Friday, April 20, 2018

Learning About Korea, Indonesia & the Philippines!

Most of our books were about Korea, but since we have Compassion children in Indonesia and the Philippines, I wanted to also visit them! Our booklist was inspired by Give Your Child the World:


  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
  • Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park
  • My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
  • Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
  • Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell
  • Jin Woo by Eve Bunting
  • The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
  • Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina Lazo Gilmore
  • Pan de Sal Saves the Day by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco
  • A Crocodile's Tale by Jose Aruego

    Juanito loved A Crocodile's Tale since the main character had his name (in addition to the story being fun!). He also really enjoyed Firekeeper's Son and Pan de Sal Saves the Day. Rosie loved Cora Cooks Pancit, and the illustrations are just gorgeous, with a recipe in the back! And Bee-Bim Bop! was a favorite with everyone, including José, since the book rhymes; it also includes a recipe, and I want to buy both books now for future reading and reference!


    Since we sponsor Jenny in Indonesia and Earl John from the Philippines via Compassion, we wrote to them and spent some time watching Compassion videos!







    Juanito's narration:

    Juan salva el cocodrilo. El cocodrilo quiere comer Juan. Vieron una canasta, y la canasta dice, "Puede comer Juan." Luego, vieron un sombrero, y el sombrero dice, "Puede comer Juan." Y Juan dice, "¡No! Permíteme a pedir el mono." Y el mono salva Juan. Y Juan dice a su papi, "Sembra arboles de bananas."
    - A Crocodile's Tale


    Rosie's narration:

    Cora lame la cuchara. Cora quiere ayudar la mami cocinar. Cora quien cocinar pancit. Ella come un mordisco de pollo. Las hermanas grandes de Cora fueran afuera. Ella mezcla y se cayeron champiñones. La familia comieron pancit y le gustaban. Cora se siente feliz.
    - Cora Cooks Pancit


    We made Korean beef bowl, eggplant stir-fry, and chicken curry! All of these were based on recipes I often make. And the for co-op snacks, we bought rice buns filled with meat from the local Filipino market! And litchi jellies!


    For co-op activities, we created Filipino Sarimanok birds and Indonesian Batik art! I also found these fun coloring pages of traditional Filipino clothes!


    Next we are heading to Australia, the last country for the year! I had originally planned on "visiting" Ethiopia and Egypt, but we'll head there in the fall when we study Ancient Civilizations.

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Japan
  • Central America
  • Northern Europe
  • Canada & Arctic
  • The Caribbean
  • Russia
  • West Africa
  • Argentina




    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.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Belky in Colombia

    Belky Tatiana Ortega
    October, 3, 1999


    We began sponsoring Belky in February 2018. She lives with her mother, Elediz Viloria, who is not employed.  She also has a brother, Juan DavidShe attends Estrella Integral Development Center near Cartagena, Colombia. So far we have received 1 letter.

    Favorites:

    • food - meat, rice and tomato juice
    • color - black
    • subject - science
    • animal - cat
    • hobby - music and watching tv
    • game - cards

    Belky is a freshman of Foreign Trade Administration. She describes herself as happy, kind, easy going and intelligent. 



    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Learning About Argentina!

    We took some time in Argentina (with a few books about Chile and Ecuador)! Last year we looked at Colombia and Peru, and it would have made more sense to include Ecuador there, but I hadn't previously discovered certain books. Our booklist was inspired by Give Your Child the World:


  • On the Pampas by Maria Cristina Brusca
  • My Mama's Ranch on the Pampas by Maria Cristina Brusca
  • Gauchada by C Drew Lamm
  • Me Llamo Gabriela by Monica Brown
  • The Gullywasher by Rising Moon Editors
  • Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs
  • We're Sailing to the Galapagos by Laurie Krebs

    The Gullywasher is actually about about Mexican vaqueros (I hadn't read the description carefully enough!). The kids were fascinated by On the Pampas and My Mama's Ranch on the Pampas, and we had a great discussion about how calves are birthed and what cesarian-sections (in cows) are. I thought Gauchada was a beautiful book about Argentine culture and just loved this explanation:


    Mate is a tea, and I drink it daily. My kids were surprised to learn that most people in the US don't drink it and that it comes from Argentina.


