Saturday, March 5, 2011
Barton in Valparaiso
On Thursday we started school as you all know, but since that's all you know, I am going to tell you a little more.
Here is a list of things that were different and some things that were that same.
Things that were the same.
1.There is no uniforms like Barton (boo hoo for me because I kind of like uniforms).
2.They call the teachers by their first name like Barton.
3.You have to pack your own lunch like Barton.
Now some things that are different:
1.There is no food that you can buy (an easy way to say it there is no school lunch).
2.There is usually no more than 20 people in one class (unlike Barton that has around 30 in each class).
3.There are four recesses each day (unlike Barton that has only one).
4.The building was made around the playground or courtyard, so there is a hole in the middle of the school (unlike Barton which the playground is on the outside of the building).
Now I will tell you the story from the beginning on the first day.
When we stepped through the entrance at 8:15am the first thing we saw was a bunch of kids with their parents saying hi to everybody that they knew from the last year. We walked over to Theo's teacher and she said to put his stuff down in the classroom. When we were in there we met this guy from Mexico. A girl from Argentina, the guy from Mexico and Theo and I are the only people who were born out of Chile. And he asked Theo if he wanted to play so then we waited tell the bell rang and then when the bell rang we went to our classes. I went to go sit down with the girls and we said our names and we said hi. Then the teacher said to make a circle with the chairs and then we went around and said our names and where we were from and if we were here the last year or if we were new and how old we were. Next we talked about the logo de la escuela and what it meant and then we drew a picture to represent Valparaiso or something from the logo. Then we had a recreo (recess), then we had educación física (gym) and then we had to pick our lunch spots and then we finished up the educación física. Then we had tecnologia (technology) and we got to draw whatever we wanted and then we had lunch. Then we finished up tecnologia, then we had música (music) the teacher was really enthusiastic and friendly. Then we had another recreo (recess) and then we finished up class and it was time to go at 4:30pm
We did pretty well for our first day but the Spanish was definitly the hardest thing but we enjoyed it and it was not so bad after all.
The first picture is after school, the second picture is the courtyard of the school, the third is my auntie (who is visiting) right next to the entrance to our school (the blue gate), the fourth is before school in our apartment, and the last is my teacher and me.