Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gabi interview

I interviewed Gabi, (almost 10 years old) about going to France.

Are you excited to spend a year in France?
Yes. But I am nervous about my grades and I am worried I will miss my friends, especially Georgia.

What are you looking forward to in France?
I want to visit the Eiffel Tower and I want to see the Louvre, the biggest museum in France. I want to explore the house we are renting.

What do you think the first day will be like in school when everyone speaks a different language?
Oh wow. I will go up to my principal, who speaks English, and ask her to explain my homework. I might do that or I might be too nervous to do that.

Do you think you will have a hard time talking to the other students?
Why not?
Because mom always says that I talk a lot. It will just be in a different language. It depends which day of school it is.
What does that mean?
If it is the first day it will be difficult, but if it is May 2, then it will be easier.
Any more questions?
No, Gabi, this is quite enough. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Plan

The plan is to live in France from September, 2010 through June, 2011, so the kids can go to school in France. My mom and I rented a house on the outskirts of Fontenay le Comte. Fontenay le Comte is about 30ish miles from the town of La Rochelle, a resort town on the Atlantic Ocean. We aren't far from the Loire Valley.
The kids will attend the French public schools within walking distance from the house.
Our oldest daughter, Katie, age 11, will attend middle school. (She loves that the middle school is called college.)
Gabi, age 10, and Joey, age 7, will attend elementary school.
Ellie, age 5, will attend maternelle, similiar to our preschool. In France children from age 2-5 attend maternelle. Luckily for Ellie, her maternelle is attached to the elementary school. She is excited to go off to school every day with her older siblings.
I love that I will be walking the kids to school. In Michigan we live too far from town to walk so the kids ride the bus. I hope I still like walking the kids to school at the end of the year.
So, for 10 months, my mom and I are going to live in a house in France with the kids while my husband stays back in the States and works. Isn't he a good sport? He will visit periodically through the year.
So this is the big overall plan. What is left to plan are the smaller details, like figuring out what we are going to do about a car.
A bientot!