Saturday, December 25, 2010
Last year I decided to begin a new tradition with the kids who live in my neighborhood complex. I make loads of sugar cookies and invite all the kiddos over to decorate cookies and take a plate home to their families. Even the littlest guys came last year and with mom or grandma's help made some cookies. This year it was time to carry on the tradition. On Christmas Eve morning the kids came rolling into the house filled with laughter and excitement at the prospect of loading SUGAR in various forms on their cookies. :-)
This year little Quinten was the youngest at 2 1/2 weeks old. He actually hung out in Grandpa's arms the whole time while his sisters decorated cookies.
Here are two of Quinten's big sisters.
The best was little Alicia. I let her choose the shape of cookie she wanted to decorate and as soon as she picked the cookie up it went straight to her mouth. She wanted to make sure they were good to eat first. hehehe!
The next tradition also began last year with my friend Alicia from Canada. Near Christmas the two of us hop in the car and head up North where it is a little cooler and there are real pine trees. The cooler weather and pine trees help it feel a little more like Christmas. This year we went to Matagalpa and packed two days with great Matagalpan coffee, fresh chocolate from a local chocolate factory, crisp cooler air and a truly breathtaking sunset.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|From NCA Triathlon 2010|
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Do you see any differences?? Angie, the aid who is new to Nicaragua laughed as she looked at our list. :-) Not many of you would say that you have pigs and bats in your backyard. The things that didn't make the list because we ran out or room were: snakes, lizards, beetles, possums, and frogs.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Friday, September 24, 2010
We've had our share of inside recess days at NCA. My class has done really well regardless of having to stay inside. The boys in my class are soccer fanatics. They go all out in the playground when they play soccer so they were starting to go through withdraw until they discovered they could make up their own soccer game.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
During my six years in Nicaragua I've grown accustomed to spiders, geckos, ants and even an occasional bird making their way into my classroom during any given day. This week started out like any other until Wednesday. As I opened up my classroom on Wednesday morning there was a terrible smell. I could tell immediately that something had died in my classroom. The smell of rotting something was potent. I immediately opened up the windows and turned up the fans in order to try and air things out. The maintenance guys came to see if they could locate what had died and remove it for me. As they were pulling out ceiling tiles the smell got worse. Picture all of my students with their shirts up over their noses making all kinds of terrible sounds as they tried not to breathe in the wretched smell. Richard and Jose Angel decided that it had to be a dead rat but that it was in a part of the roof that they could not access to remove the dead rat. In true Nica fashion they stuffed the hole full of newspapers and then sealed it with silicone. We all could breathe a little easier after that.
On Friday my students were playing with some insects during our carpet time. When I investigated I discovered wormlike things crawling around on the floor. Having the slight feeling that they just might be maggots I sent my kids right back to their desks. We called in the maintenance and cleaning staff again. There were maggots all underneath our classroom carpet and rapidly making their way around the classroom.
We cleaned, sprayed and sanitized and yet I was still finding them alive and crawling around the classroom on Saturday. Rosita and I have not been able to figure out exactly where they are coming from. Our suspiscions seem to lead us to the ceiling where the rat died last week. I think we are both fearful of just what we will find up there.
This just goes to show you that you never know what things you may encounter while teaching in a classroom in Nicaragua.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Adventures in first grade are always looked upon with the innocence of childhood. Last week we had quite the day. Six and seven year olds are known for wibbly, wobbly teeth. Omar came up to me and showed me his loose tooth at the beginning of the day. He was excited because it was going to come out soon. After snack He was twisting it all around and it was ready to come out. Being a first grade teacher I have had a great deal of experience pulling teeth so naturally I offered my services. POP! It came right out. He was beaming a bright toothless smile.
Fedra saw all of this happen as she too was playing with her loose tooth. She was a little worried. "Miss Franklin, it is easier for Omar because he is a boy and it doesn't hurt to lose a tooth. But I am a girl and it hurts me." she said. I told her that if she changed her mind I'd be happy to pull it out for her. Twenty minutes later she was ready and POP! Out came another one.
Two teeth in one day makes the headlines in a small class of 20 first graders. :-) The next day Oscar came to school and told me that his tooth had fallen out the night before. That makes 3 teeth in one day. What a record!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
To my surprise I was came in 3rd among the women. It was lots of fun and I even won 250 cordobas $12.50 US. Now that prize money paid for my registration for a half-marathon I'm running on Aug 22.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday was the first day of the new school year. Students arrived with lots of brand new pencils, notebooks and supplies. They were eager to get to class and play with their friends. I have a big class this year with 20 first graders. Eleven of them are in special English classes because they're level of English is really low. It will be an adventurous year that is for sure.
Please pray for a few little guys who are completely lost in the English. I want them to enjoy school and not feel so overwhelmed by it all that they don't hate coming to school.
Friday, June 18, 2010
At NCA we continue one of our objectives as teachers is to help our students think of others before themselves. We strive to instill in them a heart of service. The elementary teachers organized a day of service activities for all of the students in first - sixth grade the last week of school. The kids did everything from sanding the playground equipment, picking up trash, washing chairs to painting a new mural on the playground.
This year I was able to attend the 6th grade graduation for my first class of first graders at NCA. This group has been very special to me during my time here in Nicaragua. I have seen them grow and mature into confident leaders and compassionate servants. What a special treat to have been able to see their growth throughout the years.
Graduating at the same time was the kindergarten class that will be moving up to first grade next Fall. They are an energetic group with lots of potential for learning, exploring and growing next year.
Two days later the senior class of 2010 graduated as well. Paola Fuentes a super responsible and incredibly gifted gal was part of this class. She is Alcides and Slieny's oldest daughter. Paola and I have worked together on teams during the past few years. It was a true honor to see her celebrate this special occasion. Paola graduated valedictorian of her class and has received many scholarships to study at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Along with the green plant life we've also seen some other types of growth that come with the rain. Mold! Yep, it comes in a variety of shapes, colors and quantities. Below are a few pics of the mold that is growing on the grout between the ceramic tile in our house. We tried to get rid of it by scrubbing the floor with bleach water. That worked for all of 4 hours until the mold grew back again. Crazy eh!! I know that I was sure surprised by how quickly it grew. Oh well we'll keep trying to fight it off as best we can. :-) Until then we'll be amazed by this incredible phenomenon.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Here are some pictures of the preparations and the final product!
Kate and I went the second hand store looking for some props we got a little distracted by the bouncy exercise thingy and the SNOWBOARD in Nicaragua.
After spending 7 hours moving, painting, creating and prepping the set and the cast in 90+ degree weather we were worn out. Good thing the Wolf slippers make a good pillow.
The finished set no that is not a bottle of alcohol on the floor it is an empty bottle of sparkling cider. :-)
The evening was a success and the cast did a great job!