Looking for advice as stated in the title of this thread.
SAHM and thus primary carer.
I can speak/understand mandarin but can’t read/write.
I have been speaking exclusively to kiddo in English since birth.
Speaks exclusively to kiddo in Chinese.
Speaks both English and mandarin though his English is much stronger. He is still able to interact in mandarin with his cousins and his grandparents etc.
He can recognise 50ish Chinese words.
Can read English (has been reading since two and a bit. He was an early talker, late walker). Is learning to spell longer words (he’s mastered three letter words). Has worked out long addition/subtraction.
Hates rote learning but can do it but really really really hates it. Loves to ask questions ie. why is the moon orange? Why doesn’t this float? Etc. Very curious about everything. Has not attended any form of schooling so far ie. daycare, preschool etc.
Another baby due soon. Financially can afford international schools but money will be tight. We do not believe in corporal punishment. Kiddo and little one due soon has not been nor will be exposed to such from us.
What we are looking for:
Husband wants kiddo to be able to read and write in mandarin. Something I can’t help with I admit.
I don’t want kiddo’s curiosity to be stifled by the rote learning system in Taiwan. I want him to remain curious, not be afraid to ask questions etc. (We have always emphasised that adults can get things wrong too, and am quite happy to admit when we make mistakes etc.). We don’t use the “because I said so” phrase.
Ultimately would like kiddo to attend high school or university overseas.
I was pushing for Hsinchu Holland International School. But apparently their Chinese class isn’t enough for kids to be fluent? Also school fees are phenomenal. We can afford it…but budget will be tight.
Husband was thinking of Stanford American language school. But I’ve been reading so many horror stories regarding how they treat their teachers etc. I don’t think a place that treats their staff abominably is one where I’d entrust my child to. This also goes for any other private bilingual school too.
Open to advice and or other options. Thanks!!