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So I’m Going to be Raising a Ten Year old and a Thirteen Year Old in West Africa March 18, 2012

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Part of the getting ready process is deciding how much info to share (or not share) with my children ahead of time about what they might expect in Africa. There is a fine line between preparing them and scaring them. The photo above is from a different expat’s family and some of the food items they packed for their move. The photo below is a traditional Senegalese meal that is eaten with your right hand. Now I expect that our reality will live somewhere in between the two photos.

There will be things that we pack for the move, including food or household items that will just make things easier for everyone (One child could live on instant oatmeal). I also expect that we will have many opportunities to eat traditional Senegalese meals. I’m guessing that silverwear can be used if that is the comfort level for the kids (or us). I don’t feel the need to replicate the exact eating or grocery experience for my family while we are there. That is one of many things I am looking forward to as being able to experience a different culture.

I am taking the opportunity when things come up in regular conversation to make connections for them.

Examples-

child–“Wow there is a lot of trash along the highways. It must have been under the snow that melted.”

me–“You know not every where in the world has trash pick-up like we do here in Ohio. Some places don’t have trash pick-up at their house.”

child-“I can’t believe that guy just can the red light.”

me–“Even though traffic laws are very important to obey, not everyone always does that, so you always have to be thinking about your safety when you are walking and not take the traffic rules for granted.”

On the other hand, I don’t like it when people word their comments to me in a way that implies that the children and I should be terribly frightened. I’m sure they aren’t thinking about it that way, but it does honk me off a little.

 “You must be so trepidatious!” (We aren’t, excited-not nervous. And stop suggesting to my kids that there is anything of which they should be afraid.)

“Your poor mother must be beside herself!” (She’s not, but my mother-in-law is a different story. CNN effect)

“I hope you’ll be able to communicate from over there in some way.” (Yes-they have phone, internet, Facebook, parcel post, etc.)

I have been preparing by reading blogs by people who currently live in Dakar or Senegal. I have been enjoying:

Girl, Guy, and Globe: A Tale of Two Americans Living Abroad

Senegal Daily 

The View From Here (an Ohio missionary couple in rural Senegal) is also one I check frequently.

I know that there isn’t anything that is going to be able to completely prepare all of us for this move, but it IS going to be a positive experience for all and we are going to learn a ton that we would not be able to learn by moving to Indiana or even London.

It’s okay if the idea of moving to West Africa is completely beyond your wild imagination. Everyone has different comfort levels. We aren’t scared. We are excited and know that there are going to be highs and lows along the way, but so would there even if we never set a foot outside of Granville.

 

Growing a book lover June 26, 2010

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I take my job of raising readers very seriously., both as an educator and as a parent. I’m sure it seems like a no-brainer, but it hasn’t been as easy as I would have wished. My oldest fought being a reader/ book-lover like crazy. She was the classic unengaged reader from second grade through the beginning of fourth–always picking books that were too challenging, giving them up after a week or two, and blaming the book for bring “boring”.
Now as a rising sixth grader, she has had the time of her life this weekend at ALA10 with me- meeting her two favorite authors, collecting advanced review copies for teacher friends of mine, (and some for herself), taking photos of the cake that looked like a stack of books ( and eating a piece), getting free stickers for her former elementary teachers, and more…

The exhibition tickets were $25 each, it took a tank of gas to get there, we shared a hotel room with a librarian friend for two nights, we bought some hardbacks for $5 a piece to have autographed, and we’ll see some museums tomorrow ( for free).

I would have spent more than that to take my child to King’s Island or some water park.

 

Importance of Summer Reading for Children Continued… July 6, 2009

Filed under: summer reading,Twitter,Uncategorized — bestbookihavenotread @ 6:49 pm
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Reading is Fundamental has a great new article about “Summer Slide” (not the fun one). 

It’s a two-sided blade:

Those who read over the summer GAIN reading skills,

Those who DON’T read over the summer lose reading skills.

There is no option of doing nothing and having nothing happen.

Not choosing, is a choice with consequences in this situation!

 

“Child of a Blogger” January 5, 2009

Filed under: blogs,book clubs,books,KidLit,kidlitosphere — bestbookihavenotread @ 9:46 pm
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I just arrived home from Book Club and received the update about bedtime from my husband. We both had to laugh about the following story that took place while I was gone.

My son (age 6) was trying to decide what to read at bedtime tonight. My daughter (age 9) overheard her brother and said the following,

“Mabye I can help. I’m the child of a blogger. It’s just who you want picking out your literature.”

So we are not quite sure what is most amusing, the fact that she referred to herself in third person or that she used the word “literature”. Either way it is classic and I take it as a huge compliment.

The same daughter did not want me to go to Book Club tonight and was pretty sure that I should let her come so she could hear grown-ups talk about books. She has also decided that she should be allowed to have her own blog to review books. She declared that if I am going to read 100 books for a challenge, that she certainly will as well.

Amusing, but also endearing. This same child is the one I’ve written about in the past. The struggle to get her hooked reading a book in the past has been a sore spot for me. Fortunately we seem to have moved past that hurdle.

It’s certainly the nicest thing I’ve heard so far this week.

 

Helping children or friends with grief September 11, 2008

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Griefwatch has a website that goes along with the book Tear Soup. It is definitely worth checking out. A video for Tear Soup was also just released. 

http://www.griefwatch.com/tearsoup/youarethecook.htm

 

StoryPeople flood relief September 1, 2008

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