Friday, February 17, 2017

Learning About Thailand!

We just finished a brief look at Thailand! 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 Thailand, but we squeezed in a Thai week and read:

  • Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Mingfong Ho
  • Peek! A Thai Hide and Seek by Mingfong Ho
  • Nid's Exciting Day by Mary Gurtler

    Peek! A Thai Hide and Seek and Hush! A Thai Lullaby are less informational, but fun books for kids. They show what the local scenery looks like and local animals! After reading them, Juanito concluded that The Jungle Book must take place in Thailand! Nid's Exciting Day is published by OMF Books and shares about missionaries in Thailand. It shared a bit more about the Thai culture and missions!

    Of course, we had to locate Thailand on the map and pray for Sa, our Compassion correspondent from Thailand.


    My husband and I love Thai food, so we tried two dishes. Thai Peanut Chicken (see photo), an adaptation of Thai food for the crockpot, and our favorite (which is a regular that we eat at least once a month), Yam Woon Sen.


    Juanito narrated Hush! A Thai Lullaby and made sure to draw the Thai-sytle stilt house (like we see in the books and like in Sa's artwork)!

    Un mami dice, "who's weeping in the wind?" Un mosquito. Después vi un gato. Después vi un mono. La mami habla porque su bebé necesita a dormir. Pero el bebé no estaba durmiendo. Los animales duerman en la granja. El ratóncito es gordo porque comió some arroz. Después los animales duermen, la mami duerme. El bebé no duerme.


    And Rosie narrated Peek! A Thai Hide and Seek.
    Es un bebé. El daddy está finding her girl. Encontró libélula, elefante, doggy, and she finds her papi.


    We've had a great time learning about Thailand! Next up, Peru! 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




    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.
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017

    Learning About Italy!

    We just finished a brief look at Italy! 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 Little Nino's Pizzeria by Karen Barbour and we also read:

  • The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philomen Sturges
  • La Gallinita Roja by Carol Ottolenghi
  • Gabriella's Song by Candace Fleming
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
  • Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer

    Since Little Nino's Pizzeria was about pizza, we did a number of pizza activities! The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) is a cute rendition of the story, but so that my kids could appreciate the spinoff, we also read the original story, La Gallinita Roja.

    There is a Reading Rainbow episode for Little Nino's Pizzeria, which the kids really enjoyed:


    Our first activity was to make pizza out of paper plates, red paint, shredded tissue paper (for cheese) and construction paper pepperoni. The kids had a blast!


    They have been playing with their pizzas for days, even taking them outside and topping them with acorns and a crab leg!


    We continued with the pizza theme for co-op, where we made chef hats so the kids would be dressed appropriately for cooking pizzas, and the kids "made" (or topped, more accurately), six pizzas! Making pizzas dressed as chefs was a huge hit.


    My goal is for the kids to do an English and a Spanish narration for each topic. So they chose to do Little Nino's Pizzeria for their Spanish narration.

    Juanito's:
    Es un cuento de pizza y Tony ayuda con el queso. Cuando Papi llegó de Grande Nino, a su casa, no podría cocinar pizzas y estaba triste. Abre Pequeño Nino y el otro persona estaba el jefe de Grande Nino, pienso que estaba la police. El papi estaba el jefe de Pequeño Nino, pero cambió el nombre a Pequeño Tony’s porque su hijo estaba Tony y su gran ayudante.


    And Rosie's:
    Es un cuento de la pizzeria. Nino es el papi, una mami (like you’re a mami!), un bebé y Tony, el niño. Tienen un gato (we have a cat!) y un perro, blanco, yellow. El bebé llora. He cries. He sleeps. The papi, he wants to go bye-bye. Tony ayuda Nino.


    And I thought that we could fit in a bit of learning about Italy. We really loved the book Gabriella's Song, and since both it and Olivia Goes to Venice are set in Venice, we talked mostly about Venice.


    Gabriella's Song is a fun story about a girl's song traveling all throughout Venice! Not only did it give us a view of the city, but it also talked about orchestras and symphonies! We watched a bit of this symphony:


    Watching the symphony reminded me of listening to Peter and the Wolf when I was a kid. So I found a version on YouTube and the kids were mesmerized:


    Juanito also noticed the Italian words in Gabriella's Song, like "grazie" and "mio amore", which led to a conversation about Italian being spoken in Italy. The kids wanted to hear some Italian, so we watched some Little Pim in Italian on YouTube.


