We homeschool. My 10-year-old daughter is just wrapping up 5th grade. We use a curriculum called Sonlight, which is heavy on reading good literature.
Recently I was reminded of just why we love our Sonlight curriculum so much.
We were in the middle of a study on Africa. We had read through two missionary biographies, both published by YWAM - David Livingstone and Mary Slessor.
Both of these stories were fascinating. We learned about the climate and terrain in Africa, about wild animals there, and about the tense relationships between many indigenous African tribes.
Sonlight then had us read a book called A Long Walk to Water.
What a great (and TRUE) story this is! We learned about what is going on in modern-day Sudan and the introduction of wells to small villages in order to provide clean drinking water. After reading the book, my daughter wanted to learn more about the organization mentioned in the book. We checked out the website for Water for Sudan. Unprompted, my daughter wanted to send in a donation of her chore money to help provide more wells in Sudan. For a girl that struggles to show compassion, this was a huge change.
Thank you, Sonlight!