It felt daunting...
...We were lucky, privileged, and had a large group of sharp parents working together to be able to set this up. We wanted to share exactly how we did it to make it easier for others to make this happen to help families of all situations.
...SO YOU CAN TOO!
- Families that are struggling with managing their kid(s)' remote learning and need help to setup a Pod.
- Families that have already started a Pod but are looking for ways to better manage it.
Research has shown that the value of a Pod for a child's development is greatest for younger kids (K-2 up to K-5) as these early stages are more about building foundational skills, dexterity, and social/behavioral discipline...it comes as no surprise then that this age group is less able to effectively learn/focus on a screen for prolonged periods of time. In our case, we had kindergarteners - starting real school for the first time. Given these unprecedented circumstances, the kindergarten teachers from our schools running the remote classes were very understanding and even supportive of our Pod and were ok with us attending only 1-2 hours of remote school a day leaving the rest of the day open for our own teacher-led, in-person experience.
Disclaimer: This is a practical guide that's based on our Pod experience and how we're getting through remote learning amidst the pandemic. It is not to be considered legal advice and you may have differing perspectives on handling COVID-related policies, etc.