actually yes i did. i did not want dd's ps/dc experience in any form to be about academics. her ps DID do some starting after easter to prepare those who were going to go to K. just alphabets. however those who were early readers they did keep their level books so they could enjoy them. instead they had such great art and science experience curriculum that school has never lived upto what a great ps/dc dd had.
trying to get kids to 'read' as fun i still find work. not fun. just the same as i dislike educational toys. trying to introduce 'unfun' things in a fun way. in my books - rather like bribing. perhaps i am a bit radical here. no. no. no. didnt want that. dd was interested in the human body. i got her all she wanted. i did not introduce the human body through toys hoping she would be interested. she had enough on her plate that she was curious about. i didnt need to introduce anything to totally overwhelm her. that's how i see educational toys or fun reading as.
however what is the definition of reading. if introducing alphabets - yeah i can understand. at 4 to get kids ready for K.
like i pointed out in my previous post - yes there is an advantage to kids knowing the alphabet and writing their name - even if it is in the form of drawing and not in teh form of writing their name as a connection of alphabets.
i was. VERY involved with volunteering in dd's K class. we tried lots of fun ways to teach kids who dont know the alphabet. did they suffer? no. however they could if they are still struggling in 2nd grade.
however under no circumstances will regular public K or 1st be a great experience for a child who knows how to read and is grades ahead. all the trouble makers or the dreamers in her class fit that category.
nite nicole i am so glad K was a great experience for your dd. it wasnt for mine. she wasnt reading when she went in. but she took off and went grade levels ahead by before the winter break and the constant repetition has made school academically not a v. pleasant experience. like she told her K teacher 'i come to school to party, but i go home to study.' its still true to this day in fifth grade. but really it isnt about my dd that makes early reading a sore spot for me. she is the lucky one in society. the smart one.
what is sore are the kids who were NOT ahead, but behind. it breaks my heart. they were so fantastic in other ways. yet the focus was always on reading. no one talked about the sculpture genius who was turning out sculptures of high school quality. THAT still makes me mad.