I have an almost 4y.o and a 15 months old sons.
We live in Ontario, where kindergarten starts the year a child turns 4, so DS1 is supposed to start this year.
We didn't register him. we will wait until he is 6 (so 2 more years).
The reason is mainly that we think this kindergarten thing is a form of free daycare.
we don't need daycare, we need to be with our sons and they need the same.
we think it is waaaay to young to be ''having'' to do things. like waking up early, rushing etc in order to have a stranger deciding what they will ''teach'' you today and for how long.
I think it only teaches kids to forget about their inner need to learn.
all this, led as to think about unschooling for longer then just the next 2 years.
we are still hesitating. one of the reasons is that I adooored school as a child, and I can imagine that my son could like it too. but I started at 6y.o and not 4y.o.
the main reason that makes me think we will not unschool beyond the age of 6-7y.o, is the language.
when I was pregnant with DS1, unschooling (nor homeschooling) was something we have never heard about. so it was obvious to us that our kids will go to school.
I wasn't born in Canada and DH neither. My mother tongue is Russian and DH speaks Arabic (and I speak mainly french with DH, but we both speak russian and arabic as well). It is very important to us that our kids learn our languages.
DS1 speaks russian and arabic.
I have never spoken to him in English, I have never heard him speak it neither. same with french (but I think he understands a lot of it, since most of my friends are francophons)
so, I am thinking that if we unschool our kids, we will have to either start speaking the dominant community culture language: English (and that means that our kids will stop speaking russian and arabic). Or we unschool them and not change anything about the languages we are speaking.....but then our kids will be tooo isolated from the society they are living in, and a lot of the natural learning comes from it.
So I feel like unshooling is not an option for us.
what do you think?