Wednesday, September 2, 2020

First day of school :: 2020 - 2021

It's been a crazy 6 months to say the least. I am sure we all mourn the loss of normalcy. If you have kid(s), it's completely normal to feel overwhelmed about making the best decision for your little one when it comes to the new school year. I wanted to share our school plans this year for the girls. Although there have been countless changes happened for the past few weeks, we are confident that we have made the right decisions for our kids regarding opening school.

Courtney is a sophomore this year and she's doing 100% virtual learning. She is an active and independence learner so the virtual model is the perfect choice for her. As for Madelyn, I am sending her back to school. She's doing the Hybrid model. As always, there are pros and cons to each model. You just have to figure out what works best and makes the most sense for your kid(s). I am so glad we have both options as each option suits each of my kid's personality to a T.
Committed Distance Learning model:
  • This is the best option for consistency
  • Guaranteed instruction 5 days a week
  • Gives Courtney the flexibility to do her learning when it fits into her schedule.
  • Lack of face-to-face interaction: To combat the issue, her best friend will be over a few times a week so they can study together.
Hybrid model:
  • Gives Madelyn 2-3 days of in person instruction each week
  • Real interaction with her teacher and friends (which she craves badly)
  • For the off days, the teacher will be in the classroom with the other half of the class and unavailable to instruct the half who's at home. To combat this issue, I purchased these workbooks and my father-in-law will work with her when she's at home.
  • The schedule makes it hard for parents who can't work from home
  • She will be exposed to more groups of people
During this time of craziness, my husband and I have been working hard to focus on what we are learning through all of this and what we can teach the girls as well. This year will not be perfect. I don't know that everyone's will be perfect, no matter which school model you've chosen. However, we will adapt, we will be resilient and we will problem solve. Sending love to all of our students, parents and teachers today.

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