All the last week at school the girls have different activities going on in celebration of Christmas. I received a Circular Navidad outlining the week. Lavender had a Christmas program on Monday. They sang songs to the parents that they had been practicing. It was really cute. It’s interesting in that I thought Lavender would just absorb the Spanish language and come home speaking it effortlessly. I thought she would be the first in the family to learn. Her teacher and nearly all the teachers of the 3,4 & 5 year olds speak Spanish exclusively. It really hasn’t been the case. I think she knows the least amount of Spanish of any of us.
October had her program for the parents on Wednesday and Scarlett on Thursday. Both were very brief but fun to see. I nearly broke out in tears before October’s performance. “I’ll be Home for Christmas” was playing as an interlude between classes.
On Wednesday, there was a storyteller coming to all the lower grades. On Thursday, the kids went to sing Christmas Carols at the nursing home in town. And then on Friday, each grade performed their Christmas song to the rest of the school and they had a visit from…well, I’m not really sure…it’s not Santa…the translator app says it’s a visit from “The Royal Pages”. I think maybe it was the three wise men.
Shortly after we arrived and the girls began school, Scarlett was very excited to learn her name in Spanish is Scarletta. And since then she has been signing her name as such and asking her classmates and her family to call her Scarletta. I guess I can be glad it’s not a completely different name. Although it’s pretty much the same I seem to butcher the correct “espanol” pronunciation…every….time. I simply say “Vi-O-let-A” but according to the small people inhabiting my home it should be: “BEE-O-let-AH”. Maybe I’ll get it right for the plane ride home.
Scarlett is off on her first overnight camp experience! I couldn’t believe how emotional I felt about it as I dropped her off this morning. It’s only for a night. Scarlett has been nervous about it but I also knew she was excited as she’s been asking when it is for at least a month. I was nervous dropping her off that she would cling to me and I’d have to pry her away. But much to my surprise she was excited and happy and not the least bit clingy. It was so nice. It put me at ease. It was also nice that many, many other parents were hanging around to see their children off and take pictures. I even had a brief, broken conversation with another mom on how she was weepy her child was going away on their first overnight. That put me even more at ease.
The school is taking all the first & second graders to the camp. It looks to be the equivalent of our grade school camps just much younger. There will be candle making, cheese making, hiking, star gazing, a zip-line, a climbing wall, recycling workshop and a falcon exhibit. I am eager to hear how it all goes. We packed her bag together yesterday, labelled all her clothes and hopefully it all comes back. This morning, I was told by Scarlett that needed to make a list of all the things she might do and she will check all the boxes of everything she did do when she returns. Cute.
About a month ago, the school held a parent meeting to show off pictures of the camp, explain the activities, answer questions, alleviate fears and go over the packing list. I attended. However, as to be expected the entire meeting was in Spanish. The woman next to me tried to translate here and there. I was glad once I figured out that this same information would be sent in a letter later that week. Geez, probably should have just waited for the letter than attending the meeting. I can then at least translate and have a better understanding. The biggest difference between this field-trip here in Spain and one in the U.S. is that there are no parent volunteers or chaperons. No parents were even asked to volunteer (ok, at least as I far as I understood). I didn’t see a single non-school employee get on the buses with the kids.
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