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My Father’s World: Exploring Countries and Cultures

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My Father’s World: Exploring Countries and Cultures

Learning about other countries, languages, and people has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember. When I discovered that the first unit in the My Father’s World Multi-Age Curriculum was Exploring Countries and Cultures, I was immediately intrigued. I wasn’t disappointed. We have nearly completed our fourth unit (including Adventures in My Father’s World) from My Father’s World and Exploring Countries and Cultures is my favorite so far. My Father’s World teaches history in chronological order, with American, world, Bible, and Christian history taught at the same time, beginning in the second unit. Exploring Countries and Cultures gives students a trip around the world first, so that they will have a basic understanding of world geography when they begin learning about where historical events took place.

Exploring Countries and Cultures begins its world tour in the United States and continues through a representative sample of countries in all seven continents. Bible, geography, science, art, music, and literature are all covered in the unit. Math, language arts, and foreign language recommendations are given, and can be purchased at the My Father’s World website, but are not included in the unit. My Father’s World offers three options when purchasing Exploring Countries and Cultures: the deluxe package which includes the teacher’s manual, student worksheets, and all the books, workbooks, and CDs needed to complete the program; the basic package which includes everything except the read-alouds, an inflatable globe, The Great Animal Search, and Fun with Easy Origami; or à la carte. The packages offer a substantial discount over purchasing the items separately. Basic school supplies, art supplies, and kitchen items will need to be provided by the parent. A sample of the teacher’s manual is available at the My Father’s World website.

In Bible, students hear and memorize from the book of Matthew, listen to true stories of missionaries, and study and pray weekly for a different ethnic group using Window on the World. In geography, a number of carefully chosen resources are used to explore fifteen different countries. Students complete a variety of hands-on activities, such as playing games and cooking multi-cultural foods. Science for Exploring Countries and Cultures focuses on different habitats, and coordinates with the country being studied in geography. Students also complete art and craft projects and listen to music from each of the countries studied. When we completed Exploring Countries and Cultures, some of the resources included evolutionary references. Since then, My Father’s World has partnered with the publishers to produce special editions of these resources with the evolutionary references removed or edited. These editions are only available through My Father’s World. A supplement to Exploring Countries and Cultures is available at additional cost for seventh and eighth graders.

My children really enjoyed Exploring Countries and Cultures. Two years later, they still frequently discuss information that they learned during this unit. Studying the missionaries, doing crafts, and making food from various countries made learning world geography fun for all of us. The resources used in this unit are beautiful and so well-written that we were often able to include my son, who was six at the time and very active, in our studies because they could keep his attention.

If you are interested in more information about the multi-age cycle from My Father’s World, please see my review.

About Stephenie McBride

At age eight, Stephenie McBride developed a life-long interest in teaching others. She taught English as a Second Language and Kindergarten in a public school for six years. Stephenie and her husband, Ben, adopted their two children from Kolkata, India, in 2000 and 2004. She has been an at-home parent and home educator since 2001. They use an eclectic mix of materials and approaches, with a strong emphasis on Charlotte Mason. Stephenie is the Assistant Editor of Publications and a member of the Review Team at Home Educating Family Magazine. She also created and writes for Crestview Heights Academy Homeschool Curriculum. You can read more about Stephenie and her eclectic homeschooling adventures at crestviewheights.wordpress.com.

Last Updated: June 18, 2012

(4) Leave Your Opinion

  1. Sara
    June 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Can you offer some feedback on the suggested English/Language that My Father's World recommends? I am nervous about changing from ABeka.

    • Stephenie McBride
      June 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hi, Sara! Can you tell me what ages your kids are? We use some of MFW's recommendations but we also use some things that I have discovered myself. We use a lot of hands-on activities and short lessons and very few workbooks.

  2. Bridget
    October 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    My girls are 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. I am doing IEW A for my oldest and Writing Strands, but find that the PLL that is recommended is boring. What Language Arts do you recommend for them? We do Spelling Power also, but feel there needs to be something else.

    • Stephenie McBride
      October 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Hi, Bridget! We have not used PLL either. I use different things each year depending on what my children need the most work on. We have used Explode the Code workbooks, Spelling to Read and Write, Simply Grammar, Language Lessons books from Queen Homeschool Supply, IEW, Spelling Power, products from Simply Charlotte Mason such as Spelling Wisdom, phonics books, etc. If you like the Charlotte Mason approach either Queen Homeschool Supply or Simply Charlotte Mason would be a good place to look. Stephenie

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Year:
2002
Contains:
teacher's manual, student sheets, and required additional resources
Retail Price:
$348.00 for Deluxe Package
Recommended:
for grades 2 through 8
Worldview:
biblical
 
Pros:
interesting resources, many hands-on activities
Cons:
lots of reading by the parent
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