My children work with a new letter each week as well as a word. This wee the letter was A and the word was have. To go along with the letter the students made animals out of clay which I made a “farm” to house them in. One student was very determined to make the animals have a real home so the farm was a must. They also worked with inventive spelling (which they are very good at) to write words that start with A; as well as illustrate. This was done on, what better, an alligator.
It was also thanksgiving week which was very depressing. I missed my family so much and was sad that I was missing my families meals and our traditions. To my surprise however Colegio Menor had a spectacular lunch planned for thanksgiving day and it made things less sad. It was great and there was even broccoli salad which my mother always makes. It was a great time to sit down with our teachers and just get to know one another.
Our host mother also prepared an amazing thanksgiving meal for us. We had the most spectacular opportunity to learn how to make tamales with her! Complete with the huge green leaves used to wrap them up in. It was awesome! I loved learning from her. She is a wonderful cook and the tamales were an awesome dish for thanksgiving. Along with tamales we had sweet potato cake. Which was very different than what we are use to. Sweet potatoes here are purple for one which was very different but our host mother made them into a cake and topped it with a corn flake walnut mixture. It was actually really great and a new dish to try and recreate back home!
We also had the opportunity this week to tour the entire campus which was amazing. Being in kinder hinders the special classes that you get to see because at this age they are not able to do the amount of things that the upper grades are doing.
When touring we found out that the upper grades are supplied with many instruments and are able to check them out if needed and later will choose whether they want to pursue arts or music to specialize in later in their schooling. Which is awesome. We also got to check out a music lab which was complete with a studio and everything the kids need to write and produce music. What an opportunity! It was great. It really opened us up to what the big picture of the school was and how they work so hard with the related arts.