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We're doing an International Day at my homeschool co-op. I'm doing the Australia booth.<br><br>
If anyone has any ideas and suggestions for my booth please shoot them my way. This is my first International Day and I've also never attended one either so I'm not sure where to begin.<br><br>
I've already PM'd our Australian friend, Cari. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Any good websites, craft ideas, handout suggestions (I need 60 copies of each handout), ideas for booth setup, etc<br><br>
I'm not creative and I'm clueless. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Ahh, my favorite country. I would look up a good recipe for meat pies or try and get a hold of some vegemite. I would show how interesting and fascinating the aboriginal people are. I would talk about how the first white peoples were considered prisoners yet some of them were shipped over more because they were poor and might of stole a loaf of bread while living back in England.<br><br>
I would talk about how sporty the people are and show on a map where most the population lives (along the east coast). I would talk about how big and amazing the barrier reef is and how up in Queensland, they have rain-forests that they fight to protect.<br><br>
I would talk about how their prime minister just apologized to the aboriginal peoples for doing what we did here in America and took away their land, pulled children from their families and put them in schools to teach them more "white" ways.<br><br>
You can show them how they have animals that are unique to their country. You can talk about some of the fantastic actors and musicians that come from Australia.<br><br>
You can talk about how in some of the larger cities they have a diverse population with folks from all over the world. You can mention how small their military is.<br><br>
So much more but that what comes to mind first.
 

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here's some links. hope they help some!<br><br>
evan moor book (but you can't print it - it may be helpful just the same though for ideas!) <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=xxVLgJzsdc0C&pg=PA81&dq=van+moor+australia&ei=0y7bR_yyAoroiQGI7OzEAQ&sig=bAXKhbJifK8PF82GWg8C6doHWF8#PPP1,M1" target="_blank">http://books.google.com/books?id=xxV...doHWF8#PPP1,M1</a><br><br>
craft ideas - <a href="http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/australia/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/australia/index.htm</a><br><br>
just good info - <a href="http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo/Australia/australia.htm" target="_blank">http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo.../australia.htm</a><br><br>
this should be enough info for a booth. good luck mama! & have fun!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Can you make/buy/borrow a didgeridoo?<br>
Explain the science of a boomerang?<br>
Do an Autralian to American translation game?<br>
Feature the interesting wildlife (platypus, koala, kangeroo, etc)<br>
Make models, pictures, dioramas of the Great Barrier Reef or Uluru (Ayres Rock)<br>
Feature children's authors (Mem Fox comes to mind off the top of my head but I am sure there are others)<br><br>
I often start looking <a href="http://www.surfnetkids.com/australia.htm" target="_blank">here</a> for websites and <a href="http://www.proteacher.com/090070.shtml" target="_blank">here</a> for unit studies as they usually link to lots of other good ones.<br><br>
I also love the book series <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLook-What-Came-Australia%2Fdp%2F0531164330%2Fref%3Dsi3_rdr_bb_product" target="_blank">Look what came from Australia</a> as they often spark ideas for hands on stuff to explore.
 

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Also you could mention the America's Cup is held there.
 

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How funny. We are doing the same thing where we live. I may have to drop my son out of it. I doubt we'll be able to go through with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But just in case we do it, I'd love the information as well.<br><br>
We have to do a dish of food from Australia which will be hard (for me).
 

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karen, i loved both of the sites you recommended - i bookmarked them. thanks!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How funny. We are doing the same thing where we live. I may have to drop my son out of it. I doubt we'll be able to go through with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But just in case we do it, I'd love the information as well.<br><br>
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Anything with seafood is an aussie favorite.. I suggested to Kleine <a href="http://www.aussieslang.com/features/anzac-biscuits.asp" target="_blank">Anzac cookies</a> as they are tied in with Australian history sort of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Ah Australia, my favourite country too... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Personally I would advise you to steer clear of the stereotypes & agenda-driven politics when you host the Australian international booth. It is always a mistake to think that an entire population thinks in one particular direction, kwim?<br><br>
If you wanted to talk about politics, you could mention that we are a representative democracy & we have a compulsory voting system. Voting age is 18. We rank political candidates & parties, so that means that minorities have a voice in Parliment (Congress).<br><br>
Vegemite is certainly very popular, both as a lunch sandwich spread for kids, & on toast for kids & adults.<br><br>
We are an ethnically diverse country, with over half of the population having at least one parent born overseas (dont know the exact data, you'll have to look that up, mate!).<br><br>
Indigenous Australians currently make up about 2% of the population, many are concentrated in remote regions in the central desert, whilst the vast majority are more integrated into 'mainstream' modern Australian culture & live in regional centres or cities, or in urban areas. I personally would steer totally clear of the didgeridoo example, as it is an instrument only played in parts of northern Australia, & even then usually only by the men of the group.<br><br>
We have a public medical system, & for the most part it works well. We have a private health system too, but for the major things it relies on the public system. For example, if you give birth to a really, really sick baby under the private system, your bub will be transferred to the public neo-natal unit, kwim?<br><br>
I like the idea of an AMerican/Australian slang contest. You hear the slang & then try & guess what is means in 'American', ie: fair dinkum, or arvo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If you wanted to do a history lesson, maybe you could talk about how indigenous/Aboriginal australians first came to this island, you could talk about the many languages that were/are spoken, you could talk about the loss of language due to the death of the final person who spoke a particular language, you could talk about all the reasons behind why such a sad event happened.... You could talk about the convict phase, or the transportation, or the dislike of the Irish descendants in Australia which persisted into the 1960....<br><br>
If you wanted to do a science theme, then the Great Barrier Reef is a really good place to start. Do you have access to a small fishtank? Or maybe can you draw a cross-section of the ocean on a piece of posterboard, explaining the different benthic levels & what might be found at each level. If you wanted to talk about global warming, you could talk about how the coral (animals) uptake carbon & turn it into calcium carbonate in the form of shells & coral skeletons & such.... The fish then eat the coral calcium carbonate structure to get at the algae, & they shit it out as sand. In deep areas sand stays on the ocean floor until it is subducted..... In short, global warming bad, sand shitting fish good. But you might have to vary the message a little for your audience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
And as for food in terms of an easy national dish, I'll have to think about that...... Anzac biscuits maybe, which are easy, or a pavlova, which is not....
 

