Culture is a Box

One of the running topics between Papa Sprout and I here in Europe is the idea that our children are being pressed into a box. They are being pushed to fit into a mold here (the box) that isn’t quite what they’re used to at home. In the US, kids seem to be on a longer leash in […]

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So Close to Speech, and Yet So Far Away

R-Sprout is so close to speech, she’s practically there. She has 98 words that I’ve tracked, but we can probably round up to 110 because I’ve heard several words that I keep forgetting to write down. The majority of her words are in Hungarian. Her Slovak words include nie (no), ahoj (hi), do toho (give me five), […]

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Ovoda: First Impressions

T-Sprout has been in ovoda every day this week. I wrote that it’s sort of like a combination day care/preschool/kindergarten for kids between 3 and 6, but, now that I’ve seen it working up close, I’d say that it’s more like a day care. They don’t work on letters and sounds like in the US. […]

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Slovak: From Passive To Active Language

This post is written by Papa Sprout. He will comment again on T-Sprout’s Slovak at the end of our trip.   I didn’t know before that T-Sprout can speak Slovak. Her Slovak knowledge was mainly passive. Of course she understood it since I speak to her only in Slovak. But I’m the only person in […]

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Always Pack Extras

It was all my fault. I could have prevented it. I forgot to pack an extra change of clothes for T for the airplane ride. And I knew I forgot. A few minutes before we left in the morning I remembered about the extras for T, but so much else was happening and I wrote […]

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Big Trip

Tomorrow we leave for our big family vacation this year. We’ll fly to Papa Sprout’s hometown of Kosice, Slovakia to spend 4 weeks with his family and friends. We will be putting T into óvoda for three weeks while we’re there. The system is a little different there. Óvoda is their version of day care/preschool/kindergarten. […]

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End of Preschool

Today was T-Sprout’s last day in Preschool. Craziness. I did zero research about the preschools in the area before I signed her up last year, and I unwittingly chose the best preschool in town (in my opinion). I had no idea what I was looking for in a preschool, but it turns out they had everything […]

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State Developmental Evaluation

The state Help Me Grow people were here yesterday for their second evaluation of R-Sprout. In January they determined that while she was behind in her speech, she was not behind enough to warrant the free state aid. This time she is delayed enough. She is about 31 months old and has 66 words. R […]

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The Newest Sprout

There has been a new addition to the Sprout family. Little K-Sprout was born a few weeks ago and has become the peace in my days. He snorts and snores and sometimes smiles in his sleep and is, as any fresh baby, perfect. Also, it has been almost exactly 5 years since T-Sprout was born. […]

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My Late Talker

This morning I left a message with the State Help Me Grow back concerning R-Sprout. At their visit a few months ago they said to call back if she’s still doing the geuh-geuh-geuh, which she is whenever she tries to say anything more complicated than one or two words. It also bothers me that her […]

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