Speaking of the different rates that kids develop, what is normal/typical in terms of writing skills at this age? DS is 3.5 and likes to draw "maps" - basically spirals or paths for his drawings. Sometimes he'll draw faces with a circle, two dots for eyes, a dot for a nose and a line or curve for a mouth, but he's not into writing letters yet. His good buddy, however, same age, has already learned to spell his 6 letter name, pretty legibly! (I will add, that his friend does have an older brother - by a few years.) I know I shouldn't worry, he'll eventually get to it, but I can't help comparing/worrying about his keeping up. It's times like these when I start to question my decision to HS (don't worry, I'm not changing my mind, just get nervous about it once in a while!).
i did buy the hooked on phonics learn to print workbooks, i plan to start sometime this summer, ds isn't too interested in writing, which can be frustrating as most of the workbooks etc, expect him to write numbers and letters. he can write some, but not consistently. Right now he is still working through HOP Pre-k learn to read, about the finish up the K HOP math workbook, and is working on a Prek HOP beginning sounds workbook. When he finishes up the math book, I think I will try the HOP learn to print as he is very interesting in math, but the adding and subtracting workbooks i have writing numbers are pretty much expected. So that's what i plan to focus on in the later half of the summer. Once hop pre reading is done i am debating trying progressive phonics or buying another HOP set. Since I am beginning to heavily consider public school once ds hits k age, i am thinking progressive phonics as it is not going to cost much, just for printing papers, and i have also heard it is a really good program.
We are going to the zoo a couple times a month with our yearly membership, trying to go to free summer programs 1 to 2 times a week and the water park a couple times a month in addition to the library 1-2 a month..