Going to public school in France was much different than the private Christian school I had just come from in California.
Things I remember from elementary school:
- Getting a 90 minute lunch and helping with the cafeteria dishes
- Reciting poems in front of the class on Fridays
- Very little positive reinforcement but lots of threats of punishment
- Strict teachers
- Mastering Chinese Jump Rope at recess
- French cursive - yes it is actually different!
- Ending the school day between 4:30 and 5:00 PM
- Working in both ballpoint and fountain pens (pencils only for geometry)
- No spelling tests, but paragraph long dictations
- My nickname: "L'Americaine"
This became the new normal for me. After a while I didn't realize how different it all was until we went back to the States for a year when I was in sixth grade.
I made lots of little friends as a child. My parents say that the connections they made with other parents on our play dates were instrumental in sharing the gospel over there. I had no idea.... I was just having a grand ol' time!