So what if the kid didn't want to try anything else at that point in time? Why not let a kid be into reading read for as long as they please?
i'm not trying to be confrontational. I just look at my own kid -- who loves to read and is so proud of it, and I don't understand how reading early (for the kid who wants to and enjoys it) could possibly be a bad thing.
Also, what I have taken from this thread is that there are unforeseen issues that can arise from a young child being gifted in reading ... the ability to read words/concepts/ideas at an age where they are not ready to understand. The example given above regarding the word "genocide" is a prime example. But, just because a young child can read at a bigger age/grade level doesn't mean that he/she should be discouraged from reading if that is what they want to do. It just means that parents need to be aware that there can be a downfall to early reading ... IMO, a 4 or 5 year old who is capable of reading at a 2nd, 3rd, 4th ... grade level isn't ready to deal with the concepts and knowledge that is often presented for those age groups.
Hopefully this makes sense ... I've been interupted a few times by discussions of earth worms, show-and-tell of earth worms, and a request to buy two cans of earth worms for ds#1 and ds#2!