Sharing what you have learned about their country?

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I sponsor two children, a girl from Bangladesh and a boy from Kenya.  I can't wait to visit them but I should probably wait until they are a bit older as they are only five and I am broke, haha!!  
I love writing letters to them but I am wondering about content.  If I learn something about their country should I share that in a letter?  
I thought a fun letter would be telling my girl from Bangladesh that I have learned what the bangladesh flag represents with the different colors and then tell her what the US flag represents.  Would she like that?  Would they think it's cool that your learning about their country?

I visited Kenya before I sponsored my boy there and once I wrote to him the lyrics to a song I learned there.  His translator helped him write back to say he did not now that specific song.   

Sorry for the long post, just wondering if they would enjoy knowing that you are interested in learning about their country.   
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Can't see why not. I would think it would make the child feel more valued, and make them feel more pride in their own country to know that you are taking an interest in it.
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That is a cool thought!  Maybe they might think nobody good comes from Bangladesh or wherever they may live, and then they might see that their country is cool too!  That might help break the poverty mindset as well!
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Hi Rachel, I think it's a great idea to talk about their country. I have done that with my kids. I really like your flag idea. I would send her a photo of the flag, and a coloring page of the flag so she can color her own. These should be easy to find on the internet. I think I sent my kids photos & coloring pictures of other national symbols from their country, like the flower, bird, etc. My kids are older, but I was able to find some photos of the town that one of my kids lives in, and he said he especially liked those photos of his town. I agree with Jennifer, the kids should be thrilled to know you are interested in their country.

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That is so cool that you could give him those pictures!  I am putting Omandi's birthday letter together right now.  He has side he would like to meet the president of Kenya, so perhaps he would like it if I included a picture of him!  Thanks for the reply and for your sponserships!
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Rachel, That's a great idea to send a picture of the president since your child is interested in him!
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Hi Rachel! I agree with Jennifer that it would make your sponsored kids feel proud and special knowing that you are interested in learning about their country, and I really like Beth's idea about sending the coloring pages if you do your letter talking about the flags. I sent my kids some coloring pages of their flags and a coloring page about Arkansas and talked about what I had learned about their country and what it was like where I'm from in my first letters to each of them. Don't forget they want to know about where you live too! I found some good state coloring pages on Compassion's Second Friday Letter Writing Club Pinterest page that you might like to send also. Here's a link to those if you're interested. There's some other ones on Compassion's page about state symbols and the United States too. Anyway, you could probably teach your sponsored kids a lot about their country that they might not even know, and like you said, make them feel a lot more proud of where they come from too. I think that's a great idea! Thanks for being an awesome sponsor!
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In the few months that I've been sponsoring, musical acts from my kids countries have performed locally and I made a special effort to go and see them so that I could share this with my kids. I thought it was cool but worried my kids would not care or think it's cheesy. I haven't heard back from them yet about this but reading the feedback here makes me happy to know I shared this with them.
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Hi Chantel, I think that is a great idea to be able to experience music from your kids' countries and share that with them! I would think your kids would think that is neat that you are learning about their country, that you care. I have never been able to attend an event with music from my kids' country in Central America, but I was able to go to an even with music from South America. I shared photos with my kids of the musicians playing different kinds of instruments. We like to go to a lot of educational places, and I like to share photos with my kids of all the different experiences, a pretty park, the state fair, etc.

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