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Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by anhptran on June 11, 2010

“They roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.”

Last night, the residents at Essex met for the first English learning circle, continuing the momentum from our orientation on Monday. In the community room, we read, shared, and roared together. Karen introduced the classic children’s book for everyone to practice reading alongside their children.

In between doing jumping jacks and completing a survey, residents shared stories. Kellem has had difficulty obtaining her green card because she accidently wrote her birthday with the day before the month, the way she learned to write dates in Ethiopia. Together, we began to explore cultural nuances, similarities, and differences.

Karen handed out binders, and asked everyone to keep a journal. We’re meeting on Mondays and Thursdays, and excited to learn and share together at Essex. (Special thanks to Jide for taking pictures,  and his team from Jesus House DC for volunteering with us this summer!)


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