December is the busiest month of the year here in Peru, not necessarily because of Christmas, but because it is the end of the school year. The school year begins in March and ends just a few days before Christmas day. Abigail finished 1st Grade at her all girls school. We were very pleased with Abigail finishing with straight A’s on her report card, which was not easy when she was the only girl with Spanish as her second language. She learned to read books (and aloud), write in cursive and take spelling test. . . all in Spanish. Her courses included Logic, Math, Spanish phonics, Spanish lecture (reading), Etiquette, Peru History and Geography, Science, Dance (learning the traditional Peruvian dances), Art and Physical Education, oh, and English class which she said was “easy cheesy”.
We were glad to finish a hard year of school, but so sad to have to say good-bye to her friends and teachers. We are going on furlough Feb.’10-Feb.’11 so that our girls can maintain a Peruvian school year. Abigail will return to the same school in 2011 and enter 3rd grade and Adeline 1st grade.