Veritaserum Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 (edited) I tend to start the count at the age a child is legally required to go to school (or Kindergarten in an area where the legal age is higher) and don't include preschool or pre-K activities when folks ask how long I've homeschooled. I think most parents teach their preschoolers at home if they don't send them to a program, but that seems like a very different thing than committing to being a homeschooler of school-aged children. "Homeschooling since birth" seems to set the default at homeschooling and it only changes when a child enrolls in school. Homeschooling is just too far from the norm to be the default setting. I do this as well. I definitely have an inner eyeroll moment if a mom with a 5yo says she's been homeschooling for five years or "since birth." Saying something like "we've always homeschooled" doesn't get that reaction from me and I sometimes say it myself. What I mean and what I hear is that the child(ren) has/have never attended a traditional school. I count how long I've homeschooled from my oldest child's kindergarten year. She is in 6th grade, so this is our 7th year. :iagree:I guess it sounds somewhat pretentious...at least, that's been my experience w/those I've heard say it. Cause somehow that makes them somehow 'better' than someone that made the decision later, or even *gasp* pulled their kid out of ps at some point. "I started hsing my zygote!" :iagree: Pretentious is a good word for it. Before my oldest was kindergarten age, I said I wanted to homeschool. Dh insisted that she go to a private preschool. We decided after that year to homeschool instead of sending her to public school. I suppose like Martha that my youngest two have homeschooled since birth, but until I start formal seat work with them I don't really count it as such. We just have an educationally-rich home environment. :) ETA: It isn't a put-down from more experienced homeschoolers to newer ones. It's annoyance about someone making an inaccurate or misleading claim. If I started saying that I've been homeschooling for 11 years, I think most people would assume that my child is in high school. But she's not. She's 11 years old. Sure I did educational stuff with her when she was a baby and toddler, but I would have done that whether or not we homeschooled. Edited January 18, 2012 by Veritaserum Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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