For the past three summers, we have been blessed to welcome some sweet Spanish girls into our home during the month of July. It has been a wonderful experience for everyone in our family and we are so happy to have these dear friends on the other side of the world. Yesterday, as we ventured west from Russia to ESPAÑA, we remembered our fun times with our Spanish Amigas.
Almudena was our first ever student
Sweet Almudena, we used to sing the song “A-ma-de-us. A-ma-de-us” using her name. I still sing it every time I think of her. She was a bit shy and very sweet with the kids.
Ene came a year later.
We played a LOT of games with Ene, especially “Sing Star”, and we laughed….quite a bit. When she was here, the “bachelorette” was in Spain and she would crack up at how everything was “flamenco”. She also cracked up about all the pharmaceutical commercials that are so ridiculous. We would say, “Ask your doctor if Pristique is right for you.” The night before she left we gave her an “unbirthday” party as her birthday was coming up soon. She cried. When she left, we all cried, that’s the not-so-fun part about hosting….the leaving part.
This past July we hosted Eva.
Eva was our most recent student. She got to be a part of our neighborhood fourth of July parade where we took the rickshaw out for a spin. The kids loved coming into her room and sitting with her on her bed and listening to her music…..
My wonderful friend Alicia often says, “You can never have too many people loving your kids”. Hosting students has definitely taught us the value in this as we have had such wonderful people come into our home and bless us with their company and love. Our kids would like to keep them forever and “adopt” them, but we always have to say “good-bye”, hoping we will see them again. Fortunately, we get to stay in touch via the internet and even the “mail” (I just recently got a sweet letter from Ene.)
So, as we have landed in Spain, we are in a country that brings lots of warmth and fondness and we are cozy here. Spain is also a country I spent quite a bit of time in during my college semester abroad. We visited several cities during our studies including: Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Marbella, Madrid, Barcelona, and Toledo. As I teach the kids this week about this Southern European nation, I love that I can picture the cities and the people and remember the wonderful experiences I had during my stay.
After beginning with our usual geography lesson, we excitedly opened up our new library books. Here’s our reading list for the week (on a side note, I SO wish I had been more faithful with collecting reading lists each week for this journey. That would be one regret that I have thus far.).
I love this book series as it really introduces you to a country in a very kid-friendly way. Tallinn was even able to read along in parts as we learned about tapas, the ink pen, the siesta, flamenco music, merino wool, and other Spain-produced things.
Okay, so obviously we aren’t reading the Puerto Rico version of this series which is also quite fun, but I couldn’t find the Spain image and our camera has that terrible black dot. You get the idea. One thing I love about this series is that at the back there is a craft idea and a traditional snack recipe specifically chosen for kids. They are perfect for our study!
This book isn’t necessarily from Spain but it is lullabies in Spanish and I thought it might be a good intro into some Spanish for the kids. All the lullabies are in both Spanish and English.
We will hopefully open this one tomorrow along with our “Madrid” city book given to us by one of our students.
For our verse this week, I chose an easy verse in Spanish for the kids to try.
Dios miro todo lo que habia hecho, y era muy bueno. Genesis 1:31
There is definitely a lot we can do with Spain, especially as we have a few more materials this week. So, vaminos, here we go!