…my kids to read early, in part because it was such an important early skill in my life. (Side note: My best trick for avoiding topics I don’t want to dwell on is to overexplain — there’s no greater dissuader of children than the boredom of a parental lecture!)
Totally. I always believed we never went through an annoying “Why?” phase because every time she asked why, we gave her a thorough answer. I’ve gotten used to asking, “Do you want to hear more about this?” after my first sentence of explanation. Sometimes it’s a yes, sometimes a no.
I’m surprised my daughter didn’t learn to read earlier, because we read with her so much. It’s so fun to see it developing naturally, just in time for school to emphasize it.
I can see a lot of good things about the Waldorf school (a lot of outdoors time, creativity, singing), but I can’t wrap my head around trying to stop a child from reading if the child feels ready.
The Montessori model always sounded good. Really hoping public school works out for us.