So, one of my original big hang-ups with Waldorf early education was the delayed reading. Then, the more I read about it, the more I came to understand the practical aspects. (Anthroposophy and I agree to disagree!) I saw that the early years were spent subtly learning pre-reading skills, and that the natural progression worked out to about the same proficiency by 1st grade or so as most main stream kiddos.
So I told myself that I wouldn't push reading beyond DS's natural inclinations. I answer questions, but don't introduce the idea beyond what happens organically in our daily lives. We read books together a lot. He is in Montessori preschool, so he's exposed to pre-reading skills during the day and has been learning the alphabet and working on his fine-motor skills. But they're really not pushing it either. (I appreciate that! I'd rather him learn at his own pace than be a bragging right for the preschool!)
I've never had any doubt that he could read early if we pursued it. He's bright and has a freaky good memory. When motivated, he can learn anything! I find that he's one of the most creative, bright, empathetic kids in his little school, so I don't regret my decisions at all!!
But the time has come when he's begun asking to learn to read. I don't think he's quite ready, but this is the age I learned too. I was reading at 3rd or 4th grade level by kindergarten.
WWYD? Show him a word or two so he's got one or two words he can read on sight? He knows him name on sight, but it's just the first letter. I don't think he could pick it out of a list of words with the same first letter. Then drop it until he brings it up again? Redirect and work on the the rhyming games and story telling?
When faced with an almost 4 yr old asking to read, how would you respond? Looking for the die-hard Waldorf answers, as well as the "inspired" folks. I really want to have some ideas!
Literacy is a big big thing for me. I'm very interested in all aspects!! :-D