The schools in Mexico really have a bad wrap. I mean it is not hard to see why. The schools in most smaller towns are so tragic that the idea of University to most kids is ridiculous. Now- to be fair- that is true for countless districts in the US as well. But one thing that drives me crazy about here is that the people that are supposed to be the ones that care the most and that there to do it the most are the people that make it the hardest.
I cannot tell you how many days I have gone to pick up one of the kids at school and been informed that there is simply no class tomorrow. Not that there is no school- but that Lena;s class will not be there. I do not understand this. I can see it a little bit- but really? All the time and for days at at time??? Now I thought that this was little more isolated to Tulum but no- this is just the way a lot of people run their schools. It seems that if the teacher is not available then no one is called in. This was totally reiterated in my friends blog post about her son's school. Leslie Limon retells the perfect story to demonstrate my point. If you have not ready it yet- read it and you will understand our frustrations. You can read it HERE!
So after my annoyance fit of being told that my daughter did not have school for the rest of the week (it was Tuesday when we were told) my question was... well, what should we do with them at home? In the meantime? You know... what lessons or homework in the mean time? They looked at me like I was crazy. Now granted I am always viewed as a little crazy here.
I have always wanted to do homeschooling and I do do some lessons. I do not have the faith in my abilities not to loose my mind to do it full time. Plus I need those 3 hours of sanity to at least TRY to write something or at least clean the house. But when it comes to homeschooling- I do not even know where to start. We do some good activities and stuff - and I know some really great websites with learning games and my mom bought me some reader rabbit games for the kids.
So although I am being ballsy and tacky - I am asking for help- anyone who wants to help me buy these for my kids- any help is greatly appreciated. You can donate via paypal at the button above- you can specify Books so it does not confused with the school project. -
I know this is really tacky but- well, what can I do- I am a little tacky!
We had a really nice picnic diner on the floor.
Thank goodness. The restaurant opening was good but crazy as you would expect. I went the other day to meet with the owners and it was great. They prepared for me a number of their signature dishes. The tasting plate from yesterday was not nearly as great but that is just what happens at grand openings.
We had some great margaritas and really enjoyed ourselves. Even better- when we got the kids home- Deserie and I hung out literally all night long talking and laughing. I was peaking through the trees and at one point was like- dang--- that is a bright moon. Then I realized that it was not moon light at all. The sun was coming up. It was a really great night.
Today... we are off to the beach- enjoy the sea and build something... not sure what?!?!?! last time it was a little copy of Chichen Itza! Lets see what happens today.
Posted at 5/22/2010 11:13:00 AM | | 0 Comments
I had such an amazing night. I cannot wait to tell more. But it was perfect!!!
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While we were walking home - she would not let me run to the next cover. She said no, no no - walking mommy. It was so much fun. We could not stop laughing. It was great. We got more then a few looks and even more smiles as we jetted down the sidewalk.
Kids help you remember about the fun things in life. Sushi and dancing in the rain was a perfect Sunday evening!
There are all sort of crazy things going on. The other day was such a successful day for me and so many of my dearest friends- including Ruben. I have been working on getting this killer calendar up on my website so that I can promote and sell it to companies around Tulum. I spent hours coding and recoding and working out all of the little bugs and it finnaly worked!!!! The events calendar is great! I am so excited. I still do a lot of writting and want to continue writing articles on my site - but I am having trouble. I write a lot for TodoTulum and I love it. It is hard to keep writing an keep writting. So the calendar is perfect. Plus- I can find out all of the great things in Tulum.
Ruben went and spoke to the owners of his hotel that were finally there. He told them that he was originally told that the pay was going to be $1000 a month. That is a great living here. But then he was actually getting FAR less then that. So he went and spoke to them and they agreed to give him a raise. Not the full amount he was hoping for but more - so that is great. Plus- when high season comes it is appropriate to speak of another raise.
Then my really good friend Desere - who is a very talented artist had submitted a proposal for a redesign of one of their suites and she got the job. All of this is so great. They came home with a bottle of wine and we celebrated. It was wonderful.
The kids are doing great. They have started to take their classes at the casa de cultura. This is wonderful but man did it get expensive fast! They both take Tae Kwon Do 3 nights a week and Ballet 2 nights a week. The uniforms for Tae Kwon Do are 500 pesos EACH!!!! Ouch!!!! Oh well. They are really loving the class. Ballet was not as expensive for Akilean - just the easy cheap shoes. But Lena was almost 500 pesos for the skirt, leotard, etc.
Posted at 5/15/2010 09:23:00 AM | | 1 Comments