I think she could learn to read pretty easily. I think she would enjoy being able to read to herself, and really, I have these fantasies where she entertains herself and her younger sister by reading together!
BUT. . .
I don't want to be a pushy mom. I don't want her to go to school in two years, and be bored out of her mind when they are learning to read. What if she drives the teacher nuts?
I don't want to be a pushy mom. I don't want her to go to school in two years, and be bored out of her mind when they are learning to read.
Just make sure it is about her having fun and not about you.
I wouldn't worry about her future school teachers. A lot of the kids in the class will be driving them crazy with much more annoying traits.
but everything has pros and cons
I'm also informally teaching dd(4yo) how to read and do math (she can add single digits). She's a bright child and she's a sponge so my job is the provide her every opportunity for her to grow.
I thought about waiting, but she told me she wants to read and happily sits with me while we work through things. She'd probably be reading by know if she thought she could teach herself, but she lacks confidence. I have a ds who did teach himself and was reading and spelling by the time he entered K.
As long as you are following her lead and not *forcing* her to do lessons, I don't see any harm in providing her with help. You can deal with K issues later on.
Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
I was reading on a college level by 5th grade. All six of us were homeschooled.
Then we have my little nephew that taught himself to read and write at the age of two....
Don't hold back if the ability is there
or a website like www.starfall.com which is very good if she is a phonetic learner.
or a paid program on the computer like www.headsprout.com
or even a leapfrog kinda thing.
i would let her set the pace. so could be either slow or you take of running which is what mostly happens when they show interest.
i would figure out the best method your dd might enjoy and follow that. try to figure out what kind of learner she is - her learning style.
ETA: since she is showing interest in academics what would also be helpful is doing math manipulatives if you are not doing it already. not addition and subtraction but pattern, sorting...
Who am I to stop her? I love love love books. I'd read anything on hand as a child, and took a book everywhere. Still do. I'm not pushing her-- I'm being pulled along! Sounds like your daughter is pulling you, too!
Just make it something that's around, let her decide when to pick it up and when to stop. I certainly wouldn't wait just because she might be bored in school. Think of all the fun stories she could be reading in the meantime! It will be the school's job (and yours to let them know) to meet her needs then.
Amanda , UK Mum, married to airline pilot Dave . Mum to Emily (20), Jasmine (11) and Theo (7):
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