Paul will be 4 in March, and has started expressing an interest in reading, or rather, learning to read (he is getting frusterated because he can't read his stories says 'but I can't read' in a very sad voice. I just don't know where to start! He does not like being 'taught' or put on the spot. He knows some letters, but not all of them, or at least not that he has shared, and he will totally shy away if you ask him. I did that once and he didn't say or count to three for over a year! We did sit down today and go through a simple book (you know the ones that just have the name of the animal and a picture), spelling the words and saying them, he seemed to like that, but I don't know if that'll lead to learning to read.
How would you approach it? Just keep spelling out words? I could see him saying the letters to himself, so I think he knows them, but he is just so not a performer, and if you get to 'teachy' on him, he'll shut down all the way and it could be days or even weeks before he'll go near what ever it was you were doing.