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Brie & Baby Three: Preschool, pod or homeschool?

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 16:57:20-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Let me start by saying there is no right answer here and I know many of you have already had to make the decision whether to home school or send in person. Some didn’t have a choice.

We are still undecided and only have a few days left to figure out whether Maverick will be attending preschool in person or not. We’re struggling with what to do.

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To send to school or not?

I’ve gotten opinions from everyone: my family, friends, pediatrician, and teachers. The majority side with sending him, though no one is too far on one side or the other.

Maverick‘s opinion:

I finally talked with Mav to get his thoughts. You can see that in the video portion of this (about 3 min in). Don’t judge the ice cream he’s eating or that’s all over his face. I had to bribe him to stay away from the neighbor’s “big boy” birthday party. And it’s keto so “sugar-free” 😂

Pros:

So he’s 3. Do we need to send him? Absolutely not. But Maverick loves to socialize and have his brain engaged. He thrives on structure and activity.

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To send to school or not?

Preschool is a great place for kids to grow emotionally and a place where he can further develop his sense of self while learning skills that would be difficult to learn at home.

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Cons:

So many great things come from preschool, but I don’t want his first memories of school to be masks and temperature checks, no sharing and a 6-foot rule.

I can deal with these new regulations:

  • Scheduled drop off/ pick up times where temperatures will be taken while your child is in the car
  • Masks are encouraged

It takes Mav time to allow people into inner circle. This is not a bad quality, but because of this, I’m terrified for the adjustment with some of the restrictions.

I do not imagine these will go well at all:

  • Teachers take them from the car. Parents will remain in vehicles at all times
  • Possibility of a 6-foot rule and no sharing. What 3/4/5-year-old could do this?
  • What if school is canceled? It’s a very likely scenario and would definitely upset his routine and mental state
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To send to school or not?

If you asked us today, we would probably send him. If you ask us in an hour, that answer could likely change. The alternative I really want is a pod preschool and I have a friend that would join in on that (the buddy Maverick names in the video), but it’s hard to find unfortunately.

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To send to school or not?

This is a judgment-free zone so please no negative feedback, but I would love your thoughts.

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