By Contributing Writer, Jeannette Paulson
I love to visit homes that have large world maps on the wall. It is a powerful statement that we are not alone on the globe. God has made many peoples, and He loves them. I am intrigued, and I want my children to be too. Here are two tools:
We have loved learning geography with World Discovery Deluxe. It is software that begins like a large puzzle. Borders are indicated, and the child drags the shapes onto the correct places. As the levels progress, the borders are removed, and the shapes are replaced with names. Speed and accuracy both contribute to a final score.
Truly fast-paced and comprehensive, it is a fun way to learn geography. Though some of our children took to it more than others, one son was able, after some practice, to do Europe upside down with no boundaries indicated.
Another tool to help us see past our own backyard is a game called I Never Forget a Face.
Excellent quality, this matching game is beautifully illustrated. There are 24 different ethnic groups. My youngest girls have played with these for hours. They would take a boy and girl, pretend they were a husband and wife, and then choose numerous other ones as natural and adopted children.
This game is a wonderful way to make children aware that God has created many peoples in His image, and to open their eyes to the marvelous diversity in God’s creation. I believe God could use this game to turn the hearts of our children to love the nations for Jesus’ sake.
Let’s train ourselves to look around. We are not alone on the globe.