Originally Posted by mandib50
kids are expected to read by the time they leave kindergarten where i live.
i don't get it myself, i think it's waaaay to early considering that the vast majority of 3 and 4 year olds are NOT ready to read or write. some, but i'd say it's a pretty small minority.
whatever happened to kids being kids?
or maybe i'm just jealous cuz 7 seems to be the age in my house where my kids start reading
I'm not sure about kids with reading and writing interests so young being in "the minority" - just about every kid I know had some level of capability in both before their fifth birthdays came along. Granted, that's anecdotal and completely inadmissable in a court of sociology (joke! it's a joke...) but I think it's revealing.
I've actually had the opposite problem where I've encountered many people who assume
that because a 3 or 4 year old has a level of reading and writing that they have been pressured in some way. Believe me, there's just as little tolerance for any given child's natural development in terms of younger kids reading as there is for some kids reading later. I've also seen a great deal of parental pride in being the one who was sooooo tolerant of his/her own child's natural unfolding that the kid waited until age 9 or 10 to read - as if that were somehow indicative of superior parenting, too. These parents are just as invested in seeing their personal desired outcome vis-a-vis reading and writing as any who would have preferred an earlier start.
I chalk it up to people having a very hard time minding their own store.