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Meet Les Hérissons

My two youngest girls brought home these adorable hedgehogs from their school. We have decided to allow Les Hérissons (The Hedgehogs) to stay since they don’t eat much or require much cleaning up after.

I have no idea what herb or plant the hedgehogs are made from.  The girls told me that their teacher said it is edible but I can’t use it until I know WHAT it is.  :)

Anyone out there have any guesses or know?

Les Hérissons - The Hedgehogs

We have a meeting with the teachers tonight. Our girls are in the same class and have two teachers who each work part-time alternating days off.  I hope all is going well. My six year doesn’t seem to be shy at school any longer. I am not sure about my five year old. I think she is still coming out of it but doing better. In one year’s time they have changed so much.

Le Hérisson

My six year old will start l’école primaire (elementary school) next year while my five year old will move up to the second year of l’école enfantine (kindergarten).

Le Hérisson

My son’s 4th birthday is at the end of June which means he missed the cutoff to start school this coming fall. The cutoff is for all children that are four at the end of May.  I really think it is best that he have another year to develop.  He is only now beginning to talk (French or English) somewhat well.  He is behind in language development compared to his sisters.  I don’t know if it is because of his chatty sisters who never let him get a word in edgewise, because he is the youngest or because he is a boy. Perhaps, it is simply his personality?

No matter, I am sure he will be fine. I will go further in stating that his maturing another year will only help him do better in school which is all that matters.

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  • expatraveler June 4, 2009, 2:41 pm

    Those hedgehogs are so cute! Tell your girls I love them and what great jobs they did! That’s great about the girls and school. I’m sure you’ll have another report coming. I am a little puzzled that your girls get school as I thought that sometimes the kids just aren’t allowed to start school until 6. Maybe this is a German canton thing?

    As for your son, I would not worry or explain. My brother stayed back 1 year, was twice as big as everyone and did great. It worked out better for him in the end.. :)

    And yet I still miss Switzerland daily… As usual. Smiles…

    • Pumpkin June 4, 2009, 3:46 pm

      I think that it does depend on the canton whether or not there is a one year or two year kindergarten. Ours is for two years. Here in the Jura kids can start kindergarten when they are four as long as they are four by the end of May which my son missed.

      Today is so nice outside. Not hot but not really cold either.

  • might i add...? June 4, 2009, 3:39 pm

    The plants look like alfalfa sprouts to me. They are very easy to grow. In the winter, it’s an easy way to get fresh greens in your diet.

    I’m so glad to hear that things are going better! Your photos are beautiful, as always, and I appreciate being able to see a piece of life there!

    I’ve heard that boys are often slower to develop than girls at that age, and also that the younger children often don’t get to talk as much! On the positive side, they get lots of auditory input, so their language skills are often there, just the production can be slow. If he understands what other people are saying, usually that’s a great sign.

    And the hedgehogs are adorable! what are they made of (the bodies)?

    • Pumpkin June 4, 2009, 3:52 pm

      I think you are right about them being alfalfa sprouts after looking at some google images. It is good to know!

      The hedgehogs are made with a thin stretchy material in the shape of a potato. I am pretty sure it is filled with sand or a sandy type of dirt.

      They are so adorable!

      My son does understand everything so I think you are right that he is slow on the production side of language. Although he is starting to talk more and more. :)

  • christina June 4, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Adorable hedgehogs. I never knew what they were called in French.

    But that’s not alfalfa sprouts, it’s cress (not be be confused with watercress) and is definitely edible. It’s very spicy, sort of a cross between radishes and mustard, and is delicous sprinkled on a piece of bread spread with butter or plain cream cheese. They sell little boxes of it in the supermarkets in Germany and people just cut off what they need down close to the little roots. It’s really fun for the kids to grow at home too if you can find the seeds because it sprouts in only a few days on a piece of cotton wool or cloth if you keep it damp.

    • Pumpkin June 4, 2009, 7:19 pm

      Hi, Christina!

      I checked on wikipedia to see what cress is in French. It is cresson. I checked with my girls if it is cresson and both girls said yes. They, also, told me that their teacher told them that it is eaten on bread with butter. I like your idea of cream cheese but I love anything with cream cheese. :)

      Mystery solved! And, now I know what to do with it!!!

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