Is anyone else frustrated with the attitude towards preschool homeschooling? I'm getting a lot of negativity (mostly online) from people because apparently since I work with my son a few days a week I'm pushing him too hard because he's "only" 5. Do people who send their kids to preschool or K get this attitude? That it's taking away from their childhood or something?
We seriously only work a few days a week because he's at his dad's the other days. I mostly follow his lead, but I do do some parent-directed lessons. Sometimes he balks and doesn't want to do it and we either try again later or I try to make it more fun for him or sometimes even bribe him a little.
Not with food or anything, just "if you finish this with me, we'll play an extra checkers game".
He picks up on things quickly and he's ahead in most areas (he's not gifted by any means, but he's quick to catch on and I provide him plenty of opportunities to learn) so I think that's where some of it comes from. That because he can already do some simple multiplication I *must* be forcing him to do worksheet after worksheet.
I'm not. He actually picked up on the concept after I showed him ONCE and we practiced for 10 minutes and then he went back to playing.
IRL, people (non-hs'ers) are always concerned about socialization and quality of the education I can provide, but when I talk to homeschoolers, I feel like I'm doing *everything* wrong and I've even been thinking I should put him in school in the fall even if I don't have to.
Anyone else feel like this? I need a hug.