Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kid Parc & Caterpillars

Last Sunday, we went to Kid Parc again. It was a beautiful Sunday, not too hot nor too cold. As usual, Shannon enjoyed the rides and when we about to leave, we saw something on J's tyre.

Take a closer look!

It was Caterpillars!!! And when we turned around and look at the tree beside us...

Tons of caterpillar queing to crawl up the tree! J had to use a branch to take off the caterpillars before starting the car. We wouldn't want to transport it back to our garden. -.-"

Baby Danse Resumed

New school term started and Shannon resumed her dancing lesson as well. The dancing lesson will be on Friday weekly. I picked her up from school at 4:40pm and rushed her to the dancing lesson at 5:15pm. In fact, I have a hard time keeping her awake during the 15 minutes journey. I gave her some biscuits and water to drink in the car to keep her awake but she always almost fall asleep during the last 5 minutes of the journey. Luckily, whenever we reached the dancing school, she will become alert and start enjoying her 1hr session. :P

Swing Swing

We bought the above Swing for $69 euros at Leroy Merlin Bordeaux last Saturday. It was definitely a good buy as the usual price was $149 euros. J spent about 2-3 hours to fix up the swing and now Shannon had a small playground with swing and slide in our garden!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Back To School

Summer holidays ended and Shannon went back to her Maternelle (Preschool). She was not enrolled in the same class with Avril and Brayden. They were all separated into different classes.. Avril and Zavier (who joined the same Maternelle this year) got in Moyenne Section, Brayden in Moyenne et Grand Section and poor Shannon got in Petite et Moyenne Section. Funny right? "Sigh"

I was quite perplexed about the arrangement as she will still be stucked in Petite Section for the first half morning session. Well, being a Kiasu Singaporean mummy, I asked J to called the school principal to ask for a transfer to Avril or Brayden's class. To our dismay, our request was rejected as the principal said they will be learning the same thing even though they are in different class.

According to the research I have done, information on French Education is as followed:

The weekly timetable covers 24 hours, with the day organised by the teacher around varied activities and communication exercises. There is generally no specific timetable for lessons, which are left to the discretion of the teacher.

The learning priority at nursery school is language development, which is carried out through four main areas of activity:

Living together;
Physical activity;
Arts and science;
Imagining and feeling.

All pupils in the grande section of nursery school are expected to start learning a modern language, which is continued with vigour when the child continues into primary and secondary education.

However, we were all brought up in Asian KS style and we just can't help comparing what our kids are doing in the 3 different classes. I am still feeling uneasy and fustrated to let my girl continue in the Petite et Moyenne Section but there is nothing that I can do..

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Summer ...

Wow.. it has been weeks that I last updated my blog. August was really a busy month for us.. We had plenty of outings, gathering and Mahjong sessions weekly. Getting really lost where to start... thus I will do a summerize most of them into one post...

I brought Shannon to the Kid Parc for about 3 times in August. Following are some of the photos taken during the outings..

Shannon trying out the new attraction(Flying Saucer) in the parc with Daddy

As the weather was really warm on certain days of the week, we would usually visit our friends who had their swimming pool set up and let the kids enjoyed. Shannon loves swimming so much that she was always the last one to get out of the pool.

Videos on how Shannon trying to swim...