Once the school break is over the Caterpillar Cafe will be starting English Conversation Classes for children who are taking English in school and have a grammatical basis as well as some vocabulary with which to work. The teacher is a native English speaker (bi-lingual English/Italian) and speaks with a Canadian accent. She has more than 10 years experience teaching a second language, from Reception all the way up to University level, including Libyan kids learning English. As Anglophones we have noticed the difficulty and shyness kids feel when trying to communicate in English, despite their eagerness. This class is an attempt to aid such children gain confidence in their English speaking abilities and to improve their English comprehension skills. It will be held twice weekly, in the afternoons, thus catering to kids who attend school in the mornings. If there is sufficient interest for a morning session, one may open up, please contact Caterpillar Cafe to learn more about this course.
Seeing as exams are almost over and kids will have 2 weeks off, I thought I might offer an intensive 8 hour course, with singing, word games, play and activities to improve their confidence in English speaking and listening skills, as well as expand their vocabulary. Also, since it’s a skill everyone needs at some point or other and kids are unlikely to get it anywhere else, I will introduce cursive writing. In order to maintain high participation and interaction, I will limit the class size to 15 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, and all of them must have taken at least 1 year of English already, so we can dive into words and not dwell too much on the alphabet. If you or someone you know might be interested in this, please email, sms or pm me to book your spot. Price is 100 LyD for the entire course, which will span the 2 weeks of vacation, 4 times per week, 1 hour each of intensive English speaking and communicating on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Time to learn and have some real English speaking fun!
Some of you may be wondering why a Cafe would be called Caterpillar? What does a bug have to do with that sumptuous, delicious hot drink? Actually Caterpillar came to me long before Cafe did, in fact Cafe was an incidental last minute addition! A Caterpillar is a bug that comes from an egg and after growing sufficiently, wraps itself into a cocoon and eventually turns into a butterfly. I love the idea of the various stages it undergoes in order to become something beautiful and admirable. This is how I see childhood, and this is what I would want for my kids, a healthy upbringing, complete with all that makes life whole (love, play, community, friendship, sharing, laughter, strong morals and a proper education along with healthy nutrition, sleep and physical activity), so that they can then go out into the world and make it a better, more beautiful place. For me, growing up in Switzerland, was amazing in many ways, but there was a magical place, where kids could meet other kids and play with intelligent toys they either didn’t own or had nobody to play with at home, I took this place for granted as a child, but when I had kids of my own I realized how many toys I could remember playing with, but never owning. Here we learned responsible handling of toys, because if we ruined them we’d have to pay for them, and it all came out of our allowance, this place was called Ludoteca (library of toys). When my oldest son was born I lived in Montreal and I liked to take him to a very similar place called the Joujoutheque (same name, same idea, but it also offered a wide variety of courses related to parenting and running an efficient household). I realized quickly after moving to Libya that good quality toys were practically non existent here and the social structure is such that comfortable socializing for women with young children is extremely difficult. I yearned for a place where I could take my kids to play with quality toys and socialize with other kids like I did growing up and my oldest son did as a toddler. I yearned for a place where I could sit and actually talk to their moms without feeling stared down by anyone and without having to worry about my kids getting bored or hurt. So I got busy and collected as many toys and books as I could carry and brought them here, found a place, made a plan and got going. I cannot give my kids my childhood, but a ludoteca, joujoutheque, or something like it, I can, this is something I can offer them, and with them other kids in the area who might also be yearning for such an outlet. This is an exercise in sharing for my kids, but surprisingly enough they were all to glad to do so, if it meant they’d make some friends. So Caterpillar is a description of childhood (including my own kids’), but also an idea that wants to help make this a better and more beautiful place, it’s a small project in its infancy that wants to open new horizons and opportunities for children and mothers alike. In many ways, it’s everyone’s story, it’s everyone’s potential, it’s a hopeful approach in a place where hope is a lifeline fueled by optimism, and what is more hopeful than childhood? And… of course anything looks and feels better over a nice hot cup of java!
Please refer to the Schedule tab to find out what is happening on the day you wish to come, or when the activity you are looking for will be held next. To find us you can zoom into the satellite picture in the About and Contact tabs, or simply follow the directions on the side of this page from Nasr Str. You will also find some pictures in the Pictures tab and a brief explanation of what to expect for each session in the Price tab. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the rules as well, they are under the aptly named Rules tab! All sessions other than Freeplay are to be booked in advance, to allow for adequate preparation and avoid overcrowding, you can either fill out the form here, which you will find in the Application Form tab, email me, contact me from the Contact tab, pm me on the FB Caterpillar page or sms me on my cellphone, which is listed here on the Homepage and on the FB page. I thank you and look forward to meeting you and your kids soon!
Seems like there was some confusion about the location and time surrounding the Grand Opening, so we are giving it another go today. This time it’s FREE of charge. I have modified the directions and put out a couple of signs. Look for a white paper with a green or yellow arrow with a small caterpillar on top and you have found us! If you are driving here, please avoid blocking the road and park well on the curb outside the wall without blocking the entrance. Thank you!