    We then designed our own Piazza San Marco in Venice (Juanito added a slide to the bell tower and Rosie wanted chairs in her "gondola"):


    Finally, the kids narrated Gabriella's Song and then decorated pigeons like we saw in the story!


    Juanito's:
    Gabriella's song is about love and then she gives it to the baker, then the Widow Santucci gets it and she gives it o the gondolier. Then she gives it to the composer. He didn't hear it, then he tried to do his work on the piano. He couldn't do it, he pushed the piano away and opened his window wide, and then he fell asleep and heard the sounds that she sang back to her [the mom]. Then they went to San Marco and they sat facing each other and they heard it and her mother told her to take a bow.


    And Rosie's:
    She's a niña. She went to see her food, eat her food. She bumped her head. She [Widow Santucci] goes in the water. He [Luigi] is cantando and el canción va. He [Del Pietro] sings. They [the orchestra] were singing. "Take a bow, mio amore," the mami said to the girl.


    We've had a great time learning about Italy! Next up, Thailand! 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




    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, January 20, 2017

    Learning About Ghana!

    We just began our new year preschool and started out with Ghana. We're kind of getting a slow start to the school year and so our Ghana study wasn't as in depth as some of the previous topics. 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.


    We read two books:

  • Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  • Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel

    Emmanuel's Dream is such an incredible story and I love the message of sharing that disability doesn't mean inability!

    Anansi stories originated in Ghana, although many of the fables told now are Haitian continuations of Anasi, so I thought I'd introduce the stories to my kids.

    We were able to find Ghana on the map and put up photos of our Compassion correspondents from Ghana! We sent our kids the photo of their photos on the map, and shared about Emmanuel with them.


    After we found our Compassion friends on the map, we also watched a few Compassion videos about Ghana! These two were our favorites:



    We did narrations for both Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.

    Juanito's:

    Anasi the Spider.
    He knocked down all the persons and took their food, and then all the animals woke up and their head was spinning, and when they got home they found all their food was stolen. And then watching from the leaves was Little Bush Deer, was shy, and she thought it was time for Anasi to learn a lesson so she went to where the coconuts crowed and she took a great many coconuts and brought them home to wait. And soon Anasi came to her house and said, “You want to walk in the cool forest, would you like to come?”
    “Yes, I would,” said the Little Bush Deer and they went and went until Anasi led Little Bush Deer to a certain place. “Little Bush Deer, do you see what I see?”
    “No, I don’t,” said Little Bush Deer. “You must see it! Look over there! Look carefully!”
    And Little Bush Deer said, “No, I still don’t see anything,” and then Anasis stomped her feet. She looked and she couldn’t see anything. And she stomped her legs and said, “You must see it, look over there!” And she said, “You just don’t want to say it. You have to say it.”
    “I said it, are you satisfied.”
    “No! You’re not supposed to say that! You’re supposed to say: ‘Isn’t this a strange moss covered rock!’”
    Kapoom! down fell Anansi. And then Little Bush Deer and all the other animals went to Anasi’s house and got all the good things that he’d stolen from them.



    And Rosie's:

    Time for Anasi. Time for Anasi. He falls backwards. Isn’t this a strange covered moss covered, kaboom! Leon tiene batatas. Elefante tiene bananas. He took all the lion’s bananas, took the cebras, the piñas. Anasi falled backwards, he falled backwards.



    We've had a great time learning about Ghana! Next up, Italy, which goes along with our FIAR book!

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




    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, December 2, 2016

    URGENT: Please Help Advocate for India...

    My hope is that you've already seen this and taken action, but if not, please do so now.

    Compassion's ministry in India is in jeopardy of continuing. If Compassion is not allowed to continue in India, more than 130,000 children and families will be affected.

    Please head HERE to read more about this issue and what you can do about it.

    And then pray. And pray. And pray some more.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Christmas Ornaments

    Just when I think I might be done posting I get inspired! I was sitting here making our annual "ornaments" and thought I should share the idea in case anyone else wants to do it. In fact, I think I adopted this idea from Hannah last year.

    We've always tried to include our sponsored kids when it comes to Christmas ornaments, but as our sponsored family has grown, we've had to find new ways to incorporate them into our Christmas decorations.

    I used the app piZap to add borders to our kids' photos and then printed them out on cardstock. I cut the photos out and each day we'll add one to our world map and pray specifically for that child. It's a fun way to concentrate on each child and count down to Christmas. You can easily space the children out so that you finish by Christmas. If you have oodles of kids, then you'll do more than one a day. If you have 4 kids, you can do one a week. Ours comes out to just about one a day (with a few extra).



