I am rarely impressed with kids who learn to read before 7 because most of the time they do not understand the process of reading comprehension. I am more impressed with a young child of 2 to 6 years old who can sit and HEAR a story and have a meaningful discussion about the text. Also young kids rarely understand the process of sounding out words. Teaching a child to read simply by memorization or calling out sounds they memorized really handicaps them from high level reading and understanding when they get older. It’s hard to teach a young child the different sounds of ow and ow, like in cow and low. They need higher level thinking ability to really know the art of reading. I know there are exceptions to this, but most kids I have encountered who learned to read young, grow up to be poor readers.
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Anika earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education. She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University. She has a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College and is in the process of completing her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland. Her research focus is on building literacy with African American students through engagement in the books of the Canon. She has served as a teacher, supervisor for student teachers, director of education and Head of School. Currently she is the founder and principal of a unique Christian school in Southern Maryland called The Living Water School which is based on the Sudbury model. She and her husband Damon, have three children (ages 3, 5 and 7), a Tibetan Terrier and a pretty crazy cat. View all posts by drnika