Edjukashun: We’re Doing It Wrong.

For the last year, Cookie, we sent you to a Saturday morning Chinese language class at an aftercare center near home.  One hour.  Full immersion.  Short.  Easy.

Too easy.

Mommy and I wanted something a little more challenging for you (you wanted something more challenging for you), so we signed you up for a three-hour weekend class in the middle of Chinatown.  Unlike, the local Chinese class at the non-Chinese aftercare center, the Chinese class in the heart of Chinatown is taught in English.  The teacher speaks mostly in English to teach a handful of words to kids who speak English because of the fear that parents might complain that their children won’t understand what the teacher is saying.  Immersion?  HAH.

Yes, Cookie, Mommy and I made a mistake.  Next time, we’ll head back to Chinatown… and sign you up for an ESL class.  At least that class will be taught in Chinese.

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She’s Got You There

Me:  Let’s go, Cookie.  We have a big day today.  Put on your helmet, and grab your scooter.

Cookie: I’m tired today, Daddy.  I want my stroller.

Mommy:  Strollers are for babies, Cookie.  You’re a big girl now.

Cookie:  But you said I would always be your baby!