Question for moms who "homeschool" (or home schooled) their pre-k kids
What do you do with them? If you have already reached the point of kindergarten and they went to public school (or even a private school), how did they compare to their peers? Were they ahead? Behind? By how much? We recently became unable to afford preschool, but I don't want my kids to lose the extra instruction that will ready them for kindergarten. My son will be 5 in the fall and we're hoping that while his birthday is past the cut off, we can get him to test into kindergarten. He is exceptionally bright (we regularly are told that he seems like he is 5 or 6) and big for his age. It would be nice if our financial issues do not hamper him. What do you suggest for things to do with him on a budget? And for those with kindergartners, what are the reading, writing, counting standards nowadays?
** I'll just answer you all here. Thanks so much for the input! We definitely know he would do well in kindergarten. He plays and relates better with older kids than his peers and we would have moved him up sooner (as his preschool teachers suggested last year) except that it cost more money we didn't have. He has been in preschool since he was 2 (the kind of preschool that teaches days of the week, numbers, letters, etc. not just playtime and social skills) and does better in all aspects than even some of the kids who are older than he is. At 4 he does 100 piece puzzles by himself, so we are in need of some extra challenge for his day, haha! It runs in the family, though. His dad should have been moved up a grade (went into kindergarten knowing cursive and did 5th grade math for 3rd through 5th grade. He suffered achedemically because he was so bored and just didn't do the work, though he aced every test. His parents refused to advance him. They had learned better by the time his brother came along and his little brother thrived. They were both very similar to my son in their level of comprehension and social skills at this age, so we are going into this fairly well prepared. I will look into what you all have suggested. I want to continue to get him ready so when we approach the school district we will be prepared. Also, algebra in kindergarten is insane! Haha! Thanks again!