By Jodie Lynn
Our four-year-old daughter is very interested in learning how to read. I am reading her books that are age appropriate but also harder ones. My husband says to keep her on her age level or it will become confusing. Is he correct?
ANSWER FROM READER:
There are a wide variety of reading programs and kits on the market today that will help your daughter learn to read. Some of these are available at your local library. Before you actually spend your hard earned cash on one of these systems, check it out from the library. Utilize different ones and whichever one she has the most success with, go buy it at the store for her own personal use. - Cookie Johnson in Madison, WI
Whatever you do, do not force your daughter to learn to read. She is still young and by allowing her to move at her own pace, things will fall into place much more quickly simply because she enjoys it so much. I read a variety of books to my two children. At first, everything was kept at an age appropriate level for each child. In fact, I read to them separately, just to make them feel special and have one on one time with each individual child. However, I soon found out that they enjoyed each others' books as well. Even though the harder ones were too high of a level for the younger child, the interest was quite intense. It was also a surprise to find out that the older child still wanted to hear some of his favorite stories from when he was younger. There is nothing wrong with sharing more difficult books with your daughter, especially with a good mixture of easier ones. Therefore, read whatever you like to her and she will soon select a few favorites, sort of like her own little collection. This will help her to either memorize the stories she prefers and actually learn to read the words from the pleasure she gets out of the experience, or maybe she will simply want to hear you read the words for her. Encourage her to look at the words while you read and help her to learn the meaning, if she is interested. Either way, she is learning a vast collection of words and expressions that she will cherish and they will help her immensely once she enters kindergarten.
CAN YOU HELP?
There are so many applications now available to preschoolers that it can sometimes be overwhelming. We have twin three-year-olds and they seem to get bored relativity quickly with some of the previous ones we've purchased. Which ones seem to be targeted for actual educational purposes that really work, yet are fun and entertaining?
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