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Transitions Resources

Here are some resources to help families with transitions to and from another country. These resources do not address the cross-cultural aspect of such moves as much as how to do the move successfully. There are five articles, and we offer each article in three different forms: the online version for reading online, the printer-friendly version for downloading and printing before reading, and the computer-friendly version to download and read on the computer. The computer-friendly version will also work on an ipad. There is a zipped file of the last two versions, including the bibliography and transitions game that you can download at the end of the page.

On this page...

Articles

Family Education Plan

Helping Children with Moves

Preparing Children for Life Overseas

Through Their Eyes Darkly

Transitions: A Lifelong Process

Recommended books/resources

Transitions Bibliography

Home Leave with Children

Family Activity

Transitions Game

Zipped files of complete resources

Transitions packet - zipped

Articles


Family Education Plan, by Sharon Haag

This article deals with planning ahead for your children's education, taking into account kinds of schooling and furloughs, so that your children are ready for life at the end. There is a chart to help with planning that is below and will need to be downloaded separately if needed.

"Family Education Plan" to print
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-10
Download "fam_ed_plan_print.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 157KB [889 downloads]
  • Computer-friendly version:
"Family Education Plan" ebook
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-12
Download "fam_ed_plan_ebook.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 214KB [729 downloads]
  • The form for any version
Family Education Plan Form
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-10
Download "fam_ed_plan_form.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 38KB [758 downloads]
Fillable Family Education Plan Form
Lynee Ward, 2017-01-04
Download "fam_ed_plan_form_doc.doc", MS Word document, 67KB [321 downloads]


Helping Children with Moves, by Global TC&E Staff

This article gives practical suggestions for how to prepare children before a move so that it can be done as successfully as possible.

"Helping Children with Moves" for print
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-10
Download "help_children_move_print.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 169KB [1031 downloads]
  • Computer-friendly version:
"Helping Children with Moves" ebook
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-12
Download "help_children_move_ebook.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 157KB [808 downloads]


Preparing Children for Life Overseas

This article discusses how to prepare children for living in another country. It gives ideas of attitudes that are helpful in moving overseas with children.

"Preparing Children for Life Overseas" for printing
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-10
Download "prepare_children_4_life_overseas_print.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 95KB [888 downloads]
  • Computer-friendly version:
"Preparing Children for Life Overseas" ebook
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-12
Download "prepare_children_4_life_overseas_ebook.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 169KB [786 downloads]


Through Their Eyes Darkly, by Paul Nelson

This article discusses the challenges of helping one's children maintain a realistic view of their passport country.

"Through Their Eyes Darkly" for print
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-10
Download "thru_eyes_darkly_print.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 242KB [939 downloads]
  • Computer-friendly version:
"Through Their Eyes Darkly" ebook
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-12
Download "thru_eyes_darkly_ebook.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 137KB [721 downloads]

Transitions: A Lifelong Process, by Lynda Shingledecker-Wheeler

This article discusses the phases of transition and lists resources at the end.

"Transitions: A Lifelong Process" for print
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-10
Download "transitions_lifelong_process_print.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 243KB [971 downloads]
  • Computer-friendly version:
"Transitions: A Lifelong Process" ebook
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-12
Download "transitions_lifelong_process_ebook.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 197KB [1236 downloads]


Bibliography

Books on Transitions
Lynée Ward, 2018-04-17
Download "books_transition.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 76KB [1897 downloads]


Home Leave with Children

Home Leave with Children is a brochure with suggestions that will help families prepare for the transition to their passport country and back in order to maximize the benefit of the "home country" experience, especially for their children. You can download an electronic version below. Keeping Children in Mind expands one part of the longer document.

Home Leave with Children 2019
Lynee Ward, 2019-06-27
Download "home_leave_with_children_2019.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 686KB [3 downloads]
Keeping Children in Mind - expanded
Lynee Ward, 2017-02-27
Download "home_leave_expansion.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 186KB [314 downloads]


Transitions Game

This is a family communication game entitled Transition Is a Family Affair: Some Ideas for Prompting Discussion Around the Dinner Table. Activities are designed to help parents and children discuss in a nonthreatening manner feelings about changes and moving. There are three sections: Furlough, Moving, and Prefurlough.

Transitions Game 2016
Lynee Ward, 2016-03-31
Download "transition_game_2016.zip", ZIP archive, 1MB [495 downloads]


Transitions Packet

The zipped files below have everything from this page with the articles either being in the print-friendly version or the computer-friendly version.

This version can be downloaded and printed.

Complete transitions resources for printing
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-16
Download "transition_packet_4print.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [695 downloads]

This version can be downloaded and the articles and bibliography can be read easily on the computer. The game will still need to be printed to be very useful.

Complete transition resources - computer friendly
Lynée Ward, 2012-04-16
Download "transitions_packet_ebook.zip", ZIP archive, 2MB [729 downloads]

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