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If I could Skype with a child in __, I would love to …

Posted by on June 5, 2013

We’ve spent the year exploring four countries: Tunisia, India, Peru and Ukraine. As always … it seems the more we discover … the more QUESTIONS we have! So … this post is dedicated to sharing just SOME of the questions we still have!

current time Kiev

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary … timezones WOULD be an issue … Kiev is 9 hours ahead … depending on Daylight Savings Time!

“Have you ever wondered about the children that live all over the world? I must say I have a TON of questions to ask. I am going to tell you some of them. The country I would like to Skype with is Peru. I’ll tell you some of my questions. What animals does Peru have? What is the most special animal called? The second question might be tricky because there could be a TON of answers. What do they do in Peru for fun? See, now it’s tricky for me too! My most top question is what do they do for fun? What kind of food do they eat in Peru. Do they use animals to carry food? Do they have internet access so they can use telephones, computers, tvs and other things? What kinds of desserts do they eat. How big are some of the houses there? I know all my questions are long! Do they wear their traditional clothing all the time or just for special celebraions? I wish I could Skype with Peru.” ~Joyce

“Hmm. What could I write about today? I know what to write now! I wish I could Skype with a kid from Tunisia. I would ask if you got taken over by the French and if your family knew about it. What does your home look like? Is your bed comfortable or uncomfortable? What do you take to get to school? Do you go in races with your camel? Do you have a camel? What do you do in your spare time? Do you go to school? I do! Does your school have uniforms? Do you have to work? We only work at home … and not that much. I know that a lot of kids have to work in the world. What is your favourite food? What do your clothes look like? What is your favourite game that you like? I sure do wish I could Skype with a kid in Tunisia!” ~Elijah

MANY of us have questions about life in Ukraine!

MANY of us have questions about life in Ukraine!

“Aww … I wish I could talk to kids in Ukraine and Skype with them all the time and go to Ukraine! Do you know why? Because I want to see the mountains from high and for them to tell me about Ukraine and about all the things there like cars, stoves, food, play things and instruments. I would like to Skype with someone from Ukraine!” ~Dimitri

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary ... timezones can be an issue! Lima Peru is 1 hours ahead ... depending on Daylight Savings Time!

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary … timezones aren’t as MUCH of an issue between Calgary and Peru! Lima Peru is 1 hour ahead … depending on Daylight Savings Time!

“If I could Skype with India, I would ask what are the animals like in India? How often does it rain there? What’s it like in India? How long does it take you to get to school? How much technology do you have there? What are the houses usually made out of? Is it mostly sand or grass there? What games do you play there? What kind of work do you do there? What is the usual temperature there? I would ask all these questions because I’m really REALLY curious!” ~Nick

“I would really like to Skype with a kid from Tunisia! Wait … I can’t … the time difference is 7 hours. That’s an issue! Maybe you know someone from Tunisia? Here are some of my questions I would like to know: Do you live in a city? What region do you live in? What’s your favourite food? What’s your favourite animal? Mine is a gazelle. I forgot … I have a few more questions. I also want to know if you live in a hut or an underground house? What is the population in Tunisia? I sure wish I could Skype with a kid from Tunisia!” ~Chris P.

A few of us STILL have a tons of questions about Peru!

A few of us STILL have a tons of questions about Peru!

“If I knew someone in Tunisia and I could Skype with the kids, I would ask if their country had ever been invaded. I would ask that because I know other countries in the world have been invaded in history … like Peru was invaded by Spain. Are you wealthy or poor? I would ask that because some people in Tunisia are wealthy. Do you have lots of friends? I do! Are there any diseases where you live? I don’t think I could Skype with the kids in Tunisia because they might not have computers or Skype. Hmmm. I have one more question! What is the population? I have tons more questions but I think I’ll end here. It would be wonderful to meet a Tunisian kid and talk to him!” ~Amro

“I wish I could Skype with a kid my age from Ukraine. I wonder if they have animals like us and wonder if Ukraine is like Canada. One day I might go to Ukraine. I wonder if their year is the same. I also wonder if their bedrooms are similar to mine. I bet it is. Ukrainians probably don’t speak a different language but they might. If I lived in Ukraine I would probably like it there. Ukraine is probably way hotter than Canada. I wonder if Ukraine rains or snows. I also wonder what the weather is like. I wish I was actually Skyping with a kid my age from the Ukraine.” ~Constantine

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary ... timezones can be an issue! Kiev is almost 12 hours ahead ... depending on Daylight Savings Time! That means it's THURSDAY already!

