how old were your children when they learnt how to read?
One lady who wrote on Yahoo answers taught her 18 month old to read. I kept that response if you want to see it.
Are you English? Becasue in the US we don’t say “learnt”, just “learned”.
There’s a book, TEach Your Preschooler to Read” by Donald Emory (or Emery) who was at one time superintendent of schools in New York or Pennsylvania or somehwere like that, that I think is currently out of print. In it he gives the reasons for teaching the average 4 year old to read. Also, a Montessori teacher told me 3 1/2 is the earliest she has ever taught a child to read.
I also haven’t had a tv for 20 years. My house is deliberately boring and no videogames either. My kids read just for pure entertainment, being that there wasn’t anything to do when hanging around at home, except when we took the usual trips out of the house, etc. I never heard, I’m bored. I have 7 kids, 5 in 5 years, and the oldest went to the park for 5 hrs, then home and read and did puzzles, etc. An old fashioned childhood without tv or other media–well we did occasionally listen to music. I recommend that kind of childhood. Just quiet and real. With Bach music playing in the background.
Just threw that extra info in there because too many ASSUME they know a kid’s future by how well they read or how well they learn as younger children.
My other son learned to read at age 6 and has always done well with reading and other schoolwork.
I read to all three constantly and made no special effort to “teach” reading. I did point out letters in environmental print, showed them their names, and pointed out simple sight words like STOP, EXIT, Cheerios, etc. I did explain to them that letters make sounds and taught them the sounds just using initial word sounds and pointing out the letters.
I don’t think children need to be “pushed” to read at an early age. Most will pick it up on their own with a few simple pointers. A few do need extra help though. (I know this because I ran a school age day care group for years and tutored a lot of the children in my care.)
and children need to learn to both love and appreciate reading in all forms….if no one reads to them and encourages them to read then they may be able to read but will never appreciate the process nor be a very capable reader…
look around you in all that you do one must be able to read…for work, for play, for life….
all children should be read to on a daily basis even when they can read themselves….and they should have access to all types of reading materials(books, newspapers, magazines, ads, mail, posters, etc) and most of all see adults reading and enjoying doing so….
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