Kids Field Note

Kids Field Note

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There is always something new for me to learn and see living with my Italian family! I am so happy I chose to live with a host family during my study abroad time. My host family has taught me so much about life here that I truly feel like I am living like an Italian! kids

Today, I learned Gaia’s take on living in Milano.  Reach the World, the blog that I am writing for, has me writing for elementary school children. In order to give those children a first hand view on what is like to be a young student in Milan, I was assigned to interview a Milanese child.  As I was doing my homework, Gaia and her friend Maria arrived home from school.

They joined me at the dinning table and began to eat cookies.  Then, I remembered my blog assignment and figured this was the perfect time to do it! Excited, they screamed their answers, argued with each other and hovered over my shoulder as I read the questions from my laptop.  Please forgive me for my choppy Italian.  I did not prepare these questions and I had to translate them into Italian as I was reading them.  Here are their answers:

What’s it like to be a kid?

What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
We eat a little of everything.  For breakfast we drink milk, tea, coffee, cookies and Nutella, a delicious hazelnut spread.  For lunch we have cafeteria food.  It is not good.  We eat meat, pizza, cheese, fruit and pasta.

What chores do you have at home?
Nothing.  I don’t help much.  I watch television.

What time does school start, and what time do you go home?
8:30 am.  It’s finished at 4:30 pm.  Sometimes at 3:50 pm we get out of school.

How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?
If I go with my mom I walk and if I go with my dad, we go in a car.

What are some common kids’ names at your school?
 Tomaso, Benedetta, Felipo, Matilde, Maria, Mariella, Julia, Margerita.

What subjects do you study in school, and which one is your favorite?
Italian, math, science, geography, history, music, art, English and gym.

What is your homework like?
Easy, it depends…

What do you like to do after school?
Play sports and see friends.

Who is your favorite famous person?
Tiziano Ferro, Lady Gaga, Carla Bruffo, Jiovanotti, Georgia, Analiza.

What kinds of music do you listen to?
Rock, Argentina, Violetta,

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A Stylist, hair stylist, chef, doctor  or a zoologist.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Paris, London, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Argentina.

What do you know or think about the United States?
We know it is pronounced U.S.A. We know about Washington and that New York is very beautiful.

What questions do you have for kids in the United States?
Are you married? How are you?  Do you know about Milan? What type of music do you like?  Where are you from?

I had such a fun time interviewing them.  They were so cute…and so loud and enthusiastic, definitely not shy!  Plus, for eight year olds, I think they gave me some pretty interesting answers, don’t you?

Thanks girls! ☺

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