This week signs the end of the school year for Lise. What an amazing year for her! I cannot believe how much she improved and grew. Last year, she was my two-year-old baby and this year, she is my three-year-old big girl.
When we arrived in Toledo in April 2015, the first thing we did was to look for a school for Lise (before even looking for a house). It was crucial for us that she benefited from her experience in the US, made friends and learnt English. We agreed that we would speak French at home and she would learn English at school. Even if our English is good enough, we definitively don’t have (and will never have) the correct accent and the right tone. We did not look for an international school but for a regular American school with only American teachers and students. The goal was to integrate Lise as soon as possible.
We found the perfect school for her with some great teachers who made the transition very easy. The first couple of months must have been frustrating for Lise not understanding the rules or the other kids willing to play with her. But she learnt very quickly and is now fully integrated to her class and has great friends. How thankful we are for the patience that her teachers showed! It is amazing to hear Lise speaking English with a perfect accent. She can switch from English to French and understand perfectly both languages. It is funny to hear her voice changing when using English. Her “come here” and “that’s not OK mama” are the cutest. This year was a turning point for Lise. She not only learnt English but she also developed her creativity, independency and problem solving. She went from scribbling to drawing, from being dressed up to dressing up by herself, from using diapers to wearing panties.
As I said, within a year she became my big girl and you know the saying: “little kid, little problems, big kid, big problems”. She is now a toddler… a real toddler and she develops many other skills. Like how to throw a tantrum in the middle of Kroger or how to test us until we reach our breaking point (this is an entire subject for a future post).
I often complain about how conservative Toledo is and how the way of living is different from what we were used to. However, at the end of the day I am thankful to see Lise being so confortable and so happy in her new environment.
Lise's present for her teachers
A nice customized bottle of wine
Here, it is all about food, children and me.
Claire, mom of two adorable girls. Montessori believer.
A few pounds overweighted and a few inches too short. Sometimes too French for Americans and most of the time too American for French people. Rarely down to earth but often out of my mind.