Growing Up Around the World: Michigan, USA
This summer we’ve been following along with Jamie Martin at Simple Homeschool to read at least one book from seven different major regions of our world. All of our selections have been from Jamie’s book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time which I highly recommend. The kids have loved reading about kids from other countries, finding countries on our globe, and discussing all the places they want to visit.
We’ve also enjoyed reading snapshots about families who live around the world. Today we’re joining the Growing Up Around the World Link Up to tell you a bit about our little section of the world. Below you’ll find my six-year old daughter’s (mostly unedited) responses to the prompts.
Tell us about your family.
I have a mom and dad and a brother. I am a girl. I am six. My mom is 32. My dad is 33. My little brother is 3. And I love all of them.
Tell us about where you live and how long you’ve lived there.
We live in Michigan in a city by the lake. We have lived here for almost three years. Our home is big and blue. And it has a playground in the backyard. There is a bunch of shade in the backyard and me and my brother love it. We have lived in this home for about six months.
What do you think is unique and special about living where you do?
Lake Michigan is one of the most special things about where we live. It’s huge. You can’t even see all the way across it. My favorite is when there are huge waves. But I do not like it when a huge wave knocks me over. Another special thing is Dutch Village where we learn about wooden shoemaking and the library being so close.
What languages are spoken there? If it’s different from English, can you help us learn a few common phrases?
English is the main language spoken where we live. Dutch and Spanish are also spoken.
What are some traditional foods there?
Corn on the cob, dill pickles, cheeseburgers, and buns.
Tell us about the climate where you live.
We have very cold winters with a lot of snow. Our summers are hot and sometimes it rains. A lot of times people travel to Lake Michigan during the summer. Spring is warm and fall is cool.
What does school look like for the majority of kids where you live?
Most people in our city attend public or private school. There are also a lot of homeschoolers.
What does school look like for your family?
We do homeschool. One day a week I go to a school with other homeschool kids to learn together. My favorite class there is art.
Are there any special festivals or traditions you’d like to tell us about related to where you live?
Every year we have Tulip Time. I was going to guess there were one million tulips during Tulip Time. But my mom and I looked it up and there are over 4 million! There’s also a fair and parades.
If you ever had to move away from where you live, what do you think you’d miss most?
No fire ants. And Lake Michigan. And my friends and grandparents.
Do you have a favorite book that takes place in your region/country?
I really like Sarah, Plain and Tall which takes place in our country, but not near Michigan.
What’s something fun or interesting about where you live?
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