Rosa Sanchez was born in Puerto Rico on January 4, 1997. She is six
year’s old. Rosa's ethnic group is Puerto Rican, and
her linguistic group is Spanish. The language situation in Rosa's
home country is that of a mix of English and Spanish. There is a strong
influence of American culture in Puerto Rico.
Rosa's parents' native language is Spanish. Her older siblings moved
to the states at a very young age and have adjusted to the English
language substantially. When speaking to each other and their peers,
Rosa and her siblings speak English. Rosa's first words were in Spanish
and her parents felt value in teaching Spanish as her first language.
When speaking to her parents and other adult family members, Rosa
Rosa is the youngest of four children. She has a different father
than her three older siblings. However, it is her biological father
that lives at home with her mother and is the predominant male figure
for all the children. Her father owns his own small painting company
where he employs other family members and close friends. Her mother
holds a part-time job as a waitress and cleans office buildings on
the weekends. Rosa's older brother is nineteen years old and just
graduated High school. He has a
part time job at a sub shop and helps pay the bills at home. Her second
brother is fifteen and has a part-time job at a pizza place and helps
pay the bills at home. She also has an eighteen-year-old sister that
school and just had a baby. Rosa's sister and boyfriend and baby just
moved back in the house with Rosa and her family.
Rosa's family is known for their hospitality and often considered
friendly and expressive to strangers. Greetings are cordial and genuine
to teachers and other professionals. However, Rosa has expressed that
her mother finds difficulty in speaking English to the school and
this has been the result in little communication with home. Hand and
body language are important in
communication. When meeting with Rosa's parents a handshake is usual
however, close friends and family always greet with a kiss on the
cheek or combination of hug and kiss.
Rosa's parents consider themselves American but are fiercely proud
of their island and their culture. They don't usually call themselves
Americans but "Puertorriquenos" or "Boricuas."
In the home, mostly Spanish is spoken. Older siblings speak both English
and Spanish, but their first language was also Spanish. They are very
family oriented and are very involved in their local church community,
and relatives. They are lower middle class, and live in a three-bedroom
home. They live in a community where many other of their relatives
live. It is a close-knit community. The community consists of mainly
Spanish speakers. English is a second language, if at all, for the
parents. It is however, used mostly by the younger generation, which
are already in the
school system. They came to America to provide a better future for
Rosa was five years old when her and her parents moved to America.
Rosa is now in the first grade. Rosa is shorter than
most of the first graders in her class. Rosa has long, thick brown
hair. She is very tan. Rosa is also thin and healthy. She is a very
outgoing student, and like her parents, Rosa is very friendly and
expressive. Rosa has a group of friends in her classroom. She is able
to make friends easily. Since she comes from a family oriented background,
most of the events that take place in her home our done with the whole
family and even sometimes with the local community since many of her
relatives live within the same community. She comes from a close-knit
family along with a close-knit local community.