Preschool in Ciudad Juarez...
This year, Asher started preschool in Mexico. It was an interesting experience for everyone. Overall, Mexican preschools are not my favorite for a couple of reasons. But for the most part, Asher had fun and learned quite a bit. The school days were half in Spanish and half in English. Whether he actually learned any Spanish, we honestly don't know because he would never speak any Spanish to us, and he ignored us if we spoke Spanish to him. Regardless, he was exposed to the language and like I said, he definitely did learn a lot from the English portion at least :)
Asher and his friend in their school uniforms :)
One of the frustrations for parents/fun experiences for kids, was that once a month they had a performance for the parents. The frustration for parents? Sometimes a couple days before (but mostly the day before) we were informed of the very specific costumes that the kids needed to bring in. Half of the time, they were obscure items that no one had in their homes and would then have to frantically search throughout Juarez and El Paso for it :)
The around the world dance performance - Italy
Asher shaking it with his tambourine - moving to his own beat, as always :)
The labor day performance, where we were told the day before that Asher had to come dressed as a Mexican barber - ?!?!?! What in the world does a Mexican barber dress like??? Well - This was what we came up with :)
Apparently, they took the mustache and the hair clippers away for the actual performance - probably a good idea...
The science fair.
They made the kids stand like this for an hour and repeat the presentation multiple times...
Yeah, that went over well with Asher, this photo was taken near the beginning of the hour...
For the final presentation of the year, teams of students represented countries around the world. Asher was in the Brazil group. His line to memorize - "Hello, my name is Asher. The country is Brazil. The population is more than three percent of the world's population. There are many fruits." They stood again for about an hour while they repeated their lines over and over for different groups that came by... It was a long hour :)
Now this was the best part of preschool by far - swimming!! Twice a week every grade has swim class. Asher went from swimming with floats and hating putting his head under the water, to swimming by himself, and being a little less apprehensive about putting his head under the water :) The last swim class of the year, the parents were invited to come and watch the class. It was a lot of fun to see Asher show off what he learned. Proud Mama moment for sure!
Asher's awesome swim uniform :)
Waiting his turn...
Jumping in the water to his teacher.
Paddle board time.
Asher deciding to leave the group and run up and down the side of the pool.. oops. :)
Last but not least, jumping in from the "high" platform! Way to go Asher!
And this is how we got to school. Everyday was an adventure.