So I just finished my second day in the classroom and the kids are great! I think their accents make them even cuter. Yesterday we went to the Auckland Botanic Gardens which were so pretty. Luckily we did not get any rain because the weather changes so fast here! It will rain for 10 minutes and be sunny again.. Springtime in Auckland! The kids had such a good time on the trip, I think they liked riding the buses the best though. We rode a big public transportation bus that the kids called "bendies" because they had the soft connector in between two buses. By the end of that trip I was so tired but I have done a pretty good job of keeping on the same schedule and my jet lag has not been too bad. I have passed out at like 8 30 each night, which has given me the most sleep I have had all year!
The year 1 kids ( kindergarten) are so smart. They seem much farther ahead than my kids from back home. They have also been in school for 150 days compared to our 40. These kids are writing complete sentences and their handwriting is far beyond any of the kids I worked with at home. It is so cool to be able to see the similarities and differences with kids in the same class all the way around the world.
I am teaching in the YEAR 1 classroom (5 and 6yrs). I am living with a family and their house is 4 houses down from the school. I am a 5 minute walk from the little city of Mairangi Bay where there are shops and a beach, and a 20 min bus ride from Auckland. My host mom is named Sue and her husband is named Gray. They have two daughters who are 20 and 22 which should be really fun.
I can't believe that I'm leaving in 4 days. I fly out Friday at 6:45pm and land in Auckland on Sunday at 8:30. It was just yesterday that Abby and I were talkingin our dorm room about doing this program. Now in 4 days she'll be in England and I'll be in New Zealand!