(ithnain - that's Arabic for "two." See what I did there?)
Sometimes in mixed company when people ask me about The Squeaker's education, I say, "Oh, well, he has a whole year until he starts kindergarten, so we'll decide then." Conversation moves on with comments on how much I'll miss him when he's at school, and school buses and teachers and which school in the district I plan to send him.
I smile and nod and say, "yeah," and "uh-huh," and "you're probably right." The truth is far more sinister. The Husband and I have already made our decision in regards to education for all our children: we're going to homeschool them.
Before you start spouting shocking statistics about socialization and anecdotes about that "crazy-eyed homeschool girl" from college, I'll tell you that I already know all that stuff, and it doesn't concern me. If I wanted to, I could launch into a tirade about how the socializing that goes on in public school is toxic, and how homeschooling doesn't "make" you awkward because most people were awkward before homeschooling anyway. And besides, I knew plenty of people in public school who were way more insane than anyone I ever met through homeschooling. But I'll save that tirade for another day.
The Squeaker is four this year, and I have effectively started him in kindergarten here at home. What this means for us is that he is working on kindergarten-level material at his own four-year-old pace. We are using "Happy Phonics" and "Explode the Code" for language arts, and we have a Singapore Math workbook for him. This is supplemented by explorations of the boys' shared interests (right now they are really into ants and space - even the Cookie can identify most of the planets in our solar system), and lots of quality time with markers and paint.The rest of the time, he plays outside or with his legos. (I know the plural of lego is lego, but they will always be legos to me.)
I decided not to put him into "regular" preschool, because most of the preschool programs I'm aware of teach things The Squeaker already knows: colors, seasons, sharing, etc etc. Meh.
I don't have any projections as to how quickly the Squeaker will move through his coursework, and frankly it doesn't matter at this point because he's only four anyway. I don't have any long-term goals for him right now beyond, "It would be nice if he finished the kindergarten stuff before he would actually go into kindergarten, but I'm not married to the idea." We'll just keep going along at our own pace, and when he's mastered kindergarten level, we'll move to first grade.
Our school district offers free homeschooling resources through their e-school program, but you have to be 5 to enroll. I'm excited for that day, though, because in addition to math and English, the district offers courses in art, music, and starting in 3rd grade, Latin! Did I ever tell you that I used to take Latin? It was good times. Jr. Classical League, here we come!