instead of plopping my kid on the floor with an ipad or in front of the tv, i homeschool her. my kitchen looks like a preschool. i have charts for letters, numbers, shapes, colors, weather, and a calender. thanks to all of my hard work, and efforts, my 2 1/2 year old daughter recites the alphabet, writes all of her letters and numbers, counts to 10, and backwards from 5. she also sounds out sight words. at 19 months old, she arranged her alphabet flash cards from a-z on the living room floor. all by herself! no help from mom, or coaching...she did this all on her own accord. i also teach animals, seasons, opposites, etc. i plan to homeschool both my children up to 12th grade. the schools in my area are HORRID. i looked into preschool for my daughter, and was told that she would have to be placed in a 4 year old class in order to keep up with the rest of the children. however, i'm not paying upwards of $800 a month for that. i can teach her soooo much more here at the house. sure, she watches tv everyday when i need to get things done around the house and cannot entertain her. she prefers sesame street, leap frog, and word world.