I'm with you on 3-4-5....but 6 and 7? You're saying first and second graders shouldn't be able to read? That sounds odd to me. I mean, it's probably not the biggest deal in the world, but definitely not an ideal to strive toward.
I'm truly not being argumentative, just expressing surprise. I think I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was 7, and I'm no genius.
A 6 year old, in Waldorf, will just barely be starting First Grade. The "cut off" dates are different than public schools. Kids need to be fully 6, most 6 1/2, before starting. Actually my daughter didn't start until age 7. So YES, some of us are saying they shouldn't be able to read yet. Now 'should,' is really open. If your child figures it out fine, but no one is sitting them down with a leap pad and some flash cards.
Having said that, she somehow managed to teach herself (or some rubbed off from her older sibling) math. Seriously, at least adding and subtracting, two years before first grade. I did nothing to discourage it, but also didn't sit down and do drills with her.
HangingWaldorfMomheadinshame. (Yes, that is sarcastic).
We all have different learning curves. I'm sure if your son could not read now he is good doing something else. Things that he is most interested. That is why we are mothers right? We support our children all the way.
I think you missed the sarcasm that was in the original post. She doesn't feel badly about it, the opposite. Most three-year-olds don't read nor should they be expected to read. Are you familiar with Waldorf??
Hi thtm2007. I did not miss the initial post. I was stressing out that we all have strengths I think my point was the same point of everyone here. Again, we are all mothers and would want the best for our children at any time and at any cost. And yes, I am familiar with Waldorf.
Wife to one amazing husband , SAHM to DS 10/09, DS 10/19, one furbaby , and lots of !
My four year old also can't read...and frankly I get a little nervous when she seems to be trying to figure out words or letters, lol. Seriously...I had a pretty unbalanced childhood because I was an early reader, academically advanced and was basically a bookworm. Which was very good in some respects, but in hindsight left me pretty unbalanced. I'm sure, without question, that my daughter will fall in love with reading someday. She's already on her way there, she is able to pretty much memorize entire books just based on the pictures and having me read them a few times. I just hope she gets plenty of time to stomp in mudpuddles and play in the dirt before she gets sucked into the world of books and academia.
From a teachers perspective who has been teaching early childhood for the past eight years, I think it is so refreshing to have a parent like you that sees the value in simply playing. You are right, your child is three and from my perspective should't be concerned with those things, not now at least. I commend you for allowing your child to just be...
I can say with certainty that my daughter, who learned how to read in 2nd grade, turned out just as well as I did, learning to read in 1st grade. Back in the bad old days, reading was taught in 1st grade, not kindergarten or nursery school.
Both of my grandchildren learned in 2nd grade. What delighted me was that they spent so little time on the process. Both of them went from reading "Frog and Toad" at the beginning of the year to reading the Little House series by the end of the year and then went on to become bookworms.
And all that time that they wasted not struggling with reading? Well, they can knit, crochet, embroider, garden, cook, build, take care of animals, act, play musical instruments and just have a lot of fun.
Poor, deprived children...