Friday, April 14, 2017

Learning About Mexico!

We just finished a look at Mexico (along with Mexican-American culture)! As I mentioned before, the main books we are covering are recommended by the Five in a Row [FIAR] curriculum and Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.


Our FIAR book was not about Mexico, but I really wanted to talk about Mexico since my kids are Mexican-American and I love covering countries where we have Compassion kids! Here are the books we read:

  • De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children by Jose-Luis Oroz
  • Pío Peep! by Alma Flor Ada
  • Papá and Me by Arthur Dorros
  • In My Family/En mi familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
  • Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas by Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Sweet Memories/Dulces recuerdos by Kathleen Contreras
  • Let Me Help!/¡Quiero ayudar! by Alma Flor Ada
  • Lucas and his Loco Beans by Ramona Moreno Winner
  • The Fiesta Dress by Caren McNelly McCormack
  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
  • I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada
  • Cinco de Mouse-o by Judy Cox
  • The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
  • Borreguita y el coyote by Verna Aardema
  • The Goat in the Chili Patch by Lana Josefa Kratky
  • The King's Oranges by Caitlin Brooks
  • 'Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
  • What Can You Do with a Rebozo/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla

    I really enjoyed Pío Peep! and actually bought the book and CD combo after borrowing it from the library. I did not grow up with nursery rhymes in Spanish, so it's been fun to learn them along with my kids! And for English speakers, these are written and sung in both Spanish and English.

    We really enjoy the books by Alma Flor Ada. Let Me Help!/¡Quiero ayudar! takes place in San Antonio, where some of my in-laws live, and Rosie really enjoyed the parrot as the main character! And it was fun seeing Juanito drawing connections from I Love Saturdays y domingos to his own life and grandparents!

    We also really enjoyed comparing and contrasting some folktales with a Mexican flare to those we read from Peru. Juanito noticed that the antagonist in Peruvian tales is a fox, whereas in Mexican tales, it is a coyote. The Three Little Javelinas, a three little pigs tales set in the American Southwest, was one of Juanito's favorite stories, along with Borreguita y el coyote.

    But my absolute favorite book out of the lot was What Can You Do with a Rebozo/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo?! It was such a fun book and the kids loved it. It makes me really want to read What Can You Do with a Paleta/¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?.

    We found the countries on the map and spent some time praying for our Compassion kids, Jose and Elsa.


    Juanito loved Jose's hair and so he styled his and our baby Jose's hair to look the same! He also found his Mexican soccer jersey and wanted to make sure we could see the shirt in the photo we're sending to Jose.


    We also watched some videos about Compassion's work in Mexico! I really love when Compassion just uses subtitles for English because it makes my kids work on their Spanish!



    We colored the Mexican flag, and then I found some fun coloring pages (boy and girl) and paper dolls (boy and girl)!


    The kids wanted to send their art and the paper dolls to Jose and Elsa, and per Rosie's request, I helped with Elsa's doll. If you want to send letters to your Compassion sponsored kids, just remember to send at most 6 sheets of paper and label everything with your child's name and number!


    For our co-op, we played a game from Mexico, sent to us by our very own Jose who we sponsor through Compassion! I know he will be so proud that we shared his game with friends! We also created Mexican Mirrors, which was so much fun! The kids really took a lot of time and worked carefully. And I had another coloring page with a piñata for the kids who finished early:


    We also ate some chilaquiles (or migas, per my husband's family, although I know migas as ham and cheese sandwiches thanks to Argentina...), courtesy of my favorite recipe book Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach. We have also been eating other Mexican meals over the past few weeks. We've had fish tacos and beef tacos, bean and cheese quesadillas (our typical lunch staple), gallo pinto (black beans and rice, our other lunch staple), and toasted flour tortilla topped with cinnamon and sugar!


    Both kids narrated What Can You Do with a Rebozo/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo?.

    Juanito said,
    Mamá pone el rebozo en los hombros. Hacelo into a parque. Usalo para un bebé. Jugar con un rebozo. El tío lava el piso pero usa el rebozo de mamá. La niña baila la Gamba. La niña duerme con el rebozo. La niña ponelo para una capa de héroe. Tapó los ojos para su cumpleaños. El babé le gusta jugar el escondite. La hermana mayor ponelo en su pelo y viste más bello.


    And Rosie said,
    She's silly. She was sleeping too. She danced. They played. She put the rebozo on the girl. They put it on her. They danced with the Bamba.


    We've had a great time learning about Mexico! Next up, Brazil! It doesn't go along with our FIAR book, but I have some fun books we'll read. Brazil will be our last country for preschool, but I plan on continuing our country studies for Kindergarten!

