Our First Day at the Daycare

We woke up at 6:00 or earlier to get ready for a 7:00 breakfast. We quickly brushed our teeth, grabbed our bags and sweatshirts, and got in two vans. We arrived at the daycare center as the children were eating breakfast. We said “hi”, but they were very shy. We took a tour of the center then went to the classrooms. We met the kids and introduced ourselves.

Tom and Katie with Tía Elizabeth helped the two-year-olds with puzzles and learning the color yellow. They also went outside. Kirsten, Eloise, Lily, and Tía Vanesa made coloring sheets and then did art with the kids and went outside. Manning, Julia, and Tía Marina danced to music with the children, traced shapes, and also went out. There were basic jobs like feeding and getting kids ready for naps.


Laurie, Anne, and Tía Fernanda read books and helped with worksheets and went outside. Sapna, Shaan, Rowhan, and Tía Katy helped with worksheets, served snacks, and played soccer or fútbol. We also helped with basic jobs like feeding, getting ready for nap, and serving lunch.

Martin and Mia played outside in the house and on the slides. Sarah and Caitlin played inside and didn’t go outside (the only group which did not go outside). Here’s a story from Caitlin. One girl climbed into a box stuffed with stuffed animals. Juliann and Amelia pushed kids on swings and played with them.

Quite a simple schedule, but a very hard job. Michael and Kay, the two labor volunteers, first scraped the paint off the wall, pulled weeds, white washed, and sanded.

Here’s today’s basic story for us: breakfast, daycare, kids, nap while we eat lunch, a couple more hours, go to hotel, then Spanish lesson.

That’s today’s story!

DSC_0186Entry submitted by: Rowhan

Message of the Day – Maggie Bjorklund: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.





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