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« How Do Children Learn to Read? | Main | How My Daughter Learned to Read »

May 04, 2007



Isn't it amazing how they can all be in the same environment and still absorb so differently? We did about 20 of the 100 Easy Lessons with my oldest daughter when she was 4. It was just too boring and we quit. I read to her and her sister, but didn't work too much more on reading. We would sound things out if they asked, but not much else. Somewhere about age 6 she decided she couldn't read and hated reading. When the younger one turned 5 (about 3 months after her sister turned 6), SHE got a Dick and Jane volume of readers and read the first three books the first day she had it -- never having had one single "reading lesson". She hasn't stopped since. Now, the older one is 8 and reads chapter books -- TLWW was her first as well -- and will announce to anyone listening that she looooooves reading. We'll see how my 3yo boy does. He isn't really putting the ABC's together with sounds much, but then again he doesn't sit down much at all. It will come, and I'm sure he'll be totally different than his sisters.


Thanks for your post. My daughter's story (and my reaction to it) is almost identical to Forrest's. She was a sudden reader, right before her 7th birthday. It was if a switch went off.
I recalled that I became a fluent reader right around my 7th birthday, too. I am beginning to think there IS a genetic switch.
Attempts at phonics were hopeless before then. We just kept reading and reading to her, books with lovely language by authors like E. Nesbit. There was a year or so when her reading needed to catch up to her comprehension and interests.
She became a totally independent reader around 8. I miss our frequent snuggling and reading sessions, but we still read a book together occasionally.
Thanks for your post. I am glad I found your site.

Adwina - Mom of 1

Thank you for sharing the story.

And, River is such a sweet girl, actually.


I liked the part where you mention about NOT expecting. I think my biggest problem is when the kids start to show a little progress and I hike up the expectations. That totally kills the joy for them. Thanks for sharing.

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