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Today at the gym I watched a news segment on tutors for 2 year olds. The segment featured parents who are dropping their toddlers off at a tutoring center so that they can learn to read before they go to school. For many reasons that I may sometime find the time to write about I am opposed to doing the same. For many of those same reasons, I’d been hesitant to sign up the girls for any of the endless possibilities of toddler-geared classes out there. However, as the girls have expressed interest in particular subjects and as I’ve found related programs available locally that have been mostly structured for fun and play, I’ve decided to take part.

This spring we decided to take Spanish and Ballet. To our 2yo, these classes are interchangeable. She will call ballet, “Spanish class” and she often insists that our toddler Spanish class is “ballet class.” Tonight we may (or may not) be taking part in our first ever ballet recital (or maybe I should say, “Spanish recital”).

This past Monday was the last of the Spanish for this session. I’d like to sign us up for more classes since the girls really seemed to enjoy it, but i need to make sure we are not overdoing it schedule-wise for the summer.

For the last Spanish class we had a birthday fiesta. The kids got to decorate the room and some photocopies of cakes. I’d love to learn a foreign language in a more natural setting, but this class has really been a lot of fun. The real selling point for me has been the instructor, she’s amazing (patient, enthusiastic, inspiring, fun, etc). I doubt the girls or I would enjoy this sort of thing quite so much if it wasn’t for Ms. Priscilla.

Since I am busy taking care of myself (i.e. going to a mommy and me gym class with our baby) on Thursday mornings, my husband has been taking the girls to ballet class. I usually walk over with them to the park facility where the class is taught before heading to the gym. I usually only get to watch a minute or two of the class before I have to take off. The minutes that I have been able to watch have been seriously therapeutic. I can’t describe the beauty of a toddler ballet class. There is no corralling the chaos and there can’t be a much more heart-aching-adorable sight than 10 or so toddlers running around in tutus and ballet shoes. Its enough to burst my heart. I think I need to not be busy on Thursday mornings next time around.

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