Week 5: Kids Field Note
Intro: What’s it like to be a kid?
Being a kid in Ireland is pretty much the same as being a kid in America. They get up for school in the morning, eat their breakfast, learn the same types of things that kids in American learn, hang out with their friends, watch T.V., listen to music, play outside and have to do their chores!
I interviewed one of my students, Emmett, who is eight years old and is in first class, which would be the equivalent to a second grade student in America. Emmett is quite the character. His spunk can be seen in his edgy style of spiked hair and thick rimmed black-frame glasses as well as his involvement in karate, racing around the playground or school-yard as they call it here and also through his enthusiasm as he shoots his hand up in the air to try and answer every question first.
- What is your house like?
I live in a house with my mum, Orla, dad, Jack, and little brother Eoin, pronounced Owen, and our dog Lucky. We have a really big yard that I can run around in and play football, soccer, and practice karate with my buddies. I have my own bedroom that is right next to the toilet, which is what they call the bathroom, and mum and dad’s room is right down the hall. Eoin sleeps in there right now, but when he gets older I am going to have to share my room with him… but mum said we can get bunk beds then!
- What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
For breakfast I like to eat eggs and rashers, which is bacon, toast with strawberry jam. Some mornings my mum makes me porridge, which is oatmeal, and puts honey on top. Or if we are late I just have toast in the car on the way to school.
For lunch I am at school and my mum orders me a roll with butter or either a ham and cheese sandwich. I also have my banya, which is milk in Irish, and sometimes my mum packs an apple and a biscuit, or cookie, for me.
For dinner I like to eat fish and chips. (Remember that french fries are called chips in Ireland!)? My dad brings home the fish from the English Market and then my mom cooks it all up. I also like when we order pizza from Dominos because then we have a picnic in the sitting room, which is the living room, and watch a movie!
- What chores do you have at home?
I have to pick up my toys and games in my room before my mates, friends, are allowed to come over and play. I have to help my Dad pick up the poop in the yard from Lucky.
- What jobs do your parents have?
My mum is a stays at home with my baby brother Eoin and she sometimes babysits our neighbors. My dad works across the river at the Tesco in the city center. Mum said that he is in charge of making sure everyone does their job. He has to leave really early in the morning but after dinner we always play a video game, board game, or go outside and practice my karate.
- What time does school start, and what time do you go home?
School starts at half eight, which is 8:30am, and ends at twenty to three, which is 2:40pm.
- How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?
Well in the mornings my mum drives me to school or I ride with my friend Connor. No, I am not allowed to walk by myself, but mum says maybe when I start secondary, which is the equivalent to middle and high school.
- What do you eat for lunch, and where do you eat? What is your favorite food?
For lunch I am at school and my mum orders me a roll with butter or either a ham and cheese sandwich. I also have my banya, which is milk in Irish, and sometimes my mum packs an apple and biscuit, or cookie for me. I eat in my classroom with the rest of my class. The bell rings and then we all line up to get our roll or sandwich and banya and then sit back down at our desks. Teacher puts on a show from YouTube, my favorite is Spongebob, and then we watch that while we eat. When we are done eating we go out into the yard, or playground, and run around.
My favorite food is a ham and cheese sandwich but I also like when my mum packs lemon biscuits.
- What language do you speak at school? How do you say “Hello”? in your language?
English and we do Irish everyday at school. Hello = Dia Dhuit
- What are some common kids’ names at your school?
Boys- Eoin, Aaron, Sean, Connor
Girls- Orla, Aoife (pronounced “Eva”), Shannen, Joanne, Rosín (pronounced “row-sheen”)
- What subjects do you study in school, and which one is your favorite?
Math, Spelling, Writing, Irish, Reading, and Science. My favorite is Math because I always get really good marks, or grades, and I like when we play the odd or even game. Teacher says a number and we have to guess if it is odd or even. When you guess it wrong you have to sit down and wait until the next round. I have won twice yesterday!
- What is your homework like?
My homework is usually in Spelling or Reading because I finish my Math homework before we leave school. It is a worksheet that you have to fill in and practice the words for the test at the end of the week and we always have to read every night.
- What do you like to do after school? Do you have a favorite sport or game?
After school I like to play tag with my buddies in they yard while I wait for my mum to pick me up with Eoin. When I get home my mum gives me a snack and makes me do my homework at the table. When I am done with my homework I like to play my video games or watch a film but if it is not raining I go out to the yard and practice my karate. Sometimes Connor is allowed to come over and then we do karate or play something.
- Who is your favorite famous person?
I don’t really have a favorite famous person.
- What kinds of music do you listen to?
I like to listen to the radio. My mum plays the guitar and I like to listen to her play. I also want to learn how to play the tin whistle next year.
- What would you like to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to work at a sport center, like the Mardyke, and teach people how to do karate.
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I really want to go to the States because I have cousins that live in Boston and it I think it would be really cool to ride in an airplane for such a long trip and be able to tell my friends that I have been to the states. Mum says maybe next summer we could go for a holiday.
What do you know or think about the United States?
- What questions do you have for kids in the United States?
What is your school like?
Are there a lot of kids in your class?
Have you been to Boston?
Is there snow where you live?