So many people ask us about the kids education in Spain and it is never easy to answer. You see we can’t speak for all of the schools in Spain, we can only share with you our experience. We are certain that everyone has different experiences depending on location, type of school and the biggest variable, the students attending.
Wow, this is my first post in a while! I’ve got a good excuse:
Speaking of school, I recently went on a field trip with my class to “La Antigua Sexi”. It’s a secondary school for grades 7-12, also known as an instituto. It looks nothing like an “American High school.”, more like a Spanish street. Continue reading
Well the school year is officially over! Anya (8 yrs – 3rd grade) and Lars (11 yrs – 5th grade) both completed a full year attending school in Spain. When we first planned this adventure, one of our top priority goals was for the kids to learn how to speak Spanish. This was going to be accomplished by having the kids study abroad and attend a Spanish elementary school. Of course we weren’t going to just ship them off to study, we were going as a family. It was also a priority for Alan and I to improve our skills with the Spanish language.
I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since we made the move to live in Spain. This week marks the end of the first full school year for the kids. Education in Spain has been a bit different for us, but we have no doubt the kids have learned far more than what text books alone could teach them. They have experienced many different things and have been exposed to many different nationalities and languages, attending their Spanish public school. Continue reading
Well, it’s finally here. We’ve had test scores here, graded papers there, but today was the first concrete evidence of how the teachers think our kids are doing. In short, they kicked some serious butt! I’ll get to the details in a bit, but Heidi and I are extremely proud of the kids. Continue reading
While experiencing life here in Spain, I have been very deliberate with myself, and the kids, to not sound judgmental when commenting on the way things are done in Spain. I don’t want to sound, and I don’t want the kids to sound whiney, but accept that different people do different things, or handle situations in a different manner. Continue reading
Our preliminary research showed that school in Spain started on September 17th in the Southern part of Spain. Upon arrival, we decided to stop by a public elementary school; just to be sure we had researched properly.