tger greenhaddock: There's a new school in town

Thursday, April 06, 2006

There's a new school in town

The Juniorette has decided to start an English course for children. Together with a friend she put up a notice at school announcing the course earlier this week. Later the same day we starting getting phone calls and the six places she had allocated for the course were soon filled. The Juniorette is taking this serious and sees it as a fun thing to do that will help her friends. Admirable stuff. Some parents who rang to find out about the course were also taking it serious but it another way. They wanted to know if course books were going to be provided. I can not believe this. We are talking about a 7 year old wanting to help her friends learn English, not a professional course……..ah well, that’s Germans for you.

As an experiment I planted out some Zucchini seedlings a few days ago to see if they would survive a frost. I can report that they didn’t. I guess I will have to wait until May to repeat the exercise, but hopefully with no frosts.

The missing parts for the new shower finally arrived, and the work was completed earlier today. Alas, a cover for one of the screws was missing which we didn’t notice until after the workmen had left. We informed the company concerned who didn’t sound too impressed. They’ll be even less impressed when we withhold payment until the missing screw cover is fitted. Now that’s my idea of customer service!

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Blogger Rory Shock said...

the school ... that is awesome Haddock ... my son was friends with children of a German woman during his early years ... they were fluent in German tho' living here and she gave lessons ... not exactly the same, but he really learned German quite well ... I think your daughter's school is great ... she sounds brilliant ...

April 06, 2006 1:11 AM  
Anonymous lillian said...

lol go Juniorette!

April 06, 2006 3:02 AM  
Blogger J said...

I like Juniorette more and more with every post. I think it's great that she wants to help her friends like that. They can play English games, etc. I second Lillian, go Juniorette!

As far as the course book things go, sure. I could see Juniorette teaching Present Perfect/Past Simple. Not!

April 06, 2006 4:20 AM  
Anonymous Franzie said...

Yes, go Juniorette!!
It really sounds like you've got a very smart one there, not only is she analytical (remembering your matrix post) but already starting a business at the age of 7. She'll get very far in life.

April 06, 2006 5:15 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Rory - Thanks for the kind words. We think she's great too :)

Lillian - Thanks for the encouragement :)

J - She plans to teach them numbers, colours, simple sentances, songs and nursery rhymes :)

Franzie - I plan for her to keep me in my dotage (not really!) :)
Last summer she sold fruit and old toys from outside our house to make a bit of pocket money :)

April 06, 2006 6:25 AM  
Blogger Léons Life said...

I am really impressed and want to adopt you daughter. Leon is the same age and there is no way he would have thought of doing this.

As far as the other parents are concerned we have had the same type of remarks. People really want their children to speak English, they are so serious. I've had remarks like Oh this will really help him in later life,get a good job etc ... I tell them: Well if didn't speak English when he is with his granny he wouldn't get feed as she speak no French, it's nothing to do with how it will help him in xx number of years.

I do admit he will have a great advantage over his friends, but that's not the reason he speaks English. He speaks English because it's 50% of his heritage.

April 06, 2006 11:25 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow. Awesome child you have there, Haddock. But I expect you knew that already. ;)

April 06, 2006 11:26 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

How wonderful of your daughter to teach english to her friends! That is soooo sweet, but do you mean to tell me that book will NOT be provided in this course? hehehehe.

I feel your pain about the contractors. Ours have only been here a few days, but they have been long ones.


April 06, 2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

LOL…Haddock! What NO BOOKS? Great story.

My kids would be at a slight disadvantage though. When they first started their English classes, they came home correcting my English. “Pop, the teacher says this or that.” Then one of them got dinged for spelling and I promptly went into the teacher and explained the difference between a tire, and a tyre.

With the exception of one hard nut, most of their English teacher accommodated my kid’s American “handicap.”

Gee, do we white Anglo Americans really have the right to criticize African-American Ebonics?

April 06, 2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger The Capgras Delusion said...

Fight that shower company man!
I just wish I could withold my taxes until Tony Blair did what I wanted him to do: i.e. jump off a cliff wearing a lead parachute. Alas, I can't see it happening anytime soon.

April 06, 2006 1:36 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

that's a very cool thing to do for her friends. I'm sure they have fun but yeah that cracks me up the parents wanted to know if there were books. You should have told them yeah for $$$

April 06, 2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

You must be very proud of her. That's a great thing to do. But the parent? I can't understand that. What do they expect? Naja.

You might have heard: we got snow! My poor oleander is now covered upin an old table cloth. Hope it makes it :-/

April 06, 2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Hey, maybe the juniorette can come over and give me german lessons!

April 06, 2006 10:50 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

She's a clever young lady! Yay for her wanting to help her friends!

April 06, 2006 11:18 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Wow, a young entrepreneur! That's hilarious that the parents are asking about books. I suppose they'll want a certificate at the end as well with Juniorette's signature on it.

My kids are always getting emergency "help me with my English homework" phone calls, but I don't think it ever occured to them to start a class.

April 07, 2006 12:04 AM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

Teaching English to a woman I met in Berlin,has given me a sister and best friend for life. You never know when sharing yourself with others will give you back an unexpected surprise!

April 07, 2006 2:03 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Leons Life - Speaking English because of heritage and necessity is probably the best motivator! :)

Lisa - Yep, we know that :)

Cynthia - Hope all goes well with your contractors :)

Just another - I'm wondereing if I will ever have to correct an English Teacher at school! :)
I would comment on the African-American Ebonic thing, but I heve no idea what it means! :)

Capgas - We will fight them on the beaches etc :) It will be our finest hour! :)

Expat - Yeah you're right, we should have charge them! :)

Canadianswiss - Snow again! - hope the Oleander makes it! :)

Eurotrippen - We'll send her right over! :)

Dixie - The Juniorette has a heart of gold. She really likes helping people :)

Christina - LOL!...a certificate signed by the Juniorette, what a funny and excellent idea! :)

Maribeth - Thanks for stopping by. Sharing and helping are what really makes the world work :)

April 07, 2006 8:09 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

We are looking for someone to take some "Nachhilfe" groups. We don't provide health care, but we do provide coffee and cake.

April 07, 2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger J said...

LOL @ Christina! I think the students ought to be provided with a certificate signed by Juniorette! What a fantastic idea!

April 07, 2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Claire - Coffee & Cake is always good :)

J - The certificate idea is a cracker! :)

April 12, 2006 10:41 AM  

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