Do you like the idea of Worldschooling but aren't a traveling family?
Do you travel sometimes, but not that much and most of the time you stay in your area?
It might not make much sense at first, but you CAN Worldschool while not traveling.
It can be done, you just have to change your mindset.
Have you considered Worldschooling from home?
It might not be the perfect definition of Worldschooling but it can get you started on to full time "on the road" Worldschooling in the future.
Beware, if you embark on a Worldschooling lifestyle while at home, you might get bit by the travel bug! Don't worry that is good thing.
You can Worldschool without Traveling!
I insist that you can Worldschool while not traveling! I might get some beef over this from people that love specific definitions and labels, but please keep in mind that this is my opinion, what you wish to do with it is your prerogative.
In the Worldschooling group on FB, there are at least two posts a day from a family that "would love to worldschool" but can't even imagine leaving it all behind to hit the road and live day to day. The thing is, you can see the world from where you are without necessarily traveling too far, or at all. But like I said before, if you do this you might want to really travel and see the world. It really is out there for the grabbing!
So, how can you Worldschool from home without Traveling? Here are some ideas of activities and things you can do today, or tomorrow, or the next day.
Be assured, all these can me implemented into your life, no matter if your kids are unschooled, homeschooled, or regular schooled!
How to start?Pin up a world map on your wall, preferably one with all the country names. Or get yourself a stand alone globe. Either one will be a great addition to your home and your lives!
Pick a country, an area or a continent. Ask your kids if they have ever been curious of another culture, is there a foreign classmate in their school, or neighborhood? Do they have any multiracial family members? Once you've picked your destination, pack your imaginary bags and GO!
Offline1. Read books about the country, area or continent you picked. I don't mean just Encyclopedia / Wikipedia style articles, I mean story books, history novels, children's picture books, art books, photography. Every country has their own set of myths and legends, most of which are almost always made into beautiful books with great illustrations. Most books even have glossaries for unusual words. For the parents or young adults, history novels are a great way to learn about other countries. Art books and photography books make for great relaxing learning moments with your kids.
You can find books like these in your local library, bookstore or through Amazon. If the book is bilingual then its even better! Try and find books on all different aspects of the country, area or continent you chose; clothing, food, language, songs, customs, coming of age rituals, arts and crafts, the possibilities are endless!
2. Find out if there is a neighborhood enclave in your area for the nationality you picked. For example, almost every big city in the world has a Chinatown. Here, you can see them in this ARTICLE. If you are lucky, your area might also have other nationality enclaves, like Italians, Latinos and Hispanics, Russians, Indians. When you visit these places; eat the food, visit shrines or temples, shop at their local marketplace, talk to the people, take photos, collect mementos.
3. Visit Museums. Most museums, like National History Museums are organized by area of the world, and by chronological order. When you visit the displays, make sure you and your kids take note of the different places they are visiting through history. There will always be maps and timelines to look at, read the descriptions, take your time to learn things. If there available audio tours and your kids are old enough to benefit, take them.
4. Check with the embassies and consulates in your area, you might be lucky and have one close by for the country you picked. They can tell you if there is an upcoming culture and food fair that you can visit and experience local customs and traditions. Most embassies hold fairs annually, not only can you see, taste and smell bits of other countries, you can also maybe get interested in taking a trip there. Take home brochures, you never know when the travel bug may bite!
5. Listen to music from your chosen location, you can find cd's with music from any place in the world. Putumayo World Music has collections that span the globe.
6. Eat at ethnic restaurants. They might not have exactly the same flavor as the original due to lack of available ingredients in the area but they will always be pretty close. For example, are you and your family fans of eating sushi? Did you ever think of making it a learning experience? Take a cooking lesson, learn about the history of sushi. Don't just eat it, live it!
7. When you think you've learned enough about one place, pick another and start again!
Online:8. YouTube. Yes, it can be as simple as YouTube. There are hundreds of channels about exploring and discovering other countries and cultures. You can find old remastered videos as well as new videos from modern Travel Bloggers. Have you ever though of watching Peppa Pig in a foreign language? You can watch children's cartoons in many different languages, you and your kids might not understand but you will hear something completely different and this is just the beginning of opening your childrens' senses to the rest of the world.
A list of 20 of the best YouTube Channels for exploring the earth from home.
9. Google Earth. We have all know about this amazing resource for years, but do you use it? You can visit any place in the world with Google Earth, some cities even have 3D rendering, meaning you can virtually walk through the streets, the parks and the sights.
Google Sightseeing is a great website with features of places you can visit virtually.
10. Play Geoguesser! A game connected to Google Earth that drops a player in a random spot on the globe, the object is to figure out where you are!
11. The Multicultural Kid Blogs Website and their FB Page, has an endless array of resources for multicultural discovery. There are articles about customs, religions, food, cultural heritage, language; all geared towards children but in a way that everyone in the family can benefit. There is a community of bloggers that are constantly posting stories about their area, with their experiences about raising Global Citizens. Your kids can be Global Citizens too, you just need to open yourself to the possibilities!
12. Watch movies from the country, area or continent you picked, they could even be Disney movies, have you noticed how many parts of the world are depicted in Disney movies? Take notice, be aware and learn. Find cartoons from the location you chose, almost every country has animators and they all have a story to tell!
13. Check out this article! The best sites for Learning about the Worlds Different cultures. This list is long, extensive and very helpful. You will definitely find something worthwhile in there.
When you go on Holiday:
14. It doesn't matter if you go camping, to the next town over, to the closest city, or halfway around the world; the learning opportunities are everywhere. Find out a little about the history of the place you are visiting, has there been any historical events with sites you can visit? Are there museums? Is there a dish or dessert or drink particular to that area? Then you have to eat it, or drink it!
Is there a local artist or craftsperson? Is there anything that sets the place apart from any other? Find out what it is, go see it, visit it, photograph it, learn from it.