Today was the Day of the Child here in Costa Rica. This meant that there were no classes and all of the classes had little parties. I spent the day helping out with one of the 1st grade classes, which was fun if a little hectic. I blame the candy, ice cream, and cake all before 10 in the morning.
Next week, September 15th, is Independence Day in Costa Rica, which means Costa Rican flags and various other decorations in red, white and blue all over the place. I'll be assisting the parades next week, which should be interesting. The only annoyance has been the drum band practicing every morning this week and last while I try to teach, but they do sound better so that's something at least.
This week and next week there are assemblies every morning about various nationalistic themes, yesterday was songs and today was the various flags Costa Rica has had. Apparently, the reason the Costa Rican flag is red white and blue is in imitation of the French Flag, in admiration of France. Then again, the combination of Spanish and the poor loud speakers make my understanding of the assemblies iffy at times, so take that with a grain of salt.
One more week of classes, then I'm off to the beach for a week of classes to get a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. I'll do the second half of the course at the end of October, rather than miss two weeks straight of classes.