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On my first day at my new school, not only did I meet my new teacher, Monique, and all my new friends but I also learned a poem.  I miss summer vacations but I'm so happy to be learning new things at school...

“Je voulais dans mon cartable” de Pierre RUAUD

Je voulais dans mon cartable
Emporter mes châteaux de sable,
Mon cerf-volant, des coquillages
Et le portique de la plage.

Maman m’a dit :”
Ce n’est pas permis
Et puis tout ça
Ça ne rentre pas !”

Alors j’ai pris un beau stylo,
Pour le goûter quelques gâteaux
Et que des choses raisonnables.
Plus trois petits grains de sable !

Translation:

Je voulais dans mon cartable
I wanted in my schoolbag

Emporter mes châteaux de sable,
To take my sand castles,

Mon cerf-volant, des coquillages
My flying kite, some seashells,

Et le portique de la plage.
And the beach’s swing set

Maman m’a dit :
Mom told me:

“Ce n’est pas permis
“It’s not allowed

Et puis tout ça
And all this

Ça ne rentre pas !”
It won’t fit! “

Alors j’ai pris un beau stylo,
So I took a nice pen,

Pour le goûter, quelques gâteaux
For my afternoon snack, some cookies

Et que des choses raisonnables.
And only reasonable things.

Plus trois petits grains de sable !
Plus three little grains of sand! 

Bisous! :-)

More on this topic:

The French School System ≠ American + Age reference

– My thoughts, switching from an American to a French pre-school system

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