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Laura Gentili  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 02:55
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Jan 18, 2005

Hi,
Next week a little girl from Sri Lanka will join my son's classroom (first grade). She was born in Italy but went back to Sri Lanka 2 years ago. The family lost several relatives and all their possessions in the tsunami.
We are trying to think about ways to greet here and make her feel welcome.
Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.


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giogi
Local time: 01:55
well... Jan 18, 2005

surely not one word about the tsunami. I think that the best thing would be to welcome her as you would welcome any new students coming for a foreign country.
A too warm welcome may sounds false or some way "forced".
That's what I think, Laura.
Kids know very well how to make their peers comfortable!
Good luck!
Giovanna


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Blithe
Local time: 20:55
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Here's a thought Jan 18, 2005

I remembered how a Russian boy came to our American school. Kids were friendly with him at first but he could not speak English at all and they got bored very fast. Nobody wanted to play with the Russian and that didn't help him to learn the English language, of course. So I talked with my kid (who happens to be American) and asked him to imagine how he would feel if he came to a Russian school and could not understand other choldren. Evidently he imagined it very well because he started to pay a lot of attention to the Russian kid, and then other kids followed his example.

Kids have vivid imagination, so if they try to imagine themselves in a similar situation they will find the way to make a girl feel at home. And I'm not saying, of course, that she does not speak Italian, my example is just an illustration.

[Edited at 2005-01-18 20:35]


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Tharaa Hafez
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Absolutely right Jan 18, 2005

Giovanna Rampone, PhD wrote:

surely not one word about the tsunami. I think that the best thing would be to welcome her as you would welcome any new students coming for a foreign country.
A too warm welcome may sounds false or some way "forced".
That's what I think, Laura.
Kids know very well how to make their peers comfortable!
Good luck!
Giovanna


Asolutely right.
Saraa


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Elizabeth Adams  Identity Verified
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find friends Jan 19, 2005

Hi!
Kids like to have jobs, so it might be a nice idea to "assign" two or three girls to sit with her at lunch and show her around the playground. Of course, they will forget about their jobs after a while, but by then the new girl will feel more at home!

Good luck!
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