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December 16, 2004

The BOB Awards

Well, I'm flattered! I was just nominated by MaltaGirl in the BOB Awards. And, woohoo--they offer prizes! I'd love to win a prettification of my blog.

She chose the Education/Homeschool category.

My Homeschooling archives seem a bit bare these days, but life here in Ukraine is quite an eduation. Check out the Nurturing Children and Family Journal, for more of our learning-through-living posts.

The other nominees include blogs I often read, like Happy Homeschooler, School@Home, Relaxed Homeskool, Routon Family Homeschool and Classic Adventures. I couldn't resist, I even had to add a nomination, Amy Loves Books.

One of the best things about blogging promotions like this one, is discovering new blogs. Go check out the BOB Awards, surf around the nominess, and suggest a few of your own!

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Hi, TulipGirl! I really enjoy your blog -- keep up the good work.

On homeschooling, here is a recent news story you may enjoy. Some homeschooled American students defeated a team of Oxford students in a debate. Kind of nice.

http://madminerva.blog-city.com/read/958098.htm

Posted by: Mad Minerva at December 16, 2004 02:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words about the contest. Glad you're enjoying it!

Posted by: The Zero Boss at December 16, 2004 08:53 PM

Congrats!!! Good luck in the contest!

Posted by: Rachel Ann at December 16, 2004 09:33 PM

Hi. Found your blog while glued to the internet for news during the past 2 weeks. Very interesting. I did go to the homeschooling area, since I have several friends who homeschool, though not for religious reasons. Please don't take offense, but I would like to know why your children don't speak Ukrainian and go to a Russian sadochok? Are y'all planning to go to Russia? Wouldn't it be more respectful to learn the language of the country, not the country's oppressor? Again, please don't be offended. We all have our convictions and I'm interested in yours.

Thanks!

Ludmilla

Posted by: Ludmilla at December 17, 2004 04:43 PM

I'm not at all offended by your question, and it makes perfect sense.

My husband's background includes the Russian language, and that is part of how we ended up here. As part of our training before coming to Ukraine, we both attended an intensive Russian course. Of course, learning Ukranian would have been preferable at that time, but even finding appropriate courses in Russian was difficult. Ukrainian? Impossible.

In Kyiv, most of the people speak Russian. All of the official signs, government documents, and now advertisements are in Ukrainian. There is very much a generational language split--it's only been recently that Ukrainian was the language of instruction in schools. Now, in the classroom children are taught in Ukrainian and on the playground they speak Russian.

Since our language foundation is stronger in Russian, we desired our children to get a foundation in Russian as well. And with all the transitions, I didn't want the pressures of having Ukrainian/English/Russian all going at one time.

Sooooo. . . The boys go to a Russian language sadochok. The primary teacher is delightful. I love the music time they have each day, that they sit at little wooden desks and use real plates and cloth napkins at lunchtime. It's a sweet, small school and has been wonderful for them.

We would like to learn Ukrainian eventually. I have passive, reading understanding of Ukrainian, but can't speak it. Hubby is much more comfortable with it, and understands quite a bit. Most of our circle of friends still speak primarily Russian. So, I don't see it, for now, as speaking the language of the oppressors, but speaking the language of our friends. *grin*

Please, ask questions! I am not offended! And so much goes unwritten on this blog compared to all the thoughts and impressions of what I see.

Grace and peace,
TulipGirl

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 17, 2004 06:16 PM

Thanks for your reply. Now, try as I might, I can't get my mind to bend around Russian. To me it sounds harsh and unpleasant, whereas the Ukrainian language is sweet and gentle to my ears. (I can speak a little Polish, Czech, Slovak, etc., but guess I'm alergic to Russian.) My father spoke 7 languages fluently. He always began by learning the Lord's Prayer in the language he wanted to learn, then songs and poetry, before he went on to conversation. Some day I'll have time to learn Italian and French that way. Best wishes for a joyful holiday season.

L.

Posted by: Ludmilla at December 17, 2004 08:01 PM

Congratulations, Tulip Girl! :-)

Posted by: Linda at December 19, 2004 05:41 AM

thanks for the nomination tulipgirl! i just noticed. i am honored to be in such good company.

Posted by: amy at December 28, 2004 03:01 AM

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