See what CafeMoms are saying about saving time this holiday season..
First the back story (not trying to brag). - My DS is 3 as of 2 months ago. He has always been a very bright child. He really excells intellectually. I was trying to take things slowly with what I was teaching him, but when he picks it up so quickly it is hard. Plus he ASKED to learn to read "all by hisself." How could I say no to that. So as of now he can read on a very beginner level. He can sound out most words if they follow the normal rules. He doesn't always want to sound out though and those times he just tries to guess. He can also recognize a good many site words. He can count to 100 by 1's, 10's, 5's, and 2's (looking at the chart for this one). He can add on his fingers or other objects and can do a little subtraction with manipulatives as well. He knows all his basic colors and shapes. He has a very advanced vocabulary. He can sign a lot of different words, but doesn't really sign phrases just individual words. He is learning Spanish. He knows how to count to 10, his alphabeto, some feeling words, trasportation words, etc.
So the problem is that we are not sure if we want to homeschool once he gets old enough for conventional school. I go back and forth. I am worried that if he continues learning at his current rate he will be WAY ahead of his peers in 2 years. On the moments I want to continue to homeschool him I am thinking he needs to go ahead and move up to kindergarten material since he has already learned a good bit of the things covered in kindergarten. Then there are the days I am leaning towards putting him in public school and I worry that I am setting him up for boredom and therefore misbehavior. But like I said he ASKED to learn to read and most days he is asking me if it is time for preschool long before it is time (we wait for dd's nap). I do NOT want to hold him back, but don't know if there is such a thing as him learning too much too early.