Public school often feels like a race. By homeschooling, we can get off that race track and move at a natural pace, enjoying learning and savoring our family relationships. "Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count.
I like the year by year breakdown of early childhood stages. It is important to remember that children progress within the course of any given stage, and there are areas to focus on at each point of development.