While I haven't done as much actual teaching as I had planned, I absolutely love the kids here. They are incredibly enthusiastic and energetic and I just love watching them. Whenever they see me with my camera they all stare and smile big for it, even if they're supposed to be paying attention to something else. I can't help it. I'm supposed to be taking candid pictures.
In case you don't remember, there is a large epidemic of pneumonia-bronchitis-lung infection stuff going around Paraguay at the moment, and the schools' winter breaks were extended an extra week so that kids could get well. Not that this did much good, as on Monday, when they started back, less than half of the kids showed up. I have been gone for a month now, and in that month, I have been in the classroom twice and this is only the fifth school day I have witnessed. Yet, after lunch today, when I came back to the school, the kids from the jardin class who were out on recess came towards me running, yelling, "Hello, Profe! Hello!" They are learning basic Engish and say things like hello, thank you, and I love you all the time. I've been in their classrooms twice, and they still call me profe, which means teacher. Weird, yet sweet stuff.
Enjoy this familiar tune: