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January 01, 2008



Thanks for the reassuring post! My ds8yo is currently in the "same scene" stage you described. Yup -- he's now still exactly where he was two years ago! It really helps to hear from others whose "aha" moments eventually came together on their own.


Thank you so much for this post. I have a very bright, very active 5-year-old son who could, obviously to anyone who met him, read if he wanted to. He knows the sounds of the letters. He knows how to sound out simple 3 or 4 letter words. But does he want to - no! I'm feeling pressure, mainly from myself and little from my husband and mother-in-law, to teach the boy to read, but for the last month he's been rebelling against anything to do with reading, including me reading to him. Since we re-started "school" from winter break, he doesn't want anything to at all with "home-school" not even baking and doing simple math, which he loves. I've come to the conclusion that I need to completely back off and make learning more child-directed and fun. It's nice to hear a voice of experience that it really is OK to let him go for years if that's what he wants to do. Forcing is definitely not working for us.

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