My daughter has just turned 4, and is the youngest in her new reception class. Having had reservations of being slower than many of her older classmates, it turns out the teacher thinks she is quite advanced relative to her classmates. Big surprise to me, as I have not done anything to steer this. She has always liked writing and drawing, so is a very confident 'writer', knows all the letters, and can spell and write simple words. Pretty standard stuff I would have thought. We have been given a curriculum sheet of things they will be working towards, which includes things like learning to hold pencils and form letters, count up to 20, and relate numbers to number of objects....all things that dd has been doing naturally, for quite some time. I have heard a few people mention Kumon, and don't seem to be able to gleam much beyond the commercial blurb on it's website, so am wondering if anyone knows anymore about this? Is it something that is more suitable for older children, or for children looking to 'catch-up' in some way? Or is it something that might be useful in helping to challenge younger children who might need that little extra? On the other hand, the school she has just started, is very highly regarded, so should I just leave her to develop naturally within that environment as she has seemingly done this far?
Any experienced advice out there, or someone who knows more about Kumon or similar, would be much appreciated!
She's not of compulsory school age, and it sounds like she's not going to learn much at school for a while other than some nice times playing with the others, so you could take the opportunity to take her out of school on some days out!!