Were You Forced To Learn Reading Too Early?
September 9, 2011
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Some kids are ready to learn to read later than school systems’ timetables. It appears this may produce fluent readers who lack important comprehension skills.
I was recently led to the GeekMom Blog and its post: Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body.
Apparently, a child’s “…development is cued to movement. These bodily experiences prepare children for the magic found when shapes become words, words become stories, and they become readers.”
The post was written by Laura Grace Weldon who’s written a book called, Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything.
Laura’s post has a number of links to medical source material and includes this statement:
“In order for children to read, write and spell they must be developmentally ready. Some are ready at the age of four or five, some not for many more years. This readiness includes complex neurological pathways and kinesthetic awareness. Such readiness isn’t created by workbooks or computer programs. It’s the result of brain maturation as well as rich experiences found in bodily sensation and movement.”
I don’t honestly remember how early I was forced to read. I was born in the USA in 1946 to parents who were not fans of reading; but, I became an omnivorous Reader.
Perhaps I lucked out–my neural pathways were ready for development and aided by lots of outside movement and challenge.
Do you know children who’ve suffered from too-early reading training?
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