The Kinder year is essential in laying foundations for later learning. And if we push ahead too soon- to academics, reading, and hard core arithmetic, instead of spending time working on foundation gross motor development, listening skills, empathy building, creativity, and exploration of their world - there are gaping holes in the child’s social and emotional development that will cause issues with academics later on. Because guess what? A four year old doesn't need to be able to read, or recite the times tables. If your child can- that’s wonderful, but I do hope they came to it through a natural love for those things when they were ready (some children have this thirst and if there hasn't been pressure, then that’s a wonderful thing).