kamomil (kamomil) wrote in thequestionclub,
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If you were a parent or guardian, would you read to the child to give them an opportunity to learn how to read before they started school? I don't mean aggressively teaching, just reading them stories.

At what age did you start reading?

My parents were both teachers (elementary and high school) and they read books to us and I could read at 3 years old. My spelling skills have always been pretty good. My dad I don't think was a fluent reader until he was around 13, and my mom had a relative who was illiterate and she needed correspondence read to her out loud (she was hard of hearing too, so privacy was sometimes an issue) so maybe that was partial motivation for my parents to encourage us to read.

I was just talking to a parent at work and he said he "lets kids be kids" and "they will learn in school" but kids are such sponges at around 3-4 before they begin school, seems a shame to not tap in to that. He did say his one kid learned how to read fairly early his own without much encouragement.


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