    I spent a summer in Argentina, and it is a country dear to my heart. It was so fun to both take time to pray for my friends there and share some of what I love with my own children. We also took time to write to our Compassion children in Ecuador. We watched some travel videos about Buenos Aires and some of Planet Earth about the Galapagos. And I pulled out old photos to show the kids the Iguazu Falls!


    Juanito's narration:

    La niña va a visitar su abuelo y abuela y va a las Pampas. Y el abuelo traerlos en su camión a su prima. Y la prima tiene un caballo y después de un tiempo, la otra niña tiene un caballo. Y quiere un cinturón con coins y initials como un gaucho. Toman un huevo de ñandú y cocinarlo para un pastel para su abuela. Tienen una fiesta para su abuela. En la noche, la última noche, el gaucho muestra a las niñas las estrellas del Southern Cross. El último día, ellos le dieron relatos de un caballo y buckle con initials y un cinturón con monedas.
    - On the Pampas


    Rosie's narration:

    Un guacho hace una collar de una luna. El gaucho bebe mate. El gaucho da un collar a la abuela. La abuela dale a la mami. La mami dale a la niña. La luna es para muchos amigos.
    - Gauchada


    I attempted to make empanadas, and we also had scalloped corn thanks to Extending the Table.


    And then I made alfajores! Since Rosie can't have lactose, I also made coconut dulce-de-leche (it came out a little runny, so I made most of the alfajores with store-bought dulce de leche).


    For co-op activities, we played a Chilean sidewalk game from Sidewalk Games Around the World.


    Then, in addition to coloring pages (Argentina, Gaucho and dancer), we mimicked the artwork from Cuevas de las Manos.


    Next we are heading to Asia!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Japan
  • Central America
  • Northern Europe
  • Canada & Arctic
  • The Caribbean
  • Russia
  • West Africa




    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 30, 2018

    Learning About West Africa!

    We had a great time in West Africa! Last year we looked at Ghana (where we correspond with three Compassion children), so the focus this year was on Burkina Faso and Togo (where we have four more Compassion children!). But we revisited some of our favorite books from our time in Ghana! Our booklist was inspired by Give Your Child the World:


  • You're Amazing Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
  • Good Luck Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
  • Anasi Does the Impossible by Verna Aardema
  • Anasi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel
  • Anasi Goes Fishing by by Eric Kimmel
  • The Water Princess by Susan Verde
  • Don't Spill the Milk by Stephen Davies
  • Two Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee
  • The Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa by Don Brown
  • Porque Zumban los Mosquitos en los Oidos de la Gente by Verna Aardema
  • Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  • One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

    I really loved The Water Princess, Don't Spill the Milk, and One Plastic Bag, as they show both some great glimpses into the culture and broach issues (like the struggle for water or recycling) but in a kid-friendly manner. And we love Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah about Emmanuel in Ghana! Juanito gets a kick out of Kimmel's Anasi books and José really enjoyed the animals in Two Ways to Count to Ten. And we have fallen in love with the Anna Hibiscus series.


    We spent some time watching videos about Compassion's work in Burkina Faso and Togo. And then we wrote letters to our Compassion friends!






    Juanito's narration:

    Penda's mommy was going to bring the milk to daddy in the grasslands. But Penda wanted to carry the milk to daddy. She want past the desert, and past the dancers, and into a stinky fishing boat. and then she carried it past the giraffes, and up a hill to papa. But then a mango fell and all the milk splashed everywhere and they ate the mango. And then she brought back a piece of the mango for mommy.
    - Don't Spill the Milk


    Rosie's narration:

    Gei Gei looked at the stars, and she said she's a princess. She woke up and she got water. She wanted the water to come to her, it did not come to her. She kicked the dust and she was worried. She walked to the water far away. She walked with her mama. They walked a long time. And they walked a lot and they played with friends. And the mami said come, and they walked home. They ate, they drank and she runned to the papi. She drank water. And then she went to bed. And that's the end.
    - The Water Princess


    We made gumbo from Burkina Faso, and peanut stew and cookies from Nigeria thanks to my favorite cookbook, Extending the Table. We also had mangoes and pineapple!


    For co-op activities, we mimicked traditional adinkra printing, as well as spending time watching some of the Deserts episode of Human Planet.


    Next we are heading to Argentina!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Japan
  • Central America
  • Northern Europe
  • Canada & Arctic
  • The Caribbean
  • Russia




    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, March 11, 2018

    Our Compassion Corner


    I recently created a "Compassion corner" in our school room/office. It has been a while since we've had any sort of visual reminder of our Compassion family, and I've gotten so many photo updates recently.

