Aletha’s Kids Field Note

Name: María Fernanda Hernandez Torres

Age: 15 years old

What do you eat for breakfast lunch and dinner?

For breakfast, María Fernanda’s family always eats atypical Venezuelan food called arepas. Arepas are flat breads made of wheat, corn or white flour. They can be stuffed with meat, cheese, or vegetables.Sometimes, they eat wheat arepas or corn arepas, but usually they eat typical white arepas. They put ham and cheese or scrambled eggs in their arepas. Also, they drink coffee with milk or juice during breakfast.

For lunch, María’s family eats a variety of food. Their grandmother owns her own restaurant,so they usually eat there. Her grandmother cooks everything in the restaurant! They often eat a type of salad, rice, and meat. They almost always drink juice with their lunch and a small cup of coffee afterwards.

For dinner, María’s family likes to enjoy many different foods. Sometimes they eat pancakes or hamburgers, but they usually eat something light like pasta.

What is your house like?

Maria’s house has three bedrooms. Maria Fernanda shares a room with her sister María José.Her parents have the second room, and the last room is for guests. María’s room and the guest room have two beds.. In the house, there are two bathrooms and a kitchen. There is also a large open area that serves as a living room or a space for activities.

What chores do you have to do at home?

María and her sister share chores in their home. They help with cooking meals, washing dishes, putting away groceries, helping with the laundry and cleaning their rooms.

Maria’s Family

María’s mother, María Graciela, works as a secretary for a frozen juice company. María’s father, Domingo, has a hobby farm that he owns. Most of the time, he works on the farm doing…..

What time does school start and what time do you get home?

María starts school at 7:00 a.m. She has along lunch break in the middle of the day. During that break,she can go home to eat with her family. When her lunch break is finished, she goes back to school from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

How do you get to school? Are you able to go alone?

Maria is very lucky because her school is about one block away from her home. She walks to school everyday! Now that she is 15, she always walks to school alone. She lives in a small town where most people know each other and there are few dangers. So, walking alone is very safe.

Where do you eat for lunch, what is your favorite food?

María normally eats lunch at her grandmother’s restaurant, because her mom works and doesn’t have time to make it at home. Her favorite food is paella, which is a dish made with rice, seafood and spices. Paella is her favorite food because she loves seafood and spent time in Spain where paella is popular.

What language do you speak at school and how do you say hello?

Maria at school

With the exception of English class, all of Maria’s classes are in Spanish since she attends a Venezuelan school. There are various ways she says hello, but the most common is to say “Buenos” which translates as simply saying “Good”. It is a shortened way of sayingsaying “good afternoon, morning, evening or night”. When she greets her relatives though she says “Bendición” which means “Blessing”. By saying “Bendición”, she is asking them to bless her before she greets them more personally.

What are some common names of kids at your school?

Kids are her school are commonly named María. Usually, they have two parts to their name, beginning with Maria and followed by a second name. For example, in María’s own family there are multiple Marías. Some examples are María José, María Amelia, María Isabela, María Virginia, Tana María, María Graciela and, of course, María Fernanda. The boys in her school are commonly named Jorge or Santiago.

What subjects do you study at school and which one is your favorite?

She studies Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math, English, Castellano (Spanish), History and Religion because her school is a private Catholic school. Her favorite subject is English because she finds other languages fascinating.

What is your homework like?

Most of her homework involves workbooks or reading passages. She has a little bit every night, but it is never graded in school! They only use it for personal practice at home.

What do you like to do after school?

After school María likes to train for her favorite sport, Kickingball. However, she had some health problems and had to stop. Now, she likes to hang out with her friends, visit her grandmas’ houses, listen to music and watch movies.

Do you have a favorite sport or game?

María’s favorite sport is Kickingball. She used to play for the state’s national team! She also likes to watch Venezuelan baseball and European soccer.

Who is your favorite famous person?

She really likes the band called One Direction. If she could, she would go to their concert and would love to meet them in person! She knows the entire band member’s birthdays and where they are from. She also has lots of One Direction posters on her wall, both of their CD’s and is planning on going to their concert in August when they come to Venezuela.

What type of music do you like to listen to?

She loves to listen to foreign music, especially pop and hip hop. She isn’t a big fan of Vallenato, which is country music from Colombia. Her uncles love Vallenato. She likes music that is fun to jump around and dance to!

What would you like to be when you grow up?

When she grows up, María would like to be a doctor. She hopes that she can have grades she needs to get into medical school. She would like to attend the same college as her sister.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

She loves Europe. A few years ago, she had a chance to travel in Europe with her uncle, grandma and sister and she would love to return. If she could live anywhere for the rest of her life, she would live in Madrid, Spain.

What do you think about the United States?

María thinks the U.S. is cool and she would like to visit someday, however it isn’t at the top of her list of places to go. She really likes music and movies from the United States!

What questions do you have for kids in the U.S.?

I asked her to come up with five questions for kids in the U.S. and this is what she said:

  1. “What do you do for fun?”
  2. “What are your families like?”
  3. “Is school really like the movie ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Highschool Musical’?”
  4. “How much are tickets to a One Direction concert?”
  5. “What is your favorite food?”
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