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Moving Resources and History Boxes

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 6.29.57 AMKids on the Move, A Relocation Workbook is a scrapbook, photo album, and activity book to help kids say goodbye, enjoy their move, and celebrate their new home. There is plenty of room for processing feelings, collecting memories, and anticipating the future. Great for kids ages 3 – 12 (younger children will need parental help).

On Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Relocation-Workbook-Leah-Moorefield-Evans/dp/1503196585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425144564&sr=8-1&keywords=leah+moorefield+evans

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 2.04.56 PMEmbassy Kids Coloring Book is a 40-page book full of coloring pages that explain who you might find in an embassy, what the embassy does, and what resources might be available to help your family. Learn what some of those abbreviations mean and draw a few pictures of your own. This is great for kids and adults who like to color.

On Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Embassy-Kids-Coloring-Moorefield-Evans/dp/1507828489/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425144564&sr=8-2&keywords=leah+moorefield+evans

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.17.12 AMAmerican-History-in-a-Box is a correspondence course for elementary children who want to learn the major concepts in American History as set forth in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Includes 10 – 14 award winning non-fiction and fiction, 4 -5 fun games and puzzles, and basic supplies. Reimbursable for some FS families, email afterschoolplans@gmail.com for your “Reimbursement Approval Request” form.

www.afterschoolplans.com/american-history-in-a-box-for-expats/

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Preparing for a Move with Kids

Relocating to a new home this spring or summer? Start preparing your kids now! Here are our top five tips for getting your kids ready to relocate.

  1. Create a timeline. Using butcher paper or taping several pieces of paper together, divide the paper into sections for each month surrounding your preparation for your move, your actual move, and your time settling in. Then, write what will happen in each month. Include purging, packing, farewell parties, the actual move, unpacking, exploring your neighborhood, writing to old friends, starting school, etc. Include all the big stuff but also include as many details as possible. Then, review on a regular basis.
  2. Have family meetings once a week. Go over your calendar and/or timeline. Ask everyone how they are doing. Share complaints and concerns. End with a discussion of what you are excited about!
  3. Make a to-do list for every kid. Even little kids can have items such as picking their favorite toys to put in their suitcase, sweeping up their room after the packers have left, and writing their name or symbol on each box of their toys and clothes.
  4. Research your new home. Gather as much information as possible and share it with your kids so they have a sense of where they are going. Use the internet, order videos, read books about your new home. If possible, share pictures of your new house, school, and neighborhood. Make a list of places you want to visit when you are there.
  5. Start planning how you will say good-bye. It is important to feel like there is closure. Plan a party to say farewell to friends, plan a farewell tour to stop by and take a picture of all of your favorite places.

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 6.29.57 AMFor help with some of these activities, and many more, you can purchase our Relocation Workbook. This gives you one central location for storing photos and memories, planning for the move, and celebrating your new home. For more information, click here: RELOCATION WORKBOOK

This workbook is part scrapbook, part photo album, part planner, and part activity book. Kids will love the illustrations, activities, and ideas to help make for a smoother move. Younger children can complete the book with the help of parents and children who can write and read can complete the book on their own. Appropriate for ages 3 – 12. This is a great place to compile pictures and memories of your former home and to revisit during times of questions, concern, and homesickness.

Moving into a New Home with Kids

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Our last post explored some ideas for helping children say goodbye when moving to a new home. Now, we have a few ideas about looking forward and getting excited about a new home. These ideas have been collected from a variety of wise parents, helpful books, and through nine years of trial and error (and through six international moves). 

We usually focus on saying goodbye for our last couple of weeks. But, we also take time to look forward to our new home. We want to get excited about what we will see, who we will meet, and what we will do. This is our process.

  1. We make a list of kid-friendly tourist spots and then watch videos on Youtube.com to get an idea of the history, the culture, and any tourist destinations. We keep it to about 6 to 8 concepts and try to explore them in detail.
  2. Using social networking sites, we try to find a pen pal for our kids. We find it most helpful to find a family who has kids in the general age range of our children. Then, we send lots of emails asking questions. Each child can ask any question they would like and we ask for answers from the children. We have had some pretty awesome emails using this method. (My four year old daugther: Do you have unicorns and princesses there? Five year old male penpal: Yuck, no way.) 
  3. Working as a family, we make our own “Arrival Scavenger Hunt” of things we want to find. We try to keep it short, usually to about ten items. The list might look like this: ice cream parlor, blueberries, swimming pool, kid-friendly restaurant, bike store for Dad, yoga studio for mom, construction site with lots of machines at work, horse stable with riding lessons, playground, grocery store.
  4. Each child gets to pick out one new special toy and send it ahead so it will be waiting at the new house.
  5. Searching bookstores and online stores, we try to find one guide book for the parents and any guidebooks or works of fiction or non-fiction for the children. 
  6. Our oldest children do an online search to come up with five facts about our new home that we can use when talking to friends. Then, we work on summarizing so that we have a short description of our new home. 
  7. When the movers come to our house, we take some time to let each child decorate the boxes that hold their stuff. On the side of the box, we let each child write a short note to themselves. “Dear Me in Four Months, How are you? I’m sad to leave but excited to see you in xxxx. I just went to our favorite park here and played with my favorite friend. We were talking about you and wondering what you think. Are you happy? Do you like it there? What is your favorite thing? Much love, Me in xxxx old house.

Moving is hard, we all know that. But, some preparation can help ease the pain and give children something to look forward to amidst the chaos. Let us know if you have any other great ideas to add to our list!