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Old 11-22-2013, 06:12 AM
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The Heart Association has covered Mary on the job yesterday: | Hjerteforeningen

As you know she first started out at Randersgade School, to a reception worthy of a pop-star. - Where she for half an hour followed the first aide course the children recieved.
Mary said afterwards: "My children will very difinitely learn first aide. That's something I've learned as a child and on a follow up course. And I think it's avery important tool to have". (*)
Alas, eventhough schools have been tasked with teaching the children first aide, since 2005, only 48% of DK school actually implement it.

Then Mary went on to a prevention centre in central Copenhagen, where fourteen patients who have had a heart attack, are training. Which partly help them return to a normal life, but also due to the exersize prevent future heartattackt by making them more fit. - On top of that it's also a social club, where you can talk to people who have had a similar scare.
1.300 patients train at such centres.

Late in the afternoon Mary went to the Betty Nansen Theatre, where she presented three grants to researchers.

Each year 3.500 people in DK drop from a heart attack. First aide triple the chances for survival.

BB's omnipresent Ulrik Ulriksen, covered Mary yesterday and here is a video:

(*) Agree, it ought to be mandatory for all adults every five years. It will be expensive, but it's good money spent. Not least because procedures change. Heart massage or CPR, as I believe it's called in English, is not the same as it was just ten years ago. And that's also the case with lung-punctures.
The same thing with AED, heartstarters, which pop up everywhere now. They are so ridiculesly easy to use, but yet people hesitate to use them due to ignorance.
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Today, CP Mary visited the kindergarten Troldehøj in connection with the Mary Foundation's project "LæseLeg". The visit marks that 500 Danish kindergartens all over our country now use "LæseLeg" which was launched by the Mary Foundation last year.

Article from TV2
Børnevært lavede skæg med Mary | GO'

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You can read more about the Mary Foundation's project "Læseleg" here:
"LæseLeg" og besøg hos børnehave i Helsingør - Kongehuset
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:03 PM
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Thanks, Roskilde

Let's have a closer look at the quotes in the TV2 article you posted, they are quite good.

Mary arrived at the kindergarten where two flowerchildren were waiting in the shape of Signe Thordahl and Kerim Caliskan. - And perhaps not unsurprisingly Kerim exclaimed at the sight of the crown car: "My, a cool Audi"!
They were however shy when Mary aproached them.

Mary gave a speech and five minutes can be a long time when you are a child but they managed to remain still - sort of - during the speech, which Mary ended: "Thanks for being so quiet. That was really well done".

The in DK extremely popular children's TV host Hr. Skæg = Mr. Beard was there too to assist Mary in handing out cakes and Mary asked: "Don't you (informal you) get it in your beard"?
Mr. Beard replied while taking a big bite. "Yeah, it is a bit difficult".
Then he made Mary laugh with the remark: "It's the best cake you (informal you) have ever baked for me, Mary".

And here is a video from BB: http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelige...t-i-boernehave
The first thing we hear in the video is the children singing about "indianere" = native Americans. I believe I have told before how indianere have a very good reputation in this part of the world.
Later on Mr. Beard and his assistant is teaching the children the read and pronounce the word alt = everything, letter by letter.

At 2:07 two five year olds Sofia and Naia, talks to our reporter, Ulrik Ulriksen, about their impressions.
First they are asked about how they thought about meeting Mary. The blonde girls thinks and says: "Good". The brunette replies that "she looks good".
What was most fun? Mr. Beard or Crown Princess Mary"? - "Mr. Beard! - Mr. Beard, I think".
The end scene is a big goodbye, so the children all shout: "Farvel = farewell/goodbye".

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ADDED: (I've removed my translation of what was said in the BT article, Roskilde did fine, so no need to repeat).

