Bryanda’s Kids Field Note

Since you have been learning about my experience in Chile, I thought it would be fun if you also learned about somebody else’s Chilean adventure. Meet Amri, a local in Viña del Mar who has a lot to share with you about the Chilean daily life.

Introduction:

Amri is a 4-year old girl who grew up in Texas. After a while of living in Texas, her and her mother, Rachel, decided to try something new. By “new” I mean they decided to move to Chile. She has adapted Chilean life very well and is now considered to be a full-on local. She loves Chile! While she learns Spanish, she also teaches her peers English. She also teaches her mom the Spanish she learns at her daycare. Amri learns something new every day and was more than excited to talk to you all about her adventure in Chile. Enjoy!

What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?:

Amri usually eats some Nutella and bread for breakfast. She has found that the Chilean version of the strawberry Special K cereal is extra delicious as well.

For lunch, she often has a sandwich with different ingredients that vary from mayonnaise, olives, square potatoes, tomato and much more. She also tried guacamole, which is made from avocados, and thought it was “yummy”!

For dinner, Amri sometimes has pasta while other times she has chicken and asparagus and many other dishes that her mother, Rachel, cooks for her. She also can’t deny how much she loves the famous Chilean ham and cheese empanadas.

What is your house like?: 

Amri lives on the sixth floor of an apartment complex just like almost all Chileans. It is a bit rare to find people who live in actual houses here in Viña del Mar. She explains how different her Chilean home is from her home in Texas. For example, Amri’s mom, Rachel, must fire up a gas tank in order to heat water to shower or cook. Rachel also dries clothes by hanging them outside of her balcony so the clothes can dry with the air and sun. Although Amri has her own room, she sleeps with Rachel. She has her own workstation to do homework where she keeps markers, a stapler, pencils and other utensils she needs for school. Her favorite part of the house is the bunk beds.

What chores do you have at home?: 

Amri usually helps her mother cook. Because she is much shorter than the kitchen cabinets, she uses a chair as a stool in order to be tall enough to cracks the eggs for her mom. Her chores also include matching and folding socks and then putting them away. She sometimes also takes the trash out to the back f the apartment complex where she drops it down a shoot that leads to the garbage can.

What jobs do your parents have?:

Rachel, Amri’s mom, goes to school here in Viña del Mar.

What time does school start, and what time do you go home?:

Amri gets up very early every morning because she begins school at 8:30am at a “gardin infantil”, also known as a daycare. She then goes home at around six or six thirty in the evening.

How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?:

Amri and Rachel walk to Amri’s daycare. Sometimes, when Amri is too tired, she is pushed to school in a stroller, also known as a “coche” here in Chile. She is too young to go to school by herself and says that she is not allowed to do so because she “always has to be with mommy”.

Where do you eat lunch? What is your favorite food?:

At school, she eats in her teacher’s, Ms. Rosio, class. When mom picks her up from the daycare in the afternoon, she eats at home or sometimes they both eat out at a local restaurant. Amri says that her favorite Chilean food is strawberry cereal (Spanish version of Special K). She also really enjoys ham and cheese empanadas.

What language do you speak at school? How do you say “Hello” in your language?

Since Amri is from Texas in the United States, she usually speaks English, however, it is sometimes hard to communicate because the other kids in the daycare only speak Spanish. She really enjoys this because this is how she learns Spanish from her peers. There are many different Spanish words that she has learned and these seem to be some of her favorite: “Mira la casa”(look at the house), “bano”(bathroom), “coche”(stroller or car), “arriba”(up). “Hola” is the Spanish word that means “hello” in English, although she says that some people also say “alo!”

What are some common kids’ names at your school?:

Sara, Antonia, Leo, Nicki, Pedro and Pablo are some of the names she hears at her daycare.

What subjects do you study in school, and which one is your favorite?:

Amri does many different things at school and says she loves them all. Last week she had to do a science experiment where she poured milk in a pan and added food coloring. Then she put a drop of dish soap in side the food coloring in order to see how the food coloring immediately separates from the soap. Perhaps you can try this experiment with someone older who can help you? They also do math (called “matematicas” in Spanish), arts and crafts in art class, and play and sing Spanish songs in music class.

What do you like to do after school? Do you have a favorite sport or game?

Amri loves to go home and play after school. No surprise there! She also enjoys visiting different cafes and grocery stores on her way home from school.

What kinds of music do you listen to?

Amri recently discovered the Latin American singer Shakira and now loves her music!

What would you like to be when you grow up?

Amri wants to become a veterinarian when she grows up because she wants to help cure all the sick animals.

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

Living in Chile has taught Amri that there are many different places in the world that she wants to see, which is why she says she wants to explore the entire world.

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