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary … timezones really ARE an issue … New Delhi is 11 1/2 hours ahead … depending on Daylight Savings Time! That means it’s THURSDAY already!

“Hmm. I wonder. OH! I know! I’ll base it on Peru! Oopsy! You probably don’t know what I’m talking about! Now … a little more detail. If I could Skype with a child my age from Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine or India, I would pick Peru. Okay. You need to know what I would ask them. To start the conversation I would tell them my name! Then, I would ask them if they have to do many jobs around their house … or do they do just a few? Or, do many Peruvians in their region even have houses? Are they rich or poor? Do they have lots of technology? Okay. I’ve got to slow down! I’ll ask questions one by one! Now … start over … drum roll please! The BEST question is coming! The one you’ve all been waiting for! What does your bedroom look like? I imagine if the child is poor it wouldn’t have an amazing bedroom like a princess! And, even if the child was rich it still wouldn’t have a bedroom like a princess! Now, I want to ask you about school! How far do they have to walk just to get to school? Can they even go to school? I can! I sure hope I can Skype with a child in Peru one day!” ~Ella

“A couple of questions I would ask a person in Ukraine would be: How old are you? How many times do you wear traditional clothing a year? If only I could Skype with someone in Ukraine!” ~Tre

“What if I could Skype with a child from Ukraine? What would I do? What would I ask? There are a lot of things I would want to know, like what do YOU do in your free time? And, do they actually have free time … I really want to know a lot about Ukraine but there is 8 hours difference in time, so I don’t think I could Skype with a child in Ukraine. If there were no technology problems, no time difficulties and we could speak the same language, I would love it if a child from Ukraine could answer some of my questions: What do you usually eat? Where do you sleep? Do you live in the rural area or in the urban area? Unfortunately, the time difference is huge … so I can’t Skype … but … I COULD take a trip to Ukraine. Except … I would have to learn how to speak Ukrainian first, which is not easy at all!” ~Lauren

A few of us are STILL very curious about life in India!

A few of us are STILL very curious about life in India!

“If I could Skype with any of these countries, Peru, India, Tunisia or Ukraine, I would do Peru and see what is going on. If you got to choose which one, would you choose Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine or India? If I could Skype I would ask so many questions, like: I would ask what does your room look like? What do you eat? Drink? Do you go to school? Do you do art, gym and other activities? Do you have any electronic devices? I hope I get to Skype with a kid in Peru.” ~Zubayda

“I wish I could get to Skype with a kid from Ukraine because I want to know more about the country. I would ask what they usually do. Do you have homework? I don’t. Do you go to school? What do you go to school in? What wild animals are in your country? I know some of them but not all of them. I would ask a lot of questions. Is your country mostly a rural area or an urban area? Does your country have a lot of electronics? I wish he or she could answer these questions if I got to Skype with him or her. The time difference, different languages and technology might be a problem. I wish, I wish, I wish I could get to Skype with a kid in Ukraine.” ~James

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary ... timezones can be an issue! Kiev is 7 hours ahead ... depending on Daylight Savings Time!

If it is about 1 pm in Calgary …  Tunis is 7 hours ahead … depending on Daylight Savings Time! Wow … at 3 pm in Calgary … those students are already in BED!

