My kids are three and one. They aren’t old enough to traditional school but people keep asking when they will start preschool. When I ask why a kid would attend preschool, they tell me it’s to learn colors, shapes, numbers, etc. My three year old already knows those things and has known them since before he turned two.
We are ‘unschooling’ at our house. It means that we let the child learn the things that they are most interested in. It also means that we strew … a lot. Strewing just means that you provide the opportunity for your child to be interested in something.
He already knows:
1. Know the uppercase alphabet and name the letters out of sequence or mixed up,
such as: B, D, X, K, J, M, O, etc.
2. Know the numbers to 10 and identify the numbers out of sequence or mixed up,
such as: 2, 5, 9, 8, 1, 3, 4, etc.
3. Identify basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
4. Identify basic shapes: circle, diamond, rectangle, triangle, oval, and square.
5. Identify basic coins: penny, nickel, and dime. (not yet)
6. Count objects to 10.
7. Show how far they can count toward 100.
We’d like our oldest to know these things before he turns 4 years old:
- Both upper and lower case letters, in order and out of sequence
- Numbers to 30, in order and out of sequence
- More colors and shapes, including hexagon and octagon
- More coins, such as quarter and dollar
- Their name, address, and phone number
- How to get dressed themselves for outside play (coat, hat, etc)
- How to use the bathroom independently