Recently we have been working with our five year old who has started to express an interest in reading. He is not yet in Kindergarten and has just tackled all his letters! We read every night together and have since birth but he is a very busy boy and until now has not really shown an interest in reading on his own.
So we are at the library picking out books and a woman with a child about three was picking out the same books we were. Much to my surprise he was reading the titles to her! Of course she was glowing with that look at my child pride we all hope to gleam with from time to time, and she shared with me she had used several programs such as this one http://www.yourbabycanread.com/default.aspx to teach her little one to read.
We checked out our books and headed home. Of course I started to look at some of these programs for my boys, but I am still not convinced that the systems work for all kids. We will try it with our littlest one and continue to encourage our older boy to read and make it fun. It is worth a shot but I also refuse to take the fun out of being a kid just so that they can read sooner. I also wonder what the kids that read at three will do in 1st grade?
What do you think? Should babies read? Is it harmful or beneficial?0