Pooja’s Kid’s Field Note: Daily Life of an Eight Year Old Living in Paris, France
Although I am grown up, I am still a student! I love to go to school, learn new things and even do my homework! I didn’t always like to do my homework though. I remember my parents and teachers had to ask me to do my homework when I was young. Do you like to study? I bet know your answer, ha ha ha! Well, I interviewed my neighbour, Alwin, to learn about being a kid in Paris. Alwin is eight years old. Are you curious about his lifestyle and routine as a kid? Let’s talk to him!
Right off the bat, Alwin told me what he wants to be when he grows up. His wish is to become an excellent swimmer, like U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps. What would you like to become?
Here are his answers to my questions about his daily life:
What is your house like?
I live in a house of four bedrooms, one grand living room, one storage area and kitchen with a wide courtyard.
What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
For breakfast I have cereal wit milk sometimes, and also I have a ham sandwich with fresh fromager (cheese) and a glass of fresh juice.
What chores you have at home?
I deal with few things. Firstly, I try to complete my homework after coming from school. I do have to attend Tennis Classes three times a week. Moreover, I and my sister try to clean our bedroom and living area before my mom arrives as she works as a teacher.
What jobs do your parents have?
My mother is a school teacher and my father is a doctor by profession.
What time your school starts and what time you go home?
My school timings are from 7 30 a.m. to 12 30 p.m. so I have to leave for my school around 7 00 a.m. and I return from there at 1 15 p.m. as my school is half an hour away from home.
How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to the school by yourself?
Most of the time I and my elder sister walk to the school as it is not very far. Sometimes, my father also drops both of us. Moreover we are allowed to go by our own as my elder sister takes care of me and it is pretty safe to do so.
What do you eat for lunch and where do you eat? What is your favourite food?
Well, we normally have crepe which is like a thinner pancake, baguette with mozzarella cheese and tomato, and also the pasta. My favourite food is Ravioli Pasta which is stuffed with cheese and spinach.
What language do you speak at home? How do you say ‘hello’ in your language?
We speak French language. You can use words bonjour (Bon – joor) or Salut to say hello.
What subjects do you study in school? Which is your favourite one?
I study French, English, Maths, Science, Art and Craft, Physical Education, History and music. I love to learn Maths and Science.
What is your homework like?
In my school, teachers don’t assign much homework from the textbook itself unlike other schools in Paris, as they believe that referring other assessment books is also required to improve our knowledge. You tend to learn some challenging sums and apply that practical knowledge inhe outer world.
What do you like do after school? Do you have any favourite game or sport?
I prefer to complete my homework first after returning from school and I would like either like to play Tanis with my sister or to swim.
Who is your favourite famous person?
Michael Phelps, The American Swimmer and FRANCIS CABREL, a famous French Singer who makes people dance with his rock music.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I like to listen to the Rock music and jazz.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would surely like to visit the United States as I have heard a lot about the cities like New York, Philadelphia and many more. I would also love to visit another beautiful country, India.
What do you know or think about the United States?
I have heard from my family and friends a lot about United States. I know people are very helpful, honest and hardworking. Moreover, it has many beautiful places to visit as well as to live permanently. It houses the chain of many good Universities like Ivy League. I would love to study in one of the US Universities when I would grow up.
What questions do you have for kids in the United States?
I have few questions in my mind.
- Do you all love Paris and would love to visit once?
- Are you all study the same subjects in the school which I do?
- Can I come and stay at your house when I will come to US?