There really are kids who have an interest in "schooly" things. To ignore that interest, or to claim that those who follow those interests MUST be pushing the kids simply because the kid is young...this accusation annoys me. Why not take the posters at their word? Some of us have early readers/little kids who LIKE to do workbooks, etc....along with all the other hands-on stuff they do every single day.
I was talking about the numerous posts here that go something like, "My child has started learning letters (or pointed to the word "stop"). How can I teach her to read?" The step between letter recognition and actual reading is HUGE and also dependent on individual development. I see a lot of posts asking how to turn toddlers into readers based on some letter recognition and a few sight words (which is nothing close to actual reading). That's what I was talking about. I am not talking about precocious children who pull the parents to go in their direction. I was talking about people who have a personal goal of teaching their toddlers to read; it seems important to the parent. In my very limited experience, if a young child is meant to read, they are going to do most of the work and discovery themselves anyway. I see a lot of posts asking which curriculum and methods can be employed to turn a toddler into a reader, which in my mind, is usually not related to naturally precocious children manifesting their own strong interests. I guess I wonder why a child can't just manifest an early skill and let that be it, until the child is ready to push forward? Why must we strive to turn it into something? That's what I see a lot of. Child A manifests some skill and parent wants to know how to turn that into something else.
Ok, withdrawing again.I just wanted to answer this and make it clear that I am not poo-pooing precocious children or early self-taught readers.
Congrats, Rain, on the SAT scores! That's awesome!