I want Belle to attend a particular preschool. I am steadily reading to her and taking her to playgrounds and play groups in the meantime. Unfortunately, Belle doesn’t speak out in groups yet. She observes before she jumps into free play. A skill assessment taken by the doctor this summer ruled out delay or disability. When Belle didn’t answer a female acquaintance, the woman suggested federally funded preschool, if only for the sake of early intervention. I guess she assumed Belle is mute because she hasn’t seen otherwise.