26 August 2013

Monday Coffee Morning, School, and Keeping it Together

It's Monday! Thanks to Molly at The Move to America for hosting the Monday Coffee Morning linky! Check out her blog - she's got some interesting thoughts as she prepares for the actual move to the States!

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Our week won't be as exciting as the last few weeks have been, but we're getting ready just the same. The Little Man came home speaking more Dutch than normal after each school day last week, so we're keeping the goal of learning one new Dutch word each day. He's got a great new teacher that really liked the idea of our goal and has been reinforcing it at school and helping him come out of his shell a bit more. When he moves to the kleuterschool (nursery school/kindergarten for kids aged 4-6) after his birthday, it seems like he'll have a better base of the language.

Tonight, we have a general information meeting at the kleuterschool to get an idea of what to expect of the school and other information about the school year. This will be the next step in our education of the Dutch school systems, and while aspects will be familiar to what we know of the American system there are sure to be some differences we aren't anticipating. The meeting will be entirely in Dutch, and while I've been feeling a little more confident about my Dutch lately, I'm hoping for handouts to take home and translate later. Even so, I'm going in with a good and hopeful attitude.

Mark is making a trip to Lithuania this week for a conference. It'll be a good experience for him (an interesting and new place to visit and a chance to meet others in his field), and he's looking forward to the trip. Our job at home will be to ensure we don't dissolve into a Lord of the Flies type of situation without an extra adult in the house.

And if we can maintain some degree of normal at home, maybe I'll finish my little critters as I intended to last week. Making my menagerie didn't quite work out last week as I imagined, so it's time to try again.

Here's to the new week!

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for joining in with my little social! :-)

    I think it is so great that your learning a new word and that the teacher is so encouraging of your son and bringing him out of his shell.

    Fingers crossed the menagerie works out - so looking forward to seeing it!

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  2. Thanks for hosting, Molly! I'm looking forward to seeing how your preparations for the move go! And hopefully I'll have something to show of the animals in the near future. =)

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  3. Wishing you much luck for the menagerie this week.

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping these critters will come out the same as I imagine they should.

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  4. It will be interesting to see how school is structured and what you can expect. Please provide updates! I am very curious!!!

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    1. Surely! I'm sure it will be eye-opening whether it's just like the US or not!

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  5. Wow! That's so great about learning Dutch. I've heard it's so hard....is it?

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    1. It's pretty difficult. The grammar is more similar to German (and seems almost backwards to English), but many of the words seem similar to English. It's the pronunciation that's the most difficult - there are several vowel sounds that sound the same to my ears but has a distinct difference to a native speaker. Sometimes people understand me when I speak, but other times it feels like a miserable failure. =)

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