I went to volunteer at my daughter's 3 year old classroom in preschool. When they come in the teacher have all their names on the cards which they should recognize and put in a basket. I was surprised that those names are written in a mixture of letters, meaning, they start with a capital, follow by all small letters. When I asked, the teacher told me that's how they've been taught, that it is right to start right away with capitals and small, this way the kids will have easier time recognizing different letters in the future. I don't know, I'm not convinced with that argument. I believe it's very hard for 3 year old kids to start recognizing differently shaped letters. D and d, N and n Oh, another thing is that more than half of the kids in that room speak another language at home, and their English is not yet as good as their native language (including my daugther). I'd like to hear the opinion of other preschool teachers.