The kids started school last week at a sweet Montessori school a few blocks from our apartment. We had been interested in Montessori methods before, but could not have both French immersion and Montessori in Berkeley. After seeing the careful way that the school integrated the kids and the responsiveness of the teachers so far, we’re feeling very lucky to have this school’s help in the “installation” of our family here in Paris.
Throughout Paris, the words “La Rentrée” appear as often as the phrase “Back to School” appears in the United States. We went to a few places to retrieve all of the school supplies required–stylos, gommes, colles. The “cahiers” had a different kind of line lay-out, but the more unusual needs included a fountain pen, packages of napkins, and Gisswein slippers that the children wear in class instead of shoes everyday.