Time to travel to our next destination in the Around the World Family Dinner Book Club. This time we are headed to Haiti.
All of the ideas to plan your menu, make table decoration crafts, have great conversations about the book and complete a family service project can be found below. We have thought of everything you could need to make your dinner a success! Grab a copy of the featured book and join in on the fun.
If you are new to Family Dinner Book Club, here is a little background on the club.
Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for families.
- On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
- Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth shares a themed menu to compliment the book.
- Laura from Sunny Day Family shares easy table crafts.
- And, I will share conversation starters and a service project for your family.
We love for you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page. Plus, you will want to follow along there for more bonus ideas to use with the books each month.
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Now, let’s get to the details!
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In October of 2016, Haiti suffered devasting loss from Hurricane Matthew. It’s not the first time that this country has been hit by a natural disaster. We are reading Hope for Haiti by Jesse Joshua Watson which was written after a devasting earthquake struck the country. The kids turned to soccer and learned a lot about hope in the process.
Learn more about the book and how and why Watson created the book in the video below.
If you are looking for more books to read about Haiti, check out these books recommended by Kid World Citizen.—>See the list.
Here are six conversation starters to get your dinner talk started. Just click on the link below for a one-page file that you can print and then cut apart.
Use the cards on your chosen dinner night. You, of course, don’t have to use all of them or you may even have some other discussion points that developed while you were reading. These are just meant to be a guide. Enjoy your dinner conversation!
- How do you feel when you play?
- Why was the woman in the story upset that the kids were playing?
- Have you ever invented a game or toy? Tell us about it.
- Find Haiti on a map. Where is it in relation to where we live?
- What is a hurricane and why do they sometimes occur in Haiti?
- What does hope mean?
Family Service Project
The power of the human spirit shines through play. This month let your family service project center around play. Here are a few ideas.
- Drop off games and toys (maybe soccer balls) to an organization that serves children and families in crisis so that they can enjoy some play time.
- Invite family, friends, or neighbors over to play in the backyard. Perhaps play a game of soccer.
- Purchase a game or toy and randomly leave it for a child to find with a little note that says, “You found a surprise to keep. Enjoy playing with this toy.”
Table Decorations and Menu
Now, head over to Chef Sarah Elizabeth to get this month’s menu.—>click here for the menu
Then, check out the tie-in table craft at Sunny Day Family.—>click here for table decorations
More Resources About Haiti
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We hope you are inspired to hold your own Family Dinner Book Club with your family. Remember that we want to see pictures of your dinner. Please share them our special Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
See all the books being featured this year and join us all year long.—>Around the World Family Dinner Book Club Line-Up
And, join us again next month for another Family Dinner Book Club when we will travel to Australia and read The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold.