Using some of the unique languages from around the world, Passport to the World by Craig Froman gives children a glimpse of what life is like in different countries. The book takes you on a journey to 26 different countries while learning languages from A to Z (Armenian to Zulu).
Each language and its country are given a two-page spread that includes:
- Full-color photos including images of the country’s currency, its traditions, its geography, a current photo of people living in the country, and more
- “Did You Know?” facts that teach about the language and the country
- Maps with statistics and fast facts about the country including population, size, capital city, flag, and more
- A greeting from a native friend from each country
- Speaking the language section that features simple words in each language – Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, and Peace
My boys’ favorite part of the book is the pretend passport that is included. Each time we “visit” a new country, they put a “stamp” in their passport! It is a fun way to look back on the places we have visited.
I love that the book begins with a lesson on the Tower of Babel and how the language families came to be. We are always looking for apologetics curriculum choices, and this book stays true to our beliefs.
Master Books designs and sells curriculum guides called Parent Lesson Planners (PLP). If you haven’t seen them, you must make a point to check them out. The PLPs are available in a variety of subjects and grade levels. Each PLP is typically a year-long lesson planner that includes apologetic resources from publishers such as Answers in Genesis, New Leaf Publishing, and of course, Master Books. You can buy the kits with everything included or you can use the PLP if you already own the books called for in each program. PLPs included a suggested schedule, activities, quizzes, answer keys, and supply lists.
The PLP we are using with Passport to the World is called Elementary Geography and Cultures. The suggested grade level is 3rd through 6th, but I am using it for 2nd and 4th grade. The second half of the PLP year uses the Children’s Atlas of God’s World written by Craig Froman. Stay tuned for a review later this school year.
The PLP includes recipes and food suggestions to go along with each country, which makes it feel even more like a real visit to the country. I also print out a blank map of each country we visit for the boys to color, a great way to incorporate art into your social studies!
Written by Heidi S.