Donita - posted on 09/12/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
Our almost three year old girl is a prolific reader. She has figured out phonics on her own, definitely understands what she she is reading, and seems to remember EVERYTHING she has read exactly. She has us read to her...about thirty to fifty books a day. And, now, she reads another ten to twenty books on her own on top of what we read to her (of course, these are books like "Green Eggs & Ham" and "The Little Red Hen"...not novels).
Should we be encouraging this gift? Or, should we continue fighting the good fight - trying to encourage more broad interests and activities? We do work hard to keep a balance for her, but she always chooses reading first. It's the first thing she does when she wakes up and the last thing she does before falling asleep. It seems like forty to seventy books a day is excessive. Any thoughts on this?