Well, I have in my mind that because Alex and Luke have a late fall birthday and will be almost 6 when they start Kindergarten that they need to know more than the average 5 year old child. Since Jack started school last week, I started Alex and Luke's academics at home also. We have started doing sight word cards to get them recognizing words and closer to reading. (Sight words are some of the most frequently used words in the English language. Even though they number only about 200, Sight Words comprise approximately 50 to 70 percent of any given general, non-technical text. Therefore, teaching Sight Words as early as possible is considered a crucial part of elementary education. (taken from www.quiz-tree.com))
I am surprised at how quickly they are learning these words. It is fun to watch them work together and sound the words out and then it is really neat when they see these words other places and recognize them.