It’s back to school time. Almost everyone I know has posted a photo of their little adorables all ready for their first day of school.
They are not going to school.
My boys are 2.6 years old. Do they need to go to school?
The state of New York says that legally, I don’t have to put them into school until Kindergarten.
Of course, there are ways around that with homeschooling, but legally I
have a few years until they have to go to a ‘school’ of some kind. And Kate and I have to agree what that is going to be. Right now, we are not in agreement and are choosing to respect each other’s opinions.
It’s a tricky tightrope.
I knew that by choosing not to do a “2’s” program or some full time preschool, I was going to have to answer a lot of questions, but I didn’t realize quite how many and from so many different people.
Friends, family, strangers, nannies on the playground. Everyone wants to know if my kids are going to school this Fall.
And every time someone asks I feel like I have to explain myself.
I shouldn’t–really. I should just be able to say, “No. They are staying home with me.”
But I go on with the justifications, “It costs so much money. I still couldn’t go back to work because of the hours. If I did go back to work I’d have to get a nanny to fill in the gaps. The preschool + the nanny would probably cost more than I’d be making.”
I don’t think keeping them out of preschool is going to do any great harm and I do have them signed up for a couple of outside classes so it’s not like we don’t get out and do other things.
In fact, we get out and do more than most other moms I know. We have new adventures every single week and New York City has an endless supply of more amazing things to discover.
If you want to homeschool and you want the world at your fingertips–this is the city to be doing it.
Sebastian aka Whoop Whoop thinking about all of the animals he just saw at the Bronx Zoo….