But How Will My Child Learn to Read If I Don’t TEACH Them?

Photography: Katherine Heise | Lamb Loves Fox

By Leah McDermott, M.Ed.

One of the questions I hear over and over again (and I bet this is one that you’ve had streaming through your head a time or two) is “But what about the ABCs?” Or, in other words, if I don’t TEACH them, how will my child ever learn to read or write?!

​​This is something that starts to freak parents out BIG TIME the second they get excited about child-led learning. That fear kicks in and a lot of times, they run away from the unstructured, free and flexible learning experiences for the rigid, “sit at a desk and learn stuff on paper” way of learning that they’re used to.

​​But you don’t have to do that.

Just like they learned how to walk, talk, and eat with a spoon, they will learn to read and write as well.​

You see, learning to read and write is actually a very natural process, and one that children will pick up on when they are developmentally ready. Just like they learned how to walk, talk, and eat with a spoon, they will learn to read and write as well. ​

And yes, there are things that you can do to facilitate this learning and make it a meaningful and enjoyable experience for everyone! ​​​​And I’m going to share some of those with you right now. But first, you have to let go of that fear that it’s never going to happen. It will. I promise.

See page 2 for how to facilitate a love of learning and reading in your child…

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