I am having a hard time with how academic my sons kindergarten class is. He goes to a small Catholic school and his school started a new reading program this year: the Riggs method: http://www.riggsinst.org/ which is phonogram based.
They spend a lot of time on this every day to the point that although they have playtime, recess, gym, they aren't doing much art, math, science. Everything is going in to reading. My son only likes school because his friends are there and they play soccer at recess. I really believe kindergarten should be about playdough and blocks still.
They also have 2 'tests' a day on their phonograms. One in the morning on the single letters (basically the alphabet), and one in the afternoon on the 2 and 3 letter phonograms they've learned so far. DS is consistently getting about half right on the afternoon test. So then I'm torn between wanting him to do well (and drilling him with the flashcards we were given) at home and wanting to just let him play and unwind (which we do 95% of the time).
I know there isn't any hope of getting anything changed for this year but my younger children will be in this school eventually. The kindergarten teacher even confessed to me that she thinks they should wait and start this program in the first grade.
Not sure what to do :(