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My kids did attend preschool but I chose non-academic ones for them.  One of the reasons I'm homeschooling is because I want to delay the whole early academics thing.  DH is a little less on board - he would prefer me to mould super kids out of them and flash card them and do a real curriculum to keep up with the other kids.  That said... my 5 year old son is still not demonstrating reading readiness, and my daughter (4) could also care less.  Both DH and I were reading by this time, and a lot of kids in today's culture are expected to at least know sight words by their age.  But... I think they'll be fine waiting for a bit.  Both kids are bright, verbal, and very creative.  I think they're just where they need to be.  I did toy with the idea of having a more formal curriculum for them this year, but you know what... no.  I don't think they'll be 12 and still have no interest in reading.  They see me reading every day, they like snuggling up for story time, and when I did try to offer them sight words and the like, they had absolutely no interest nor did they just pick it up.  I think they WILL just pick it up when the time comes.  Like drawing.  Or talking.  DS was very late with both - but he skipped all the foreplay and just a) went to talking in sentences almost and b) started drawing whole figures and images instead of just scribbling.  I figure reading will be similar for him.  We are still involving them in lots of learning activities, but academics?  Mmm.... not just yet.  Not until they show more readiness for it.  Just my two cents.

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My kids did attend preschool but I chose non-academic ones for them.  One of the reasons I'm homeschooling is because I want to delay the whole early academics thing.  DH is a little less on board - he would prefer me to mould super kids out of them and flash card them and do a real curriculum to keep up with the other kids.  That said... my 5 year old son is still not demonstrating reading readiness, and my daughter (4) could also care less.  Both DH and I were reading by this time, and a lot of kids in today's culture are expected to at least know sight words by their age.  But... I think they'll be fine waiting for a bit.  Both kids are bright, verbal, and very creative.  I think they're just where they need to be.  I did toy with the idea of having a more formal curriculum for them this year, but you know what... no.  I don't think they'll be 12 and still have no interest in reading.  They see me reading every day, they like snuggling up for story time, and when I did try to offer them sight words and the like, they had absolutely no interest nor did they just pick it up.  I think they WILL just pick it up when the time comes.  Like drawing.  Or talking.  DS was very late with both - but he skipped all the foreplay and just a) went to talking in sentences almost and b) started drawing whole figures and images instead of just scribbling.  I figure reading will be similar for him.  We are still involving them in lots of learning activities, but academics?  Mmm.... not just yet.  Not until they show more readiness for it.  Just my two cents.

Thanks for the reply, this is really how I am starting to feel.  I figure if I supply a rich learning environment and set a good example, she will do just fine.

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