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Simple Home School – Africa Field Trip

Sudan is that big one in the northeast.

The past few weeks we have been learning about Africa in our simple home school.  Specifically North Africa.  As much as I would like to take them there to see it, we can’t quite swing that in our home school budget.  Instead we went to visit friends of ours who are from Sudan to ask them about their country.

Here is the questions Lily wrote out and the answers we got:

What country are you from?

South Sudan, there was war there from 1983 till 2005.  But, even though the war is supposed to be over there is still lots of fighting between the north and the south.  She grew up in a small village of 300-500 people, her father had cattle.  They went to Ethiopia when she was 9 years old and she grew up there in a refugee camp.

What games did you play when you were little?

They made dolls out of clay and burned them so they were hard.  They put hair on them and decorated them.

What do you wear in your country?

Skirts and dresses.  She showed us a special ‘over-dress’ that the married women wear or the girls can wear at a special occasion.

Lily gets super shy.  I wanted her to take a picture with our friend, but this is the face she made instead.

What foods did you eat when you were little?

Corn, corn flour, wheat, breads they baked in the sun.

What animals did you see?

She saw a hyena, and once she found a lion when she was playing in the corn field.  Her dad had cows.

Did you go to school?

yes, in the refugee camp in Ethiopia

Here is our beautiful friend from south Sudan.

How did you get to the USA?

She came as a young adult to Canada.  Toronto in February…..pretty bad shock in temperature 🙂  Then moved to the USA after 4 months to be closer to her fiancée.

What is the biggest difference between your country and the USA?

At this she just laughed.  She said that raising children and what children were allowed to do at what ages was the most surprising.  She didn’t have electricity until she was almost grown up…. I would have thought that would be a big change.

Some language learning:

She tried to teach us a few words, and I tried to record it with the camera but it didn’t really work out.  Her language and tribe is Nuer.  She speaks that language and English.  English is the trade language in Sudan.


 Here is her adorable son.

What I learned about our homeschooling and my children is that they aren’t ready for all that I want to do with them yet.    It was lots of fun and we are going to talk to another friend from Kenya today, but they really aren’t ready to take it all in yet.  Lily can write out questions but her attentions span doesn’t last long enough to ask them all and listen for answers.  Either way, I know they are learning.  We are going to have lots of fun with learning field trips as they get older!

Have you done a field trip in the last few months?


  1. This is a great idea, Lori. Agree that their attention spans limit how much WE want them to learn. But I am a big geography fan, love travel, and want to expose both the boys to as much of the rest of the world as possible.

    • geography is probably one of our best covered subjects… now if only I could figure out how to take them more of these place 🙂

      • By the way, I am taking my eldest on a surprise field trip tomorrow. Behind the scenes at PDX airport. Stay tuned 🙂

        • wow, that sounds fun! How old is he?

          • He’s 6 and a half. I think he will enjoy doing this with Dad, without his younger brother pestering him (he turns 2 next month) 🙂

  2. Danielle Danielle

    Great idea! Wish I knew more people from all over the world. Our one friend from Kenya just moved away. Learning about the dangers and poverty of others sure makes me count my blessings. Thanks!

    • yes, We talked to two ladies (one more last Friday) and even though they are friends of mine I learned so much more about their growing up.

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