These past few weeks have been filled with lots of exploration, and so much excitement! Adjusting to The Netherlands culture has been very interesting, as we have done many things to experience it. During Paige and I’s first week at De Helderlandschool, our Groep 7 class and us walked around the town and made our way to a fish stand. It was here, that Paige and I tried a bite of raw herring. This is a common food eaten here, but not by all. It was not necessarily our favorite meal that we have tried in The Netherlands, but it definitely was one to remember!
The following week at school was a bit more adventurous. Groep 7 has been preparing for their bike license exam that they will take in April. Our teaching found that us being there was a great opportunity to take the students out for a bike ride to Zuiderpark! The students were all so excited to go out and really practice the biking rules and regulations that they have been learning about. We biked to the park close by school. Going around the park, as well as the town. It was interesting to see how much freedom the students were allowed to have outside of the classroom setting. As we made our way back to the school, we stopped by a petting zoo that was located in the park. We saw cows, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, and a rabbit. The students were excited to see the animals, and they were brave when it came to touching them. Those two events were things that you would not necessarily see back in the United States. The students were given so much trust when it came to them biking around town. With only the teacher leading the way, and Paige and I in the back of the line making sure the students were all there, the students really took the bike ride seriously, and took all of the proper precautions and followed the rules. It has been an exciting time so far and we are sad that it is coming to and end!