YOUNG EGYPTIAN CHILDREN STUDYING IN ENGLISH

YOUNG EGYPTIAN CHILDREN STUDYING IN ENGLISH

*Please note I have written the following because I care…

second language

Kids cannot be expected to successfully study in a language that they cannot effectively read or fully comprehend.

It’s no surprise to some of my Egyptian friends that I love helping children with their English.
I must point out here after holding in my frustration for quite some time in the hope of making all Egyptian parents who educate their children in English speaking schools that is it ESSENTIAL for your children to read and comprehend English well if they are to achieve their best in their studies.

Repeatedly parents ask me to help children with their English reading and comprehension when after only one or two reading and conversation sessions I become the homework doer for these children who then don’t do as well as well as they could in their quizzes , tests and exams simply because they can’t read an understand the questions correctly.

A high homework mark is part of an exam result but only a small part and in actual fact is worth nothing if a child didn’t do it alone.
I love helping kids but this attitude of many parents I connect with is definitely not allowing me to do that, and at the same time it is holding their children back from being the best student they can. Kids who can’t read and comprehend English well struggle so much that they give up and get labelled as lazy of inattentive students.
Parents Please Remember…
To study in any language a person irrespective of child or adult, must first study and understand the language or they will never fully understand the lesson!

Yes my Arabic is only noos wa noos as we say here, but it is good enough for me to survive in Egypt but if my career and future depended upon my Arabic it is most definitely not good enough for my survival! Please make sure your children’s English is good enough for their survival and if you speak English yourselves please at some stage of each day speak to your children in English. Also I urge those parent who don’t speak English but expect their children to understand and study in English to get at least a basic understanding of the language as well.

Thank You
Kerry Guy

Every Day I Speak to God & Every Day God Speaks to Me

When I Speak to God, God Listens -When God Speaks to me I Listen!

For as long as I can remember I have spoken to God knowing He was my unseen ultimate friend ever at my side.

God speals to me

God Speaks in Countless Ways

I grew up as an only child spending many hours alone which was the perfect way for me to discover that I was never alone even though to the world around me it appeared as though I was! I spent as much time as possible outdoors in nature as soon as my infant legs would carry me out of the house.  Before I was five years old my parents owned a home that backed onto a river and my mother was an avid gardener so I had a wonderful setting in my most formative years to connect with life. This is when I began talking to God. Of course back then as a highly inquisitive toddler was unaware who I was talking to and simply spoke and played with God as children do simply assuming that He was my imaginary friend because that’s who adults told me I was speaking to any time I mentioned Him.

Adults who would see me happily playing and talking to someone in my small world in the joys of nature far removed from their reality generally asked me who I was talking to, and I would answer that I didn’t know, wondering why it was was so important to know who my friend was, as my friend had never asked me who I was! My friend loved and accepted me without needing to know anything more about me other than the fact that I was there to talk to and to play with. Naturally my behavior brought about either direct  or indirect  comments from adults about the foolishness of my imaginary world and my ‘imaginary friend’. Yet this friend, who has ‘chattily  remained with me throughout my life was at the time, and still is very real to me!

Kids trust life

Children taste and trust life in a differnt way to most adults.

I paid no mind to these ‘imaginary’ opinions of adults as in my heart I knew my friend was a very real friend whom I trusted completely. My trust in my friend grew as I grew, and whenever I questioned – as kids do – the wisdom of my parents of in fact any adult who tired to tell me how life was to be lived I conferred with ‘My Friend’ about these opinions and always tended to trust his opinion above the opinions of adults around me, which over time has presented me with quite a few life challenges. Sometimes however my friend’s opinion would match the opinion of the adults I questioned which instantly simplified my life!

It was many years later before I realized that my ever present friend was God, but when I did that soul awakening knowledge centered me in a depth of peace about life and my life choices that I can find impossible to describe effectively in human words.

Feelings say much more that words ever can!

Every day I speak to God, and God has been instrumental in all my major life decisions which have often been ridiculed by others around me; but what has been frequently been classified as the ‘rebel’ in me always – but always placed more credence in God’s opinion than that of well meaning bystanders – especially when their opinions have not been sought! When God and I chat with me seeking a life choice decision I trust that when I center in peace with my thoughts that this is God’s way of smiling at me and saying ‘Yes -that’s the choice to make!’