    To view my complete plan for the year, click here. And here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Kenya




    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017

    An Update

    Hello fellow Compassion Sponsors and Advocates!

    I've missed you and this space, but I must admit that having a little extra time has also been nice. March was full of ups and downs for us.

    I have grieved deeply at the loss of Compassion's ministry in India, as I'm sure most of you have as well. For  several weeks I couldn't even think of the situation without my eyes welling up with tears. However, I am grateful for the many years Compassion was there and for the strong ministry they were able to establish through the local church. It is my hope and prayer that the local church continues to have a strong presence and influence in the lives of the children and families that Compassion was ministering to. 

    Not only did we lose our dear Preeti in India, we also lost our girl Veronica in Dominican Republic. Because of these changes, we have added two new precious girls to our family this month.



    Alisson in Ecuador
       
    Alisson was sent to us by Compassion, and I was grateful because 
    I was having trouble choosing a child to sponsor.



    Wendy in Colombia
    I chose Wendy because she is older (18) and shares a birthday with me. 




    Also exciting and new this month....Our family band, Bridgid's Cross, has decided to donate 100% of tips to Compassion's Water of Life initiative. We had a sign made and used it at our St. Patrick's Day gig. Normally a gig like this would yield about $30 in tips, but we made exactly $100 in 2 hours. 





    That's all for now....I hope you are doing well! 

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Learning About Kenya!

    We just finished a brief look at Kenya (with a brief mention of Uganda and Rwanda)! As I mentioned before, the main books we are covering are recommended by the Five in a Row [FIAR] curriculum and Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.


    Our FIAR book was not about Kenya, but I really wanted to talk about Kenya this year with our kids since we have Compassion kids from Kenya. I also threw in a book about Uganda since it is Kenya's neighbor and I love the book! Here are the books we read:

  • Masai and I by Virginia Kroll
  • My Name is Blessing by Eric Walters
  • Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book by Muriel Feelings
  • Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
  • Wangari's Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
  • For You are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane
  • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
  • A Visit to Kenya by Mary Packard
  • Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier (about Uganda)

    I enjoyed Masai and I, For You are a Kenyan Child and Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain for the illustrations and showing a little bit of the Kenyan culture in a fun way!

    Juanito's favorite book was Wangari's Trees of Peace; he was fascinated that someone would be arrested for planting trees. And Rosie loved Beatrice's Goat, which was probably my favorite out of all the ones we read!

    We found the countries on the map and spent some time praying for our Compassion kids! Thanks to Beatrice's Goat, we also prayed for our kids from Uganda and Rwanda--Uganda because the story took place in Uganda, and Rwanda because our Compassion child from Rwanda recently bought a goat.


    Since we were talking about the three different countries, we looked at a more detailed map of east Africa and then colored each country's flag! Crayola has Kenya's and Uganda's, but they don't have Rwanda's current flag, so we drew our own:


    And while looking at the map of east Africa, I was reminded that our cichlids come from the lakes in east Africa! We have lots of cichlids, so we took a moment to admire them and find their lakes on the map.


    We also watched some of the Human Planet, since it includes a few different locations in Kenya. (I refer to Wikipedia for the listing of what is shown in each episode, and I hope to show the kids some more when we learn about Brazil in a month!)

    The kids were fascinated watching the Dorobo hunters steal meat from lions, Maasai boys follow a honey bird to honey, and Samburu hunters find water by following elephants. Juanito has been playing that he is a Kenyan hunter looking for meat, honey and water.


    I made three Kenyan meals, thanks to my favorite cookbook: Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach. We had lentils, ground meat and mango fish! All three meals were a big hit with all three kids...which is a feat!


    Juanito chose to narrate Wangari's Trees of Peace:
    She helped pull the weeds when she was a girl. Then she went to the state America because she wanted to study. When she came back, she saw no trees. She was sad. She saw women carrying firewood more far away from home. Wangari's going to plan more trees. The women, all of them, help Wangari plant trees. The cutting continues and then they hit her with clubs and put her in jail because she was planning trees, but she wasn't bad. But she wasn't alone because she saw trees and greet got back to earth, Kenya.



    And Rosie narrated Beatrice's Goat (here are the templates for the goat and girl):
    It's about the niña and the little goat. They walked a lot to see the mom. She didn't even go to school, she carried a baby hermana to the bush. They got a goat, the mami had two goats. They drinked leche. She gets the goat, she plays with the goats, she's going to the school.



    We've had a great time learning about Kenya! Next up, Mexico! It doesn't go along with our FIAR book, but I have some fun books we'll read.

    To view my complete plan for the year, click here. And here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan




    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
  • Friday, March 17, 2017

    Learning About India & Pakistan!

