Where In The World

Is Carmen Sandiego?

It was a show on PBS and is also a series of computer games and books teaching kids geography.

However, this post is not about Carmen Sandiego, but it is about geography, learning more about other countries, and exploring the possibilities.

At the moment, Lili’s favorite subjects are art, history, science and geography.  It makes sense as these subjects are intertwined.

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Naomi has some interest in these subjects as well and as a child, I had limited interest in any of them.  My interest developed in my adult years and these are some of my favorite subjects in our home school program.  It’s partially why I was drawn to the “Build Your Library” curriculum.

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My family has had the opportunity to do some traveling across the U.S. and I love taking the girls on trips.  I want to provide them opportunity to learn outside a classroom setting, including the classroom that is also known as our dining room.

Although the girls haven’t been with us on every trip (after all, they are only 7 & 9) we have visited well over half the states in the U.S.  We’ve also had the privilege of visiting a few countries.  Guatemala and Ethiopia are near and dear to our hearts, since those countries gave us our beautiful daughters.  We’ve been able to travel back to Guatemala a few times since and hope to return to Ethiopia (once things calm down there).  Our cruises have taken us to The Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, Grand Caymans and Cozumel.  Next month the ship will take us to two new countries – Honduras and Belize.

Travel is definitely one of my passions.  I enjoy seeing new places, meeting new people, seeing the diverse landscapes, learning the history of the places we visit, and seeing how others live.  It’s one of the reasons I have demanded that each of our cruises include stops to places we have not been before.

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My interest in learning about and exploring different places around the world is continually growing and changing.  On a blog post a few weeks ago I asked the question, “If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?”  I received a couple of responses that caused me to check out some places I hadn’t considered visiting before.  One I didn’t even know existed.  Now I’m looking for participation from my readers once again and have three questions.

  1.  How many different cities, states and/or countries have you lived in?
  2.  Of those places, which was your favorite and why?
  3.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

I think it’s fascinating to not only know where people have lived, but what draws them to a certain places.  Is it the landscape?  The culture?  The people?  Jobs?

Since I’m asking you to answer these questions, the least I can do is answer them too.  So here is goes.

  1.  I have lived in 9 different cities (although, a few of them are not actually cities, but villages or small towns).  I have lived in 4 different states and I have never lived outside the U.S.
  2.  Of all the places I’ve lived, Tacoma, WA would probably be my favorite.  I loved being sandwiched between the ocean and mountains.  I appreciated the beauty and diversity of the area.
  3.  Hubby lived in Germany for two years while in the Army.  The girls started their lives in other countries.  I’ve only lived in the U.S. , but I think I would love the opportunity and experience of one day living elsewhere.  Where, I don’t know.  But I’m quite sure gypsy blood runs thru my veins and the thought of a new adventure in another country is certainly appealing to me 🙂

What about you?  Are you living in your perfect corner of the world?  Is there a place you would rather be?

Please share!





Our Geography Project Begins

First of all, I want to give a big thanks to all my readers who have provided us information that will assist us in our summer geography lesson. Currently, we have 21 locations from around the world. What started out as a simple geography lesson will turn into a geography, history, science, arts and crafts lesson by the time all is said and done.

Since we do school all year round (after all, learning should never stop), this will be one of our summer projects. A summer vacation across the globe from the comfort of our home. The girls will take turns selecting one of the locations provided from a hat and we’ll begin our discovery. First, finding that location on a map or globe, than learning the history of that area. Finally we’ll learn some interesting facts, find pictures and compile all our findings into books.  Naomi creating a book with information that is easy for a kindergartener to understand.  Lili creating a book with information that is easy for a 2nd grader to understand.  Along the way, I’ll have each of the girls share some of their favorite findings and put it out here for you to read. Hopefully you’ll learn something along the way as well.

We will begin our geography project this week and I want to encourage others to participate by telling us where you live. The more locations we have to study, the more we learn.


Geography Lesson

My girls are studying geography in their homeschool studies. For Naomi, this is learning directions and reading very simple maps. It’s much the same for Lili, with map reading becoming more challenging now that she’s doing 2nd grade work. Lili is also quite fond of geography and I thought it would be a fun geography lesson if each of my readers would leave me a comment and tell me where you are from. No specific addresses please. Just the city (if you’re comfortable doing so) or general location (for me that would be Central Illinois), state and/or country. I will then have the girls look up all these locations on a map or globe and we will do a follow-up study to find something unique about each location.

I hope many of you will participate in our little geography lesson and I will share our findings over the next few months.