Ds is 4. He's going to preschool three days a week, and his teacher says he is doing fine, if not better than some of the other kids in terms of written work. I do some things with him at home, and he does alright and is happy to do some more structured things with me, but his attention span is definitely shorter than either of his sisters. I get that boys are different than girls. I plan on doing a relaxed K with him next year.
His younger sister just turned 3. She has a longer attention span than he does, and is actively trying to write (without any prompting from me), and for 3yo, does pretty well at it. The preschool also does nursery school two days a week, and when I signed her up, the teacher asked if I wanted to put her in the nursery or pre-k section. She said there will be a few other kids there that have birthdays close to dd's in the pre-k. Academically, she already knows what would be covered in the nursery school. Emotionally, she is definitely 3 and nothing close to 4.
We send our kids to preschool so that they have a chance to play in a group of kids their own age, and hopefully make a friend or two for play dates. It seems like it would be easier later on if ds and dd were closer together for history and science. In my mind, I think of them as being just a year apart. I worry a little about youngest dd outpacing her brother. Am I unfounded in my worry? Thoughts?