    We just finished a brief look at India and Pakistan! As I mentioned before, the main books we are covering are recommended by the Five in a Row [FIAR] curriculum and Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.


    Our FIAR book was not about India nor Pakistan, but I really wanted to talk about India this year with our kids since we have Compassion kids from there, and since Compassion is having to leave India, I wanted to do it before we lost all our children there. And I decided to do both India and Pakistan because our local library system only has two good children's books about India and two about Pakistan! (I need to get some more for our personal library!) Here are the books we read:

  • Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  • King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
  • Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

    Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale was such a fun folktale! We read and re-read this story all week. Juanito ended up choosing it for his narration!

    We also absolutely loved King for a Day about a boy in Pakistan! What I love about this book is that the main character is in a wheelchair and yet it is displaying him as a normal child with amazing kite-flying skills! The main character actually inspired Juanito to design this Lego creation:


    We found the countries on the map and spent some time praying for Arun and Dinesh.


    The kids enjoyed making booklets about Peru last time, so we made our own little booklets with pictures of the flags (Indian flag and Pakistani flag) and traditional clothing (Indian and Pakistani).


    We had some friends join us for artwork, an Indian meal and a Pakistani game! I highly recommend the books Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach and Sidewalk Games Around the World by Arlene Erlbach. These are my go-to references for international recipes and games.


    We played the Pakistani game of Kokla Chhupathi, which is like Duck-Duck-Goose. I toyed with the idea of playing Kabaddi, a game that originated from India, with the kids, but I think our group was too young. And we ate dahl (lentils), rice and chapatis.


    We also made rangoli artwork. I dyed salt with food dye, and then had the kids use glue sticks to make the paper sticky enough. I found the templates by doing a Google Images search of "rangoli templates for kids." Juanito made the peacock and Rosie made the elephant! And then we sent photos of the artwork to our Indian kids.


    Juanito chose to narrate Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale:

    In a little village Grandma lived, near a deep forest and she received a letter from her daughter and the letter said, "I haven't seen you for years," and Grandma missed her daughter too. But she was a little scared of traveling in the forest where all the animals lived. But she said, "What is life without a little adventure," so she packed her stuff. And then she came upon a clever red fox who wanted to eat her. She tricked the fox and he didn't eat her. And she walked to the deeper part of the jungle, she came upon a bear and the bear tried to eat her up. She went to a deeper part of the forest and came upon a tiger. Grandma tricked the tiger too and she reached her daughter's house and she had fun there. But then she missed Kalu and Bhulu, but she said, "There's a problem, the fox, the bear and the tiger are waiting for me and this time I can't trick them with words." The daughter picked the biggest gourd and Grandma climbed in. At the edge of the jungle she gave it a big push. The gourd went to the tiger, he sent it spinning down the path to where the bear was waiting for Grandma and he said, "What a strange creature." And he gave it a push to the fox. And then Grandma said, "Kalu, Bhulu, come to me!" And they came to her and scared the fox and chased it away.


    And Rosie narrated King for a Day:
    A falcon, it flies. Falcon is a flying thing. A niño flies falcon. He has owies. The niña, she gets these down, the papalotes, because he wants to take it. The bully, he hit the girl. The niño gives her a papalote. She was sad because she wanted her mom. She was happy because she wanted her mom and she wanted to go home and she had a papalote.


    We've had a great time learning about India and Pakistan! Next up, Kenya! It doesn't go along with our FIAR book, but I have some fun books we'll read.

    To view my complete plan for the year, click here. And here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru




    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Bridget in Uganda

    Bridget in Uganda
    August 15, 2012

    In the summer of 2015 our family formed a band that began playing out at farmer's markets and other events. We play a lot of Celtic folk music and decided on the name Bridgid's Cross (Brigid is one of Ireland's patron saints of the poor). After a fairly successful summer of playing music, we realized a lot of people asked us about our name and we wanted to give them a meaningful answer. I looked on Compassion's website and found this adorable little girl named Bridget, waiting for a sponsor. I proposed the idea to my family, that we sponsor this girl using the funds we earn from tips, and if we are asked about our name, we can also share the tie to this sweet girl in Uganda. And thus our sponsorship of Bridget began on December 29, 2015. 


    Bridget attends UG 233 - St. Andrew Church of Uganda Ruyonza. So far we have received 4 letters from her. She lives with her parents and 3 other people in the house. The house is made of trees and mud and the roof is made of iron sheets. There are 2 rooms total in the house.

    Favorites:
    • holiday - Easter
    • time of year - June

    Miscellaneous info:
    • wants to visit Kampala
    • wants to buy her family a car
    • wants to visit the market and buy skirts and shoes
    • wants her home to have enough food
    • gets water from the river
    • uses firewood to cook








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