Here we are for another mind-numbingly boring (strangely fascinating?) post on the wonderful world of Luxembourg schools. The new school year begins for Luxembourg public schools in two weeks, but I'm attempting a quick catch-up on last year in the meantime.
Another degree of difficulty was added the second semester of 2nd grade, as Daphne began learning French. This was on top of Luxembourgish, German, and continuing her native English at home.
Age 3-4: one year of optional preschool
Speaking: Luxembourgish only
Age 4-6: two years of mandatory "play school" (kindergarten)
Speaking: Luxembourgish only
Reading/Writing: printing the Luxembourgish/German alphabet
Primary School Year One (like US 1st grade)
Speaking: Luxembourgish + German
Primary School Year Two (like US 2nd grade)
Speaking: Luxembourgish + German + French (intro'd 2nd half)
Reading/Writing: German + French (intro'd 2nd half)
And here's what our kids have completed thus far:
James: 1.5 months of preschool, 2 years of play school (completed Cycle 1)
Daphne: 1.5 months of play school, 2 years of primary school (completed Cycle 2)
|She likes to study her French vocabulary words by covering up one side, just like for German|
Perhaps it just seems fun because I'm comparing it to my own French classes (not so fun). But that's a story for another day...
Her textbook was a thin paperback, with a younger, more basic feel than her first German texts.
Initial vocabulary topics include food, clothing, toys, and school items.
|Which toys are feminine and which are masculine? Daphne calls this "doing the der/die/das in French." Crazy, right?|
|cats and mice are a theme|
|tra la la|
|days of the week|
|She especially liked this little rhyme because she's been to Colmar!|
Throw in some preposition work and they're getting close to full sentences....
|on, in, under, behind, etc.|
|Making sentences with "c'est" isn't too difficult. It's remembering to pronounce it "say" not "sest" that's tricky when you've been learning to read in German and English!|
|unscramble (aka thank goodness for pictures)|
Anyway, so far so good for Daphne in French, but we'll see how things go this year when the pace picks up. As it turns out, all of Daphne's classmates already understood and/or spoke some French before they began officially learning it in school this year. French is the most commonly spoken language in the city, particularly among foreigners (which most of Daphne's classmates are!). This does make me wonder if all this "kiddy French" is a bit boring for the rest of the kids. Still, if there's one thing Luxembourg schools do well, it's teach multiple languages to multiple nationalities. So we'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
In theory, I can actually help my daughter with French. But we all know the way these things go; it won't be long before she surpasses me. Ah, to be eight years old again. Can't I just go to her class???
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