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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 03:54 AM   11
freckleonear
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Writing naturally comes before reading according to Montessori. She's still very young, just let her have fun with it and the rest will come later. Would she enjoy making words with wooden or magnetic letters?



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 04:21 AM   12
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My 4 year old cant read or write :/



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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 04:51 AM   13
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I teach 4 and 5 year olds and an average ability 5 year old can generally read words that can be sounded out phonetically by the end of the reception year with the daily phonics teaching that is compulsory. Many can read fluently and some are still struggling with basic 3 letter words. Daisy at 3 can read any 3 letter word but that is unusual at her age.



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 05:00 AM   14
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I think she's doing really well for her age. Charlie can recognise most letters but is nowhere near being able to actually read (or write!). He has magnetic fridge letters and wooden letters that we mess around with doing short words, Maybe your Lo would like them?



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 05:54 AM   15
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I work with children aged 3-4 years and no way would I expect them to be reading at 4. No need to worry yet at all. She will be learning her phonics and learning to blend letters at this age which comes before reading x



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 06:35 AM   16
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Sounds like she's doing brilliantly. I think some responses seem to have jumped to conclusions about pushing etc. Imagination and academic ability are certainly not mutually exclusive! Alice is reading phonetically regular cvc words and some common words by sight but it's not something we've pushed - mainly it's because she likes Alphablocks! It's absolutely right to say there's no need to worry that she's more ahead with writing than reading, but equally, there's nothing wrong with a child who is interesting in reading earlier. Follow their interests (as it sounds like you are doing) and you can't go wrong.



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 10:24 AM   17
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This exactly! We have never been able to actually teach our 3 year old anything...we just support his interests (and letters were one from 1.5 years old! Remember that letters are everywhere, so why wouldn't kids have a natural interest?). To me, how he learns is actually a bit of a mystery (he also can do addition, subtraction, can tell you that when you cut 2 tomatoes in 4 pieces each, you get 8 pieces etc.). It all comes from obsessions he has with letters/numbers/puzzles, but also cars or right now trains! At this age, teaching before they are ready just doesn't work I think.

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Sounds like she's doing brilliantly. I think some responses seem to have jumped to conclusions about pushing etc. Imagination and academic ability are certainly not mutually exclusive! Alice is reading phonetically regular cvc words and some common words by sight but it's not something we've pushed - mainly it's because she likes Alphablocks! It's absolutely right to say there's no need to worry that she's more ahead with writing than reading, but equally, there's nothing wrong with a child who is interesting in reading earlier. Follow their interests (as it sounds like you are doing) and you can't go wrong.



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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 12:41 PM   18
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What the heck..............................



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 13:02 PM   19
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As others said, follow their lead.

Joshua (4.5years) can read most things. He reads all of his books. We haven't pushed this, it was what he wanted to know. He started off pointing at words and asking what they said and also playing a lot with his Tag pen.

His knowledge on the thinggs he likes (volcanoes, earthquakes, tectonic plates & the world map) is outstanding and could probably out do most adults but on the things he's not bothered by, he can't do/doesn't know a lot about (maths is one)



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 20:47 PM   20
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My DD is jsut 4 and she definately knows her Name to read and right, and can recognise mine and my partners but thats sort of it and I am not pushing her to read as I have been told it can do more harm than good as it could put her off it it becomes a hassle.



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