Written by Susan of Wardrobe
I’ve been living in France for two months now and I’ve adjusted to the culture. It is a really good experience for me and it’s fun too. I go to École Jules Ferry, which is located in the Old Town of Agde. I am in fifth grade, which in France is grade CM2. I enjoy school lots.
The first day of school was kind of hard because I didn’t know anybody and it was all in French. I was very nervous and my hands were shaking when I had to write. But I got through it. Mom says it’s good to be challenged so you can grow to be smarter and be a better person. So I have to be courageous when I’m out of my comfort zone. Everybody was really nice to me and made me feel welcome. I made a few friends that day. Their names are: Elodie, Johanna, Mona, Carla, and Anna Lolita. They’re really funny and sweet because they try to talk English to me sometimes which makes us all burst out laughing.
In school I’m learning Geometry, Geography, Math, Science, History, and French grammar. We also learn French songs that were made in the 1950s. We learn English also. I help the teacher sometimes because of my “awesome” accent, as they say it. My favourite subjects are Math and Science. I find that French is easier to learn than some may think. When I hear or read French it comes instantly to my brain, I don’t even have to think about it. Sometimes I even catch myself thinking or counting in French. I think French is beautiful. I hope to be better with my French at the end of the year.
I think that school is neat because you have to write in cursive all the time. The European cursive writing and numbers are written differently than the North American way. Long division is even written a little differently (see picture below). I prefer doing it the North American way because it’s easier for me. But mom says that it is important to learn how to do things differently because there’s never only one way to do things. If we exercise our brains and be open to different ideas, it will help us think more creatively (out-of-the-box) and in some ways make us smarter.
In school we do lots of neat activities. Every Thursday afternoon we have music class. I am learning the Violoncelle (Cello). The École de Musique is only a five minute walk away from school. At school every Tuesday my class and I go to tir à l’arc ( archery). I love archery because I pretend I’m Katniss from the Hunger Games. Mom even braids my hair like Katniss. Next week I’m going to a field trip one hour away from Agde to go to an observatory to learn about astronomy. In the spring my classmates and I are going to learn how to sail a Catamaran in the ocean. I’m excited and I feel really lucky because I don’t get to do any of these things back in Edmonton.
I think this one year in France is going to change my life. It’s a good experience for me and my family.