Otherwise, here is the translated version of the story. Enjoy.
“It was mid-1998, and Denise Leitch (32) began to pack to live one of her greatest adventures to date, becoming an exchange student in Morton, Illinois, USA, for one entire year in order to get to know a different culture from within. However, the stay was extended and there was no return. The years passed, she became a professional, got married and now has two children.
Yep, I must admit that I am one of those crazy people who believe that the ‘gift of language’ -as well as a strong education- is the most important gift you can give to your child. Therefore, being part of my student’s life is an honor.
As Jake and Ava Scarfe’s Spanish educator, I am proud of their progress and their abilities. It is hard to believe that it was many moons ago when I started teaching them!
Jake and Ava many moons ago…
These are the kind words from Jake and Ava’s mom:
“My children have been taking Spanish with Denise since the age of 3. I knew even before I had children that I wanted them to be bilingual. Not only from a cultural point of view but also for the doors that it can open for them as adults. I was an executive recruiter and placed up to the CEO level. When I was recruiting the candidates that were multilingual always had more opportunity and higher salaries. Now that I have children who are learning another language I see the added value for much more than a job after college. They are learning to express themselves, think, relate in another language. They are learning and gaining respect for other cultures and becoming more well rounded children. My children are now 11 and 12 and will continue on their path on speaking many languages. With Denise as their guide I know that they are in the most capable hands.” – Kelly Scarfe, 2013
The feedback I received after posting this article was very insightful. I am thankful for the opportunity Monica Olivera, founder of Mommy Maestra, gave me. In addition, this post allowed me to form wonderful connections with readers including multilingual families, educators, and other Latina bloggers.
My goal to help, motivate, and inspire my readers was met thanks to this guest post.
Happy birthday to me!
Today, a few days after my birthday, I came across a post The Best of Mommy Maestra 2013. And after a few clicks, I realized that MY post (yes, my post!) was selected for the month of November!
I am thrilled. What an honor and wonderful b-day present!
Crying. Winning. Kicking. Complaining. Talking loudly. Having to go potty at the worse possible time… the list can go on and on.
Alex (4) and I traveling with style. Hehehe
These are all types of behaviors and scenarios that, as parents, we would like to avoid when traveling.
Ideally, we all want our children to behave, listen, and be respectful so that all other passengers and your own family can enjoy the trip.
I have traveled with Contessa (6) and Alex (4) multiple times nationally and internationally since they were infants. From my perspective, it is not difficult to have a successful and enjoyable traveling experience as long as you factor in the children’s needs.
5 Tips To Traveling Successfully With Young Children
Have your children flown on an airplane before? If so, what was your experience like? What did they think of it? How did they behave? Where they bombarding you with lots of questions along the way?
Children are always trying to make sense of their world and attempting to understand what is going on around them. Asking questions is so natural and such a great way to learn.
Not to mention that human beings are curious by nature anyway, right?
During our trip, we had to take three different airplanes to arrive from point A to point B. Alex and Contessa were full of fascinating questions and observations all along the way. Most I was able to answer right away, others we had to figure out together, and some we just had to wait and do some research later on.
Do you live far away from your native country? How often do you get to travel back home? If you have children, do you get to take them along? Are they proficient in your language?
I have lived in the United Stated for half of my life now -so hard to believe!- And I have been fortunate enough to travel back to Chile every so often. Now, that my husband and I have two young children, we are making the effort to go visit my homeland at least every other year.
This time, I am currently on my way to Chile with our six year old daughter, Contessa, and our four year old son, Alex, ready to experience a two month travel adventure.
For the first time in my life, I am very nervous about my trip back to my homeland. Going back to my family, childhood friends, and my roots seems very emotionally difficult now.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you’ll be granted 1,000 years of good fortune. These cranes, strung together, are called “Senbazuru.”
Though good fortune may not come so easily, the Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of hope given to those met with tragedy.
As it turns out, telling the story of a Thousand Origami Cranes to children, and teaching them how to fold the crane is a great way to approach the subject of tragedy and the importance of helping people overcome it, both physically and mentally.
Kids may not have the money to donate, but it’s clear they want to help in their own way. They definitely understand what it means to know someone cares about them.
We want to help children from the surrounding communities create the Thousand Origami Crane Senbazuru to be given to the Washington school districts as a symbol of determination and our commitment to helping their community rebuild.
Click here to read the article about how to reassure your children.
If you are a parent, teacher, or otherwise work with children we’d love for you to get them involved in this project! Just click here for more information.
After Halloween, many of us end up with way too much candy just laying around our homes. This year, feeling overwhelmed by the amount of sweets we had, I was inspired to create a new and exciting lesson all about candy.
So, we got to learn about piñatas and how to make them. Fun!
Making a piñata in my Spanish classroom.
The best part?
Well, there are many really but to me, the best part is that after learning about the history of piñatas, playing games with candy, and making a piñata from scratch, my students donated their beautiful sweet creations to the children at Easter Seals.