I am fromFinland and started school at age 6 (we had no kindergartens on the 40's). I learned to read because I loved the books my parents bought for us. However, my math skills were nonexistent then. I remember standing in the corner in the classroom many a time for being unruly. We did have recesses which I did not remember liking too well. I was NOT ready for first grade then and would have preferrd playtime instead. Bravo for the Finnish schools for their innovative education approach.