Forcing a young child to read before they are ready, can really have a negative affect. Most kids naturally develop a love of reading when they encourage doing so the right way. Unfortunately some parents feel that children should start reading by a certain age. Some parents think that children should be reading before they start kindergarten. The reality is that children will pick up a few things here, and there but they will really start reading when they are ready.
They can get discouraged
When a child gets pushed into reading when they are not ready they can become discouraged, and suddenly hate reading. If a child is discouraged from reading just the idea of picking up a book can cause them to feel stressed out and upset. Rushing a child before they are ready can really cause long lasting affects, and may cause your child to take even longer to learn. Along with being discouraged can come stress. A lot of stress can really affect the learning process.
Every Child is different
Many homeschooled children are often compared to other children who are the same age. This can cause some parents to think that their child is behind simply because they are not on the same level as another child. It is important to remember that each child is different and does things in their own time when they are ready. The one thing that you don’t want to do is compare your child to another child. Doing this can cause a lot of damage to your children in the long run.
You lose the fun in learning
One big thing that you can lose is your child’s fun of learning. Kids are natural learners and they enjoy learning how to do new things. Sitting your child down, and forcing them to start reading can really cause your child a lot of stress. Especially if they are not yet ready for it. Learning at the age of four and five should really be about play and fun. Schools are not really concerned about it being too early for a child to learn to read, but instead that they need to be on a certain level. One thing that all parents want for their children is for them to really develop a deep love of reading. The best way to help them do this is by letting them grow and learn at their own pace.