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First day of school in Switzerland

Sweet Bear started school yesterday! She was happy, happy, happy.

Petite Clown wasn’t happy that she isn’t old enough to go to school in Switzerland. She doesn’t understand why she went to school in France and can’t here. The fact that France and Switzerland are two different countries doesn’t mean a whole lot to a three year old. She has been acting out since Sunday because Sweet Bear is going to school and she isn’t. It is hard for her.

The first week Sweet Bear goes only in the afternoons except for Wednesday (school is closed in the afternoons). She is in the groupe chenilles (Caterpillar group). All the other children in her group are starting school for the very first time while it is Sweet Bear’s third year to attend school. She went to school since the age of three in France. The older group of children in her school are called groupe papillons (Butterfly group).

There are 8 children in the Caterpillar group and 11 in the Butterfly group making a grand total of 19 kids in the school. Would you believe that there are two teachers for this small group? Only the Butterfly group goes all day Monday through Friday with Wednesday afternoons off. That is 11 children for two teachers half a day Monday through Friday with Wednesday afternoons off. What a dream job!

Next week, Sweet Bear will begin her normal schedule. The teachers want to keep the two groups separated the first week so that they can learn the personalities of the children better. So, the Butterfly group will only attend school in the mornings this first week with the Caterpillar group in the afternoons. After this week all the kids will be kept together.

We (myself, Petite Clown and Boy Blue) took Sweet Bear to school yesterday by train. After school, she took the bus provided by the school back to the train station in our village where we were waiting for her. She took the bus today to school. It was a real bus and not a mini bus like yesterday. She will ride in both types of buses to and from school. She loves riding the bus like all kids do.

While standing with her in her classroom, yesterday, I looked out the windows. There is a small yard for the children to play in with a fenced in field behind. In the field were three horses and two colts grazing just by the fence. I told her I was jealous. When I went to school we didn’t have horses!

It is a very nice school with three huge rooms two of which are full of activities, toys and games. It is decorated with suns hanging from the ceilings, butterflies and catepillers. There is a small kitchen where the children can cook and bake with the teachers. It is incredible.

She is happy to be back in school. The only problem is that there is only one other girl in her group! She isn’t happy about that. I think the Butterfly group has about four girls. So, I hope she’ll be able find more ‘girl’ friends next week.

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  • Sarah August 25, 2007, 3:30 am

    Sounds like she’s in for a good school year!

  • Pumpkin August 25, 2007, 6:53 am

    She finished her first week yesterday. She loves school. :)

  • expatraveler August 25, 2007, 2:43 pm

    what a beautiful photo pose. I love hearing of the school adventures..

    And I’ve also been through the schools in france when I was taking care of 2 girls… Yes it is very different!

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