To School Around the World

Back to school routines take a long time to get used to as we ease into September. Casual mornings sipping tea on the back porch turn into snatch, grab, and eat what you can from the pantry.  Long summer evenings turn into homework crunch frenzy festivals. However your routine has changed from August to September, remember to take time for you and your family to just enjoy the change of the seasons and the change of routine. As your family transitions, you and your family may also want to consider how children around the world attend school. These books offer endless possibilities for exploration. How fun would it be to go to school in a tree house?

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Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World by Susan Hughes
How fun would it be to go to school in a treehouse? Chapters are divided by common characteristics. Why a treehouse? Parents, educators, and children will enjoy the map and resources page. Challenge your children to look around their community and school environment and think about how their school is the same or different.

My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Arranged alphabetically by country, examples are presented of the various modes of transportation used to get books in the hands of children. By boat, truck, mule, bicycle, and camel are just a few of those ways.

My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Arranged alphabetically by country, examples are presented of schools situated in various challenging climate environments. In one community in Cambodia, families live in floating houses. There is a floating school as well.

Going to School in India by Lisa Heydlauff
The vast and diverse peoples and cultures of India are presented in this scrapbook style adventure. Dozens of children are featured throughout India as they pursue education in each of their communities.

This Is the Way We Go To School by Laine Falk
Children will feel part of a global community. Discuss the different ways in which children in your community travel to school: by foot, car, bus, train, carpool. You and your children can design a scrapbook telling your own family story of school.

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