I hadn't planned on sending the girls to preschool. After all, we are homeschooling! But there are a few reasons they went to their first day of preschool today!
1. Anna can now only get speech therapy through the county if she goes to preschool. Once they are close to turning three, in-home speech therapy ends.
Here she is at her last therapy session at home with Miss Amy.
She is now going to private speech therapy also. Our medical insurance pays for part of it. We want to have as much early intervention as possible for her.
2. Anna likes to play alone or be with me about 2/3 of the time. Mia like to play with someone, anyone, 2/3 of the time. And usually the only someone available is Anna! You can probably connect the rest of the dots. Mia needs a little more social contact with kiddos. Most of the homeschooling social activities don't start until age 5. So when we learned that we could enroll Mia in the same 3&4 year old class as Anna, we signed her up!
I'm not going to deny that I will enjoy having almost three hours on Monday and Wednesday morning to get things done!
Next year, Mia will be in kindergarten. We still plan on having her attend school just six hours a week again in the district homeschool program where she will learn science, Spanish and make friends. She will be in this program all the way through 8th grade.