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11 Things I’ve Learned About Sending My Kids to School in Spain

1. Most children go to school by age two, although school is not mandatory until age six. Children are placed in a class based on the year they were born, so Alleke is in a class with all the kids who were born in 2006. 2. Choosing a school is based on a points system. […]

Funnerest

April and I decided that this year we would send Alleke back to school after lunch. Last year she was the only one in her class who only went to school in the mornings, and this year she is one of only three students in her class that still goes home for lunch. I started […]

Solomon

Since we got back from vacation our friend Solomon has been asking me to bring Teo and Alleke by the grocery store where he works opening doors for customers and collecting tips. His two kids are still in Nigeria, and while I’m sure they look nothing like Teo and Alleke, Solomon never misses an opportunity […]

Class Picture

This post is part of a larger story. Click here to start at the beginning. Although Alleke’s tantrums had stopped at home, and with an enthusiastic pep talk over a bowl of oatmeal she would even willingly walk to school, she was still clutching my leg and begging me to take her home when Lucía […]

The Buck Stops Here

This post is part of a larger story. Click here to start at the beginning. As I watched Alleke stand at one end of the living room and shout at her brother who was asleep in April’s arms at the other end of the room, I sat at the table between them with my laptop […]

Parent Teacher Conference

This post is part of a larger story. Click here to start at the beginning. “April and I have noticed some changes in Alleke’s behavior in the last few weeks, and we would like to set up a time to talk to you,” I said to Sonia at the door of her classroom. Sonia cocked […]

Physical Affection

This post is part of a larger story. Click here to start at the beginning. I studied to be a high school teacher in the US, and I was taught never to show any physical affection for my students. I was never to touch my students—not even a hand on the shoulder—without risk of losing […]

Jailbreak

This post is part of a larger story. Click here to start at the beginning. “Did you talk to Sonia?” Vicky asked when April pulled up to the school playground with the stroller, and Alleke ran off to play. “No, why?” April asked. At first she didn’t even know who Vicky was talking about. She […]

Santa Lucía

If I had any pull in the Catholic Church, I would nominate Alleke’s preschool teacher for sainthood. I would call her Santa Lucía. In my mind, a small miracle had occurred the first day I brought Alleke to preschool nine months earlier. We had arrived at Alleke’s classroom, and at the moment when I realized […]

Farm

“What’s this?” I asked, taking a letter out of Alleke’s backpack. I opened it and read the first few lines. “Alleke,” I said, looking up from the letter, “your class is taking a field trip to the farm.” Alleke clapped her hands and started her victory lap around the living room until Grandma caught her […]

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