    Another fun idea is to create a collage to use as a holiday greeting or on social media. Last year I arranged ours into tree.



    This year I made a couple different grids.




    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    November Compassion Joys

    I think this is going to be the last Compassion Joy link-up. I'm sure you've noticed that new blog posts here have become few and far between. It's quite possible this is my last post....I just don't know.




    letters
    Ruth, Alejandrina, Noel, Antoni, Jerry, Emanuel, Winfrey and Marlon


    photo of Jazmin (Alejandrina) included in her letter)



    photo update

    new photo of Lian in Colombia


    new photo of Collins in Kenya


    other

    Our sponsored child, Jerry in Indonesia, moved and is no longer able to attend the Compassion project. In his place, we welcomed Yulesqui of Nicaragua into our family. She is 10 years old and looks adorable.




    And now it's your turn! Here are some guidelines for you to follow for this link-up:
    1. Link up by entering the URL to your blog post (make sure it's a link to the actual blog post and not just your blog).
    2. Be sure to link back here to Compassion Family and tell others you are doing so. Feel free to grab the button code for your post (it's on the right side of the blog).
    3. Set aside some time to visit the other participants and leave some comment love.




    I should also mention that I reserve the right to remove anyone's submission if it fails to meet the link-up requirements or is inappropriate. 


    Saturday, November 26, 2016

    Thanksgiving Activities!

    I took a break from learning about countries so we could learn a bit about Thanksgiving!


    Our FIAR book was Cranberry Thanksgiving. And here are the other books we read:

  • This Is the Feast by Diane Shore
  • Squanto's Journey by Joseph Bruchac
  • Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell
  • The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross
  • Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean
  • Bear Gives Thanks by Karma Wilson
  • Mouskin's Thanksgiving by Edna Miller (which is out of print)
  • Cranberry Autumn by Wendy & Harry Devlin

    (You may notice that the list is slightly different than the books on my plan because I wasn't able to find all my intended titles at the local library, so I subbed in some books that our library did have!)

    My personal favorites were This Is the Feast and Squanto's Journey. Juanito was fascinated by Squanto because he has a bow and arrow in many books, so it was fun to explore Squanto's life in more depth. And This Is the Feast has beautiful illustrations that most remind me of Plimouth Plantation from when I visited as a child! I recommend checking out the Plimouth Plantation website for more information on the first Thanksgiving!


    Since our FIAR book was Cranberry Thanksgiving, we made some fun cranberry play-dough! It actually entertained my kids for over thirty minutes! I highly recommend it...the kids enjoyed the play-dough so much that we made it to share with our co-op group!


    And since we were learning about Thanksgiving, we had to make a variety of turkeys! I plan on using them to decorate the table on Thanksgiving. Glueing always seems to be a big hit!


    We also wrote letters to our Mana kids about fall! I like trying to point my kids' attention to other kids and thought that this would be a great time to write fall themed letters. I used two templates and I don't remember where I got them... If you would like copies of the templates, send me an email at berry31(at)gmail.com. It is a great activity for my kids to practice Spanish since their writing buddies are from Honduras! And Juanito even learned how to write Oscar's name for his letter!


    We did narrations for the story of Thanksgiving. It was interesting hearing their thoughts! This is Juanito's:
    They ate lobster and corn. They had a boat and sailed there. They were called Pilgrims. They were celebrating the feast. It was thanksgiving day. The Indians went to the feast too because they're nice. Squanto was an arrow guy, he shoot arrows.


    And Rosie's:
    They ate comida. The baby ate it, her papi hold her. Comen maize. They went to a barco. El barco swimmed. They plant maize.


    Juanito really wanted to be Squanto for Thanksgiving, and so we threw together a quick costume. Rosie wanted to be a Pilgrim mami. Again, the Plimouth Plantation page is a great resource! My brother has some better pictures, while Rosie was still wearing her coif. But the kids had a blast celebrating in costume!


    We also made Plimouth Plantation with Lego...the kids directed the building of the houses (one has a very authentic slide) and in lieu of creating Pilgrims and Wampanoag characters, they thought it would be better to bring their other Lego characters...


    And, of course, we had to make some food! We made the cranberry bread recipe from the back of Cranberry Thanksgiving and we made some cranberry sauce. I used this recipe for the cranberry sauce (but without the zest). It is super easy to make and so delicious!!

    Again, we are taking a break from countries but I hope to include some country studies in our advent plans, which should be forthcoming on this blog.

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




    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.
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