- You may have listened to Mary in the BB video. Where she explained about the meaning of the ReadPlay project. It was a curious experience. Mary speaks Danish at an avanced level, that has been mentioned often and her meaning did come across.
However her pronounciation was very up and down. In one moment she's very much off and in the next sentence she was speaking like a native. That happened a number of times.
It seems to me that when she is in her mind framing the next words then her accent becomes heavy and her pronounciation weers off, when she has gotten whatever it is she wish to say off her chest, then for a brief moment before thinking about what to say next, her pronounciation is perfect and her accent imperceptible. - A very common thing I'd say.
Mary has many talents, learning languages is not the foremost among them. And before you are up in arms, that's not putting Mary down, oh no, on the contrary. It just means that she has had to, and still has, to work hard, very hard, to get where she is now.
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B.T. http://www.bt.dk/royale/mary-foelte-sig-udenfor-0
(The video recorded with a mobile is not worth watching, hope they will publish a gallery later)

B.T.'s journalist, Lotte Scharff was also presented at todays visit, and she said to Mary afterwards that she probably understand the children situation very well in relative to Mary's first time in Denmark with a new language.

Mary: "Yes, that's right. I have an understanding and can understand what it means when they (the children) can't verbalize their thoughts, feelings, desires, and I know how frustrating it can be. It can also be very insulating. And we need to make sure that those children who have a small language get the best possible conditions to improve their language so they aren't isolated but are a part of the wonderful community that exists in kindergartens.

B.T. writes too that Mary and the Mary Foundation surely has something to be proud at. Since "Læseleg" was developed by the Mary Foundation and launched as a pilot project last year the interest has grown almost explosively so that there today are more than 500 kindergartens across the country who use the reading suitcase with books, book lists and instructional videos.

Picture from Facebook with the quote: My daughter (4 years) have't talked about anything else all afternoon. She thinks Mary was nice and sweet :-) https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...11255120_n.jpg

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:01 PM
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(The video recorded with a mobile is not worth watching, hope they will publish a gallery later)

B.T.'s journalist, Lotte Scharff was also presented at todays visit, and she said to Mary afterwards that she probably understand the children situation very well in relative to Mary's first time in Denmark with a new language.

Mary: "Yes, that's right. I have an understanding and can understand what it means when they (the children) can't verbalize their thoughts, feelings, desires, and I know how frustrating it can be. It can also be very insulating. And we need to make sure that those children who have a small language get the best possible conditions to improve their language so they aren't isolated but are a part of the wonderful community that exists in kindergartens.

B.T. writes too that Mary and the Mary Foundation surely has something to be proud at. Since "Læseleg" was developed by the Mary Foundation and launched as a pilot project last year the interest has grown almost explosively so that there today are more than 500 kindergartens across the country who use the reading suitcase with books, book lists and instructional videos.
Thanks Roskilde and Muhler for sharing this important work done by the Mary Foundation. I was unable to find a translation for 'Laeseleg' but I think 'I read' is coming close, no? In any case, I am thrilled that various princesses have taken on reading and literacy as a personal crusade, especially as they are, after all, the stuff of which fairy tales are made!
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:31 PM
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Thanks Roskilde and Muhler for sharing this important work done by the Mary Foundation. I was unable to find a translation for 'Laeseleg' but I think 'I read' is coming close, no? In any case, I am thrilled that various princesses have taken on reading and literacy as a personal crusade, especially as they are, after all, the stuff of which fairy tales are made!
No wonder, Gerry. Læseleg is not an official word. But two words "læse" = read and "leg" = play put together. So ReadPlay is the name of this campaign.
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Love this picture of Mary with the little girl
http://drupal-images.tv2.dk/sites/im...429-L_15Mb.jpg

and thank you Muhler for mentioning Mary's danish. I guess when she doesnt think too much, her accent is better.
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Another nice gallery with 31 pictures from sn.dk

Galleri: Mary legede og læste med de små - sn.dk - sn.dk - Lokal - Helsingør

An additional article from TV2 from Mary's visit to the kindergarten yesterday:
http://go.tv2.dk/underholdning/2013-...-min-hjertesag

Mary tells her work in The Mary Foundation is her 'hjertesag'. I haven't a clue how one would say that in English, but a translation could be 'the work that is closest to my heart'.

A journalist from TV2 ask Mary if she uses 'ReadPlay's' methods at home with C, I, V and J?

- ReadPlay is targeted kindergarten children and I have been very inspired. I involve the children as much as possible when we read and we read as much as possible at home. Reading together is something we really have good times with and we like books and interesting history and it gives good intimacy.


