Yep - I do recognize that my reference here for UN Day -- Sam the Eagle -- is entirely US-based! While Disney has opened theme parks across the globe, including China, Mickey totally travels on a US passport. (For Nicole: I wonder if Mickey had trouble getting a visa for China?)
|The girls from Japan looked amazing...|
|...as did the Korean girls!|
|Representing the Americas.|
|From the parents' breakfast: Further proof that there is at least one US family in GIS Primary. Someone made blueberry muffins.|
I'll admit that in making this decision, I neglected to appropriately understand the magnitude of cultural difference in this adjustment, especially for Violet. But now having been in the school for over a month, I'm very glad we selected GIS; and UN Day made me feel even better. Violet is settling in and, while she still misses Park, she's again confident in the academics and in her social life. She's made many friends in school. Tyler is excellent all around and spends every minute at school with his BFF - see the pics of them from UN Day.
On Friday, Tyler's class held a UN Day food tasting. Each child was asked to bring in a food representing his or her country. I asked Tyler what he wanted to bring. His reply: "kiwi... bananas... pineapple." Okay, he needed a bit of help. But so did I, actually. What is American food? Tyler all out vetoed Maryland crab cakes. I also thought about some of my New Orleans favorites. But Ty didn't even know what gumbo was, so how could I make it for American day? Violet was pushing hard for "hamburgers and milkshakes" but Tyler didn't want that one, and also we heard that there should be no beef or pork brought to the school. We took the conversation to FaceBook -- thank you all for the replies, including trans-fat. We ended up selecting a theme: Thanksgiving dinner. We had chicken breast to represent the turkey and Tyler and I made some delicious pumpkin. We printed out pictures and Tyler told everyone in his class the story of the first Thanksgiving. (At one point seriously confusing someone about "the Indians" -- I clarified that it was Native American Indians.) It ended up a very fun activity for the kids and parents!
|Scotland's haggis balls (made with chicken). F's mum didn't get my "Harriett. Har-ri-ett. Hard-hearted harbinger of haggis" reference. Who out there does?|
|Singapore - the best exhibit. The video clip running on the iPad is out of the picture frame...|
|Malaysia - not a fancy set up, but the best food, by far, hands down!|
|Belgian chocolates - on the top of the box - were the kids overall #1 favorite.|
|But Ty's favorite were the poffertjes, Holland's tiny puffed pancakes with powered sugar.|
I'll report again soon. We have another big week coming up: Halloween, Deepavali celebration at school (with rangoli making), and a trip to Malaysia's Legoland.