And finally the day came: for the first time of the year, the kids are finally waiting for the bus to take them to school! The bus monitor is wearing a mask as well, like all the other kids and the driver, and she religiously washes my children hands. Set for the day ! Of course I am having mixed feelings, but they are so … Continue reading Deconfined in Hanoi : back to school !
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My son came home today with a giant piece of paper with his name written in the middle, surrounded by several incredibly kind words and phrases that his friends had used to describe him. He was beaming with pride when he showed me. It was, by far, his proudest moment in school to date. To be recognized… Continue reading Reblog Wed: On valuing our children in the classroom too
J-1 Holidays are looming !!! Tomorrow is Graduation Day in the Philippines: Kids have been rehearsing for weeks and it will be a very big day for them (and their proud parents). Filipino are taking this event hyper seriously, much more than us European. I actually never heard about a “Graduation ceremony” for children before coming to Cebu. Ms Attila is required to wear a long white dress, … Continue reading Why Bantayan new schools are more than buildings
Would you let your 6 year old kid travel all alone in the largest city of your country? If you had the time, the money and even the car, would you still have the heart to let your most precious belonging spend hours commuting in subways, buses and cross the streets all by herself? Japanese parents do!!! When I told a Japanese friend about … Continue reading Education: 3 inspiring practices to steal from the Japanese
I never watch fashion shows. I hate the mere idea of exhibiting my kids on stage in front of foreigners. I am not a fashionista at all and I ll never be.Yet I let my kids walk on the runway, and it has been a great experience! They perform in a safe environment I let them perform at school and at school only. “Performing on stage” … Continue reading 5 reasons why I eventually let my children become “top models”
My first reaction was typically French. I couldn’t help the loud “pfffffttttt“followed by a long “tssssttt” when my daughter asked me if she could join this new afternoon enrichment class that promises “Stage fright will not be a hindrance anymore! Let your child be “camera shy” no more!” – Sûrement pas ! in Europe, we actually love camera shy children. You are not even 5, forget … Continue reading How a bunch of Filipino toddlers is slowly convincing me to let my own kids perform on stage
My kids are Jewish by their Mum and Protestant by their Dad. Mr Attila was born in a Buddhist country and his sister in a totally secular one. We worked in Muslim and Hindu places and we are currently living on a Catholic island. How could we possibly educate our children in a single religion? if there is one thing I learnt from all those years working in … Continue reading My problem with the Filipino teaching
After 95 days of holidays, the Attilas are finally on their way back to school !!! This year will be a bit special, as Mr Attila senior’s job is taking him out of Cebu, full time. At least it is “only” 6h away from us, so we will adapt and do “flexischooling“: 60% of school, 40% of homeschooling when we’ll visit him. I’ve been tossing with the idea … Continue reading Back to school tomorrow !
Yes! We made it to preschool today with no cry, nah, not even a tiny tear! and I did not sneak into the classroom, nor put my ear to the door, Bravo Myself! That’s what I got when I asked Mr Attila how it feels to sit still for a minute. The whole sequence lasted 21 sec’: a record! Learning in progress… After all, this school thing might … Continue reading Glad we went! Glad we are back!
The Attilas have been on (official) holidays since late February. Summer Class will start on May 5th, but I am not sure I am ready yet. I know how next Monday morning will sound : Me, squatting down and looking at Mr Attila in the eye: “I really need to go to work today“, and repeating for the 100th time “there will be no crying … Continue reading One more week before Summer Class