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Gallery from The Royal Court
"LæseLeg" med Mary Fonden - Kongehuset

Gallery from Maryfonden
Besøg i Troldehøj | MaryFonden.dk

Three pictures from semana.es
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A nice picture of Mary and Mr. Beard

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A nice picture of Mary and Mr. Beard

https://scontent-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/...85252526_n.jpg
Mary looks happy to meet him
I wonder if she got a pic for Josaphine and Vincent
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Gallery from Helsingør Newspaper
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Here's another gallery of the visit to the Troldehøj kindergarten:



** pp: Princesse Mary : Complice avec les petits, atelier communication à la maternelle **
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #39, 2013.
Kæmpede hånd i hånd - Fought hand in hand.
Written by our sporty reporter Marianne Singer.

As you know Mary dragged her husband, litterally, to the opening of the new initiative launchd by the Mary Foundation, called the Club-Scam.
The purpose being to help and encourage sports clubs to include new and often socially weak or lonely children, who can find friendship and a community within a club. But also to help clubs preventing socailly weak children from leaving, because a considerable number of children who join a club leave because they are kept out from the community or because they are bullied. (*)

In that capacity M&F turned up at Bagsværd Club sports field to be met by an enthusiastic crowd of children who were very eager to greet M&F. (**)

Mary said in her speech: "We have been looking forward to the kick off of the Club Scam together with you here in Bagsværd Club. In our family, sports - as some of you probably know - take up a lot of space. Through sport we have created a world of playing, experiences and friendships - and we have gotten something positive to gather around. The Club-scam is about giving all children access to the ommunity which is a part of sports.
I'm incredibly happy that my husband, the Crown Prince, who is deeply dedicated to the world of sports, is also supporting out important project".

After the speech M&F joing hand as a symbol of the initiative played soccer with a number of children - and they had to fight!
Afterwards Mary chatted with a couple of trainers for a girl-soccer team, while Frederik showed off by joggling a ball with his feet.

To our reporter Mary admitted that she really hasn't much experience with soccer.
Frederik interjected laughingly: "It was cricket".
Mary explained that she had tried hockey, netball and basketball.
Frederik attended a soccer club for two years and Christianhas also tried soccer: "That was a fun time". He added that he had been teased, but not much and certainly not bulied, because he "on paper was different".

Being a good teammate is a part of the subjects talked about at home at Amalienborg. Mary: "Sports take up a lot in our family and we see it as a very important part of the growing up and bring up of our children".
Frederik: "We would like to motivate them to attend a broad segments of sports - both team sports but also individual sport".

(*) There is a Danish idiom covering exactly this: Nissen flytter med = The pixie/house-elf moves along (with you).
A very, very, old expression meaning that your personal problems, unless they are addressed, moves along with you to the new place/club/home/work whatever.

(**) I understand soccer is a growing sport in the USA? Particularly among girls? Here it is still a predominantly boys sport.
In Canada soccer is enthusiastically played by both boys and girls, particularly the latter with a view to the good results of the Canadian womens soccer team at the London Olympic games where the ladies won bronze against France Christine Sinclair is a role model for many girls here in Canada, while the talented boys leave for European teams where more money is to be made.
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Yesterday afternoon, December 4, the annual Christmas reception of the Mary Foundation has taken place at Amalienborg.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** kongehuset.dk gallery ** maryfonden.dk gallery: Julereception på Amalienborg **
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Back to Troldehøj Kindergarten for a moment.

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #49, 2013.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen.

It's now been a year since the Mary Foundation launched the ReadPlay initiative and it has been a tremendous succes with 99% of the teachers being satisfied with the material used in the project and 96% will recommend it.

Despite Mary being upstaged, at least on a kindergarten level, by the extremely popular children's TV host, Mr. Beard, they nevertheless have a fruitful co-operation in regards to the ReadPlay project. Mr. Beard's civilian name is by the way, Mikkel Lomborg.

Mary explained in her speech at the kindergarten: "When children can't put words on their thoughts and their wishes they can have problems entering and being part of playing and the community. That's why it's so important that we support children's linguistic development. ReadPlay is good for all children, but it is especially beneficial for children with a - small language -".

