I suspect this has been mentioned before, but worth a look for any that missed it like me.
Came across this on you tube...not sure how, I was looking at something else entirely.
Very interesting programme 15 years old, on primary education failings in uk compared to Northern Europe where formal learning starts at six or seven. Things have got worse since imo, and heading to get worse still.http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=iUum1w8s5ew
The strange thing is, I did not start school until I was 6, as I was a summer baby, and my mum thought earlier was daft, as I had only just turned 5, and in those days you simply had a chat with the head, and joined next year. She taught me with building blocks, a well used abacus and joining in literally everything (she had the patience of a saint). Although she did teach me letters and reading, it was not a sit down job, it was things like unpacking the shopping, and looking at the labels, for some reason I particularly remember loving reading "vim"
Also lots and lots of cooking and gardening. She did not make me write until the summer before I was about to join school at six, and then I just remember doing it, not struggling about with dotty lines like my boys did! (I may remember wrong of course)
When I joined school I was streets ahead of my peers, to a level I felt awkward about, and got a bit bullied for...I soon managed to regress though.