Here is a list of things I've learned in Suzanne's first year at school:
- It is much easier to make friends with French women when you have kids.
- French birthday party etiquette is a key to your kid's social success.
- More French doesn't necessarily impede learning more English. Getting stronger in French has actually helped bring Suzanne's English up a notch.
- dégoulasse is a bad word (I learned this after 13 years in France. You think someone could have corrected me sooner!)
- There is a plethora of candy at école maternelle
- Spending all day in the majority language has made both me and Suzanne better appreciate the special moments in the minority language.
- It is possible to bring English into the classroom but you have to be persistant and willing to adapt.
- When you get reprimanded by a resentful, bitter, holier-than-thou school principal, it is best to hold your tongue and walk away. *
- Kids think it's cool and kind of funny when a parent speaks a foreign language around them.
- French kids don't like frosting.
* The principal reprimanded me on 2 occassions for no fault of mine, I just happened to be there at the wrong time. He appologized once. Apparently he's great with the kids, but has a lot to learn about relations with the parents.