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?
For me I don't believe preschoolers should have the same academic focus that older kids have. They really can learn everything they need to know through play. I would definitely encourage my preschooler to do things like cutting, singing songs, and listening to stories, but I don't sweat it at all if they have no interest in formal education. It is just not something they need to be working on if they are not interested in it. Preschoolers need to work on motor skills, social skills, emotional development, attention spans, creative play. All these areas will get a child much bigger "leg up" then learning the ABC's/1,2,3's. My son is actually a prime example of this. He does very well academically but, I think if I was to send him to school next yr, it would be a disaster. Early reading/academics does not mean children will be successful in school.
Anyway, I am anti academics for the preschool crowd but my son has other ideas. So we actually end up doing quite a bit of academic work. Just jump right in this thread it seems like there are several different approaches to preschool on here.