Just as an aside, I am not judging anyone here, just in general curious and also looking for some reassurance in the parenting of my soon to be 4 year old.
It seems to me, based on threads I have read and blogs etc., that many people start kindergarten curriculum with their 4 year olds. I thought one of the reasons that many people site choosing to homeschool is because they don't want their children spending their days at desks etc. (I know this is just one of many reasons). It seems to me that if those people were not planning on homeschooling, they wouldn't be starting a curriculum with their child before they are school age, so why do they choose to when they are?
My DD will be 4 in November and I have spent so much of the last three years researching curricula and getting excited about homeschooling. I was sure I would be starting her with kindergarten work this year, and I'm certain she could accomplish most of it, but now that we are here I don't see the point. She enjoys reading and math games and is already fairly advanced in both., but would much prefer to be doing pretend play, crafts etc. And honestly when I set up a fun game or activity with a goal of it being educational, it all feels so forced to me. I have so many fond memories of my preschool years (I did not go to preschool) playing pretend games with my brother or alone, and none of anything educational. I want DD to have the same opportunities while she is still young, and I don't really see the harm in waiting until she is older. Hmm, now that I write this all out, it seems like maybe I am just an unschooler at heart.
I hope I haven't offended anyone, I think we all make different choices in parenting and life in general, and that there really isn't a best choice in most things.
Anyone else notice this as well, agree or disagree? Has this always been true, or is it related to the push for early academics in schools? It is just something I was surprised to see among homeschoolers and wondered if there was an explanation I hadn't considered.