Julia’s Kids Field Note

Julia Bellotti

Ms. Pablo’s 4th Grade Class

What’s it like to be a kid?

I interviewed Joy, who is related to my host family. An interesting fact is that we are technically distant cousins! Joy is eight years old. She is Christian and only speaks Arabic, although she is learning English in school. Our interview was in Arabic.and However, Joy’s dad helped us if we had trouble understanding one another because he is fluent in both Arabic and English. All of the questions are answered from Joy’s point of view.

What is your house like?

We have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. It’s a normal house.

What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

For breakfast, I usually have bread. I like to eat Mafuf for lunch! Maftuf is rice and meat rolled up in grape leaves. For dinner, I like to eat bread dipped in olive oil and spices along with some tomatoes.

What chores do you have at home?

I don’t do anything specific.I usually just try to help out my mom. We try to keep things clean and put away things after we’re done using them.

What jobs do your parents have?

My mom takes care of my younger brother who is only 14 months old. I don’t know what my dad does for work.

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

School starts at 8:00 AM and finishes at 2:30 PM

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

I take a bus to school. I am allowed to go by myself! The bus picks me up with all the other children going to school.

What do you eat for lunch, and where do you eat? What is your favorite food?

I like to eat Mafuf for lunch. Mafuf , which I described before, is my favorite food. In school, I eat lunch in the cafeteria.

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

We mostly speak Arabic at school, but I am also learning English. Marhaba means “Hello” in Arabic.

What are some common kids’ names at your school?

My friends’ names are Sadin, Lin, Araf, and Reem. All of those name are girls’ names. I also have a friend name Ahed, who is a boy.

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

We study math, science, geography, history, Arabicand English. I also have recess. My favorite class is Arabic.

What is your homework like?

My homework is easy. We have speaking and writing homework for Arabic and English as well as math problems.

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

After school I like to play sports and hang out with my friends in the cafeteria. I don’t have a favorite sport but soccer is fun.

Who is your favorite famous person?

My favorite celebrity is Adel Imam, who is an Egyptian actor.

What kinds of music do you listen to?

I listen to English and Arabic music. Some English songs are “Those Were the Days My Friend” by Mary Hopkins and “She Will be Loved” by Maroon 5. I also like the artist Nosa.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

I would like to have a PhD and teach at a University. I also do not want to get married.

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

I would first want to go to Spain, then Italy, then America.

What do you know or think about the United States?

I don’t know that much about the United States. However, I do know they have good hospitals! My aunt had to go to America to have surgery on her heart.

What questions do you have for kids in the United States?

I don’t have any questions for kids in the US. I am just curious about why you are interested in learning about Jordan and me!

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