Talking about the USA

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  1. rozegoddess

    rozegoddess Rookie

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    Hi!
    OK, so I'm teaching English in a Montessori kinderhaus with 2-6 year olds in Austria. I am from the USA. I'd like to do some kind of unit about the USA, but I'm sort of at a loss. I'd like to do concrete stuff like what we eat, what we do for fun, etc, but how to make this general and easy for little ones while still keeping the older ones interested and having some relationship to reality? I.e. I don't want to say we all eat burgers and hot dogs, and Santa, the tooth fairy, etc seem a bit touchy as I think some kids believe in similar stuff and others believe nothing of the kind and are sure to ridicule the idea. I tried having my own kid sister write a letter (3 sentances) to the class and read it to them and showed a picture, but this just sort of baffled them, plus they're already not quite sure if I'm an adult or not and this sort of reinforced their suspicion that I'm not a 'real adult' (yes, they've asked in so many words-- for the record, I'm a young-looking college student).
    Any tips? I think I'll do something about Halloween as it's only semi-popular here, but ideas would be greatly appreciated...

    :wub: M
     
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  3. wItalia

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    Hi,
    I am really intriguied by your topic of study. I was wondering if you are interested in becoming pen pals with our center. I am the curriculum specialist at a center in hartford CT, At our center we have an infant room, 4 toddler rooms 6 pre k classrooms and a before and after school program. If you like we can exchange photos of children at our center have children draw pictures and teachers write letters so that we can learn about your children's culture and you can learn about our children and our culture. Let me know if you are interested and we can exchange e-mail addresses and mailing addresses.
     
  4. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    One of the many things that makes our country so unique is that we're so different. We don't look alike, think alike, dress alike or eat alike.

    I'm not sure just where I'm going with this, but I bet a little creativity would make it work.

    Maybe something on the one or two things that seem to symbolize each state. So NY might be the Statue of Liberty or Niagara Falls, Florida might be the Keys or Disney World and so on. Even just a photo collage of images off the internet might give the kids some sort of an idea of just how diverse a people we are.
     
  5. mommaruthie

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    Instead of focusing on how WE ARE DIFFERENT, you can compare what we have that is SIMILAR. By presenting BOTH cultures such as food, music, art, and clothing you can demonstrate commonality. Also, you can focus on the Great Landforms or places of interest in the USA and compare them to the fabulous places of Austria or your continent!
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Peanut butter.
     
  7. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    :lol: Is peanut butter an American staple?
     
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    Yes.
     
  9. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    I mean I know I eat peanut butter every day for breakfast on toast! But I digress...
     
  10. ABall

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    we all need sleep, food, exersise, education and social times.

    Sleep: we sleep in a bed, with a favorite stuffed animal, blanket etc....

    Food: we like differnt kind, but popular choices are: pizza, chicken nuggets (hope that doesn't need an explanation), peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches, cereal for breakfast, popcorn for a snack, veggies and ranch----- we like to dip things!

    Exersise: run, jump rope, hopscotch, base ball, foot ball, basket ball, soccor (different than foot ball), dance,

    Education: most kids go to school from ages 4-18 mostly public schools.

    Social Times: talk on the phone, send E-mail, play at with friends in the back yard, walk in the mall (shopping center), play video games with friends

    (responses would be what I would figure the majority of kids would say)
     
  11. rozegoddess

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    Dear all,
    Thanks so much for all of your ideas!!!
    I'm planning to use all of them, and make granola or something (they are health neurotic at this school, and no one in Austria seems to know what granola is!).
    Peanut Butter is indeed an American staple that is not generally eaten in Europe.
    WItalia, I am definitely interested in penpal-ship! We don't really have kids who write, so I'm thinking a weekly group letter, at least to start with?
    Thanks again,
    M
     
  12. wItalia

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    Oct 6, 2007

    Hi Rozegodess,
    I am sooooooooooooooo excited that you want to start a pen pal-ship. Our children really don't write either but the group letter idea sounds excellent. You can e-mail me at (Adiacj9@hotmail.com) to see how we can get started and exchange infromation.
     

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