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Old Jun 8th, 2013, 17:05 PM   1
Racheldigger
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Four-year-old still can't read, but can write...


My LO is four years and two months old, and still can't read more than half a dozen words, although she has known all her letters since she was about two. What's weird is that she loves to write: she insists on helping me write shopping lists and thank-you letters. The only word she can write by herself is her name, but she can and does write just about anything, even words like 'toothpaste', if someone tells her which letters to write, and shows her the letter printed somewhere if she isn't sure how it's supposed to go. Is this usual?



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Old Jun 8th, 2013, 17:13 PM   2
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I don't think it's too unusual. DS1, who will be 4 in Sept, first knew to read and write a few words (by sight/memory), but could copy pretty much anything (or write down letters named to him), including long dinosaur names This went on for quite a while, but he only really started truly reading (by pulling sounds together, as opposed to by memory), including simple sentences, a few weeks ago. So I'd say your LO is well on her way to being an early reader
Just wanted to add, in our case the reading came out of nowhere all of a sudden, really strange.



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Old Jun 8th, 2013, 17:41 PM   3
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It's not unusual the average age for children in the uk to start reading is 7 years old! So being able to read even a few words is very clever, my son and my niece both 4 can write there names and copy letters/ be told how to write words but can't read unless they recognise the word of course x



 
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Old Jun 8th, 2013, 18:42 PM   4
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I think you need to cut your daughter some slack, reading at the age of 4 is very early.



 
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Old Jun 8th, 2013, 21:55 PM   5
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i agree with pp hun. My daughter is just now reconizing different letters. ALthough she has been able to say the alphabet since very young. The schools say she is right on for a average 4 year old.



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 02:11 AM   6
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Wow. Around here almost all the children only start to read at age 7. 4 years old is very young and they should still play and live in fantasy worlds. I personally believe that society tend to pressure children too much these days and trying to get them to be little adults waaayyyy too soon. Not saying you are doing this, but relax a bit.



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 02:26 AM   7
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Sigh, don't start... I can't remember the last time I got to address LO by her actual name, rather than as Buzz Lightyear, Fireman Sam, Snow White, Princess Holly or Teacher, whereupon it is my business to be Woody, Elvis, a dwarf, Ben Elf or First Day at School Person. So far, she has never informed me that she is Peppa Pig and instructed me to be Susie Sheep, but it's probably only a matter of time. And all we do is point to the words when reading books, honest, and she insists on our doing that: when she could hardly even speak, she'd be demanding "What dat one word? What dat one word?"



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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 02:50 AM   8
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Thats incredibly early. Sadie started reading at 4 but she was really bright and ended up being put ahead in her year. Shes 5 now and can read simple sentences and starting to build words but I know a lot of 5 year olds who are only just recognising the first pack of words, 'help, it, in, not, no, yes,' etc. Please dont stress and please dont push your child too much they will end up rebelling, bring it in to play and while reading to her at night. Ask her to explain whats happening in the pictures, rather than struggle and read the words. Good luck x



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 02:58 AM   9
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Bloody hell that's good!!! Ellis still doesn't recognise letters, let alone read them.



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2013, 03:52 AM   10
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Ruby can read any 3 letter word (that is spelled phonetically, e.g hat, top, tap, bat) but any longer than that that she won't even try. She does recognise words longer, e.g she has a friend with the surname 'wisdom' and picked up a book and noticed the word wisdom on a page. She is the same as your lo with writing, can write ruby and mummy unaided, but writes anything else I spell out. Not terribly well though as she refuses any guidance on how to hold a pen properly for some reason.

Anyway her nursery say she is fulfilling all the goals for up to age 5, so I have been thinking she iw doing v well. She is 4 yrs 1 month.



 
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