So, apparently my daughter speaks Spanish now. Yesterday, when I walked in to the nanny-share house to pick up Olive, the nanny asked her, “Donde esta Mama?” and Olive shouted “Alli esta!” and pointed to me from across the room. I was totally shocked that she was not just mimicking something Brenda said, she was actually answering a question correctly! She’s not even a year old, and she can speak in 2 languages? I can barely speak one, and I’m in my 3rd decade. I’m really going to have my hands full with this one.
This has got me thinking that I am going to have to start her in school sooner rather than later. Moms of other Bay Area kids have been telling me, “She’s turning one soon, start looking for preschools now!” So, I have begun, and… yikes. Questions are being raised.
1. Why are the co-op schools, which require parents to do a ton of work, also more expensive? Shouldn’t the work you do cancel out some of that tuition? It’s obnoxious.
2. Many of the schools start at 2 3/4 years or 2.9 years old. This is a really odd age to begin — why not just plain 2 or 3? Is it a developmental thing?
3. Is it going to be possible for me to find a school that is both a) suitably weird enough to satisfy my off-beat parenting philosophies, b) bilingual, as I’m thinking I need to capitalize on her aptitude for language and c) affordable?
I guess I’m going to find out. In the meantime, if anyone knows the answers to any of the above questions, or has suggestions for the preschool search process, please let me know in the comments. I’ll need all the help I can get!
Olive also jumps up and down for beans & rice… Dios Mio, she’s really representing the Mission hardcore.