God’s World News is one of my family’s favorite reviews this year!
As I educate my children I want them to know and care about things happening around the world. Most of all, I want them to have a biblical worldview. It is important to me that they learn to see the world the way Jesus does.
I believe that to truly educate them is not just to nurture in them the desire to stay informed. Ultimately, I pray that as they learn about the world around them they develop a desire and a passion to get involved and make a change!
This is why when God’s World News’ News Flash was listed for review, I jumped on it. It has exceeded my expectations!
So far we have received 3 issues, Map-it News and the online resources. It has already greatly enriched other lessons in our homeschool and most of all our conversations.
What is God’s World News
God’s World News is a magazine that covers a wide variety of current events from a Christian perspective. It includes articles and activities on science, social studies, geography, economics and so much more! It is a great addition to any curriculum or program you are using in your home.
God’s World News is available in 6 different grade-level groups. Our family reviewed News Flash, for children in 3rd and 4th grade. I used it mainly with my 9 and 10 year-olds, but my 6-year-old son sat through some of the reading, too!
A subscription to News Flash is $28 per year. An issue is delivered to your home monthly (except May and December). In September, along with the magazine, you get a world map. You can use it with the articles and lessons throughout the year to show the child where in the world the events are happening. What a relevant way to practices geography!
With your subscription you also get access to lots of resources online! These include additional articles and lessons for you and your child to dig deeper!
How We Used It
We read through articles in the magazines in the early afternoon, during nap time. This is usually the time we do history/crafts/science etc. Depending on how the day was going I would have one of the boys read me an article I set aside ahead of time for him. Many times I would read some aloud to them.
Depending on their interest, we would explore the topic more, by doing more research/reading online, looking up YouTube videos and/or referencing the map.
One of the challenges as I educate my older boys is finding enjoyable ways for them to practice their reading and writing. News Flash is now a great tool available to me to further my efforts! I always found articles that would be relevant to them individually. This made reading fun!
There were a couple of times I asked them to write up a paragraph about what they read! It was usually in the form of a letter to their dad, “teaching” him something new!
Because of the wide range of topics each issue covers, we were able to use it to supplement our learning in other areas, just this month.
The boys spent a couple of hours at my husband’s job this month. My husband works in a manufacturing plant for a major automotive company. The boys were able to see very high-tech equipment and how they work!
In the September issue there was an article entitled “Bot or Not” explaining what makes an electronic device a robot! They even mentioned equipment in an automotive manufacturing plant and whether or not these are considered robots! It was a great way to discuss what they learned during their visit and put it in context!
We have been learning to play Chess as a family the past few weeks. In the September issue the boys learned about a 9-year-old girl who is considered to be one of the best chess players in the world! Of course, this inspired them and gave them a chance to consider the possibilities. We discussed the possibilities in other endeavors and how age is not a limitation!
My Favorite Things About News Flash
Every issue we received has been an adventure for all three of my boys. I LOVED the wide variety of topics and activities covered in each issue, both in the print magazine and online. There is always something for everyone! Both my Animal Lover (9-year-old) and my Young Engineer (10-year-old) found something of interest in every issue we received.
The diversity found in each issue is not just in the topics of the articles. In the issues you will find features like:
- Bible2Life: a short section connecting the article/topic to Scripture, helping the child to consider what God has to say about it!
- Country Profile: A list of important information on the country featured in the article.
- Map Illustration/Comics/Word Puzzles and much more!
MY FAVORITE THING OF ALL IS THAT EVERY ISSUE COVERED STORIES ON AND ABOUT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACES AND BACKGROUNDS. It is truly about God’s World! As a person of color I felt like they were truly very intentional about this! I loved it because as we read it as a family and felt included! We read about and saw pictures of people who looked like us! For young children this matters!!
I can’t say enough to recommend God’s World News for you and your family! If what I have said is not enough, let me tell you that they also have World Magazine for adults!
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