Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Family Affair–Part 2

This week, my posts will be focused on ways to get the family, and specifically your children involved in the sponsorship process!

Yesterday was all about writing and receiving letters and today I’ll be focusing on another facet of Compassion International sponsorship.

Culture Study!

Learning more about your sponsored child’s country and culture can be a great way to feel more connected!  Whether you homeschool or not, you can set aside a week or two to work on a Unit Study of a specific region. There are many ways to learn more about the various countries where your Compassion child may live, and I’ll list a few of them below to get you started!

When we add a new child to our Compassion Family, we generally start with a basic geography lesson. We find the country on a map and fill in a notebooking page with some facts.

I love the pages offered by Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations. Her Country Fact Sheet is a great springboard. She also has unit studies available for several Compassion-assisted countries.

We usually Google to find a coloring sheet of each country’s flag and hang those up in our display area for a time.

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Make use of your local library system and look for books of videos about the country you’re studying. Some countries do tend to have more books than others. Our family’s unit study on Tanzania yielded a huge stack of books while we didn’t find any on Burkina Faso. Sometimes, broadening your search and reading books based on the general region or specific continent will still lead to a connection and interest. My girls definitely enjoyed the many children’s books we have checked out and sometimes ask me to reorder their favorites!

Jill from Compassion Family has put a lot of time into compiling her Country Expert posts.  For most Compassion-assisted countries, she has listed many facts, books, videos and so on. This is a valuable resource that you really should check out!

YouTube can be a great asset. We’ve been able to search and find a lot of videos that show daily life in the countries where our Compassion children live.  One of my daughters is fascinated with videos showing the bustling markets in Africa and South America. We’ve also used YouTube to find music from various countries.

On Compassion International’s website, they have a page for each of the 26 countries where they currently work. Each page shares basic information and also things like Culture, Holidays, Games and Foods.  You could try out the recipe provided for your sponsored child’s country and see what your children think!

The Compassion International website also has a page with resources for children!

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Quest for Compassion is an educational interactive site geared towards children.

Compassion also offers several homeschool lessons that could easily be used for any family or Sunday School class!

By devoting some time to learn more about the area where your sponsored child lives, it foster interest and excitement in your own children.

If you have helped your children study the countries and cultures of your Compassion family, what activities have you enjoyed?  I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below!

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