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Book Club



Do I need to join my child?

You are welcome to, but you don't have to. However, if your child cannot participate on his or her own, I may ask you to join the next time.

Are the sessions recorded?

No. As a teacher, I take my duty of care when working with children very seriously and the sessions will not be recorded. After a short welcome, I will do a short reading. During the readings, I will mute all other participants. After that there will be come discussion and your child is encouraged to participate, but if he or she prefers just to listen that's okay too. 


What happens if I miss a session?

There will be no reimbursements possible, but if you were not able to attend due to an emergency, we will try to reschedule. I will send you the discussion questions and a short synopsis of what was discussed.

What happens if my child doesn't read the book?

There are 14 chapters (163 pages total). Each week, I will suggest to participants to read 1-3 chapters (about 30 pages) prior to our meeting and they may be asked to fill in a worksheet (sent to you as a PDF). I will be reading a chapter that they haven't read to them each week and most of the discussion will be based on that chapter. They may still participate and join in the discussion, but it will probably be a lot more interesting for her or him if they did the reading during the week. 

With all the other course work online, another book is just too much! When do we fit it in?!

This bookclub should be for FUN! If your child would like to read the book and has time, great! If not, but want to learn more about this story, meet others who are also interested in discussing what it means to move and where home is, then just join us every week for that. Maybe it will inspire them to keep reading;)

Finally, can you tell me a bit more about yourself?

Hi, I am Valérie Besanceney (MEd., MA, BA), author of B at Home: Emma Moves Again and My Moving Booklet. As an adult TCK having moved four times and changed schools six times before the age of 18, I understand the impact moving as a child can have on shaping your sense of identity as an adult. 


Having taught at six international schools teacher on four different continents, I am well aware of how transitions can affect a child’s general well-being and learning experience. I have presented many times on the topic of Cross Cultural Childhoods for staff, parents, and children. As an author of two books, I hope to offer children a story to identify with and the language and tools to successfully be able to understand their own ‘moving’ story. Being a board member for both Families in Global Transition and Safe Passage Across Networks, I have had the opportunity to research the challenges and benefits of a globally mobile lifestyle extensively and develop a rich network of professionals and experts in the field. And as the content supplier for an online training module for international schools, I know how important it is for schools to support parents in helping their children transition. 


Finally, as a mother of two young girls, I can relate to raising children in a cross-cultural family. Also, we recently moved. I know how hard it can be, but I am convinced that moving can be a deeply rewarding and enriching experience for the entire family. Let me support your child in the process.

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