"I'm not teaching my 5-year-old how to read"
The experts say that little kids have brains like sponges: Whatever you put in front of them, they’re going to learn from it. One of the best things that you can do for a kid is read to him or her; it helps them develop a larger vocabulary and gets them ready to read.
When are children expected to learn how to read themselves though? Is it the responsibility of the parent or of the school system to perfect their reading skills? One mom is saying that reading to your child and teaching them other life skills is far more important than teaching them to read at a certain age, and she has many critics.
Comedian and mother Crystal Lowery decided to share her parenting style with her Facebook fans, and her post went viral. She explained that she wasn’t actively trying to teach her five-year-old son how to read because there are many other important lessons he needs to learn right now. She began her post, “Don’t get me wrong, we read him books all the time. We’ve imagined ourselves in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and we’re 170 pages into Harry Potter’s Chamber of Secrets. We’re teaching him to enjoy stories, to get lost in characters. But we’re not teaching him how to read. Not just yet. He’s too busy learning other things.
“He’s learning how to be a good sport–how to wait his turn in Candy Land and not gloat when he makes it to the King’s Ice Cream Castle before his sister does. He’s learning how to take care of his things. Through trial and error (oh, so much error!) he has seen what happens when he leaves a book out in the rain, or a lump of Play Doh on the table overnight. He’s learning that you can’t rough house with an 8lb Pekingese.”