I got this crazy idea last weekend, and wanted to share it here at the Zoo! My husband comes from Uganda, and that's a country with a turbulent history, especially from the 70s until today. It's also a very diverse and interesting place.
My parents in law have been telling me some stories from their lives, like when they got married, how my father in law used to walk 10 km to school and back as a young boy, how they used to make a living after soldiers looted their home and much more. And I'm thinking, it would be a wonderful thing to write down a more comprehensive story about their lives! First and foremost for their grandchildren, some who are in Uganda, some in Norway, some in the UK. Most Ugandans are not very interested in the history of their local place, but I do believe it is important to know where you come from. In a family spread in many countries, I also believe it could be something that would help the children form a sense of identity and of belonging to my husband's home area, although they don't live there and don't speak the local language.
The real dream is to write a story that places the life stories of my parents in law with the history of the country and of the region they live in... Guess I'm a bit more interested in history than the average person!
So, do any of you have experiences from doing something similar? I have no idea how much time this would take... But I would really love to do it!
What a great idea! You could do anything with this project! It depends on how creative you want to be. I would suggest start off small and build from there.
What if you created a scrapbook type book? You could create it online. There are lots of companies that make scrapbooking online easy for you and I have heard they look amazing. I can try to find some websites if you don't know any. Then you can include stories told by your relatives along with your own stories and add creative pictures, art work, heritage writing scripts etc. Then you can print off the pages, add them to a book as you go to share with your children and family members could download the pages periodically too. Or better yet, you could give the installments to your family members as gifts. That might help keep you motivated to work and get more completed before the next holiday.
Hmmm, we don't have any family that speak our ml because I just went to school in our ml and love the language and culture and want to pass it on to our children. But now I'm thinking of doing something similar and creating a scrapbook that would give my children a visual history and culture to the ml heritage.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9