Benjamin started 6th grade (6e) this year. That is the first of four years (oh, the horror) of middle school here. He's only got 26 hours of class a week, but the way they made up the schedule, and with swim team practice three days a week, he's out of the house between 7:30 am and 6:30 pm. By the weekend, he's exhausted! His schedule is different every single day, and he has subjects as varied as English, German, math, life and earth science, physics and chemistry, art, and music.
Noah started 4th grade (CM1) this year, and is finally in school in our village, which is a 4th/5th grade (CM1/CM2) class. He has a new teacher this year, who is a breath of fresh air in the French school system as he believes in kids actually learning rather than just spitting out facts for tests. They're doing golf in gym class, thanks to a village inhabitant loaning them her yard. In the springtime, their gym class will be bike rides!