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Far Away from the Tigers Far Away from the Tigers Far Away from the Tigers: A Year in the Classroom with Internationally Adopted Childrea Year in the Cover


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Over the past three decades, more than a quarter of a million children have become citizens of the United States through international adoption. Kindergarten teacher Jane Katch recently found herself with three such children in her class: Katya, born in Russia, Jasper, from Cambodia, and Caleb, from Romania. Each child had spent early years in an orphanage, and each had unique educational and emotional needs. How Katch came to recognize and respond to those needs makes up the journey of discovery in this moving and insightful book.

Interspersing vignettes from the classroom and conversations with the childrens parents, Far Away from the Tigers first explores Katchs misunderstandings and mistakes as she struggles to help the children adjust to school. As Katch learns more about each childs preadoption past, she gradually realizes that they were deprived of some basic learning experiences and she needs to find ways to fill those gaps. Before Caleb can learn to read or write, he must improve his verbal skills by learning nursery rhymes, stories, and songs. Katya, who came from an overcrowded orphanage, now needs to be the center of attention; before learning how to form real friendships, she first must gain control over more basic functions such as eating and sleeping. And the youngest, Jasper, needs steady encouragement to play with classmates instead of sitting alone practicing his handwriting.

Slowly, through trial and error and by drawing on the deep understanding and intense commitment of the childrens parents, Katch discovers the importance—and joy—of allowing each child time to develop in his or her own way. Beautifully told, wise, and candid, Far Away from the Tigers is a gift for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares for children growing up in a new home.

About the Author

Jane Katch teaches at the Touchstone Community School in Massachusetts. She is the author of They Dont Like Me: Lessons on Bullying and Teasing from a Preschool Classroom and Under Deadmans Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Childrens Violent Play.

Table of Contents




Part 1: The Lucky Ones

1              Happily Ever After

2              A Long Road

3              All Alone

4              Gray Days in Russia

5              Jaspers First Stories

6              Lucky Boy, Lucky Boy


Part 2: Stories, Rules, and Land Mines

7              The Mama Business

8              Gravity

9              The Story of Robot Dog

10           The Birthday Rule

Conversations: Flexibility

11           Teaching Him Stuff

12           Land Mines

Conversations: Bringing Adoption into the Classroom

13           Far Away from the Tigers

14           One Telephone Overboard

15           One Baby Penguin

16           Exploded

17           No Animals in the Bank

18           Treasure Hunt

19           Storms and Skunks

20           Drumming

21           Calebs Rules

22           The Secret Key

23           A Little Bit Scary

24           Little Peep

25           Fire!

26           Uncle Calebs Time Out

27           They Played

28           A New School Year


Epilogue: Two Years LaterRecommended Reading

Product Details

Katch, Jane
University of Chicago Press
General education.
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8.5 x 5.5 in

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Education » Early Childhood
Education » General
Education » Multicultural
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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