Afterwards Mary told about her own children: "When I read aloud to my own children I very much engage them. We read the book two, three times and then you can have the children tell about the ending or talk with them about the meaning of the words.
Right now we don't have a particular favorite book at home. We change a lot between different books. Our four children after all also needs to read books to them at different levels dur to the differnce in age. So we are busy with many different books these days".

About Mr. Beard, she says: "He is tremendous and it's funny to swork with him. He is so good and when he comes, then all the children go up to him with Christmaslights (= eyes shining, idiom used all year round) in their eyes. He and I have a lot in common, because we would both like to do something to ensure that children have the best conditions to get the best possible language. So that they can have the best pre-conditions for meeting all the challenges life offer". (*)

(*) The last couple of sentences are typical Mary. That's not everyday Danish but a couple of levels higher.
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HRH Crown Princess visited with Mary Foundation in September this year woman shelter Tilila during a trip to Morocco. Subsequently, Mary Foundation decided that the annual donation of DKK 250,000 to go to legal assistance center. Travel to Morocco was designed to provide insight into a Danish-Moroccan cooperation in "The Arab Initiative", which supports abused women and focuses on violence against women and children.

A video has been added to the DRF website
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Mary has published her annual New Year greeting/summary for the Mary Foundation: Året, der gik 2013 | MaryFonden.dk

In Danish, haven't been able to figure out how to link a translated page.
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Thank you for the above link to the mary foundation and their work. Very interesting fields they are exploring.
BTW my google tool bar translates for me.
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Here's a link to her annual New Year greeting translated into (Google Translate)English

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Today, Mary and the Mary Foundation will present "The Free of Bullying Universe" at Sundbyøster School, Copenhagen. "The Free of Bullying Universe" is a digital extension to the successful anti-bullying program "Free of Bullying" which the Mary Foundation launched back in 2007.

"There has been a big demand for a digitization of the "Free of Bullying" project's materials and therefore will the project now be extended with "The Free of Bullying Universe" which is enlarged to include smart boards and iPads in primary schools."

At the presentation today will also be present the Secretary General of 'Save the Children' Mimi Jakobsen, our Minister of Education Christine Antorini, the director of the Mary Foundation Helle Østergaard and the mayor of Copenhagen Pia Allerslev. The new materials includes electronic discussion boards, shake together games, massage programs and an e book.

The Mary Foundation:H.K.H. Kronprinsessen præsenterer nyt digitalt antimobbemateriale til skolerne | MaryFonden.dk
Kongehuset.dk: Præsentation af Fri for Mobberi Universet - Kongehuset
Dr.dk: Lærere skal forebygge mobning i de små klasser | DR

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In our news last night, I heard that almost half of all kindergartens in Denmark today use the Mary Foundation's "Free of Bullying" program. 1/4 of all schools use it, and that 98% of the educators and teachers will recommend the anti-bullying program to others.

They use the program in my children's kindergarten as well and it indeed works really well. The little teddy bears are one of the program's best tools, at least home at us.



Here are a nice galleries from today
http://www.b.dk/nationalt/kronprinse...yoesters-boern

jv.dk - Nyheder - Indland - Se billederne: Kronprinsesse Mary i kamp mod mobning

And an article and picture from BB
Kronprinsesse Mary går digitalt | Billed Bladet
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Thanks, Roskilde.

Yes, the Australian inspired Free From Bullying concept has been universally adopted and implemented by the kindergartens.

But the schools are still lacking behind it has emerged. All schools are by law obliged to formulate a policy against bullying. However, the requirements are very low.
That can go from the school stating publicly: "Thou shall not bully" (I'm serious)! - to an entire apparatus with specialists ready to step in, including a variant of the Free From Bullying concept.
As such bullying is still pretty widespread in schools and what is worse, many schools opt to close their eyes to the problem. Combatting bullying takes an effort and claim resources and it's annoying to deal with denying parents, who will not realise that their little prodigy is fully capable of being nasty.
It's better in private schools because there the school boards are directly responsible to paying parents.
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