Originally Posted by Dar
And I consider it simply parenting...
AH, but for many parents out there, that isn't parenting anymore. Sad, but true. I see so many parents that simply run their child from item to item to item... preschool, swim/dance, playdates... whatever. While you may consider that simply parenting, that is not the norm for many parents out there with preschoolers.
So, I consider myself 'homeschooling preschool'.... well, kinda.
My oldest will be 4 and my youngest is 2. My reasons correspond more to this...They feel the social or family pressure of enrolling their children in preschool and feel that doing something at home instead arms them against the critics.
They may be treating it as a 'test run' of Real Homeschooling, to find out whether it is something that works for them before they make the momentous decision to wave the big yellow bus on by.
The first one isn't realllllly correct for me... everyone where I live does preschool. We don't. Hard to believe some of the comments I've gotten about it. For me it is easier at times to simply say we do preschool items at home... it's not said b/c I feel pressure, but to simply get folks to stop being so moronic with their comments.
On the second, yah... it is a bit of a test run.
Now, having said that I homeschool preschool... well, I don't in the conventional sense... and yah, it really falls more as just parenting.... except the difference is I've researched a bunch about homeschooling, and other items.
DD is bright. No interest in academic items. No interset in formal curriculum. She'd be bored to tears and tell me within 60 seconds if I tried to teach her to read...... so we don't do that. Lots of art, crafts, trips, free play.... very eclectic, kinda unschooling, and some montessori thrown in.
Is it parenting or preschooling at home??
The way I look at it.... it's parenting, BUT with the way society is and the push on going to school at a young age.... these days, doing those items... it's considered homepreschooling.
So, OP... I think the thing is that just as 'homeschooling' is so varied... so is homepreschooling. I think some think, WHAT? Why on earth would you be doing preschool and focusing on all this academic stuff when your kid is 3?? Reality is, homepreschooling.... doesn't necessarily look like that for many people.... and yah, it's what many would have considered parenting just 30 years ago.... but today, parenting too often doesn't look like that.