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"sand shitting fish" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks for these great suggestions and links! There's a lot to look through.
 

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There's a recipe for lamingtons which I've been craving for in my son's Usborne Cookbook. It's a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and covered with coconut. Yummy.<br><br>
I think Anzac cookies would probably be the easiest to bake though.
 

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Yep, damper is a good idea if you have access to outside. I once tried to make lamingtons from scratch, including homemade sponge cake, & it was a complete disaster. Not only did the cake not rise, I didn't really know what they were supposed to look like as I just had a print recipe. They were.... creative lamingtons. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Lol I have never made lamingtons or pavlova or done shrimps on a barbie, lol great Aussie that I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Prawn*s on the BBQ must be such a Queensland thing....<br><br>
I have to admit, they are damn good & I definitely ate a few this weekend. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But I have cut way back on the amount I eat since I know it's not really environmentally okay to eat prawns.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I wish they weren't so bloody tasty....<br><br><br><br><br>
*prawn = shrimp
 

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Well there you go, I didn't realize it was a QLD thing...and yer I am from QLD. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I spent 3 months in Newcastle in the fall of 2002 and loved it! And MMMMM pavlova. It might be difficult but it is delicious. Now I want to go make some!<br><br>
I third the American to Aussie translating. I definitely increased my vocabulary after spending time in Australia! For you Australians on here, do alot of people you know go by a nickname ending in "azza"? I found that fascinating...Katherine was Kazza, Aaron was Azza, Sarah was Sezza.<br><br>
Other than that, I can't add anything that the Australian mamas haven't already mentioned.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I spent 3 months in Newcastle in the fall of 2002 and loved it! And MMMMM pavlova. It might be difficult but it is delicious. Now I want to go make some!<br><br>
I third the American to Aussie translating. I definitely increased my vocabulary after spending time in Australia! For you Australians on here, do alot of people you know go by a nickname ending in "azza"? I found that fascinating...Katherine was Kazza, Aaron was Azza, Sarah was Sezza.<br><br>
Other than that, I can't add anything that the Australian mamas haven't already mentioned.</div>
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Pavlova is the best dessert ON the planet (the only good one that doesn't contain chocolate lol) As for the name thing.. yep.. I'm Cari and I get Cazza'd on occasion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> There is also the 'O' phenomenon.. JohnO, BobO, DonO lol.. weird stuff.<br><br>
Kleine, I'm still working on that list of info/links for ya.. things have just been a bit.. scattered with everything going on here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ahh, my favorite country. I would look up a good recipe for meat pies or try and get a hold of some vegemite. ... You can mention how small their military is.</div>
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Hehehe, how depressing is the international opinion of Aussie cuisine! I never ever eat meat pie or vegemite, but I eat a lot of seafood and fresh tropical and stone fruits. Most people I know do too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
(Our military is small? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I assume it's proportionate to our population, not our landmass. Your military is massive, right?)<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">How funny. We are doing the same thing where we live. I may have to drop my son out of it. I doubt we'll be able to go through with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But just in case we do it, I'd love the information as well.<br><br>
We have to do a dish of food from Australia which will be hard (for me).</div>
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As far as something easy, ANZAC biscuits are very simple and yum, and also pavlova is pretty easy and even though it looks messy, it is sooooo delicious. The more fresh fruit and whipped cream you can put on top, the better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:<br><br><br>
Another part of Australian history that is fun for kids is talking about The Depression (no really!) because there are lots of foods (damper) and songs (Waltzing Matilda) and stories with great characters that come from this time. (The Magic Pudding is one)<br>
In some ways Waltzing Matilda is our unofficial anthem, which I think says a lot about Australia! It used to be sung at all the sporting events after the anthem.<br><br>
I would definitely <i>not</i> make a didgeridoo, it's a regional thing and taboo for women to play it as far as I know, it's a ceremonial instrument really.<br><br><br>
Some famous Australian children's writers are: Dorothy Wall (of Blinky Bill fame), Norman Lindsay (The Magic Pudding), and of course May Gibbs (Snugglepot and Cuddlepie).<br><br><br>
Our flora and fauna will give you heaps to talk about as well. Things like the Banksia tree are pretty unusual-looking!<br><br>
HTH!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I spent 3 months in Newcastle in the fall of 2002 and loved it! And MMMMM pavlova. It might be difficult but it is delicious. Now I want to go make some!<br><br>
I third the American to Aussie translating. I definitely increased my vocabulary after spending time in Australia! For you Australians on here, do alot of people you know go by a nickname ending in "azza"? I found that fascinating...Katherine was Kazza, Aaron was Azza, Sarah was Sezza.<br><br>
Other than that, I can't add anything that the Australian mamas haven't already mentioned.</div>
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sharon = shazza<br><br>
my name is lena and i've been "leanz" in the past. what is it with the "z" down here? even i don't know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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