JJ's First Day of School
He is in what is called the "moyenne section" of Kindergarten. In France there are three levels of Kindgarten, and his is the middle one. This means he would complete "grand section" of Kindergarten next year and then 1st grade after that. Yesterday his teacher told me what and how he would be learning, and how she structures her class. She has 15 grand section kids and now 13 moyenne section kids. The older kids learn to help the younger ones, and the younger ones learn from the older ones. This also means JJ can have this same teacher next year! I was sooo grateful for the year of pre-K he completed in California before we moved here. It's amazing now to see God's hand was in all of that - preparing him for France!
On a side note, I realized today I'm a little bit of a baby. Because I accompanied JJ's class to their local library, I walked a whole extra 30 minute roundtrip today to and from his school. I'm spoiled from living in the states and having a car to go everywhere. The truth is it wasn't the "walk uphill in the snow both ways..." kind of walk, but it did feel long, and it was quite frigid out.
Then I met an American mom, actually from Pittsburgh, at JJ's school, and I realized my walk is actually not bad. She walks up to 1 hour to visit her friend on the other side of town, and 20 minutes to the closest grocery store. She also brings both her kids with her and doesn't use a stroller. She's "hard core".
So, I'm looking forward to when I become more "hard core" and get used to walking everywhere. Truthfully I think I'm just impatient - maybe having a bike would help.