Kid’s Field Note

Hello students! For this week’s post, I interviewed a young Argentine girl about what is like being a kid in Argentina. Her name is Federica and she is seven years old. She attends a school called Colegio Aletheia. It is a bilingual school, meaning that she takes classes in both her native language of Spanish and in English. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to exchange information with students in the United States. While she speaks a little bit of English, we carried out the interview in Spanish. Therefore, I have tried my best to translate what she said so that you all can understand.

What’s it like to be a kid?

Well, in the morning I go to school. In the morning my classes are in Spanish while in the afternoon they are in English. After school, I sometimes have lessons in martial arts, dance and choir. On the weekends I sometimes play tennis. I also like soccer, but it is not very popular for girls here.

At home, I like to draw and paint. I also like to read and write as well. My favorite author is Maria Elena Walsh. She wrote many songs, books and poems for children that are very famous in Argentina.

What is your house like?

I live in an apartment with my parents on the third floor of our building. We have two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room. My grandparents live on the floor below us, so I often go there to eat and watch television. Below them, there is a restaurant as well.

What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

For breakfast I like to drink a glass of Nesquick and eat a fruit salad. I bring my lunch to school in a lunchbox, which usually has either pasta or meat in it. For dinner, we sometimes eat pasta, milanesas, or pizza.

What chores do you have at home?

I make my bed, put away my dirty clothes and keep my toys organized.

What jobs do your parents have?

My parents have a company in our building that makes food and delivers it to people’s houses.

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

School starts at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 4:00 P.M.

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

My parents either drive me or we take a taxi. I am not allowed to go by myself because it is too far away.

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

I eat my lunch at school in the cafeteria. I usually bring my own. My favorite thing to eat is gnocchi con salsa roja (potato dumplings with red tomato sauce).

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

We speak English and Spanish. In Spanish, “hola” (OH-LAH) means “hello!”

What are some common kids’ names at your school?

Some of my friend’s names are Antonio, Valentine, Guadalupe, Samir, Lucia, Lola, Sophia, Antonio and Benjamín.

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

I take classes in mathematics, language, science, and English. My favorite is math!

What is your homework like?

For homework, I have to fill out worksheets with questions or math problems.

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

I like to sing and dance! I do not have a favorite sport to play, as I prefer art.

Who is your favorite famous person?

I do not have one!

What kinds of music do you listen to?

I like songs from the movies, especially Disney ones!

What would you like to be when you grow up?

I want to write stories for children.

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

Disney World!

What do you know or think about the United States?

I really only know about its TV shows and movies.

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

-Do you know what dulce de leche is?

-What do your parents do?

-What TV shows do you like?

-What do you study in school?

-What do you do after school?

If you all would like to answer Federica’s questions, I am sure she would love to hear what you have to say. Likewise, if you all have any questions for her I would be glad to forward them to her so that she can respond!

I have not had the opportunity to visit Federica’s school, but here is the link to her school’s website that has some pictures and information about it: http://www.colegioaletheia.esc.edu.ar/sub_menu/noticias.html

Also, I was able to find a story by one of Federica’s favorite authors translated to English online. It can be found here:

http://melioralatent.blogspot.com.ar/2011/01/maria-elena-walsh-and-round-flower.html

 

 

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