Some of my peace guided choices have invariably led to challenge but every life presented challenge I have encountered instigates a new conversation with My Friend and He always explains that I must trust the purpose of the challenge and promises that it will lead me to exactly the right outcome in my life which of course it always does.

God speaks through nature

As I Center in Peace I Trust I that have God's approval regarding My Life Choice.

These days most morning on waking the first thought that pops into my head is, ‘Good morning God welcome to may day!’ I usually follow this thought with either of two questions. Question one is – ‘ God how can I serve you in life today?’  Then I trust that I will be led lead me into a day of service to life. My second question is – ‘God what message do you have for me today?’ Both questions are always answered in my every day.

This morning I asked God what message He had for me and His reply was immediate and strong. When I receive a reply as provocative as I did this morning I know that I have to ask a following question which is, ‘Do I have to share this with others?’ I only ask God this unnecessary question when I am hoping for a ‘No’ answer because they way God speaks is very clear and I am always aware if I’m to share His morning message with others or not even when prefer not to – like this morning!

Generally I convey God’s message in a subliminal poetic way or indirectly in a quote but there are occasions when He asks that I share his His messages more directly. Today is one of those days and I couldn’t peacefully get on with my day until I shared His message.

Today God posed a question to me that I myself often ask, and have in the past asked others who have been desperate to have a child of their own! God’s question was a thought that hadn’t crossed my mind for quite some time as I know its not my right to try to steer anothers thoughts in life in any way as we all have the right to think and live as we choose. Nonetheless this morning I  immediately knew that God wanted me to shed light on this issue. God Himself of course knew the answer but He simply wanted people to question themselves regarding this often over-looked issue.

God asked, ‘Why do so many still  feel the desperate need to create children of their own when there are already so many created loving children in the world in desperate need to love and to be of loved?’ –  God continued that so many valuable life serving aspects of life are today being wasted by so many in search of new and better ways to live. Today, He added is a day to remember Love and to Appreciate that all is Here and Now. Sadly those who choose to continue waste love will one day feel that all love is lost in their lives. Remember that love is never lost – Love is merely forgotten by some, but Love’s presence is eternal and must be believed to be lived and experienced.’

love is

Many abandoned babies are found dead.

After God  finished speaking I could feel Him smiling at me as He was wondering just how I would deal with what he said, and how I would convey his message to others. Well I tried to push His message aside as He knew I would, as there will be those who would prefer not to hear this message and will probably voice objection at my right to deliver it. But My Friend has never in my life let me down and so when He asked me to be His Voice I could not peacefully get on with my day until I shared His provocative message.

God asks so little of me and gives so much. He is an amazing friend.  He has shown me that Love simply IS and that Love is not bound by, or limited to blood, culture, race, creed or even to humans. Love freely given from the heart is always returned in greater immeasurable ways.

Love is Ever-Present
Love is the Essence of Life

Love is the core of each human being, but unfortunately some humans aren’t being Love simply because they have forgotten that love is what they are and that love resides within them as well as all around them.

My Friend and I wish you all a Love Filled Life
Kerry Guy

Mother Earth Deserves Our Apology

APOLOGY TO MOTHER EARTH

Apology to Mother Earth

Mother Earth I feel the need to openly apologize to you
For all the thoughtless acts and cruel suffering humanity puts you through
You are graciously abundant and do your best to supply humanity’s every need
But your abundance is diminishing because of power hungry materialistic greed
I could list all the atrocities that for the sake of money and power you daily endure
But listing these shameful acts will not invoke acts of compassion leading to a cure
Instead it would insight added anger aggression and hate
Which of course would increase your present suffering state
Mother Earth I here and now sincerely apologize to you
For all we as ONE have unthinkingly put you through
You are our ONE Home and you always give us your best
You are the ONE shelter where we All commune and rest
You feed and clothes us with your incredible natural resources
You nourish us with with fantastic enlivening fresh water courses
Oh Mother Earth your are our amazing irreplaceable home and treasure
I’m so sorry Mother Earth that for so long we have overlooked your true measure
Kerrie Guy ©
9-01-2012

 

Good Intentions Meet Suspicion – or Candidates or Spies?

