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When making this video of directly translating a German book to Indonesian for Joseph's story time, I was actually thinking about recording our story time on a regular basis. However we moved to Australia not long after and with all the packing-relocating-unpacking and adjustment in  Sydney, this thing slipped off my mind.

Until I found a message from Ake, one of my best friends who now lives in California. She asked me to upload more videos of me interacting in the Indonesian language with my children, especially the part where I teach Indonesian nursery rhymes. (Ake and I used to run the Kelompok Bermusik dan Berkarya (Music and Art Group),  when we were still living in Chicago)

So I recorded our regular story time today.

For now, I will focus on reading only and plan to make them in several series, consist of 5 videos each. 

This project is called Membaca Riang Gembira (Fun with Reading)

During my 8 years of raising multilingual children in 4 countries, I found that mainstream Indonesian parents are demotivated when it comes to book reading.

I hope the videos will encourage the can-do-attitude of my fellow  Indonesians. If the parents happen to have some Indonesian books around, I imagine they would then start to read more regularly to their kids after watching our videos.  If they don't or if story time is not part of their routine, they could simply watch our videos together with their kids.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.


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Nov. 27th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Great. You really never seem to run out of energy and enthusiasm. I gladly take you as a model for educating.

Though I doubt my voice is as pleasant as yours, at least I can think we ( my wife and I) did the right thing by spending a lot of time to reading to our children long ago - and still do it right in relation to the granddaughter ( and grandson if he is around, like he is now). :)

Dec. 2nd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm just trying to be useful, Jerry, otherwise I will get crazy :D!

You know, you have a very soothing voice. It sounds wise and crispy at the same time!
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Wah, Mba... Terima kasih untuk tulisannya (untuk kesekian kalinya) :) Inspiratif sekali dan sangat setuju soal penggunaan bahasa Indonesia. Semoga programnnya Mba lancar. Jadi ingin ikut berpartisipasi walau memang belum ada anaknya hehe (masih belum jadi Ibu soalnya, hehehe...) -Widhi, Korea
Dec. 2nd, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, Widh. Saya di sini mau berusaha untuk sibuk aja terus deh, biar ngga pusing krn udah 8 tahun nih jadi ibu RT ngekor suami kesana kemari hehehe.
Nov. 29th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Love to hear Jo and Lu voices!!! Keep reading, San :)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks, Cindy!
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