And it is because, a) on paper we make too much money to get the tuition break (last fall at registration time, i didn't have a dime to spare) and the timing of the classes offered in my area was not ideal for me, b) I think Theo is too young--he is still years from starting school. he already has letter and number recognition because he watches public television programming for children AND WE READ TO HIM, c) I don't care to gather the support of the strangers in the parents group, mainly because I DON'T LIKE STRANGERS (heh, heh), and d) i think that I am home during the day, so he should be playing and learning at home; when he starts school, he will be ready and "keen on learning." The Finns say so, and Finns are smart. So there. I also feel like this link supports homeschooling--not that it mentions homeschooling, but it is the idea of 'teach the child, not the subject' that makes me say this. (habtamu often emails links to me. i love the links that relate to my dear heritage. go Suomi!)
I don't have a problem with the classes, and I can definitely see how lots of kids benefit from being around other children, and the structure that is provided. It just hasn't felt right to me. We have seen, in the past year, two pediatricians (an intern, and a colleage of our usual, awesome pediatrician) who were very strong in their recommendations of the ECFE classes. On both occasions, we were visiting the clinic for Suvi, but Theo had to come along. I can't say we'll never put him in a class before he starts school, but we have time. Actually, I am sure Theo would love it. I really was no kind of ready to do it last fall...for his age group, the classes were separation--kids in one room and parent in the other.
So No, we don't go to ECFE classes, but we might. Someday. Maybe. For now, we are headed outside to play in the dirt. But not the puddles--we hit them yesterday and the kids were spotted from head to toe in mud. Spring is fun. And good for the laundry detergent companies.