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Interesting Facts about the French School System

March 03, 2011 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Family french children kids learn teach

Now all of my children are happily attending school. Schools here are very different than the schools in the United States from my experience, which is quite limited. Here are some interesting facts that I’ve learned.

  • School is from 8:30-11:30 then the kids go home to eat and rest for 2 hours.
  • School starts back up at 1:30 and ends at 4:30.
  • There is a lunch program but you have to sign up for it at the mayor’s office and it’s usually for kids who have 2 working parents.
  • The gates of the school open up 10 mins early and then 10 minutes after school starts, they are locked and no one is allowed in. This has taught me to NOT be late!
  • In the 5 year old class, they start teaching the children how to write in cursive.
My 3 and 5 year old children go to a Maternelle School. It’s for kids from 3 years (cut-off is Dec. 31st) to 6 year olds. I made the mistake of carrying my son into school today and was told that he had to walk. I have to admit, I like that aspect of the school. I think it’s great for kids to learn to be independant.
My oldest son goes to a Primary School. This is for children from 6 years old until 11 years old.

Spring Break

April 01, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Family french children kids learn teach, Uncategorized

Spring Break is here and maybe it is time for you to take a little break too from teaching your children French. Take a few days to rejuvenate yourself. But, wait, you may not want to lose your momentum with your son’s or daughter’s progress in French.

Find some French videos on YouTube or watch a movie that you have using the French track. Disney movies usually have a French track. If you keep up this practice, you have have your kids ask to watch something in French. That’s a great feeling!

Also, if you don’t need a Spring break, don’t take it! Think about what works for you and your family and run with it!

Family words in French

January 06, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Family french children kids learn teach

You can teach your children family words by creating a family tree together. You can use pictures or just the names of people in your family. You may just want to start with the basic family vocabulary and expand from there. You can keep it simple by teaching the immediate family names like mother, father, sister brother in the beginning.

Here are some vocabulary words you can use:

father – un père
mother – une mère
brother – un frère
sister – une sœur
son – un fils
daughter – une fille
husband – un mari
wife – une femme
grandfather – un grand-père
grandmother – une grand-mère
grandson – un petit-fils
granddaughter – une petite-fille
cousin – un cousin(e)
uncle – un oncle
aunt – une tante
nephew – un neveu
niece – une nièce

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