This week’s question comes to us from Julie at JadeSky who asks:
How young do you think children should be when they start reading?
I’m not sure that the question should be when should they, but more when can they. I think that babies, with their weird, miraculous little brains, are capable of learning in ways that we can’t even imagine. Given the right input—which is typically parents reading to them ad nauseum—babies will learn to read like they learn to speak, which is to say with no actual instruction.
Now, to get this outcome, parents should start reading to them when they are wee-wee-wee. I would suggest reading to infants from the first day, and reading to them every day until they can read on their own. For some babies, that’s been documented to be as early as under three years. For some, it might end up being late enough that they don’t learn till they go to school. For me, I think I was around four.
Do you remember being taught to read? When were you reading on your own? I’d love your stories in the comments?
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