Finally, the benefits. Why even go through the trouble?
The benefits of school are vast, of course. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) details it really well in their recent report encouraging schools to open safely for in-person education.
For Wren, she’s inquisitive and talkative like most her age, and we felt the time was right for her to be challenged academically (as much as you can academically challenge a 2 year old, I guess) but we knew she’d also learn things we just can’t teach her all that well at home … how to share with others, patiently wait her turn, sit quietly in a group and listen to the teacher, develop new social and emotional skills, navigate new friendships, and all the positive peer pressure that comes with being around other kids who are learning too.
For us, the excitement of what she could gain from school outweighed the fear that she could become sick by being around so many new people. That was our decision, but it’s a very personal one, and there’s no right or wrong answer, just what’s right for your family for now. I think with this virus, we’ll have to take things day by day, keep a close eye on the local statistics, and be prepared to change our minds if new data supports it.