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American-History-in-a-Box coordinates with Twiga Tutors

We are thrilled to be coordinating with fellow EFM business owner Christianna Pangalos of Twiga Tutors (www.twigatutors.com) in the upcoming year to expand our offerings. We have combined forces to provide a history box and tutoring package for all K – 8 students at post. U.S. certified teachers will guide your child as they learn about American history through the books, games, and activity book included in the American-History-Box. Each package includes the history box plus three months of email and online sessions designed to motivate and encourage your child’s learning.

When you order your tutoring and history box package, we connect you with your tutor and coordinate a schedule that works for everyone. Each package will include a mid-box review and a final test. After taking the exam, a final session will explore areas for improvement or additional exploration.

We are so excited to coordinate with a fellow EFM committed to education, interested in history, and working to improve the expat experience for all children. Together we hope to improve your experience and expand on the opportunities your child has while living and learning abroad.

For more information, you can email Leah at afterschoolplans@gmail.com or Christianna at christianna@twigatutors.com. You can also request an invoice from either of us or pay through paypal here: https://afterschoolplans.com/american-history-in-a-box-for-expats/

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New: Add a tutoring package through Twiga Tutors to your American History in a Box! Each course will include nine email check-ins and three Skype sessions with a certified American teacher over a three month period. Your teacher will review the activities with your child, answer any questions they might have, and encourage learning and excitement about the topics in the box.

Click here to order: Any history box plus a 3 month tutoring package: $749 screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-9-18-25-pm

To order multiple boxes or tutoring packages click here and request an invoice.




Embassy Kids Coloring Book

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.33.56 PMWe are excited to offer our newest resource for expat kids! Our coloring book helps children learn all about an embassy while completing activities and letting those artistic inclinations loose! The coloring book has forty pages that cover who you would meet at an embassy, what services you might find, and even a bit about expat life.

Click Here to Download for $4.99

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.34.22 PMYou will learn about the Ambassador, the Deputy Chief of Mission or DCM, services such as the commissary, health unit, and Community Liaison Office, or CLO. You can fill a shelf with your favorite American foods, decorate the Defense Attache’s desk, and create your own local artwork for the Public Affairs Office (PAO). Just don’t forget to memorize the phone number for Post One!

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.35.04 PMThis book is for children in pre-school through fifth grade. Parents can read the book to younger children but older children can read, learn, and color! Take it along on your plane ride or review a few pages a night as you prepare to leave for your first post. We’d love to hear feedback. Email us at afterschoolplans@gmail.com with any suggestions for improving this book.

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.35.48 PMHow do you order? It’s simple. In the next few days you will be able to purchase a copy from our publisher, CreateSpace.com, or order it from Amazon.com here for $6.99. In the meantime, you can download a PDF to print off at home and start reading, learning, and coloring right away! Please, one download per family!

You can also download your 41 page document here for $4.99.

Confirm Our Ambassadors! Write a letter to Congress

Will you help us ask Congress to confirm our Ambassadors? Many have waited over a year to earn their appointment to serve in their appointed country. That means that many countries don’t have an Ambassador at post! That means many families are waiting in Washington to find out when they get to go to post. This is not necessary, and if Congress made it a priority, they could confirm these men and women very quickly. Will you write a letter to your Congressperson and ask them to make this a priority? You can write your own letter, or you can use the sample we provided below.

First, find your congressman here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/ or here http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Then, write a letter to your Congressman. The letter should include the date, a salutation, an introduction where you say who you are and what you are writing about, some details about why this is important, and a closing.

If you like, you can use the sample letter included here.
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Be sure to include a return address so the office can confirm that they received your letter.

If you have time, please comment below with your age, your post, and the Congressman who received your letter and we will compile a list of posts and children who write (we will not use names) to Congress. You can also email this information to afterschoolplans@gmail.com. We will use these numbers and posts to write a letter to the Washington Post about our effort!

If you would like to read more about this issue, check out these articles:

  1. Does Congress Have the Power to Appoint Ambassadors?    http://classroom.synonym.com/congress-power-appoint-ambassadors-11036.html
  2. Quarter of world has no U.S. ambassador: Ambassador: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/07/16/233525/quarter-of-world-has-no-us-ambassador.html
  3. The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/08/31/ambassadors-are-latest-casualty-senate-gridlock-dozens-awaiting-votes-for-months/ZNZsWWAenyPsykBSDYG8VN/story.html
  4. Statement from AFSA: http://www.afsa.org/ambassadors.aspx
  5. The Washington Post Opinion: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-the-senate-republicans-foolish-fight-over-ambassadors/2014/09/02/b781fe40-32ec-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html

Together, we can absolutely make a difference! Democracy allows people to express their concerns and come together to ask for change when something is broken. Congress loves to listen to the concerns of kids and they will absolutely listen to you!