Wow what a week. We started language school on Tuesday. But let’s go back a little to last week and orientation and testing. Last week we were tested with an oral evaluation and a written test to determine where they should place us for our classes. Well Jacob had studied a lot of Spanish before we left and I had not studied much before we got here. Well Monday we got the results of our placement and classes. Okay so the most basic class placement starts at 101 and our group that we are in the most advanced goes to 118. Well, I was placed in 101! And Jacob was placed in 106. That was no surprise. We knew going into it that he was well ahead of me. And classes started at 7:30 on Tuesday morning.
So we get the kids up Tuesday and boy the Lord knew what He was doing when He placed us in Casa Verde being that it is just a few minute walk to class. We got up around 5:30 and we needed every bit of that time to get everyone to school in time. We showered, made lunches (p-nut butter sandwiches for everyone), got everyone dressed, hair fixed, teeth brushed, shoes on (Sophia has a 50/50 shot at getting hers on the right foot and twice this week they were on the wrong feet once we got to school), back packs packed, checking for rain gear, unlock the front doors, lock the front doors, unlock the front gate, lock the front gate and we’re off! And it is already 7:15 and we have to have the kids in their classes and be in our class rooms by 7:30!
We each have 4 classes a day. 2 hours of gramatica, 1 hour of fonetica, and 1 hour of linguaje. You stay with the same group of people all day. And for gramatica they combine two groups. My class has four ladies all together in it. Dawn Stoudemayer and I are in the same class! The kids are doing great. Sophia is in the 3 year old class and the teacher only speaks Spanish to her! Lizzie is in K5 and the last 1/4 of class is taught by a Spanish teacher. Benjamin in 2nd grade has a typical 2nd grade day with an hour of Spanish every day. Benjamin took his first spelling test here already and made a 100 on it. YEAH Benja!!! Here are some pictures. Please continue to pray for our health and our ability to grasp the language.