Originally Posted by GuildJenn
I have worked in reading education and I have never, ever heard that there's a window for reading that closes at FOUR.
My god, what a society we have become pushing kids like that. (And I'm a big fan of reading, but seriously.)
i didnt say the window to learn to read closes at age 4. that the window of which it is EASIEST for a child to learn to read starts to close at age 4. and the same is true for second languages and sign languages. its harder to learn as a child or adult then it is to learn as an infant or toddler. this isn't new, it's been known for a long time. I'm surprised by anyone who doesn't already know this about language development.
And how is it pushing kids? I am pushing my child because I RESPOND to HER interested and ENCOURAGE her in something SHE loves?
really I have THREE children, and though they are all welcome to join in on this activity, my daughter is the one who shows interest. I don't force it on them, which is why my daughter is the only one who participates in in 95% of the time... I am also able to recognize that sometimes my son joins in for a minute and then withdrawals because its boring to him, and he just wanted some attention - so then I will give him some undivided attention doing something he loves, and I let him know if he needs me he just has to ask. I sense a bit of jealousy in some of these posts really to accuse parents who teach their willing interested
children to learn to read as being pushy. Or that my daughter is "lucky" to be matched up to a mama who doesn't mind... I think for most people if it were something (healthy) their child loved and brought joy to them, you wouldn't mind either. Did I like reading out loud before? no, actually I felt like a dork. it also used to make my throat get dry which I found highly annoying. I got past that though because my daughter loved stories. now she is interested in words. and now, it's not about getting past it.. I enjoy it because I enjoy sharing her happiness.
My daughter has a very serious personality since birth, yet find joy in something you would THINK would be serious. to her, it's not. I just follow her happiness. I do the same for all my children. Call it pushy if it makes you feel better, but I would say my daughter certainly does not agree.