What's the best time to start a child learn to read?
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Dove - posted on 07/12/2016
A child should learn to read when he/she is ready to do so. Whether a child learns to read at 3/4 or not til 7... MOST kids are about on the same level by the 3rd grade. In order to be 'really' reading a child needs to understand phonics, sight reading, and reading comprehension, so while a child of 3 might be 'able' to read... the full comprehension simply isn't there (spoken as a mother of which 2/3 of my kids WERE reading at 3.5... because they wanted to and could). It isn't early reading that gives kids an advantage. It is the love of learning and the desire to learn more that gives them that advantage.
Jodi - posted on 07/10/2016
You should start reading TO them as early as possible. Actively teaching THEM to read earlier is of no benefit. Many of the countries in the world with the highest literacy rates don't actually start their children at school (including learning to read) until they are 6 or 7.
Ev - posted on 07/12/2016
Ma Leticia--It is not really a good idea to force a child to start to read before he or she is ready. I do not care how many experts tell us this (a lot of them may not have any kids) kids will do things when they are ready. My daughter did not ready until about the same time as other typical children did though she was writing her name very well before the age of 6. Her brother had some learning issues and so reading came harder for him. The best thing to do is to read to your child. They learn to read that way too.
Gardensparrow - posted on 07/12/2016
Well, no matter how young, you can always begin reading with your child. I think that's a great way to instill a love of learning and it will help you determine when they can get started reading on their own. Every child will probably be a bit different as far as the age, but you could also try some rhyming games or learning the alphabet to see where they're at...
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