Or as they call it here in France, La Rentree scolaire. After one year of playing around with her online school in Canada, Isabella is back in the real world. In a french school no less. With limited french language skills. We had a tutor the last six weeks who did his very best to get her up to snuff with the basics. We shall see.
I will walk her to school for the first while, I don't mind, it's one of the more scenic walks. The school is located about 1,8km from our house and most of the way is either along the river, or along Grand Rue. Country on one walk, architecture on the other. On my way home was able to take some images inside a Cognac storage, since the doors were wide open and they permitted me to enter.
The schools is France, surprise, surprise, take a two hour lunch break just like the grown ups do. can't train them early enough I guess. Due to Isabella's dietary restrictions we opted against the meal plan and will pack her lunches and snacks. Amazingly enough Madame la Directrice made a few major exceptions for Isabella. Our other option would have been for her to come home for lunch. we play this one by ear, eventually we will look at the lunches offered and pick some each week, if there are GF options.
School starts at 8.25 in the morning and goes till noon, then that two hour lunch break (what are they doing for that long?) and in the afternoon school goes till 5pm. Curriculum seems straight forward, including music and frequent PE.
April will bring the first field trip, a week in a castle in the Loire valley. I am volunteering for that one.....
So, stay tuned for academic progress made. if all fails, we will be looking to you, maybe one of you wants to live in France and teach Isabella.....all the gluten free food you can eat included.....
A SCENIC WALK TO SCHOOL
ABOUT 1,6 KM ALONG THE RIVER
LOOKING BACK TOWARDS JARNAC
MANSIONS ALONG THE CHARENTE
JEAN XXIII, A PRIVATE PUBLIC CATHOLIQUE SCHOOL
MEET AND GREET IN THE COURTYARD
A BIT APPREHENSIVE
90 MINUTE EXPLANATION OF THE CURRICULUM
A COGNAC STORAGE WAREHOUSE
THE NICE MANSION SEEN FROM THE STREET