A Cultural Resource for “Children Around the World”
Target Age Group: Grade 2 and Up
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
This Cultural Resource
Beautiful photographs show what families possess in many different countries, along with their workplaces, and their most prized possessions. Each week, discussion questions in your guide allow you to thoughtfully discuss with your children the lives of those pictured.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This resource holds a unique place in our Children Around the World program. It is the only non-fiction resource in the entire program that is not produced by a Christian company. That means this book will occasionally mention content that reflects true realities in these places but may not be something you choose to mention with your children. Why do we use this resource then?
This resource is just one of many resources in this program so its place in the program has a very specific purpose. The strength of this resources lies in its pictures. It is a wonderful resources that gives your family a look into the lives of families around the world. The writer assembled pictures of all of a family’s material possessions laid out in front of them from countries all over the world. It is a very humbling and powerful resource! The images are at the center of this book. Your family can look, discuss, mourn and learn to be so thankful for what those of us in the West have. Material World has been a powerful tool for growth for so many families that have used this in the past and we hope it will for you.
That being said, there is some content mentioned, i.e. abortion, murder, war, poverty etc, that you may not choose to share with your younger students. That does not mean this resource will be unhelpful though or unusable. The reading is secondary to what is being seen on the page. Skip what you feel should be skipped and circled back to it later in future years when it is appropriate. If you do choose to skip this resource as a whole the program will still contain so much for your children and Material World is not an essential that the program stands or falls on.