Sunday, May 29, 2016

The word of the day

At standard one, she has peer pressure, from her classmates.

At the beginning of the school year, she cried in the evenings because she didn't want to do homeworks. Now she is getting used to it, but there is a new challenge : the word of the day.

Her teacher gives the definition of a word, and she is supposed to find the word with the help of her parents, write it down on a paper, and bring it to school the next day. If she gets it correctly, her name would appear on a paper that lists the words of the week, and she gets one  point.

One day she got home and started crying. She forgot the definition of the word. She was so sad that she was moody for the whole evening, saying that her best friend is going to win again, that this friend has already 22 points, the other guy has 8 points, and she has only 3 points.

It is true, at the beginning, she went blank when we asked her what was the word of the day. It is rare that she could remember. But little by little, she got the pressure, and wants to see her name appear on the list. It would go like this : Aelig thought us that "brebis" means... She is thrilled when she sees her name.

I have to admit, I could never help her because I have no clue of the words she has to guess. If she ever remembers the definition, she has only hubby to depend on. For example, one day I picked her up, she ran to me excitely asking what is "le monde v"??? I had no idea what she was talking about. But hubby immediately got it : "le monde végétal" (the vegetal world). The other day she told me in the car the definition, when we got home we both forgot about it. I'm just not good enough in French to even remember the description.

With the help of hubby, she got 6 points, she was very proud. However, she has loosen up a bit. Now if she forgets she is not that upset anymore.

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't have guessed either! French schools can really pressure young kids. It's good in a way to get a proper academic education, but it's also fine to just step back and explain kids that it's not the end of the world to forget things!

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