Thomas Talarico, author of “The Good Braider, An Educator’s Guide,” teaches English to immigrants and refugees at Portland High School in Maine. The “Educator’s Guide” makes the novel accessible to immigrant and refugee students, themselves, as they study to become proficient readers in English. Thomas links extension activities to Common Core Standards.
Follow my journey to Kakuma, a village in the Turkana district of northern most Kenya. I volunteered with KVDA in the Kakuma Semi Arid Boarding Primary School where children of the nomadic Turkana people and children from Kakuma Refugee Camp go to school. See images and follow the journey here.
I have enjoyed Christmas class visits. I went to New Durham School in New Hampshire and met all the children, grades 1 -6. They are very fun to puzzle out with about what’s really going on in THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP. The children are savvy. They see the truth about the old man who in the story claims to have no affection for his old cat. He complains about her. He calls her a “worthless cat. Never caught nothin’ Not a mouse, nothin’.” But the children read between the lines. They see the old man let her sleep on his electric blanket and he takes her bowls of potato soup. And they see the READ MORE
Paul Winter, of the organization Scottie’s Place, posted this photo on a blog. It is dated December 13, 2012. You can read the post, Life in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Scottie’s Place is an American-based nonprofit organization working to support the education of girls and young women in the camp, as well as many other sites. Paul Winter’s blog post is terribly sobering.
I am preparing to go to Kakuma Refugee Camp – in eleven days. From here on out, I am devoting this blog to my journey to Kakuma. It will become a more personal story. Follow my blog at http://goodbraider.com where I’ll write about Kakuma when it is possible.