I know that every mom anywhere thinks that her Snowflake is the Smartest Ever, or, at least, the Most Clever Ever Kid to Walk The Earth.
My husband's aunt is on the Board of Directors at the local Lutheran School. She called this morning because it came to her attention over the weekend that they have 5 kids enrolled in the Pre-K program. One of those kids is 3 years old. She wanted to know if I was interested in seeing if we could get my older daughter in on that action.
My older daughter will turn 3 in 13 days.
In the state of Oklahoma, children must be 5 years old on September 1 to enter Kindergarten. My kid will be almost 6 when she's legally allowed to start her (outside the home) school career in this state. My kid takes after her parents and is smarter than the average bear (in my very humble opinion). I remember being bored in school. My husband remembers being bored in school. My husband and I were also among the younger students in our class. We have talked about the situation and decided to put her in some sort of preschool, then do either Lutheran Private or public school Kindy and re-evaluate as we go through the early grades. I don't know that I'm cut out to homeschool, and my hope is that the very small classes at the Lutheran school would give her the flexibility to read up (or science up, or math up, or whatever) with higher grades if she's not being challenged in her "appropiate" grade.
We do have the option to "try it out", and to try it out on a M-W-F schedule. (The Pre-K program is officially M-F, 8:15-3, and does include nap/rest time.)
So... am I crazy for considering this? Is it nuts to put my 3 year old in a class designed for kids up to two years older than she is? Am I setting her up to fail? Am I That Mom? What am I not thinking of here?