Friday, May 25, 2012

first week of school!

I have survived my first week of school here in Peru. It has been really fun and I am certainly not regretting my decision of coming.

The school ranges from 2 years old up to 6th grade. I spend most of my days with the 2-5 year olds. Being with kids this young is kind of new to me, especially to have a whole classroom of them. They are very well behaved considering their age, but they are still very loud and very active. I'm finding that I don't have too much patience with them haha. I'm here to learn too, right?

When I am with the older kids, it's pretty fun. I walk into the classroom and the teacher hands me the English book, I read it over really fast, and then give the lesson. It works out pretty well and I just hope that I'm actually helping them. There are numerous students who used to live in the US and are very excited to tell me so.

This week in kinder (ages 2-5) it was a week to celebrate kinder! I don't know how else to word that. There were special activities for them each day like a puppet show, a little dance etc. One day there was a parade. They were so cute! This is when I discovered that we are like 2 blocks away from the ocean at the school. I had no idea. They all had signs that said things like "we love our kinder garden!" and "education is important!" At one point one of the teachers started chanting "e-school! e-school!" It made me laugh. Today we had a party for the same reason.

I'm a failure of taking pictures, but I will soon!

Monday, May 14, 2012

peru! day one

my first day in peru. well. hours. it feels like i've been here forever. La familia Roque is the greatest family. They are so welcoming and so patient with my spanish. Although, my spanish is a lot better than what I was anticipating it to be. I've only spoken it a handful of times since being back from the mission, so it's a big blessing that I am able to communicate and understand. It is sooo humid here! They live 10 blocks away from the ocean and I can smell it! It's nice to have moisture in the air after so much time in Utah. There are little parks everywhere.
We went out to eat for chinese food, a Peruvian favorite. I tried the national drink, inca kola. delicious. It's a sweet soda, kind of like cream soda. It was so great to just look around as we were driving around the city. Lots of casinos. They have chili's here. They have a piano in the house! Yipee! This week is school vacation for the school I'll be at, so I came at a perfect time; time to settle in and get comfortable before I get to work. I'm feeling really good here, which is a huge comfort. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

whale whale..what have we here?

I made a whale!
Actually, I made like 5 whales. But this is the one I kept for me! It was super simple; the hardest part was sewing up the bottom. I am not good at that. But I think they came out pretty darn cute!