La Mother Tongue is my medium to share the joys and challenges of being a new parent as well as to share how we make a conscious effort in our daily life to bring baby up bilingual.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Last week Sofía, my husband, and I went to Kindergarten Orientation. I know it sounds ridiculous, but here is why. There is a true bilingual, Spanish-English, school in the district where I used to work. I have been familiar with the school for quite some time for various professional reasons. When I used to work in Dual Language programs, I became convinced that Key Elementary School has one of the best programs in the country. So I knew that when I had a child, I wanted her to go to Key School. The only problem is that we don’t live in that district. It used to be that employees could pay a small out of district tuition fee (very small) and their children could attend school where they worked. Although this benefit is still in play, Key Elementary is not one of the schools where the children can attend. So the only way that Sofía can attend the school is if we live in the exact zoning of Key Elementary. The problem is that we don’t want to move because we love our house, the area, and the neighborhood. My husband is more inclined to build a house again than buy one and there just isn’t affordable land in the area. ¡Ay Dios Mío! We will figure something out! Here is a foto of Sofía playing outside of the school. We were under this Lilac Trellis and the sun was shining and there was a warm breeze! It was awesome! Doesn't she look hilarious?