Sundays with Schoolhouse Moms Interview 14 w/ Mobius Founder and Creator Amelia Terrapin

This is how it should be done-

Name: Amelia Terrapin
Occupation: Educator
Affiliated website/business:
You used to live in Rome, but you don't anymore--what do you miss most about it?
the food, the hand gestures, the weather

Where are you from and how many languages do you speak?
I'm from Grand Forks, ND USA. I speak Spanish, Italian and North Dakotan. ;-)

Have you lived anywhere else other than the states and Italy?
I lived in Spain for about 6 months while studying in Sevilla during college.

Tell me about your family background and structure: 
I grew up in a very wholesome midwestern family, the middle of the 3 children. I have one daughter, Ocia, who is almost 5, going on 15. Today she told me that if I didn't behave, she would fire me.
Ha! You best be on your best behavior, then.

How do you approach language in your home while raising your kid?
When we were living in Rome we would speak English at home and, for the most part, Italian outside of the home. It was really fun to be learning another language as she was learning to speak...I felt like we had something in common!

Which language is your child more dominant in and why?

We have been back in the US for almost 2 years...when I speak to her in Italian she will often understand but respond in English. She is just now becoming interested in it again and will sometimes ask how to say something in Italian (or Spanish as she is exposed to it in our community).

How do you think languages are best learned? How did you learn the languages you speak?
I seem to prefer the "sink or swim" approach...throw yourself into the deep end i.e. "Crap I need diapers, how do you say diapers in Italian?!"
I completely agree.

You and I really connect over the idea of kids learning the way they should be--which is in a stimulating and engaging environment. Please talk about the genius project you came up with--Mobius.
Mobius teaches K-12 national science standards (US) through movement. Kids become molecules, sound waves and volcanoes! It allows a diverse range of learners to access science concepts and makes learning a creative and collaborative process.

Mobius makes science more than just memorizing facts. Kids are up out of their desks making the science visible with their bodies. I believe that there are a whole bunch of kids that needlessly struggle in our traditional educational model. All they need is some different ways to access and process information and they would find their own unique genius.
What your doing is revolutionary and so sorely needed...I couldn't be more proud of you and this project.

Now the fun stuff...
If you could speak any other language fluently, what would it be and why?
French, so I could go to Paris and speak it so well that they would actually respond to me in French instead of English.

What are your top 3 favorite cities in the states and in Italy?

San Francisco, Rome, Minneapolis

You've experienced parenting in Italy and in the states...which do you prefer and why?
While I loved many things about living in Rome I found the laissez-faire approach to playground parenting a challenge! I completely lived up to the overbearing American mom stereotype by whipping out the "Non si fa!" whenever things were out of control. At the same time I also kind of love the lack of stress and neuroses around parenting. We American moms can be a little c-r-a-z-y, don't you think??
I think moms everywhere can be a little cray-cray...but how the psychosis is displayed varies based on location for sure.

What's your favorite place to hang out?
on the couch, in my pjs

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?

Somewhere near my family, near the mountains, near the ocean, in a metropolitan city, immersed in nature. Still looking for it...:-)

In your opinion, what's Rome's best kept secret?
The English Schoolhouse...but not for long.

If you have a little bit of time to yourself, how do you normally spend it?
doing yoga, reading,

What's your favorite app?
I don't actually use that a really tough moment I will let Ocia draw with PaintSparkles on my phone. Works every time.

What website do you waste the most time on?
I'm on a pretty strict social media diet so I don't let myself down the rabbit hole to often.

What's your favorite quote?

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems." - Mahatma Gandhi

Do you cook? If so, do you have a quick recipe you'd like to share?

Favorite children's book?

My favorite at the moment is Bubble Trouble...really fun musical rhyming that my daughter loves.

Favorite song to dance to?

The Basement by Eric Hutchinson...Ocia loves to go wild to this song.

What was the last book you read and how would you rate it?
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle (for the 3rd time) = life-changing

Anything else you want to add? Shameless plug?
I am endlessly passionate about getting kids moving to learn. If you know any teachers/administrators/parents who would resonate with Mobius, please send them to my website. I'm looking for field test sites for the curriculum and am starting to build a network of teachers using the method. Stay tuned for future collaborations between Mobius and The English Schoolhouse...
Oooh, we've got some good things up our sleeves!

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