Alphabetical Blogging Challenge

I participated in the “Blogging from A to Z April Challenge” a few years back. I thought it would be an opportunity to get me writing daily. The problem I found when I did it last time, was that I didn’t have a plan. I barely had a theme.

I have been considering this challenge a lot as April approaches, and I feel a lot more prepared. I have a plan, and more importantly, I have a theme.

This year, as the name of this blog (Living, In Action) suggests, I will be focusing on action. The things we do, mostly with Tucker, that make our lives fun, exciting, and worthwhile. I do have 26 pieces planned, so I think this year will be more FUN than work. Check out Living, In Action all throughout April for new content!

A-Z April 2018


Countdown to Kindergarten

As a family who values education and languages (living abroad makes you very aware of the benefits of multilingualism), tomorrow marks the day we get to begin the countdown to kindergarten. For the last few years, I have been focused on enrolling Tucker in one of our area’s “90-10” schools.

For those of you unfamiliar, a 90-10 school is a bilingual school. In kindergarten, students are instructed 90% of the time in Spanish and 10% of the time in English. There are a few schools in our area that use this philosophy. As students advance, they are are instructed less in Spanish and more in English. The idea initially was to help children who had limited, if any, English proficiency. But more and more families are enrolling their native English-speaking children in these programs. The school we’re wanting to have Tucker go to says, “our distinctive curriculum facilitates the acquisition of Spanish and English academic language proficiency through immersion, along with core content instruction in the students’ native and target languages.”

So tomorrow, the school I have been following on Facebook since well before Tucker was eligible for kindergarten, will be opening enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. Tomorrow, incidentally, is also 7 months from Tucker’s 6th birthday.

My little man is “growing upper” and while I am excited for this new chapter in our lives, I am also apprehensive and a little sad.

Tucker at 5 Months
Tucker at 5 Years, 4 Months