Teaching and learning from preschoolers.
Studies have compared groups of children . . . who started formal literacy lessons at ages 5 and 7 . . . (T)he early introduction of formal learning approaches to literacy does not improve children's reading development, and may be damaging. By the age of 11 there was no difference in reading ability level between the two groups, but the children who stared at 5 developed less positive attitudes to reading, and showed poorer text comprehension than those children who had started later.
A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.
Last year, average math scores . . . declined; reading scores were flat or decreased compared with a decade earlier.
See Emilia Ferreiro, she studdy ao children learn to read, i n a very good way.She tel us that learn to read is like to learn to talk, a social behaver....Soory about my english i am from Portugal....
This documentary was recently broadcast in uk. Our government are obsessed by phonics approach.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=viCYKIRUpaw
I have a Middle schooler and a high schooler and both hate to read, yet they read very well. It all stems from the over emphasis on reading in the early elementary years. I was instructed that my children needed to learn 50 sight words BEFORE they began kindergarten. I reluctantly drank the Kool Aid and pressured them. Yes, they knew their sight words and soon they were reading very well.....comprehending? not so much. Next came the reading logs that I signed off on each night. It wasn't until my 2nd child's 4th grade teacher told me that she didn't require her students to read because she was forced to read and it caused her to hate reading. It was only after she finished college and was able to read what interested her that she began to love reading again. She didn't want her students to develop the same distaste for something that is supposed to be pleasurable. Unfortunately, it was too late for both of my children. I hope that one day they will start to read for enjoyment.
This is in the same vein as what I've been saying about my kids for a long time. My kids are healthy kids who live in a somewhat affluent area. They're read to daily. They're not in danger of becoming adults and not knowing how to read. They'll learn to read. They are NOT going to learn to read from ME.
Teacher Tom, so very well said. Knowledge reduces fear. All people do not read the same way, learn the same way, have the same timeline of specific brain development enabling reading to occure for the benefit of another on their terms or timeline but the end result is the same...they read. Would it not be better to be given the time to learn to read on your own terms and timeline creating the best change of developing a love of reading than to be foreced to read on another's terms and timeline and the real risk of developing a life-long hate of reading?
Totally agree. The more we instruct, the more we erode what helps kids learn. Instead we need to set kids free. Body movement, exploration, and a child's trust in safe secure rituals let kids truly make use of their abilities. Here's more on that: https://lauragraceweldon.com/2012/08/07/reading-readiness-has-to-do-with-the-body/
How do wr protect our kids from the rules of the current school system? They won't let us hold back our 5 year old from moving into grade 1. They have desks, not play areas. I feel like I'm letting my son down by sending him to school when the school is ignoring the research that is everywhere about how kids learn!