The other day, Griffin came home from school with a little project he had made. Well, actually, like almost all the other French projects, his teachers mostly made it and he just glued. It was a little ABC book with photos for each letter. Cute right?
But you know you are in France when you see some of the photos.
A: Annulaire (ring finger)
B: Bouche (mouth)
C: Coude (elbow)
D: Dos (back)
F: Fesses (that would be butt)
G: Genou (knee)
H: Hanche (hip)
I: Iris (iris)
K: Kilos (kilograms)
L: Langue (tongue)
M: Main (hand)
O: Oreille (ear)
P: Pied (foot)
Q: Quenottes (teeth – I always thought it was dentes…)
R: Radius (Radius – the bone in your forearm – a bit esoteric, don’t you think?)
S: Sein (Breast – note the helpful arrow)
V: Visage (face)
W: strangely blank…. guess they couldn’t find a photo…
X: Rayon X (X-Ray)
Z: Zygomatique (zygomatic) Yes I had to look this one up – the zygomatic is a part of the cheekbone. Specifically it is “th e arch of the bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek.” And I thought radius was a bit hard for preschoolers. How this is supposed to be evoked by the smiley face, I have no idea. They had an arrow for breasts – why not this? And hey, whatever happened to good old zoo or zebra folks??? I think they were trying to go for a ‘parts of the body’ theme – but if you ask me Urine, Expressions, Kilo and Rayon X break that pattern anyway….although I suppose they are related to the body, in one way or another.
I hope this post doesn’t make me seem like a prude, because I am so not – and I don’t mind that 4 and 5 year olds are learning these words and seeing these pictures. I just know, without a doubt, if such a list was sent home with a US pre-schooler, it would cause quite a stir!
Viva La France!