I have never taken credit for teaching my children to read. It’s just something they learned. We read aloud – a lot. Books were always available. But lessons? Nope. Debra over at From Skilled Hands pointed me to a great post at Psychology Today.
Here’s just a tidbit:
For children in standard schools, it is very important to learn to read on schedule, by the timetable dictated by the school. If you fall behind you will be unable to keep up with the rest of the curriculum and may be labeled as a “failure,” or as someone who should repeat a grade, or as a person with some sort of mental handicap…
…But the story is entirely different for unschooled children. They may learn to read at any time, with no apparent negative consequences.
It’s worth a read!