Should kids know their alphabet going into Kindergarten?

United States
July 28, 2007 6:39am CST
I remember that I knew mine and how to spell some simple words. My mother in law was a Kindergarten teacher for over 30 years. She had kids anywhere from not even potty trained to kids who were full blown reading. I know kids all learn at a different rate but do you think parents should work with kids before they go into Kindergarten? Even Kindergarten is so different from when I went to school. I can't believe the stuff some elementary school kids know.