How often do good your intentions meet suspicion?

Never – Ocassionally – Always!

Good Intentions

Q: Why are good intentions greeted this way?

A: I suspect people only see others as they know themselves!

Q: How does it make us feel when we are suspected of housing ulterior motifs?

A: I can only speak for myself but suspect others feel the same.
Initially I feel offended but then I am grateful for the revelation.
Revelations such as this are escape avenues from a potentially
unpleasant challenging situations and possible unpleasant
confrontations.

Good intention quote

This subject is fresh in my mind as my well-meaning friend and I offered out services to a new local kindergarten in Cairo only to be treated with utmost suspicion after sending introductory emails to the kindergarten in question. Normally I would simply dust off behavior such as we received from this establishment – which for obvious reasons will remain nameless, but because kindergartens guide and shape our young children’s minds I felt compelled to speak out about this incident.

I personally have worked as a teacher, teacher supervisor and principal in both kindergartens and primary schools. I love working with kids because as well as continually inspiring me they also keep the kid in me alive. I love adding new flavors to teaching and inspiring kids about life while  building their self-confidence. My friend once worked for me and she is one of the most gifted talented effective loved teachers I know. We both interact  with children from the heart and sent emails from our hearts to this new kindergarten.

However until an employer meets a possible employee I know that he or she cannot possibly assume to know how competent or incompetent a prospective employee is. I did many interviews myself throughout my career and so can vouch for this. Of course no-one could know our value until they met us so I had no problem with normal suspicions about our abilities until were met.Seeds of the future

Both my friend and I were only looking for casual work simply to help the kids as we both realize how important the kindergarten stage of education is. All we wanted to do was help as we both see older kids struggling with their school lessons  due to a weak foundation in English and life understandings. The seeds a good teacher plants in small children grow and remain with them throughout their lives – we all know this from personal experience.

Suspicion grew toward us because we wanted to know the address of the kindergarten before committing ourselves to any work connection with the establishment. The address to this very day remains a secret ???!!!???

My initial introductory email which was sent over a month ago had received no reply and so I simply dismissed the entire issue even though a non-response showed bad business etiquette! However my friend who also had not received a response to her email and is as equally as passionate about helping young children as I am, and a little more stubborn than I decided  to send  a second email on behalf of both of us asking once again for the address of the kindergarten.

This time she received a response offering a phone number contact plus requesting a CV from me before a meeting could be arranged, however unbeknown to the sender he had also included an email that had passed between himself and a fellow administrator which revealed the true nature of both administrators.

Here is that internal email which found its way to us ……

What do you think? Spies or possible candidates?

Kerry did contact us however it never made sense to reply. (I am Kerry)
trust is a must
My friend and I were flabbergasted – SPIES?????? Of course neither of us wish to work at this establishment as we both feel so very strongly that suspicious attitudes such as this are not at all suitable role models for children, and neither are they worthy of building a solid foundation for a credible business.

Children trust and love people so openly. Children don’t become suspicious in life until they are let down and learn to mistrust others exactly as the administrators of this kindergarten do. I’m sure these administrators were once trusting as children who were let down and this is very sad.

One day I pray that this cylic form of suspicion ends and that good intentions are more readily recognized but as my answer states to the first question of this piece; ‘I suspect people only see others as they know themselves!’ This means that to be the moral and ethical role models we hope to be for our children that we adults have got a lot more personal work to do!
I have always believed that the truth always reveals itself and the mistakenly sent email to my friend most certainly showed this to be correct.
Oh, and by the way the sender of the ‘spy suspecting email who felt it made no sense to reply to my email’ did receive a responding email that should awaken him to the cost of his carelessnees and unfounded suspicions.Parents always please take care who you leave you kids with. Caring for kids means a heck of a lot more than just feeding them and making sure they bet the the bathroom as often as necessary. Every Kid Care Person is a role model and as I said the seed planted in young children remain with them a life time.
kindergarten kids

by
Kerry Guy
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