Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
- Links to Number Concept Activities
- Links to FREE printable Number Concept Books
- Links to FREE printable Number Concept Guide and FREE printable Number Formation Guide
- And last but not least!!! Help Me End Modern Day Slavery!!!
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
This is not the post I had planned to write this week and I’m warning you before you proceed that things are going to get a bit wild. I usually don’t share much about my personal life in our “at school” section but this week I am sending a team of teachers off to Cambodia and I am more than a wee bit emotional! I decided it was time to tell you about my connection to a special school in Cambodia. So hang on to that thought. I’ll tell you why I love 10 Little Rubber Ducks and then take you to Cambodia. I’ll share some summer reading that might just change your life and the lives of others!
When I did teacher training in Cambodia last summer, 10 Little Rubber Ducks was one of the first books I selected for the Khmer teachers. After all, math is a universal language. Counting to 10 is the same skill in any language. As always, Eric Carle fills the pages of 10 Little Rubber Ducks with nonfiction concepts. This time around, the 10 Little Rubber Ducks teach us ordinal numbers: first, second, third . . . . Spacial vocabulary is also introduced: west, east, north, south, left, right, up, down . . . . The story gives the children the opportunity to get-up and act-out the story. This makes an easy little Reader’s Theater with rubber ducks and ocean animals moving left, right, up, down . . . . In the photo above, you can see the teachers in Cambodia each made their own rubber duck out of a paper plate and torn collage paper for feathers. They had such fun acting out the story as it was read aloud. This type of learning is very different from the traditional style of teaching they have experienced in Cambodia.
Teaching Number Concepts
For me teaching number concepts is all about hands-on learning experiences. When our team of all volunteer teachers traveled to Cambodia last summer, we took eight enormous bags stuffed with teaching materials, books and math manipulatives to the school. Our goal was to give the teachers in Cambodia the opportunity to experience hands-on mathematics learning. For many of them, it was their first time to play and problem solve their way through mathematics concepts. Throughout this past school year, the teachers have been using these hands-on techniques with their own sweet (and oh so vulnerable) students. Let me share a few number concept ideas with you and then we’ll hit the ground running. I am going to ask you to help me change the world by the end of this post!
10 Number Concept Activities
- “at school: math” – in this section of our blog we continuously share new ideas, activities and free printables for developing math concepts with your children. Check it out, it’s always growing!
- 10 Little Ducks - FREE printable book, learning activities and puppet show
- Hands on Number Concept Activities – FREE printable Number Guides and how to develop number concepts
- Kinesthetic Number Concepts for Preschool – ideas to get kids moving and counting
- Zoo Animals Thematic Math – measuring, counting and sorting
- Ten Tiny Turtles – FREE printable book and learning activities
- I See Pumpkins – FREE printable book, pumpkin counters and puppet show
- Birds Up In a Tree – FREE printable book, bird counters and learning activities
- Ten Little Snowflakes – FREE printable book and song
- How wide is the swing? – Teaching children how to pose a mathematics investigation and apply their number concept skills.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke
Terrify No More by Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen, the founder of International Justice Mission (IJM), began my journey to end modern day slavery. In 2008, I heard Gary Haugen speak at a leadership conference. What? Slavery still exist? How can this be? Little, naive me could not believe what I was hearing. Terrify No More is an account of IJM’s efforts to rescue young girls from forced prostitution in Svay Pak, Cambodia. This book is a very hard read but if you want to open your eyes to the world of Modern Day Slavery this book is the place to begin. IJM works around the world, in very dangerous circumstances, to free people from slavery.
At the end of his talk Gary Haugen showed photos of rescued women and children. I looked into the eyes of the children in the photos and sobbed. They looked like children I had taught. Children I loved. I can’t even think about it now without tearing-up. I taught children from Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Korea, Mexico, South America . . . Children used as slaves, I could not bare the thought. So I tucked the thought away . . . I could never have imagined that some day I would train teachers in Svay Pak, Cambodia!
