Kids love an air-conditioned crafts spree at Gonper in tropical Granada

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Activities for rain or too much shine…

I write about weather a lot, but when you live in Granada weather is something that you will notice and you will have to form your strategies of how to keep your family comfortable and entertained despite extreme heat or a rainy day.

Many homes in Granada do not have air conditioning or residents are hesitant to use air conditioners because of exorbitant electricity costs in Nicaragua.  There are also very few businesses in Granada that use air conditioning for the same reason.

So trust me, we know each business that does keep the air flowing and on a sweltering day, I can make up a good excuse to head to one of them.

A great air-conditioned destination for kids in Granada is our local crafts and school supplies store called Gonper.  It’s not a huge store but it does have a lot for kids to check out.   Continue reading “Kids love an air-conditioned crafts spree at Gonper in tropical Granada”

Where will the kids go to bilingual school in Granada, Nicaragua?

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Choosing where your kids go to school, whether it be for one week, six months or a year is probably one of the most important decisions you will make about your stay in Granada.  It is a universal worry that every parent wants to get right.  Honestly, I understand that having a child in tears every morning before an eight o’clock bell is traumatic for the whole family.  When the children are happy at school with new friends, everything else in the move flows more easily.

We chose Sacuanjoche International SchoolSacuanjoche at a glance

My son, Aiden, is a fifth grader at Sacuanjoche International School and I myself have spent a good deal of time volunteering in various areas of the school.  I feel that we are very fortunate to have discovered Sacuanjoche in our move to Granada.  The bilingual, educational experience has been invaluable and it has also introduced us to a diverse community of families from all over the world that share similar values and goals for our kids.

When I recommend Sacuanjoche International School to newcomers, I do so with the sincere belief that I am recommending a healthy, vibrant, caring atmosphere that has the interests of your child’s well-being and future at heart.  But it is more than that.  The Sacuanjoche school community also cares and is conscious about the kind of world that all our kids will be living in. Continue reading “Where will the kids go to bilingual school in Granada, Nicaragua?”

Utilizing the Granada summer camps for kids to transition into a new school

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Our Approach to Granada

Before our family moved to Granada, we were already living in the north of Nicaragua, well into our third year.  We were homeschooling at the time, partly because we always had homeschooled and also because we lacked a viable alternative in that area.

In Granada, I wanted Aiden to have the chance to meet some of the local kids and the experience of going to 5th grade at a bilingual school, but I first scheduled some transitional months in Granada for him to acclimate at his own pace before the school year began.

We arrived to Granada in May and booked a beautiful vacation home with a backyard and a pool on a quiet street.  I wanted to create a positive, no pressure first impression.  Instead of jumping right into anything, we played tourist to get a feel for what Granada was all about and reconnect as a family.

This vacation time was well spent.  We explored, ate out, swam every day for a month and overall felt healthy and reinvigorated building up positive memories to fall back on when we needed them.

In June, we moved to another amazing, colonial vacation home with a pool (keeping up morale!).  And for this month, we introduced Aiden to Sacuanjoche International School by enrolling him in their week long summer camps to meet other kids and have a peek inside a local, bilingual school.

summer camp, Sacuanjoche International School, Granada, Nicaragua, kids, travel, bilingual school, Spanish, English, immersion, familyIt was a really great choice.  Continue reading “Utilizing the Granada summer camps for kids to transition into a new school”