Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My understanding from a different article is that milk from humans is neither approved nor banned, so it was in the legal grey area.
Here is an older picture of Rowan and one of his new favorite books.
Monday, September 29, 2008
We've started getting ready for #3's arrival. Here's what we've accomplished in the last week:
- figured out how the infant adapter for the stroller works
- found the numbers for the local taxi companies and input them into them into my cell phone
- Figured out what paperwork needs to go the hospital (I think our permits will be good enough to start)
- Ordered replacement parts for the breast pump
- Ordered some sort of German crib that can attach to the bed
- Ordered two suitcases worth of stuff for Emily's mom to bring over this week.
- Almost agreed on a name
- Purchased the Swiss version of a bouncy seat
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Part of my homework assignment for Monday is to be prepared to discuss the article below. I'm a little worried because my memory doesn't work to well in french. The rest of the homework is doing exercises dealing with the subjunctive. I hear it used a lot, but my tutor indicated that almost half of native french speakers don't correctly follow the grammar rules related to the subjunctive.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
We were playing over the internet with Uncle Mike, so there was some family bonding. Rowan was much more talkative than he normally is on the phone, so it was a good experience.
Rowan's skills are improving. I think he completed a quarter lap before Mike an I finished.
Just in case anyone want to play, my friend code is 4081-8234-0723.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I can maybe understand having them on an adult book, but why would anyone think putting them on a book for a toddler is a good idea?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
More details on the game can be found here.
I just checked the FIFA site and 35% of the people who voted indicated that his game was the biggest surprise of the four options.
On a related note, as of right now there are only 635 days 6hours 33 minutes and 8 seconds until the World Cup starts.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
In Morges (Vaud) the cut-off date is June 30th (i.e. they have to have turned 4 before that date in order to enter ecole enfantine that same year). School here normally starts the last week of August. The first two years ("ecole enfantine") are non-obligatory (although this will likely change in the future) and obligatory school - "ecole primaire" - starts when children are 6/7 (i.e. two years later).
In Morges there is flexibility with regards to admission if the child is born between May 1st and August 31st (you can present a request to have your child put 1 year ahead or behind) although rules are likely to become stricter in the future - in fact, this option may already no longer exist (I am not sure). On very rare occasions, children who do extremely well may go on to "proper" primary school after just one year, whilst those who don't do so well may be kept in ecole enfantine for a third
In Morges, the fist two years of ecole enfantine have no real syllabus, and no formal assessments are made. The education of the children seems to be at the discretion of their teacher. They are quite reticent to teach reading & writing skills because, in the light of the small minority of children that do not attend school until it is compulsory, they want to avoid their pupils becoming "ahead" of the peers that will join them later on. However, in the view that in Morges, at least, virtually all children attend the first two non-compulsory years, they do seem to teach these skills.
Children have the same teacher for the two initial years. In Morges (and probably elsewhere) children from the first year share the class with those of the second.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
He can't identify Palin yet, which seems odd because she is on CNN every time I turn the TV on.
Friday, September 5, 2008
My son is in the 1st Klasse of Swiss school. He is learning letter sounds
by cutting out pictures of mouth shapes which represent the sounds. His homework
today consists of two words which are shown as 4 different faces, with different
mouth shapes. He has to draw a picture of the word.He can't figure out one mouth
shape, and I've gone through the letters of the alphabet with him, but we are
still nowhere nearer to working it out. It has a slightly open mouth, showing
the teeth and lines coming out of the nose. I thought it might be n, but he
insists that it isn't.