More about the trip to come.....
After the earthquake in Japan, Mr. P. had many questions. A lot of information was coming in through school friends and through my addiction to national public radio and I had to walk a fine line between giving him information and not scaring him with too much information. I kept him far away from the terrifying news footage.
It's hard to know what the right thing to say is when things like this happen. I tried my best to answer his questions honestly but not share the kind of details that would somehow enter his visual memory bank and keep him up at night. It also helped that one of his preschool teachers is from Japan and she would come to school with reports from her family so that they could get some firsthand news of survival.
Mr. P. came home asking what he could do to help...which got me thinking.....how can I make meaning of community service for a five-year-old? What is the best way for him to help people across the globe? We couldn't hop on a plane and hand out food. He let me know that we should give money. While I thought this was a much-needed idea, I also wanted him to connect to the giving of the money, not just have Mom and Dad write him a check. Then he came up with the following:
We would take a week and he would do chores around the house...anytime he was asked. For each chore, he'd get a red dot (symbolizing the Japanese flag) and at the end of the week, the dots would be translated into dollars.
Here is a photo of our chart. He was SO excited each time he added a dot!
By the end of the week, he had gotten his two-year-old brother on board and raised $20! We were inspired by his generosity and doubled his earnings.....as were my parents and my sister - who both contributed.....for a grand total of $80 he got to give to the Red Cross.
In honor of his service I invite you to do something similar (or totally different!) that connects your children to the victims in in Japan. Feel free to share in which ways you've been able to convey the importance of community service in their lives! I'd love to listen and learn!
And, thanks to Japan Publications Trading Company, I have TWO copies of Crane Origami, by Joie Staff, to give away!!!
Over 95 pages of crane folding fun!
You can make a gaggle of cascading cranes!
Cranes that are all connected.
Who wouldn't want to eat dinner off of a paper crane?
And my personal favorite, this crane and balloon display.....stunning!
Anyone interested in the art of paper folding will love this book!
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This contest will close on Saturday, June 4th and two winners will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday, June 5th.