“Hmm. What country would I want to Skype with? Oh! I know. I would want to Skype with someone from India. I would ask the person from India some questions. Like … how is your life in India? What do you do in your free time? Do you like living in India? Does it ever rain in India? What language do you speak? Do people in India speak English? Does it ever snow in India? Do most people go to school or not? What kinds of games do you play in India? What do the homes in India look like? If you know, are they the same like in Calgary? What kinds of foods are there? What kinds of traditional foods are there? I think it would be really cool to Skype with someone from India. Do you?” ~Chelsea

“If I could Skype with someone from Ukraine I would ask a lot of questions. Has Ukraine ever been invaded ever? Does Ukraine have Skype anywhere? Does rural Ukraine have internet connections? What languages do the Ukrainians speak?  What kind of money do they have? Does Ukraine have Catholic School? Do they use iPad and iPhones? I hope I can try Skyping with a kid from Ukraine.” ~Tyler

“I wonder a lot of things and here is my opportunity to ask. What is India’s most common wildlife animal? That’s not all … I also wonder if the name India has a meaning. Does India have any libraries? Do people in India have mongooses for pets? How many people live in India? I have a lot more so sit back and relax because it is gonna take a while! Many people wonder if India is a dry dessert area. I also wonder what you do in your free time? I really do wish I could Skype with a kid from India!” ~Rayann

Many, MANY of us have a TON of questions about Tunisia as WELL!

Many, MANY of us have a TON of questions about Tunisia as WELL!

“I wonder what kind of questions I would ask a kid my age in India … if I ever had the time to Skype? Well, now that I think about it, my mind is over flowing with ideas like: what kind of games do they play? What’s their FAVOURITE game to play? How often do you get to play? Do they have a traditional Indian food? What’s their favourite type of food? Does the food have spice? Do they have the same type of wild animals we have? Do they have pets? Can they have mongooses as pets? Do they even know what a mongoose is? How far do you have to walk to go to school? Is it a long way? How big is your school? Do you like school? If only technology, time and language was not an issue. Just imagine what it would be like to Skype with a kid my age in India. If only.” ~Jayden

It was just after 1 pm when we began this comparison. It is interesting to look at the time differences ... but ... LOOK at the TEMPERATURE differences TOO!

It was just after 1 pm when we began this comparison. It is interesting to look at the time differences … but … LOOK at the TEMPERATURE differences TOO!

“I would really like to Skype to a kid in Ukraine. Maybe I can. Now I will ask some questions. I wonder how many people live in Ukraine? Are there any farms in the Ukraine? Do you live on a farm? I wonder if you are happy living in Ukraine. What days do you wear traditional clothing? Do you get to school by bus, car or do you walk? What traditional foods do you have there? Do you have time to play outside or do you work all day? Does Ukraine have nice weather or is it cold all the time? If I could really talk to a child in Ukraine those would be the questions I would ask.” ~Chris P.

“I wish I could Skype with somebody in Tunisia. If I could, I would ask them what animal is most common. And, what their language is. Oh! And, if they ride a camel. Does it ever rain? But then I think about it and there could be issues with technology and timezones and even language. I would ask if they live in a rural or urban area. If they go to school, and if they don’t. I’d ask what they do all day. My wish probably won’t come true, but, if it did I would be so happy. Well, I guess that sums it up!” ~Tommy

“If I could Skype with a child in Tunisia I would ask what it is like living in Tunisia. What is the funnest part about Tunisia? What is your official language? Do you live in a big house or a small house? Is your room big or do you even have a room? Do you sleep on the ground with your family or up in a bed or do you sleep alone? Do you do any sports? If you do, what’s your favourite sport? Do you go to school? If you do, what’s your school’s name? If I could Skype with a real child, this is what I would ask.” ~Danny

“Hey! I wonder, if we have time to Skype, and language and timezones aren’t a problem, you in Tunisia … how is your life? Do you live in a rural or urban area? What are the animals you see every day? In Canada, we see squirrels and birds when we go camping. In Canada, we have black bears, grizzly bears and polar bears. As you know, or not, both the black bear and grizzly bear live in the warmer places while the polar bear lives in the northern provinces and territories. What bears do you have, if you have bears? What other animals do you have? You most likely have rodents, definitely insects and arachnids. Are your houses cozy? What toys do you have? Do you have transportation other than camels? Do you have electricity in the rural areas? What’s the urban city like? I wish I could Skype!” ~AJ

