May 14, 2021

Infographics are always a fun and useful way to summarize a few quick facts visually — for many people, it’s an easier way to absorb information. That’s why we sometimes like to mix things up here at The Exchange Mom, by using visuals such as the one below.  So here are a few such quick

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May 2, 2021

Readers may already know that we have an affiliate shop at Bookshop, the online bookstore with a mission to financially support local independent bookstores.  We believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading

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April 1, 2021

Do you know which are the most widely spoken languages in the world? You might be able to guess at one or two of them . . . but maybe you would guess wrong! I thought this infographic from the Visual Capitalist was worth sharing.You can find more information about this infographic at The World’s

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March 23, 2021

It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 to be a pandemic and schools in the U.S. began to shut down. By the end of March, our program had arranged travel home for almost all of our program’s exchange students in the U.S. That by itself was an immense challenge, and it

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March 17, 2021

We all love St. Patrick’s Day! It’s just a fun holiday. But do you know what we’re celebrating? St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Britain in the fifth century (which was under Roman rule), he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave as a teenager. He escaped, but then

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March 7, 2021

I don’t usually use this blog for book reviews of books that do not expressly involve international cultural exchange. I think this is one, however, that makes sense for the Exchange Mom audience. What we focus on here at Exchange Mom, at a basic level, is education: education about the U.S. for our international student

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September 21, 2020

Although some exchange students are here in the U.S. for the 2020-2021 school year, most had to cancel or defer as exchange organizations and schools canceled Fall 2020 programs. But before those decisions were made, many host families and students had begun to make connections. Those connections are continuing, even though students are not physically

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August 19, 2020

It’s been a challenging few months for adults and students of all ages around the world. If you are a parent of school-aged children, we know you are probably tearing your hair out right now as your children start school, either in-person or at home. If you are a teacher, we know your summer has

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