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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Children Reading by Six

I don't know about anyone else, but I think this is really dangerous and will put unnecessary stress on children who are much too young to have to worry about such things. Children learn at different speeds and what a child can or can't do at six has nothing to do with eventual achievement.

With the benefit of hindsight I would advise any mother of a child who is not reading well at six not to worry. Give kids the right type of secure childhood where they can be a child and not a mini adult and they will achieve their potential at their own pace and on their own terms.

The only thing I told my children was that we expected them to do their very best to get 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science. Anything else would be a bonus.

Daughter - who is now a teacher - got a Grade D in Maths. She had to re-take it to get in Uni, but honestly, what did it matter in the end in the grand scheme of things? Incidentally, she was about eight before she could read out loud fluently.


Anonymous said...

I still can't read fluently out loud, though hopefully I quite good at reading silently.

It strikes me that, these days, some aspects of the education system are too focussed on targets and achievement, rather than a good all-round education.

I think my sister was born with the ability to read. I was a much later starter. Now all I have to do is learn how to write...

Anonymous said...

I think it is wrong to expect too much, too quickly of children. Normally when you do that things have a habit of going wrong later on in life!!
My eldest has just started reading simple stories (he is 9) and quite frankly I am delighted. His hand writing has also improved greatly from what it was. My youngest hasnt reached that stage yet...but heres hoping!X

Jane Wenham-Jones said...

HI Annie - great blog. Keep writing!