We are in the same boat here with most of my DS's friends starting pre-k this year. Overall, I notice that since September the parks are really empty of preschool age children. It's such a shame! So out of frustration with this, I've finally started seeking out and participating in some of our local homeschool support activities. I'm so glad I did. It's just so encouraging and optimistic to be among other homeschool families even if your educational philosophies are different, at least you're remotely on the same page. Also, many of the families have both "school-aged" kids and preschoolers so it's a huge age spread.
Just yesterday someone asked me if Eli was in school (something I get asked at least 5 times a week, it seems) and for the first time I answered "we're homeschooling"
and I felt a little sheepish at first for all the reasons mentioned above (not being officially "school-age") but I got such a great response that I won't hesitate again. Normally I say, no... he's only 3 which I think sometimes seems like I'm being snarky when it's someone with a 3 or 4 yo in pre-k that's asking.
As far as homeschooling activities. We read, read, read LOTS of books and do crafts, outings, take walks, have discussions, etc that somehow relate to what we're reading. We've been using BFIAR loosely for ideas and inspiration. I don't know if next year we'll *row* the books more formally but for now, it's been wonderful just having these wonderful, insightful and truly intelligent conversations with DS all sparked by good reading.
We don't do much deskwork type stuff because he really just doesn't have the interest or focus for it. He does love to do mazes so I bought him a book with tons of those but other than that he sometimes practices writing his name E-L-I and will occasionally surprise me with a smiley face on the magna-doodle. In his more quiet moments we do puzzles, play go-fish (good for matching and number recognition, right?
) and today we played 3 games of "chess" I move the pieces according to the rules and he moves them however the heck he wants. He LOVES it!