Dd is 3 1/2 and would be going into preschool this year and kindergarten next year if she were going to school. I have always intended to homeschool and finally (yay!) got dh on board. However, lovely dd is desperate to go to school. She talks about it all the time, that when she's bigger she will go to school (all her bigger friends go to school). We live just down the street from the school and she sees her friends come out for recess often and wants to play with them. I'm pretty sure she thinks that school is just a time that you get to play with your friends. I'm sure that she would do great in school, she's bright and social and loves the teachers who she has had in swimming etc. She is "that kid" that I can leave her with strange adults in a strange place and she will have everyone in love with her by the time I pick her up. However, we are simply not interested in her participating in any of the preschool/primary schooling options here (they are TERRIBLE, and well that's how I got dh on my side, there was always a plan to hs). I have heard of homeschoolers who say that if their child ever asked to go to school they would put them in it, but dd is so young. I try explaining that some families do school at school and others do school at home and we are a family that does school at home, but I don't think she gets it. Usually I get a "yep mama that's right and when I'm bigger I will go to school". I don't want to be too harsh but do you guys have any suggestions for how to handle this? We are coming up to the point where people are going to start to talk to her about school, and I really want to be able to handle this before they start grilling my 3 year old. We live in a small town and everyone knows how old she is and everyone does 4 year old preschool so people will ask her.
I hope I got this across right. Dd is very determined. She's been asking about her birthday party since december (her birthday is in November, and yes she would be in k in 2013 the cut off is quite late here) and is very insistant on talking about her birthday when she'll be 4. The same thing is now happening with school.