    It was fun to create a collage of all the kids we currently sponsor and correspond with. I was tempted to add three more children to balance out the collage, but then had the idea to add a couple of the Compassion churches our kids attend.




    I also made a smaller collage of the four kids who have March and April birthdays. This will help us remember to pray for them, and it will be easy to create a new collage for the kids who have May/June birthdays, etc.




    Other ideas for the corner display include books that support or encourage the work of sponsoring children around the world, and a basket to collect change. We'll use this change to buy a special gift through Compassion's gift catalog.



    It was so easy and fun to create this special display in our home. It has already served its purpose in helping create a visual reminder of our special friends around the world.

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    Learning About Russia!

    We had a great time in Russia! Our booklist was inspired by Give Your Child the World:


  • Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
  • Se Venden Gorras by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • El nabo gigante by Aleksei Tolstoy
  • The Turnip by Jan Brett
  • The Mitten by by Jan Brett
  • Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco
  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
  • Babushka's Doll by Patricia Polacco
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • Russia ABCs by Ann Berge
  • Soldier and Tsar in the Forest by Uri Shulevitz
  • The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome


    Our co-op book was specifically Another Celebrated Dancing Bear, and we all enjoyed it! Juanito's favorites were the traditional Russian tales, Soldier and Tsar in the Forest and The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Rosie's favorite was Babushka's Doll. And I personally really enjoyed Patricia Polacco's books, Thunder Cake, The Keeping Quilt, and Rechenka's Eggs. We always love Jan Brett's books! And the Russia ABCs book was very interesting as it shared many facts about Russia that we had encountered in the stories! We used the Around the World Coloring Book and Dolls of the World Coloring Book.


    And we had to go watch some Riverdance, the Russian dancers:



    Juanito's narrations:

    The solider ran into the forest, and the tzar got lost. And then they found a place, but it was a robbers' house. So robbers came in and the woman told them that they were in the attic. Then the soldier took a sharp knife and killed the robber and off rolled his head. The tzar was sleeping. And then the solider asked the woman to give him all her money. The soldier asked the tzar, "Do you want some?"
    "No, I don't need any."
    And then the tzar went back to the city and told the soldier to come back to the city. The solider didn't know he was the tzar, when the solider went back to the city, all the soldiers saluted him. And the tzar made him a general.
    - Soldier and Tsar in the Forest


    Hace un tiempo había dos osos. Uno un bailador y uno no. Boris entra en la casa y Boris vi un señal con Max bailando. "Te enseñaré como bailar," dice Max. Y Boris estaba feliz. Y los monos estaban chistosos a Boris. Y Boris dice, "¿Tienen un buen día?" a los monos. Y Boris baila con la ayuda de Max. Y Boris baila a su casa. Y Boris baila y baila y baila. Boris le gusta bailar y está en el circo con su amigo y baila también."
    - Another Celebrated Dancing Bear



    And Juanito was inspired by the stories to make his own palace with a czar and soldiers!


    Rosie's narrations:

    The turnip didn't come out! The turnip didn't move. The horse, the goat, the badgers and the hedgehog tried to pull it out. It didn't move. It got in the beds, the bears' bed. The bears said, "Up and away!" The turnip didn't move. The rooster pulled it out, the bears helped him. They ate the turnip."
    - The Turnip


    Es un cuento de una niña Natasha, la abuela y una muñeca. Natasha no estaba paciente. Ella grita y patea. La abuela da la muñeca a Natasha. La muñeca estaba actuando como Natasha. Natasha siente triste y cansada. Natasha cambia, la abuela pone la muñeca arriba, y Natasha estaba feliz. Natasha es feliz y obedece.
    - Babushka's Doll



    We made ragalini from my favorite cookbook, Extending the Table, and then also made Russian apple pie for co-op, which we served along with brown bread and strawberry jam thanks to what the bears eat in Another Celebrated Dancing Bear.


    For co-op activities, we played Edible-Inedible, created etchings (since the artwork from Another Celebrated Dancing Bear is etching), and made our own versions of St. Basil's Cathedral.


    Next we are heading to West Africa!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Japan
  • Central America
  • Northern Europe
  • Canada & Arctic
  • The Caribbean




    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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