Cette semaine...looking forward instead of back!

This week 'Cette Semaine' is a little different as we are linking up with The Move to America's Monday Morning Coffee Social and looking forward to the week ahead instead of looking back! Last week it was my birthday and I always like to think about the year ahead and what I would like to achieve. It's strange to think that this time last year we were finalising plans for our move to France, and now here I am celebrating a birthday in Parisot for the first (and hopefully not last!) time.

So what do we have planned for the week ahead?

This week I will be writing and taking pictures for the first post of our '12 Day of Christmas' project. With December making its appearance at the end of this week it's time to step up a gear with all things Christmassy! Christmas is taking such a long time to appear in our corner of France (or maybe I just need to get out the village a bit more?!) but as soon as December hits on Sunday you'll know it's Christmas in our house!

Last week I taught my first piano lesson to a child at Reuben's school. The girl really enjoyed the class and I have decided to expand our Mini Musique idea with piano and recorder lessons for primary aged children (5-11 years.) Music lessons for kids shouldn't be a chore and I've found this great piano series that introduces children to playing in a way that keeps them engaged and encourages fun! This week I will be making adverts and getting the word out there.

It's your last chance to vote for our picture in the World Cup for Kids photo contest hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs. The winning picture will be used as the logo for the series that they will run during the World Cup next year. We chose this great picture and you can vote for us here. Closing date is 30th November so cast your votes now!

The first Christmas market (that we know of) is being held in St Antonin this Saturday and we're hoping to get our Christmas tree at the weekend. We've seen fake Christmas trees in the supermarkets but we'll be on the look out for a real one. I am going Christmas wreath making on Friday at Le Jardin de la Mothe which I am really looking forward to!

I have planned a 'food' themed session for my English class in Cahors on Wednesday. I've been printing out flashcards and pretend money for a role play game. I will be setting up a shop in the classroom and getting the French kids to practise their English by going to buy pretend food from the shop. Activity Village has been a great site for activity ideas and free printables to use with the kids.

We have decided to really make an effort with learning French this week. It is amazing how little French we have spoken since we arrived and the time has come to do something about it. We will be uploading the Michel Thomas CD's onto the iPod and plugging in the headphones during Jacob's naptime.

What do you have planned for the week ahead?

Becky x


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  1. The Michel Thomas CDs are excellent, I started learning German that way, until we discovered our stay in Germany was not going to be anywhere near as long as we thought! And I envy y! I think I shall teach myself for that price!

  2. Belated happy birthday and hope you enjoy your first Christmas in France! Ours had waist deep snow and we still had no central heating, so it was quite interesting! Enjoying your blog, and bon courage!


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