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Old 08-30-2019, 10:14 PM
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Gabriel goes through spurts when he wants to read a lot and then it is just bedtime. The last few nights we have been reading books that have been read several times that he pretty much knows and can tell you the story. All of a sudden he is pointing to the words as I read them, not really on track, but pointing. Like I used to tell students to use their finger to follow along. Does he want to learn to read? Do I just let him do whatever, move his hand so he is following correctly, start teaching him to read (he is 3 and knows his ABCís, some sounds )? My mom says my sister and I just taught ourselves to read by 3 or 4. I donít want to pressure him. What do I do?


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Old 08-31-2019, 05:08 AM
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My son picked up reading at age 4. I read to him a lot. I wasn't a teacher then, so I didn't push it. I'd say follow his lead but keep it fun.
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:29 AM
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He is doing exactly what is developmentally appropriate: learning about concepts of print. It would appear he knows the front and back of a book, the fact that print carries meaning, reading moves left to right, etc. just keep reading with him and donít push.
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Old 08-31-2019, 07:18 AM
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.... just keep reading with him and don’t push
I agree. When my kids told me they wanted to learn to read by themselves, I helped them. They both demanded I let them in on the secret of reading and both were 4.
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Old 08-31-2019, 07:46 AM
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Donít push him to start reading, but allow him to move at his pace. The kids Iíve had in first grade who are way above grade level in reading, but have been pushed to get there are easily bored in class. It needs to be fun for him at this point.


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Old 08-31-2019, 07:53 AM
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My daughter was similar at 3 and she was really interested in learning letter sounds. I did not push her but followed her lead and did teacher her the letter sounds. I also bought the Bob readers and we read those. Again, I only did what she was interested in doing. She learned to read by 4 and now in 2nd grade reads well above grade level. So I say take his lead and see if he enjoys it.
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Old 08-31-2019, 08:00 AM
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we will keep reading. I will just do what he asks.😆
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:48 AM
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I would not attempt to formally teach him to read because that could turn him off. Keep reading to him as that is the single most important thing you can do at this age. Pointing to the words is great because it shows you that he is already understands that we read from left to right and that the words tell the story. It also shows motivation and a love of reading!!! Learning to read involves a lot more than letters and sounds.

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