"I am concerned about the push to begin reading instruction at earlier ages. What about the 'late bloomer whose cognitive skills are set by nature and will NOT be rushed, who is ready to read in the last half of Grade 1 ... or not until Grade 2, or Grade 3? By that time, reading instruction may be two years' beyond these kids, and they are 'left behind.'"
"Doesn't it make sense to go back to when Kindergarten students learned social skills and learned by playing and when literacy skills centered around learning the alphabet, and phonics were left until at least the first grade?" - A teacher from The John Carroll School in Bel Air, MD
also know that waiting to teach kids to read until the end of the
first grade or second grade does not work.
We have not found any support for the idea of "late bloomers"
or "developmental lags." Instead, we find that the longer
we delay formal reading instruction, the less likely it is that the
child will ever catch up.
Learning to Read
Children Succeed or Fail at Reading, Research from National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Program in Learning
Children to Read
Reading IS Rocket Science, What Expert Teachers Should Know and
Be Able to Do by Louisa Moats, published by the American Federation
A Child Becomes a Reader: Proven Ideas from Research for Parents (K-Grade 3). What to do at home, what to look for in classrooms, what every child should be able to do by the end of K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades. In html
Put Reading First: Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read. Organized by topic for kindergarten through grade 3 (phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, vocabulary instruction, fluency instruction, and text comprehension instruction), lists findings from the research, suggests how findings can be translated to practice.
Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read - A Parent Guide.
Provides an overview of findings of the National Reading Panel;
gives ideas for what to expect from a school's reading program based
on evidence from the research (preschool through grade 3); suggests
ways parents can reinforce reading instruction at home.