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We were happy to have Annebet from New2NL.com to give us an introduction to the Dutch school system. We had a great session with lots of great questions about Dutch education for young children.
We had a Zoom call that covered all kinds of early education topics including, educational philosophies (Waldorf/Steiner, Montessori, Dalton, etc.), preschools, how to apply to the schools, special needs education, programs for gifted children, schools for newcomers and much more. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about how to find a suitable schools, understanding the options and the philosophy of before and after school child care.
Prior to the webinar, members were able to submit questions that Annebet answered during the call including:
- How to keep an eye on progress of your child without knowing Dutch.
- How we can help our child in his study/homework without knowing Dutch.
- When to register for basisschool?
In keeping with the Fall spirit, for #FlashBackFriday, let’s take a look back at our run through a local corn maze!
22 Sept 2013. by Patricia Gonzalez. It was a cool, cloudy Saturday afternoon – the kind you get when autumn follows fast on the heels of summer as if determined to obliterate memories of 30-degree days. A fifteen-minute drive from Reeshof brought us to the Dutch countryside where the roads were lined with trees and every few hundred meters, farmhouses dotted the landscape.
Our little group gathered at a maisdoolhof (corn maze) in Dongen to go on a speurtocht (trailhunt). The instructions were simple: walk through the cornfield looking for letters and pictures. The letters, when combined, form a message. Sounds easy? Not quite. Once in the maze, (more…)
Living in Tilburg for the last 8 years, I had heard the story of Marietje Kessels, the poor 11 year old girl who was murdered in the Noordhoek church on August 22, 1900 with no one was brought to justice. The story I was told was that Marietje came from a rich factory owner’s house but I did not know her family business was the production of musical instruments. So, I thought it would be great to find out more about one of the most famous families from Tilburg.
The day started like all guests to the museum trying to find the entrance, I was glad to see Anne waiting for me at the entrance to the textile museum were she proceeded to show me how to get to the musical instrument factory. After going out the textile museum and up some stairs the group was brought into a little room, where tea, coffee and biscuits were served.
At this point, the curator introduced himself and began to tell the story of the factory and the Kessels family which I would find out go hand in hand. The museum is staffed by volunteers who love their work and it shows. An example of this was even though the curators English was not the best and sometimes he had to ask for the right word, he spoke with the passion of a man wanting to share his knowledge of a beloved hobby. So back to the tour, next on the agenda was a short film about the factory which turned out to be kind of an accident.
Mathijs Kessels, a man that worked in the sheet music industry and an accomplished composer, saw a market for his sheet music in an industrial town known as Tilburg. Due to the high levels industrialization, this brought something totally new to the lower class free time. The factory owners encouraged music playing within the lower-ranks as, in the words of the curator, playing a musical instrument was a lot better than sitting in the pub.
So, as with many things, Mathijs started a small printing house in Tilburg and for some reason, people started bringing their musical instruments to the printing house to have them fixed. And in true entrepreneurial fashion, he said, why not? Demand became so great for musical instrument repair that Mathijs decided to not only repair them but make them. He found a site outside of the city center (next to the big AH that is now a green field ) to build a grand house and a new factory. Business grew and his factory at one point could supply almost everything to kit out a full marching band.
As with most stories, what goes up must come down. Mathijs received a large order of 900 pianos that were made and delivered but for which were never paid. This caused the company to come close to bankruptcy at which point the bank stepped in and took control of the factory. This ended up with Mathijs being kicked out of his own factory and starting a competing factory right next door. In the long term, not a great idea as orders and invoicing were delivered to the old address. Matthijs passed away on the 21st of December 1932 and within 20 years, both the new and old musical instrument factories were out of business.
So with the film ending, we were led to the brass workshop and shown the many stages of producing brass instruments. Being a mechanical engineer, it did bring me back to my student days. We were really shown how the instruments were made and the exhibit had a great illustration of showing this step by step. Next on the agenda was the wood instruments assembly area which included a saxophone to my surprise…
Well I don’t want to spoil the rest of the museum but I can recommend a visit. Half the fun is finding the museum and, if you have an interest in music or manufacturing, you’ll definitely be in the right spot.
article by Emerald Clump-Busser
Who says Halloween has to be scary, when it can also be fun and merry!
Like many of TIC’s fun events, Halloween was one of them this year. On the 1st of November TIC arranged a kids event at the Heyhoef Reeshof. Every year the Heyhoef organises a Halloween lantern parade night with music and some fun activities including tricks and treats for the kids.
The TIC kids arrived at the Heyhoef dressed in cute and cool outfits. We had a pirate, a policeman, a knight, a fairy princess and three witches. The kids then got their first treat, a goody bag from TIC with different kinds of candy, or snoepjes, as they call it in Dutch. The weather was just nice for the time of the year and we were all ready to join the lantern parade except some of the kids didn’t have their lanterns yet. Thanks to one of our TIC members who knew where to find them, everyone soon had a lantern. As everyone was free to go their own way and enjoy the evening, some of our members went off to join the parade while the rest of us decided to just watch the parade walk by.
The Heyhoef shopping center was turned into a street theater. There were small tents where you could get a temporary tattoo or a face painting, hair makeover offer (frizzy hair), photographs taken, discounted stuffs from the stores at the Heyhoef and free cotton candy. There was also some whimsical, steampunk-inspired puppet carts. The music was no halloween music but country western and a few Beatles songs. But nevertheless it was a festive and lively atmosphere.
The lights, the decorations, the costumes, all the fun and laughter and the kids enjoying themselves is all you need to make a great TICKids event. Therefore stay tuned for the next TICKids event coming up next month, 3rd of December: the Sinterklaas event!