We reemphasize: The best early "academics" are your responses to your children-giving yourself to them in warm fellowship, conversation, travel; reading and telling stories with moral values; working at home chores and cottage industries together; teaching them by example how to serve others (in the home and down the street); being alert to their highest motives and interests; and encouraging them to develop their own creative ideas in the sand pile, with kitchen dough, with a telescope, in a diary, and with tools in the garage or garden.
The idea that parents should hurry reading, spelling, writing, or math ahead of children's normal development is not supported by a single replicable research study in the world or by any clinical experience in history. All history, research and common sense points in the opposite direction! We repeat: Any who push the three R's early deny the readiness factors the Creator built in-reasonably mature vision, hearing, taste, smell, reason, brain growth, coordination.
-Dr. Raymond Moore
The Succesful Homeschool Family Handbook, pg 46