Homeschooling Marlo for his Dutch reading

Our oldest boy Marlo would have gone to group 3 (Dutch system) in the Netherlands the moment we moved to the USA. That is the time they start to learn how to read back home. Going to Kindergarten here made him learn to read in English. So that is what he did; learn a whole new language and start reading in English at the same time as well. It hasn’t always been easy, but both his teacher and the one that gives him extra English lessons are doing an amazing job with him. Only his vocabulary isn’t that big compared to the other children from his class, but other than that he is doing a great job at school. … More Homeschooling Marlo for his Dutch reading

What to do with “Sinterklaas”?

Besides enjoying new American traditions here, there are also some Dutch ones we want to enjoy, but how to do it? In the Netherlands we have a tradition called Sinterklaas and he will arrive today, which means back in the Netherlands the festivities around this holiday are starting! A friend of Marlo in the Netherlands told him Sinterklaas would not go to America to give him presents. So we said to him: “maybe we could write him a letter to tell him where we live and how he should get there?” However, being 3 months in the States now, we starting doubting how we would be able to integrate our “Sinterklaas” traditions here…… … More What to do with “Sinterklaas”?

Balloon Fiesta at Albuquerque

The balloon fiesta is here… since we decided to move here I started following some hash tags like #travelnewmexico #newmexicolife #newmexico #albuquerque #riorancho and many photos from the fiesta popped up… I started looking forward to this event of 9 days… so last Saturday when I put on the TV we saw that the air balloons wouldn’t go up because of the fog. That evening we decided to get up early the next morning and watch from a park to see the hot air balloons. When I woke up Marlo, he said: “I didn’t know that we were going to watch the balloons.” But he put on his clothes and was excited we were going. It is so beautiful to see all these balloons and I totally understand that this is the most photographed event in the world. … More Balloon Fiesta at Albuquerque