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Schultüte and THE Day Has Arrived!!

It's hard to believe that Joseph is not a kindergartner anymore!!

In this picture he's on his way to school, carrying a huge schultüte, a cone-shaped goody bag given to kids in Germany on their first day of elementary school. It's nice that his French school follows this sweet tradition as well.

"In Germany, the first day of school has long been acknowledged as a special occasion with customs that have been documented back to the middle ages. Depending on the region, it may have taken the form of a special church service, at the conclusion of which the children may have been led in a procession to the school, or they were presented with cookies that had been baked in the shape of letters or the pieces of slate that, until well into the middle of the last century, where used for the first tentative tries at writing legible letters and numbers.

The custom of the "Schultuete" proper goes back to about 1810, to Saxony and Thuringia at Germany's easternmost borders, where sweets were given to the children on this day. The first documented report of the cone-shaped Schultuete proper comes from the city of Jena in 1817, closely followed by reports from Dresden (1820) and Leipzig (1836). It started in the bigger cities but spread quickly to the small towns and villages, soon becoming an institution all over Germany.

The custom that started in Saxony and Thuringia, but which was not adopted in other parts of the country, was that the chlidren were not given their Schultuete directly. Marked with the students' names, they were taken to the school by parents or godparens and in a habit reminiscent of the Mexican pinata, hung on a metal "Schultueten-Baum" (Schoolcone tree) from which each child had to pick their cone. Without breaking them, of course."

source: http://fanzone50.com/Oberstein/schultueteHistory.html


Presents inside Joseph's tüte

Kids begin to work on day 1

Joseph's  l'ecole elementaire years will also mean an intensive French-German immersion for me, since I have to help him to do his school tasks. I cannot believe that THE day to assist my son in those two languages has arrived.

On the second day of school, the French teacher already asked kids to memorize a French poem written by Sylvie Poillevé. Parents are expected to help their kids at home. The poem is about getting ready to school in the morning.

I helped him by reading the poem (he doesn't read French yet), he then repeated each sentence after me and at the same time corrected my pronunciation or, if I asked,  gave me the Indonesian translation of  a word. When I already knew the meaning of a sentence, I would directly explain to him in Indonesian the logic of the sentence to make it easy for him. (Unfortunately the part where we were translating for each other was not caught by the camera). We kept on conversing in Indonesian between the poem.  

How bizarre! Joseph memorized his little poem with a help from someone who spoke broken French and the explanation was conducted in Indonesian.  He was also becoming my French teacher by improving my pronunciations and vocabularies.

I guess having a kid at school brings our family to another level of raising multilingual kids, where things might become more complex. In the coming days there will be more homework to finish, not only in French but also in German. I guess exciting yet challenging days are waiting ahead.


( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
wow. Congrats to Joseph for his first day at elementary school.

I wish they had the same goody bag on the first day of university :D

speaking about French, I am planning to learn it again, on my own this time. I reckon I could do it by using CDs and online sites since I pretty much know how the rules / pronunciation are. (I took French course up to Advance 1 in CCF back in Surabaya)
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
oops. Its me who left the above comment

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hi Va ....haaaa I guess you will learn Norwegian language now ... hehehhe.
Thank you .. Joseph is happy to be a 'big' kid.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
What a nice first day of school goodies...:):)
And wowwww....I couldn't believe how big Joseph is now. When I look at the small picture at your post (before I clicked it), I thought Louise is Joseph and wondering who the big guy beside her. Just when I clicked the picture and got the whole post, I saw Joseph !!! Oh my...time flies !
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oopss...that's me, Iin...:) I don't know why it came out 'anonymous'
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hahah kids grow up fast ya In ... tau2 nanti Reina udah dilamar orang hiiiiiiiii cepet amaaat.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
first graders
cute pic! so our sons are both in first grade. was he born in 2002? on the night of parents' open house, my son's first grade teacher told us that a first grader's brain is like a sponge. it's a stage where these kids learn and absorb so much, it's amazing to see the process.
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: first graders
Joseph was born in Nov 2003. Agreed ... they absorb everything and like to act like sponge bob as well!! LOL.
Sep. 4th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Congratulations!! I'd also love to have "WallE" and RitterSport;-)
I dont't think it matters that you speak opnly broken French, as you can still help your son with reading and providing him a system (and discipline ;-)
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, midollo, it doesn't matter how broken I speak .. my son now reads French and German, that's what matters :D.
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
I did the tradition of the school cones in my classroom in China....I teach at an international school in Wuhan and I had a German student whose mother wanted to organise it... it was SO much fun and it got the kids really really excited for the first day of school. Plus, it let me and my parents interact in a way that was relaxed and we could celebrate the milestone together!
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
How wonderful! The most beautiful thing is to keep one's tradition although he/she lives faraway! It must be very interesting for you to teach at an international school ..
Sep. 5th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
goodienya asyik banget. beneran big thing, bukan cuma little things of nothing kaya di sini :)
Lu udah gede bener ya, San.. dan tambah mirip aja sama abangnya.
Interesting banget liat kalian saling translate ngapalin sajak ;)
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Si Louise itu udah kayak toddler gajah, Cin... dia tiba2 'meledug' jadi tinggi besar begitu ..
Sep. 25th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
iya lho.. di kepala gua masih bayi Lu. Sekarang udah gede bener... bentar lagi jd gadis deh :)
Sep. 5th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
Aww, it's so sweet of him to be able to receive such GIGANTIC present :) Congrats to him on his first day!

And also, good luck on teaching him~
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Safira! The teaching is going smoothly.. at least so far heheh.
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Congratulation Jo !!
Ein Schulkind ist unterwegs .. woowww Glueckwunsch !! Und success San, Schultuete is indeed a sweet tradition ... we loved it as well.

regards, Anky

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulation Jo !!
Danke, mbak Anky. Anak SD banyak PRnya yeh hehehe
Sep. 8th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
hore.... Jo masuk sd!
selamat ya Jo... udah gede... malah kelihatan lebih 'dewasa' ketimbang pas aku kesitu (padahal baru 2 bulan lalu!).

exciting to hear more stories about multilingual school kids!
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: hore.... Jo masuk sd!
Hai teh M! Glad you came the other day!!
Sep. 17th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Selamat ya!!! Hebat banget sih bisa ganti bahasa dalam satu percakapan seperti ganti kopling! Salut San! :) All the best for the first grader (and the mum)!

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ini karena kebiasaan aja kali, Katz ...
thank you :D
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
cakep cakep San accent perancisnya. r nya udah cadel :-)
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: cakep
Huah .. itu Liz waktu gw nonton clipnya lagi, baru ngeh gw bahwa Rnya si JOseph itu kereng dan medog bener yak hahahha... sementara R gw nyaris ngga kedengeran hahaha
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