1) Meeting and talking to other future assistants on Facebook and assistantsinfrance.com; seems everyone is equally excited and terrified, but really nice to be able to 'meet' people before we get out there. Some people have booked flights already- haven't even thought about that! 1 way ticket to France...woah, scary!
2) Thinking about resources to take out with me, list so far is as follows (mostly on the advise of past/current assistants)-
CDs of childrens songs and traditional songs
Photos of home/family/friends (must remember to take some of Oxford before I leave)
Maps and postcards
Stickers and pennys (for prizes!)
Cadburys chocolate (?!)
Games (not sure what I'll be able to carry over really...)
Some photocopies from ESL books/jolly phonics
Microsoft word media extras CD for the clipart!
And possibly things such as markers/chalk/sacks to throw/dice/eggtimers, but hopefully I'll be able to get the school to pay for these types of things when I get there.
Think my mum could be quite useful over the summer as she is a preschool leader so I shall be picking her brains for ideas!
3) Beginning the 'paperwork'-trying to sort out how much money I'm going to get (studentfinancedirect are the bane of my life!), filling in forms for Uni, and passing on my current Oxford commitments (presidency of Linguists' Society, voluntary English language teaching) to other people :-(
4) Reading "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't All be Wrong". Ok, so it's not really preparation, but it is a fascinating account of what makes the French tick, and you never know, might help to reduce the old culture shock a bit!