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How young do you think children should be when they start reading?
(submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
I don’t believe there is any one particular age when children should start reading. Reading is developmental, so ages will vary. Though I do believe you should start reading to your child very soon after you bring home your bundle of joy. They are never too young to hear a story.
My oldest daughter has always loved books. Reading became the only way I could calm her down until she learned to read on her own, which was at the crazy young age of just under 3. I’ll never forget the day she came to me wanting to read to me. It was a new book we had gotten from the library, so she had never heard it before, and she read every single word. You can guess that I tested her with multiple age-appropriate books to see whether she really could read, and she read everything I gave her. It felt so spontaneous that I still marvel over it.
Now, my younger daughter did not follow the same path, even though we read to her and did all the little things parents do to help kids understand what words are and what they mean, just like with the oldest. She learned in school when they taught it, so between five and eight-ish. She struggled a bit more than kids normally do but all the testing could never pinpoint why. She’s doing great in college, so she obviously got what she needed when she needed it.