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








    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Learning About Peru!

    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 Peru, but I really wanted to talk about Peru this year with our kids since we have a lot of Compassion kids from there. Here are the books we read:

  • Moon Rope // Un lazo a la luna by Lois Ehlert
  • El zorro y el cuy by Kevin Hawkes
  • El secreto de la llama: una leyenda peruana by Harcourt School Publishers
  • Maria Had a Little Llama // María tenía una llamita by Angela Dominguez
  • ¿Tu mamá es una llama? by by Deborah Guarino

    The first three a Peruvian folk tales and then the other two are about llamas! The kids really enjoyed the folk tales. El secreto de la llama is a Peruvian flood story, which was interesting to read! Juanito noticed that zorros (foxes) are common in Peruvian stories. Juanito and I had some great conversations about how folk tales are made up and so we had to learn some true things about Peru too!

    The kids enjoyed coloring this booklet, Todo Sobre Peru, and learning true facts about Peru! Did you know that potatoes are from South America?


    The kids also noticed the instruments on the last page of Maria Had a Little Llama // María tenía una llamita and so we looked up traditional Peruvian instruments and music on YouTube!



    We also found a traditional dance, which Rosie especially loved.


    We also took time to find Peru on our map and pray for our Compassion kids, Juan, Anthony and Abel in Peru. Now is good timing to be praying for Peru, with all the flooding happening.


    We also took some photos of their Todo Sobre Peru artwork to send to our Peruvian Compassion friends! Juanito's flag coloring was shown earlier in this post, and Rosie worked hard on coloring traditional jungle animals of Peru:


    And then we had a Peruvian feast! Juan has shared a few times in his letters that his favorite food is ceviche, and then in his most recent letter, he sent us his ceviche recipe (which you can read in this post).

    Juan didn't include amounts in his recipe, so I also referenced this Peruvian Ceviche recipe, but swapped limes for lemons to stick with Juan's ingredients. We also made Guiso de Pollo y Papa and Arroz con Leche for dessert! The kids were so excited about eating Peruvian food and we invited my parents, siblings and grandma to join also. I know Juan is going to be so proud when he hears about our meal!


    Since we were talking about Peru, I had the kids narrate in Spanish. Next country's narration will be in English! Juanito narrated Moon Rope // Un lazo a la luna.

    El zorro quiere ir a la luna y quiere para el topo a ir a la luna. El topo quiere ir a la luna porque hay gusanos en la luna. Ellos hacen un lazo, y subir en la luna. El zorro le gusta corer por la hierba, después quiere ir a la luna. El topo cayó en los pájaros trajeron el topo al piso o hierba. El top va a un túnel y queda allí por mucho tiempo. Ve el zorro en la luna en el libro.


    And Rosie narrated Maria Had a Little Llama // María tenía una llamita.
    La niña se llama María. Ella tiene a llama. La llama goes outside the ventana de la iglesia. He waits till María comes.


    We've had a great time learning about Peru! Next up, India and Pakistan! 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




    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, 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.
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