Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Keeping Up With The Jonses?

So, no, I am not sending Elijah to preschool. Insert gasp. It started with me not driving. We could get a ride easily but I just didn't want to. Then it became "I'm so glad I made this decision." 

#1 He spent the first 21 months of his life in an orphanage and deserves this mommy time. I know this is not always possible if both parents work, etc. I also know this doesn't work for every child. #2 I want him (for my sake and his) home as long as possible before starting school for forever. 

Now this is NOT always an easy decision but I know it's the right one for our family. We do "school " at home, I work with him on gross and fine motor skills, he gets the social aspect multiple times a week from church.... It's not a popular decision where it's just expected that your child(ren) will attend K-3 and K-4 and be enrolled in different extracurricular activities. But why? Are we just trying to keep up with the Jonses?


  1. We are very much the same! We have a 6, 5 and 3 year old and none of them have gone to preschool :) Our eldest is in kindergarten this year and we are homeschooling. It has been a great decision for our family! And for what it's worth, all of our kids are ahead (my kindergartener reads at a 3rd grade level!) and I think it's not that I'm such a great teacher but that he was ready and has had the opportunity to move ahead as he's ready. We may not always homeschool but for now it's a great choice for us :) Don't ever let anyone make you feel like you don't know what is best for your son and your family!

  2. You have chosen wisely! Enjoy these days.

  3. I like your approach, Lisa. My oldest is nearly 6 now and will begin kindergarten in the fall. We're asked all the time if he goes to preschool. He does not, other than two days at daycare on my work days, where he does preschool activities. But its almost an assumption anymore that every child must attend preschool in order to be fully prepared for kindergarten, and I find myself feeling like I need to explain why we don't do it. My kiddo is already reading, works math at an incredible level and is quite socially adept. He'll do fine in kindergarten without any preschool "prep". And after working full time the first 4 years of his life I intend to soak up every minute I have before he is in school all day. I know I won't regret it.