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Old 10-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Where to start with my almost 4 year old

DD will be 4 at the beginning of December and already knows so much so I realy don't know where to begin with her.

She knows all the letters (upper and lower case, and some cursive), knows all the letter sounds and can sound out 2-5 letter words. She has some sight words as well.

She knows numbers up to 100 although she has trouble (can recognize 50 but sometimes 55 comes out "five five").

She can do simple math with the unifix cubes.

I think she is a decent writer for her age and she is a lefty. This was back in July and she has gotten better since then.


She drew this in January when she has just turned 3. She is an excellent drawer.


Where should I start her with reading, writing and math? What she has learned she learned through Signing Time and Rock N Learn DVDs so I'm guessing she is a visual learner? I haven't TRIED to teach her anything she just...gets it.

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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You might want to look into Montessori activities/materials if she loves letters and numbers. You'd have to supplement the art IMO.
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I have a young reader as well so we started Kindergarten math, reading, and handwriting. It doesn't take us long (at all) to complete his work and we only do it 3 times a week. I want him to progress at a level that he is capable of without burning him out on hours of school. I'd try to keep each lesson around 10 minutes. He also takes art and music classes once a week in a co-op setting. I would stay clear of a full curriculum at that age and maybe just invest in a phonics program. I use a cheap workbook for math but DS loves it and he's really learning a lot by just doing a page or two per day.

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Re: Where to start with my almost 4 year old

DD1 is 4 (as of April). Like your daughter she is way ahead of the curve. We opted for some Kindergarten curriculum (phonics), handwriting without tears preschool (for handwriting, because her coordination just isn't quite there yet) and singapore math. We were doing 1st grade Mammoth Math (she was doing just fine), but I wanted to take a step back and be sure we didn't miss anything from Kindergarten. She is half way through the kindergarten math (we've only had it for 2 weeks) and I'll be jumping her into the 1st grade one next week. After looking at the first grade book, we'll probably jump through that in a month or so and get her on to 2nd grade stuff soon.
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DD1 is 4 (as of April). Like your daughter she is way ahead of the curve. We opted for some Kindergarten curriculum (phonics), handwriting without tears preschool (for handwriting, because her coordination just isn't quite there yet) and singapore math. We were doing 1st grade Mammoth Math (she was doing just fine), but I wanted to take a step back and be sure we didn't miss anything from Kindergarten. She is half way through the kindergarten math (we've only had it for 2 weeks) and I'll be jumping her into the 1st grade one next week. After looking at the first grade book, we'll probably jump through that in a month or so and get her on to 2nd grade stuff soon.

Thank you. I completely forgot I have a bunch of Kumon books on writing lol I also have some workbooks I got at the bookstore working on pre-k math concepts. She busts through it and has no desire to color shapes and stuff lol it's like she knows it's so beneath her.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:51 AM   #7
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My DD is 4 1/2. We are doing MFW K, HWOT preschool, ETC Primers and Math U See Primer. She loves all of them. She knows her letters and sounds, but her fine motor skilks need to catch up. She can read BOB books as well.
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