Extracurricular Ideas: Passport to the World

One of the best things about homeschooling is how easy it is to supplement your learning plan with extra activities, lessons, and classes that appeal to your family’s interests. Occasionally, we’ll share reviews of some of our favorite supplemental learning ideas and resources that can be easily incorporated into homeschool or traditional school learning.

Teaching my children about countries around the world has always been a goal of mine. When my two older children were younger, I created a kids club for them with other homeschoolers in our community called Passport to the World Club where we learned about different places, practiced public speaking, and sampled the traditional food of that location’s culture. (You can probably guess my favorite part!)

Once we completed our month-long study of a place, we kept track of our travels using a pretend passport. Master Books, an imprint of New Leaf Publishing Group and homeschool resource, has created a great passport for kids that will help your child keep track of all the places you learn about. You can download a free one here or order a printed version from their website for under $10 (shipping costs are more than the actual booklet).

At the Learn + Live Letter, we will be doing a lot of traveling through our lessons this year. Our unit themes include country studies and books from around the world that your child can use to “earn” stamps each month. We hope this activity idea gives you and your children the foundation for conversations about diversity and beauty of the human family. My kids loved getting their passports stamped after learning about a country and I hope yours will too!

Cynthia Holt, Learn + Live Co-founder

Cynthia is mom to three boys and has been homeschooling for the last 15 years. She also co-founded a homeschool group in New York City.

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