“I wonder what animals you guys have in Tunisia. Where does your family live? In the rural or urban area? My family lives in an urban area. We did a lot of research about Tunisia but there is still a TON of other things that I want to learn about … like … what kinds of schools you guys go to? Are they good schools that never break down? Is French the only other language you speak besides English? French is also one of the languages that Canadian people speak … but mostly English. We learn the Canadian anthem in school in French. Have you ever moved before? I have never moved in my life. What types of technology do you have? We use a smartboard and laptops. A smartboard is big … we call ours mister noisy because there is always a noise! I hope we can Skype again!” ~Davis

“Hmmm … that’s a hard question to answer. How do I choose one country to Skype with when I want to learn about all four of our countries. Well, after thinking hard, I’ve decided that I want to Skype with Tunisia. What country would you want to learn more about?  I also decided I would start off by asking what his name was. For two reasons: first just to be polite, second to figure out what a popular name is in Tunisia. I would also ask him or her if they play a sport. If they do, which one? For example I play hockey, soccer and football. I suspect that he wouldn’t play hockey because there isn’t a singe hockey rink in Tunisia. Well I don’t think so at least! 😉 I think that the poverty level in Tunisia is very high. Am I right? My class and I believe that there are many different languages in Tunisia. Are there? I just ate lunch … that led me to this question. What are some everyday foods in Tunisia? I know in Canada there’s sandwiches, spaghetti, hotdogs and burgers. I know in pictures I have see Tunisian people wearing traditional clothing. So, do you wear your traditional clothes normally or only for special occasions? I can’t think of any more questions. I hope your curiosity gets the best of you like it did to me when I thought about what questions I would ask if I could Skype with someone in Tunisia! It’s great when it does!” ~Ben

“Skyping with another child my AGE from Peru would be AMAZING! I just wonder what I would ask them! Do they live in a big city? No wait. I have  a better idea! Can they speak a different language? I know you know that I know LOTS about Peru … but I’m not a genius! Oh … WHY do I like Peru so much? Well THAT’S easy! (Grab a pillow … you’ll use it!) Forget what that just said … I’ll cut it short … PROMISE! I LOVE Peru because of all the BEAUTIFUL traditional clothing, cute little ALPACAS, and … WAIT! I know I’m changing the subject, but WAIT! I know what I could ask them! If they can herd alpacas! Okay, maybe BEFORE I ask, I’ll see if the mother and father herd alpacas … or the kids … or both! Like I said before, I would LOVE to Skype with someone in Peru!” ~Rebecca

SO many questions! We wonder:

  • if you could help us to answer any of these questions … even if you just travelled through one or more of these amazing countries!

2 Responses to If I could Skype with a child in __, I would love to …

  1. AJ

    Hi class!

    I certainly LOVE the blog post. Do you think we could have added more than 5 pictures?
    I do.

    I’ve been wondering, (It’s a miracle that I can even think over this head-ache!) When is our next blog post going to be going live? (And it’s not like we’re thinking about one or have an idea) 😉 🙂

    AJ

    • Laurie Renton

      Hey, AJ!

      I LOVE that you LOVE the new blog post!!! I am still really torn about adding more photos … I know we took some GREAT ones. We’ll have to think about it some more. Let’s look at the ones we took this afternoon … and decide if they would ENHANCE the current post by adding them!

      I’m sorry you have a headache … that’s a drag! Hope it goes away SOON! I have a thought or two up my sleeve about the NEXT post … but … you’ll have to wait until TOMORROW … when we check out a NEW surprise!!! We also have to do a “wrap up” post for next year’s bloggers … and there MAY even be one about a Skype we might be lucky enough to have in the next few days!!!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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