I was a very tired mommy when I wrote that last post. It’s a few days later. Chloe is laying on me, tired, still sick and catching up on her episodes of Little Bill. Daddy is upstairs sleeping because we caught what Chloe has.
My daughter is a preschooler. And you know what that means, right? That’s right, within the next year we’ll be putting her in Chinese school! How’d you guess? Chinese School. Ah, I have so many memories. I went for 4 or 5 years starting from when we moved here. Although, I don’t remember anything that I was taught. Languages don’t stick in my head. I went to Chinese school and barely remember my numbers (although I have to admit part of that is because Chloe retaught me). I had 3 years of Spanish classes in high school – I remember even less.
But I digress. Chloe is much better at languages than I am. My mom speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, some of her home dialect, and Vietnamese to her and she understands and can respond back. So, off to Chinese school she will go, every weekend, probably starting late this year or early next year. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’ll go to the same Chinese school that I did if we don’t send her to the one her cousins go to.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about her Spanish/Mexican heritage. I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should get her a tutor or send her to school to learn how to speak Spanish. The big difference is that my husband’s family is not at all like my family, in terms of being on top of keeping the language and culture in the family. I know that I can’t just ignore that part of her; it is a part of my daughter. I also realize that it’s mostly on me to incorporate what I can into her life. I already get a little overwhelmed incorporating everything I can for her Chinese background, but I have my family to help me out with that.
I’m also a little worried about overwhelming her with school. She just started preschool. I’m going to wait until she’s been in for about a year before we throw in Chinese school. I’m thinking I’ll have to wait again if we do decide to add Spanish into the mix, just so that it’s not too much at once. I’m thinking because she’ll already be going to Chinese school and Kindergarten by then, maybe a tutor would be better. I just don’t know if going to three schools will be too much for her (and as I’m saying this I realize I haven’t even looked into if they have Spanish schools, but if they do, I’m pretty sure we’ll have them here).
On top of all of that we do plan on putting her in Karate when she’s 5. I think it’s making me tired just thinking about how much she’s going to have to do.