlight uses a colour-coding system to organise the years’ books.  The sticker colour sheet comes included with the individual Instructor Guide (IG) pertaining to that year.  If you aren’t purchasing the IG and still want to organise your books accordingly, you might find this list useful.

Sonlight sells sticker sheets separately (warning: they are permanent once placed on the spines of your books!) or you could purchase sticker dots yourself.  I’ve been slightly more frugal and just used sticky tape and coloured paper strips, which aren’t as long lasting but they do the job adequately.

You might also want to consider colouring coding other titles that you add to your years learning.  We have added some New Zealand titles and additional books from Winter Promise.

HS books 1

  • P3/4- Fiction, Fairy Tales, and Fun for Little learners – purple
  • P4/5 – Exploring God’s World – fluorescent orange
  • A – Intro to the World: Cultures – fluorescent pink
  • B –  Intro to World History, Year 1 of 2 – red
  • C – Intro to World History, Year 2 of 2- orange
  • B+C – Intro to World History condensed – fluorescent yellow
  • D Intro to American History, Year 1 of 2 – yellow
  • E – Intro to American History Year 2 of 2 – dark green
  • D+E – Intro to American History condensed – fluorescent lime
  • F – Eastern Hemisphere – blue
  • G – World History, Year 1 of 2 – light fluorescent orange
  • H – World History, Year 2 of 2 – yellow-orange
  • W – One Year World History – pastel green
  • 100 – American History in Depth – pale yellow
  • 200 – History of God’s Kingdom – cream
  • 300 – 20th Century World History – pale blue
  • 400 – Civics/American Government – white
  • 530 – Survey of British Literature – brown