One of my main focus points in our homeschool is educating my kids to have the mindset of a world citizen and not just an American viewpoint. Google ‘global citizens’ and you’ll find a plethora of articles, books, and opinions. As a home educator, my time is already stretched thin and I’ve found just reading and talking about current events daily to be the most effective way to achieve my goal. It’s a marathon, not a race. Just five minutes a day leads to many discussions at all sorts of odd moments and provides more connections when we study history and science. Who doesn’t need a new set of rabbit trails? You know how sometimes a discussion can go off on a crazy tangent, make lots of crazy turns? You don’t know where it’s going, and you don’t know how you got there? I’ve found that’s where we’ve found some of our most meaningful connections.
It’s shockingly easy with the help of the internet. Why kids sites and not just the big news sites? Finding balanced press coverage is hard today, and I’ve found these sites go out of their way to provide fair and even coverage while excluding the graphic violence that is common in our world. I’ve compiled some of our favorite sources for you:
The New York Times Learning Network– My favorite source.
PBS Newshour Extra– Go a little Deeper after watching this on TV
Dogo News– A good variety of subjects and current events
CBBC Newsround– It’s BBC so you’ll get a lot of British news first.
Time for Kids– current events
Science News For Students– If you are on Twitter you can follow them there too.
Smithsonian Teen Tribune– Click up at the top to change the grade level all the way down to grade 4.