If you want/need to have your children enrolled in an actual school (which can be a requirement for some States or Countries) you might consider Home Life Academy as a great option. It is an official private school with the ministry of serving home educator, both in the US and abroad. This basically means that your children are enrolled in this private school, but you still get to be their teacher and choose their curriculum.
Registration discounts available for missionaries!
The following sites offer programs, and/or resources to help missionary kids who are going through cultural transitions or re-entering their home culture after living abroad.
Multilingual Children’s Association is great for missionaries who are raising their
children in other countries and trying to learn two or more languages. It offers
informative articles, language products for children, and more.
International Society of Missionary Kids (ISMK) assists missionary kids in cultural
training, education, retreats, discipleship, and life transitions.
They train missionary kids to become engaged in discipleship and missions.
They also provide support to the families in vulnerable situations.
mkPLANET has an online Facebook group that connects MKs, their families, and member
care workers. They strive to provide a safe and open environment for interaction,
information, and support.
This book provides resources for people who have responsibility for missionary kids (MKs) and other Third Culture Kids (TCKs). It contains the collected wisdom of 38 different experienced authors in a collaborative effort to equip parents, teachers, and caregivers.
Children of expatriates, missionaries, military personnel, and others who live outside
their passport country have unique issues with personal development and identity.
This book bring to light the emotional and psychological realities that come with
the TCK journey.
How to Raise a Bilingual Child
I found this article to be very helpful. It includes several practical ideas you
can implement in your home to help your children learn multiple languages with the
least amount of confusion and frustration.
Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability
By Adam Beck
There are many resources out there for bilingual families, but Maximize Your Child's
Bilingual Ability is uniquely special . . . very useful, practical, and motivating.
Paradise Mountain Ministries
A “Home Away from Home” for young people whose parents are located outside the United
Location: North-East Georgia
NorthStar Academy is a great online educational option for MK’s!
Offering students a choice of taking individual courses or an entire grade-level
program to meet their individual academic needs.
Global TCK Care & Education is SIL's international children's education department.
Their website has excellent articles about Third Culture Kids, dealing with transitions,
and their education; a list of books on being a TCK; and links to online resources
for TCKs. They also have links to companies from many different countries that provide
home education resources. This website is a gold mine, particularly for information
about educating your child overseas.
by Jessica Vana
A story book specifically written for missionary kids!! Meet Adelina . . . “Momma,
moving to the jungle will be hard, huh? I hope I can find my courage.” Softly, slowly
momma tucked Aviator Bear under Adelina’s arm. “When you feel like this adventure
is too big, hold on to Aviator Bear and remember God can give you courage as big
as the night sky.”
Every day kids across America are leaving their homes, families, friends, and even
their doggies, to follow God’s call to share the gospel. Discover what happens when
one young girl finds true courage as a missionary aviator.
Written by a missionary mom for missionary kids!
Slurping Soup and Other Confusions
by Tonges & Menezes
True stories and activities to help third culture kids during transition. The activities
are suitable for three to twelve year olds and include brainstorming, problem solving,
party planning, family tree, quirky word games etc. The book aims to help children
cope with the challenges of living internationally.
Arrivals Departures And The Adventures In-Between
by Christopher O’Shaughnessy
Growing up and transitioning cross-culturally can present unexpected challenges and
bestow surprising skills. This is a book of adventures to help identify some of those
challenges and use some of those skills in your own life - which is important because
you've got more to contribute to the world than you realize.
Kids on the Move
A Relocation Workbook by Leah Moorefield Evans
Moving to a new home with your pre-school or elementary child? Collect memories,
process the move and celebrate the future with activities, ideas, and games in this
Raising Kids in the Foreign Service
This book is perfect for families new to the Foreign Service and looking for a sense
of what life is like abroad.
Covers a wide variety of topics important to parents living abroad. Experienced expat
writers share stories, experiences, and research about pregnancy, education, travel,
language, unaccompanied tours, safety, maintaining mindfulness and much more.
