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Some children embody Zen. Others are Commando kids, taking your household by storm. Armed with toys.. of mass destruction, they challenge their parents' authority and sanity. This blog is a guide.. for them to do as much as they can, as often as they can

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Weekly tips and resources, observations, and camaraderie from a fellow francophile and student of.. French.

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  • For the harried housemaker in us all...
    on Oct 28, 2010
    Go here, to Commandomom.net, for the newest blog posts and more to come...
  • <I>Non means no!</I>
    on Oct 16, 2010
    My son started kindergarten at a French Immersion school recently, and has been reluctant to speak, though I know he understands at least a little of what is said, and he can devine much more from the context and tone of the teachers. Still, he has n...
  • Questions for the (school) ages*This is a final post to the blog here...the next report will be filed through Commando Mom’s almost-ready website, with links to the archives here.Spokane, a jumping off point for this Commando KidChange gripped Camp Gustafson recently, with a new...
  • Non means no!
    on Oct 15, 2010
    My son started kindergarten at a French Immersion school recently, and has been reluctant to speak, though I know he understands at least a little of what is said, and he can devine much more from the context and tone of the teachers. Still, he has n...
  • Foster French Connections
    on Oct 4, 2010
    A move to a new city--I have recently moved to the Seattle area, myself--can be a lonely effort, or you can view it as a vibrant opportunity to expand your community of friends and acquaintances. It's a matter of choice, and of knowing...
  • Never Let Them See You Move Your MouthFrench pronunciation for American speakers is a challenge. We have our pronounced Rs and twangy consonants, though we let a lot of things slide through our teeth, unlike our English counterparts: we say “twenny” instead of “twenty” for exampl...
  • <I>Never Let Them See You Move Your Mouth</I>French pronunciation for American speakers is a challenge. We have our pronounced Rs and twangy consonants, though we let a lot of things slide through our teeth, unlike our English counterparts: we say “twenny” instead of “twenty” for exampl...
  • La Grammaire est une Chanson DureThere's a book for youths here by Erik Orsenna that I'm slowly reading in my moyenne french, and every time I look at the title a potentially revised title comes to mind. French grammar is certainly douce, and slow to absorb, at least for me. Th...
  • <I>La Grammaire est une Chanson Dure</I>There's a book for youths here by Erik Orsenna that I'm slowly reading in my moyenne french, and every time I look at the title a potentially revised title comes to mind. French grammar is certainly douce, and slow to absorb, at least for me. The...
  • Commando R&RSerious Commando Kids know the value of letting their hair down year round. They can be found running around home base in geometrical configurations, playing imaginary superhero games, and removing all objects from the shelves, following with vigor t...
  • Filling in the Gaps
    on Jul 22, 2010 in chatting in french french grammar
    As much as one can enjoy learning a language over conversations at petits dejeuners, picnics at le Jardin du Luxembourg, and luxurious French diners, soirees never hurt either.But all of that delicious work aside, classes are very useful for filling...
  • L'Homme Qui Pêche
    on Jul 20, 2010
    To take a modern look at Rodin's theme, as seen through my camera lens en marchant around Lac Daumesnil at Bois de Vincennes. The park is full of joggers, walkers and, this morning, this fisherman manning four poles.
  • Photo Du Jour: Metro Music Man, 12ème arr.
    on Jun 29, 2010
    I thought this harp music was a recording--or not really a harp--until I peeked around the corner. We've also been trumpeted on the Metro trains.
  • Photo du Jour, Fête de la Musique
    on Jun 22, 2010
    There was music all over France yesterday to celebrate the solstice, and we caught this delightful accordian orchestra that accompanied my friend's choir at a community center, Le Centre de Maurice Ravel, in the 12ème arrondissment. The ch...
  • Photo du JourThere are many food delights to be enjoyed in France, and most are quite simple, like melon au porto. My friend Danielle's, shown here, is a slight variation to accommodate mon petit. Normally, in summer, one can serve the Porto-- a sweet P...
  • En France, la Fête de la Musique
    on Jun 20, 2010 in language study french language paris
    After several days exploring; conquering finally my son's jet lag--le décalage de horaire--after several VERY early mornings; and finding the necessities--boisson riz et beurre de cacahoutes (rice milk and peanut butter) chez Franprix, and...
  • En France, la <I>Fête de la Musique</I>
    on Jun 20, 2010 in paris french language language study
    After several days exploring; conquering finally my son's jet lag--le décalage de horaire--after several VERY early mornings; and finding the necessities--boisson riz et beurre de cacahoutes (rice milk and peanut butter) chez Franprix, and a few n...
  • Finalement...
    on Jun 16, 2010
    Je suis en France.
  • Prêt pour la voyage?
    on Jun 13, 2010
    Can one be truly entirely ready to embark on a nomadic existence, even a French one, leaving address, work, and country for an experience in France that, while at two months draws sighs from fellow countrymen, will undoubtedly be too impossibly...
  • <I>Prêt pour la voyage?</I>
    on Jun 13, 2010
    Can one be truly entirely ready to embark on a nomadic existence, even a French one, leaving address, work, and country for an experience in France that, while at two months draws sighs from fellow countrymen, will undoubtedly be too impossibly shor...
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