"First, don't subject your children to formal, scheduled study before age 8 to 10 or 12, whether they can read or not. In addition to our basic research at Stanford and the University of Colorado Medical School, we analyzed over 8000 studies of children's senses, brain, cognition, socialization, etc., and are certain that no replicable evidence exists for rushing children into formal study at home or school before 8 or 10.
Read and sing and play with your children from birth. Read to them several times a day, and they will learn to read in their own time... as early as 3 or 4, but usually later, some as late as 14. Late readers often become the best readers of all, with undamaged vision and acute hearing, more adult-like reasoning (cognition) levels, mature brain structure and less blocking of creative interests. Yet late readers are often falsely thought to be in need of remedial help. If you have any doubts about your youngster, have specialists check vision and hearing; possibly see a neurologist. If there are no problems, relax."
Yeah, RELAX, mom!
"The 'antennae' sprouting from the brains of most students are blocked by mass-education's cookie-cutter substitutes for life that destroy creativity. Kids come out uniform-sized cookies. Let creative interests expand to other learning. As they mature, they teach themselves, learn at their own initiative, as few now do!"