I'm not sure what to title this
A year ago my dd was still begging me to teach her to read. I dutifully tried. It just wasn't working. Her brain wasn't ready. I had read lots about how a child just has to "click" but try explaining that to a five year old. She thought she wasn't reading because her mom wasn't teaching her
I *did* explain to her about her brain not being ready but then, since she was asking, I tried to teach her. It was frustrating and it didn't work. She'd get frustrated and bored and want to stop so we did. Then a few weeks or months would go by and she'd again complain I wasn't teaching her and so we'd start again. And get frustrated and bored again, and stop again.
I used various methods. Phonics, whole word, games, making stories up with the words she did know, easy reader books, etc. It just didn't work because her brain wasn't ready yet. We did this on and off for a long time (I think she was 4 when she first asked).
Then she turned 6 and the rest is history
Her brain just clicked. It really seemed to happen overnight. We hadn't been doing any "teaching" in awhile either. Just one day, out of the blue, POOF! She's reading. Just like that. Wow.
This morning I'm making breakfast and from the other room I hear ' "Ungrateful dumpling!" scolded the woman, as she knelt and reached for it.'.
I started thinking of just six months ago when I was printing out such exciting books as "The cat sat on the hat. Oh! The hat is flat!" and painfully walking her through sounding them out :LOL
Having said all that, I'd do the same again. Yeah, it was frustrating and basically useless to try and teach her before she was ready *but* (and it's a big but!) she was asking for it. I think it would have been even more frustrating for her to ask to be taught and have mom say no, I won't, you're not ready.
Of course, my mom, who totally doesn't understand my "style" congratulated me on doing such a great job of teaching Bridget to read :LOL I told her (in front of Bridget) oh no, it wasn't me teaching, she did it all herself