Saturday, January 5, 2008

Ready, Set, Go!

This is something I made last year after having caught my kids in shocking stages of unreadiness one too many times. It was posted on the back of the front door. At the time, neither girl could read, hence the colour code and accompanying hieroglyphics. I attribute the basic premise to my favourite parenting book of all time, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. They recommend writing notes to kids to engage cooperation. The design, however, is all my own--and it worked!

Here's a bit of translation, in case you are curious (we franglais a lot):

Franglais - when you mix French and English in the same sentence. It sounds a bit pretentious but we can't help it. You try living somewhere that speaks another language and see what happens to your mother tongue.
Gouter (goo-TAY) - a snack
Tresor (tre-ZOR)- literally, a treasure, but here it means an item for show-and-tell
Four (foor) - this is probably spelled wrong but it's a plasticized folder the school uses to send information home to the parents. Very useful.

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