Going on a field trip and other school notes

Posted September 17th, 2008 under Clara and Libby, Mothering, Puerto Rico, School by MicheleP.

The girls are in preschool 5 mornings a week and they LOVE it. It’s honestly been a nice break for me too  and since they are home by noon each day, I don’t feel like they are gone forever.

Last week they told me their class would be taking a field trip to the library and then to the pizza shop for lunch and parents were welcome to come. And so, I went along with their class.

I was a bit apprehensive because not only would I be taking my two, but would also be responsible for 3 additional children who most likely didn’t speak English. And as I’ve mentioned before, my Spanish is most definately lacking in vocabulary grammer pronuciation pretty much everything. I had visions of me trying to tell the kids to hold hands as we crossed a street and instead telling them to hold a foot or something. Thankfully they put a classroom aide in my car with me :) .

I had yet to visit the library - the outside doesn’t give you too much of a desire to go inside but it was actually quite nice. The librarian was very friendly and the story time area was all set up for the kids.

Can you pick out my two? ;)

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After they read the story, they asked for volunteers to come act it out. My girls immediately raised their hands. I’m not sure they knew what they were raising their hands for but just mimmicked the other kids doing it.

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After story time, we took all the kids to a pizza place for lunch. The girls were a bit concerned when they were served a glass of coke with lunch. They took one sip and asked for “aqua”. Mama was proud :)

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The field trip was fun and I’m glad I went. It was neat to watch the girls interact with the other kids and see how they are coping with school firsthand as it’s a bit different from what we are used to.

We were asked bring a backpack to school so that they could bring home any assignments – I was thinking that meant to bring home art projects & such that they completed at school.

Nope.

It’s to bring home assignments. As in: HOMEWORK! Wha? They are THREE!

They have this workbook that they work in each day at school and then 3 days a week or so, it comes home with them with an assignment.

The work is fun – coloring, counting, tracing, cutting, etc. The girls don’t see it as “work” at all. In fact, on days they don’t have any they are bummed. It’s work for me though.  I have to get out my dictionary to understand all the instructions. I’m pretty sure it takes me longer to translate the instructions than it does for them to complete the assignment.

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6 Comments

  • 1

    Hi Michele! That is really neat. I wanted to tell you that Lynsey really misses her twin cousins (as she calls them). She has told just about everyone we know that she has twin cousins that live in Puerto Rico that they look just like her (blonde hair and blue eyes). He! He!

    Comment by Tammy — September 17, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  • 2

    Wow, homework at the age of 3! I guess that both the girls and mom are learning lots of new things ;-) How is the Spanish going for the girls? When we lived in England in the 80′s, my 5-year old sister had more homework than my 10-year old brother and me (13)…
    I can’t believe that they serve Coke to the children, no wonder people are so over-weight here! Good for the girls that they prefer water. Actually my Spanish “niece-in-law” who is 2 just started drinking Coke, ok from her mother’s glass but I was still a little shocked!

    Comment by Petra — September 17, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  • 3

    I loved ALL your Disney pictures. It looks like you had a blast! I can’t wait to take my kids one day soon. That does look like a nice library and I picked out the girls before I even read where you asked if we could find them. :) I would like fall over if Evan asked for water instead of Coke. You SHOULD be proud!

    Comment by Leigh Ann — September 17, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  • 4

    Hey, that’s okay… I have to “invent” homework for Paige because she cries that she doesn’t have any when the big kids are sitting down working on theirs… Crazy kid, someday I’ll tell her she used to BEG for homework!

    Comment by Kristi — September 17, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

  • 5

    Is that at a Faccio Pizza?!? I love that place.

    I remember getting tons of homework Pre-K through First grade (years I studied here in PR) then moving to MI and finding myself ahead of the class and with “little” homework. :p

    Comment by Random Reader — September 17, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  • 6

    Homework at 3!! That is wild, and yes, it is totally more “work” for you than the kids! I like the way Timothy’s Kinder teacher does it. She sends home a folder on Monday with several sheets of homework for the entire week. And then we return it on Friday. That’s nice because if we have something one night (like church on Wed), I can make sure we’ve already done our homework another night. But there sure is lots of it!

    Comment by Alicia @ Experiencing Each Moment — September 20, 2008 @ 8:30 am

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