If you give some students a cookie…

This morning we met with our friends in the Falkland Islands. We started off by reading them “If you give a mouse a cookie.” Jack, their reading dog, was there listening as well. We were surprised to know they haven’t heard of it! Then the students there read us a story about “Souper Man.” A fire took place at a large soup factory, but Souper man showed up and dumped soup all over to put the fire out. They asked us if we’d ever heard of Souper Man. Ha! We asked each other lots of questions about gardens, after school activities, and food we like to eat. The kids in Falkland Island practiced the Hokey Pokey just to dance with us! So, we all Hokey Pokeied to end. Afterward we talked about communicating skills. Sometimes it is difficult to hear and understand each other, especially when different accents are involved! We talked about speaking clearly and directly. Lots to learn!


Ghana! Here we come!

Don’t these kids look like a ton of fun!?! We are excited to meet them soon! They are currently receiving the materials to make their friendship bracelets and start the School Ties program.
Want to jump on board? We will be finding them a partner school soon!

Monsters Unite!

We started our club meeting off today with a review of places and people we know around the world-Geography is exciting when you can relate it to an experience!
We then did our best to match our monsters pictures to those made by the students in Nairobi. The kids did a great job of finding their matching monsters, but then they started to notice some drastic differences between their drawings and those of the monsters from Kenya.
“Why does their monster have legs and mine does not?” “This one has horns and mine does not.” where a few of their questions and responses. After reading back over the descriptions given to the students in Kenya, which were used to create their monsters, we realized that maybe we had skipped over a few important details! We forgot to mention that our monster has no legs, but is made of goo! We continued this conversation in relation to our communication skills and how important they become when we are trying to make or teach something. These skills are also important when we are doing a job.
To bring home the point, we played a fun game of telephone. It’s a classic and the kids loved it. What started off as “Once upon a time there was a scary monster with green horns and sharp teeth” ended up as “My mom brought me a hamburger from McDonald’s” (I think someone in the group was ready for breakfast!).
We ended the meeting by making a big poster for our club with some pictures sharing things we’ve done and learned. It was a great way to start a day!

School Ties goes Home!

IMG_5368 School Ties hosted a great homeschool group today! We talked about the difficulty many children around the world have attending school. After watching a few videos on the subject we brainstormed ideas to help improve the situation. Each of the kids made a poster to share something they learned, a helpful idea, or an important point in our discussion. They each presented their poster to the group. We made friendship bracelets and looked at a few bracelets that the children in Kenya made. We pointed out the Falkland Islands, Kenya, and Liberia on the map and talked a bit about geography. As always, KIDS have the biggest hearts! They were excited to learn and create ideas to help the world. Their hearts are always energizing!
If you have a homeschool group that would like to participate, we’d love to hear from you!

The Falkland Islands

I wanted to share a bit about our latest School Ties connection to a school in the Falkland Islands.  Where’s that?  We know!  Rich Smith, the teacher at the school, sent us some pictures to help us get to know them better before we met via Skype.  DSCF0915This is a picture of the kids standing in front of their school.

IMG_80000683953280 A lot of rain has washed away the only road leading out of the settlement. This makes it difficult to buy food during their once a week 1 hour shopping trip.

IMGP0001 A washed up jellyfish.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the many emails that Rich has sent:

Living on the settlement
though has real benefits such as free meat
throughout the year and also low rent and fuel is
cheap too. The cost of fresh fruit/vegetables is
very high though as it is mostly imported from
Chile and very little is actually grown here
(especially fruit).
In terms of the different nationalities on the
islands, there are very few problems. If people
arrive ready to work hard and join in then they
are invariably welcomed with open arms. The people
here are the friendliest and most accommodating I
have ever met. The conflict is still very raw for
many people, with most of the islanders here
having recollections of different aspects. It is
incredible listening to some of the stories from
people once they feel comfortable enough to open
up to you and share. Some Argentines who fought in
the conflict or lost loved ones still visit the
islands to see the Argentine cemetery as many of
the bodies were not repatriated to Argentina as
they believe the islands are Argentinian
I am from the UK, I have been here a year and love
it. The weather is a little cold at the moment but
the weather is very similar to that in the UK
although much windier!

Now, if you’ve made it to this point and still haven’t Googled Falkland Islands, here you go
A little Wikipeida search here to get an idea of the recent past conflicts of the islands.