In 2009, I was unexpectedly invited to volunteer in Cambodia. The minute I was asked, I knew I was going. Gary Haugen and all of those sweet, innocent faces haunted my heart. Let me assure you this was NOT something in my life plan. I had two very young children, 2 and 5-years-old. I had never been on a mission trip and I had never traveled out of the country without my husband. I didn’t know why I was going, but I knew God wanted me to go. I innocently boarded a plane with a group of total strangers to work with Asia’s Hope, a Grass Roots organization rescuing orphans in Cambodia.
Two things happened while on that trip. First, I fell head over heals in love with an irresistible group of children. My church now sponsors four of these rescued children and we have a lifetime relationship with them. To say I love them is an understatement! This is one of the reasons I am so emotional this week. My heart aches to hug them.
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somlay Mam
I also lost some of my own naive innocence during that 2009 trip. In stark contrast to the new life our children are living, I had to face the shocking reality of the sex trafficking of children. Before my 2009 trip, I was completely ignorant to the horrors of sex trafficking. I never could have imagined such evil existed. I did not have to go looking for sex-trafficking. It appeared right before my eyes. It was a surreal experience to see bright neon signs advertising Karaoke Bars. Young women (girls) decorated with heavy make-up sat in lines in front of these Karaoke Bars and massage parlors. Over and over again, I witnessed middle-age western men dinning with young beautiful Cambodia and Vietnamese girls. I literally felt nauseous, like a big sick pit in my stomach. I seriously wanted to go Jack Bauer on these men. Sorry if that’s a little violent for you. But imagine your own innocent children in such a treacherous situation. Wouldn’t you do anything to save them from being rapped over and over again?
Last summer, I returned to Cambodia to train teachers in Svay Pak. Svay Pak is notorious around the world for the sex trafficking of children. To gain a greater understanding of the sex-trade, I read The Road of Lost Innocence. Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery in Cambodia by a man who called himself her grandfather. Her real life story of heroism is a brutal read about her tortured life in brothels as a sex slave. Mam escaped her slavery and now saves other girls. Mam’s memoir will haunt you and make you want to take action.
What Can You Do to Fight Modern Day Slavery?
Refuse to Do Nothing by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim
What Can One Person Do?
This week is all about numbers. Imagine if every person Refused to Do Nothing! How different would our world be? “Abolitionist Mamas” Shayne and Kimberly share how everyday, stressed-out, over-worked, unconnected mothers can fight human trafficking. And guess what, you don’t have to travel to Cambodia! If you want to take action this book is a good place to start. Refuse To Do Nothing is my story. Not that I could write a book. But there I was living my Every-day Mommy Life and God said, “Guess what, you shall no longer be ignorant and naive!” I do not know where this journey will take me but I certainly know just one person can do something to stop the triumph of evil.
Back to the teachers and the school . . .
Don and Bridget Brewster left their life in the United States and in 2006 opened AIM Restoration Home (ARH) as a beautiful, safe haven for rescued girls to get the holistic rehabilitation they need to live full, healed lives. There is so much to the story of AIM that there is no way I can tell it all here. In addition to the Restoration Home and Training Center for the rescued girls, AIM has started a community school in Svay Pak. Through love and education, these dedicated teachers are working to break the cycle of sex-trafficking. AIM picked up in Svay Pak right where IJM left off.
I Do Not Understand How Parents Can Sell Their Own Children
When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him
Of course we cannot understand how parents can sell their own children. To gain some insight into the current difficulties in Cambodia, you have to spend time with the recent history of Cambodia. Chanrithy Him recounts her life as a child in Pol Pot’s Killing Fields. From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge killed over 2 million of their own people.
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
During the Khmer Rouge, the family unit was destroyed and some children were even brainwashed and used as soldiers. Loung Ung was actually trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans. We can not understand the desperation of the people of Cambodia because we have never experienced their desperation.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke
So here is the deal . . . One lucky winner will receive 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle. But wait there’s more! The winner will also get to pick one of the books I highlighted this week. So take a look at the books and tell me which one you feel compelled to read. You must promise to read the book and pass it along! All it takes is one good person to Refuse To Do Nothing to stop the triumph of evil.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
(And the winner’s choice of one of this week’s highlighted books.)
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Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Which of the highlighted books do you think you’d like to read. The one you feel compelled to read? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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