Is it good to start teaching before schooling?
By Zhu Huifen
December 18, 2008 8:43pm CST
My 5 years old grandson is busy, having various lessons during the weekends. "They should not lose at the start scratch." is highly promoted, which I believe too, but at the same time feel sorry for the kid. After more than one year's pre-schooling, he proves in advance, able to do + and - within 100. What is more, his father has each day 1/2 hour story reading with him, and he can now read the read books without difficulty, and spot the Chinese charactors on the Ads easily. His father also intentional trains him for hand-on skills. Assembling toy cars is his favorate. He is even eager to operate adult tools such as the Bosch dill, and is quite skilled in operating clockwise or counterclockwise. Is is really good to start teaching before schooling? Your ideas are appreciated.
• United Kingdom
20 Dec 08
I am a primary school teacher and I know that when a class of children begin school some of them are more able than others due to some of having had help at home when very young. Some children live in a home where books are valued and they will hopefully grow up with early reading skills that develop into a love of reading. It is excellent that your grandson has sustained concentration whilst his father reads a book for half an hour. It is superb that your grandson has developed firm foundation in early number work. It is wonderful that he can recognize Chinese letters. He is developing his gross motor skills with his construction. He might like to begin writing his name and do some drawing to further develop his fine motor skills.
• United States
22 Dec 08
My dad started teaching me to read and write when I was 3 because I was supposed to start Kindergarten at 4 (My birthday is in November and when I was 3 you had to be 5 by December 1 to start Kindergarten...the next year they moved the deadline ahead to September). As a result when I finally got to school, I was way ahead of my class in reading and writing. By the time I was in the 2nd grade I was reading at an 8th grade level. There were other kids in my position and they were teased for being nerds but I never really got any of that because on top of being intelligent I was also very social, sometimes favoring that over academics. Looking back on it now, I am glad that I learned the basics before starting school. I think all parents should take a stronger hand in their child(ren)'s education. There would be a lot less illiteracy if parents would read with their children. Kids who can't read slip past teachers because the teacher has 30 or 40 kids or more to worry about. Parents have 2 or 3 and can catch the signs easier.
• United States
3 Mar 11
I think it is really good to teach kids before they go to school. I didnt send my daughter to preschool when she was 4. I kept her home with me and taught her way more then they teach at preschool. Preschool is mostly about socialization. I taught my daughter to read when she was 4 so when she went to school after just turning 5 she could already read at a first grade level. She does great in school. I think its really good to get them prepared ahead of time. Kindergarten was kind of boring for her as she already knew everything they were teaching her but she loves first grade.