Learn about everything from homeschooling to helping struggling kids to cleaning
up that clutter while living in another country.
by Sara Saunders
Lila isn't just like her yellow friends or her blue cousins, so she feels as though
she doesn't fit in anywhere. But when she meets another swirly kid and his swirly
mom, she finds out that she does belong somewhere . . . with a very special swirly
A great book for learning about how to face cultural differences.
by Tanya Crossman
Misunderstood explores the impact international life can have on Third Culture Kids
-- while they live overseas, when they return, and as they mature into adults.
Similarities in their shared experiences (regardless of the different countries in
which they have lived) create a safe space of comfort and understanding. Tanya Crossman
introduces this space - the Third Culture - through the personal stories of hundreds
Whether you grew up overseas, are raising children overseas, or know a family living
abroad, Misunderstood will equip you with insights into the international experience,
along with practical suggestions for how to offer meaningful care and support.
Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile
Because of the rapid growth of the expat community, counselors must look at the uniqueness
of working with children who grow up as a Third Culture Kid, the common presenting
issues for adults TCKs and what often lies hidden beneath the surface. The book is
filled with practical examples, interesting stories, tips, charts, resources, theories,
techniques and discussion questions for further study.
Patches the Moving Bear
by Leah Evans
Patches moves to a new home with his family every few years. So far, he has lived
in Russia, Ecuador, Ukraine, and Paraguay. Luckily, he has a couple of strategies
to help him say good-bye and remember the home he is leaving. Learn about his story
in this full color picture book!
My Very Exciting - Sorta Scary - Big Move
by Lori Attanasio Woodring
This award winning book makes one of the most stressful life events for kids - moving
- a little less hectic and a little more exciting. "My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary,
Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home" guides kids from worry to
wonder and fear to new friends. This one-of-a-kind workbook walks kids ages 5-11
step by step through the entire moving process, including understanding change, strategies
for managing emotions, ways to say goodbye, taking part in a new adventure, tips
for making new friends, and more. The charming illustrations and engaging activities
allow children to take control of their feelings and experiences and become active
participants in their exciting new adventure.
The Moving Book: A Kids’ Survival Guide
by Gabriel Davis
If you have to move, make it an adventure with the help of our book. This invaluable
tool is filled with advice and activities to help you prepare for a move and suggestions
for making your new location feel like home. Use this book as a scrapbook of your
Inside you'll find 8 colorful change-of-address postcards to mail to your friends,
a special Family and Friends Address Book, scrapbook pages for photos and memories,
games to play while on the road, ideas for mapping out your new bedroom and neighborhood,
and tips on how to pack, how to find out about your new town, and how to make friends.
This is a story about a brave little girl, Katie Harlow, who has experienced two
moves and is about to encounter her third. While thinking about all of the things
she will miss she has an epiphany! She realizes all of these moves have actually
been great adventures and she has discovered many treasures along the way. Katie
Harlow realizes that without experiencing these moves she may have missed out on
some really, REALLY cool things! She is left feeling excited and ready for her next
The Great Big Move
by Meghan Geary
Raising Resilient MKs
Hats: Reflections on Life as a Wife, Mother, Homeschool Teacher, Missionary, and
By Elizabeth M. Trotter
Finally a book for the Homeschooling Missionary Mom!
Elizabeth Trotter writes about the many hats she wears as wife, mother, homeschool
teacher, missionary and more. Elizabeth Trotter shares an honest look at what it's
like to wear all these hats, and he leaves her readers feeling encouraged and inspired
in their on walks of life.
The Wild Brothers are Christian missionary kids who are growing up in the jungle
and creating videos and resources to share their world with others.
Sammy’s Next Move
By Helen Maffini
Sammy is a snail who lives around the world with his parents as a "third culture
kid" or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and
make new friends.
Sammy experiences the feelings and thoughts common to children in similar situations.
Sammy is a snail and so he carries his home with him wherever he goes, just as a
third culture kid does by knowing that home is where their heart is!