|Teaching Reading in Preschool
|WHEN DO CHILDREN LEARN TO READ?
American Academy on Pediatrics
|HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN TO READ
National Institute of Health
|Early childhood developmental theory syllogistic reasoning abilities on the part of the child. Most young children do not attain
this form of reasoning until the age of five or six. It makes little sense to focus on intensive reading instruction until then.
Studies show that children enrolled in accelerated academic programs eventually lose whatever gains they made.
|READING TOO EARLY: "Children lose whatever gains they made".
David Elkind, Ph. D.
|According to most experts... it's roughly age 6-7.
Pushing your child to read before she is ready can get in the way of your child's
interest in learning. The love of learning cannot be forced."
|A Congressionally mandated, independent panel concluded that the most
effective way to teach children to read is through instruction that includes a
combination of balanced strategies.
|An interesting article that questions the repercussions of a
narrow educational focus.
|WHEN DO MOST CHILDREN LEARN TO READ AND WRITE?
The International Reading Association (IRA)
and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This is endorsed by almost all of the educational community including American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association, Association for Childhood Education International, Association of Teacher Educators, Council for
Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Division for Early Childhood/Council for Exceptional Children, National
Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education, National Association of Early
Childhood Teacher Educators, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of State
Directors of Special Education, National Council of Teachers of English, Zero to Three/National Center for Infants,
Toddlers, & Families.
The concepts in this joint position statement are supported by the following organizations: American Academy of
Pediatrics, American Association of School Administrators, American Educational Research Association, and the
National Head Start Association.
The entire position statement including research can be accessed at the link at the bottom.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude. Display a sense of curiosity. Practice personal responsibility for learning.
Demonstrate persistence in completing tasks. Apply prior knowledge and processes to construct new knowledge.
Voluntarily use a variety of resources to investigate topics of interest.
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility. Respect similarities and differences in others. Treat others with kindness
and fairness. Follow rules. Include others in learning and play activities. Function positively as a member of a family,
learning group, school, and community. Initiate and respond to social interactions with peers and adults.
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional behaviors. Recognize own values, talents, and skills. Express self in positive ways.
Demonstrate behavior appropriate to the situation. Express feelings appropriately. Meet and respect needs of self and
4. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene. Learn proper care of the body for health and fitness. Develop knowledge
that enhances participation in physical activities and healthy food choices. Display persistence in learning motor skills and
developing fitness. Use physical activity for self-expression.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills. Develop phonological and phonemic awareness. Develop expressive
and receptive vocabulary. Develop reasoning and sequencing skills. Demonstrate problem-solving skills. Observe, sort, and
classify objects. Make connections from content areas to application in real life.
|WHAT SHOULD YOUR CHILD KNOW BEFORE KINDERGARTEN?
UTAH OFFICE OF EDUCATION
|Early Childhood experts agree:
Never put your preschool age child on
a memorization treadmill.