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3 Responses to Climb, Swing & Snuggle: Reading Readiness Involves the Whole Body

  1. Moorea  

    Thoughtful article. I think it very much depends on the personality and desires of the individual child. My 18-month-old wants mostly to sit and draw and write. I have to really work on pushing movement for her. She has also taught herself how to recognize letters and began on her own to write them. Do you think this would still be detrimental if it is child-led?

    • Laura Grace Weldon

      Moorea, you’re right. Some children aren’t as drawn to large motor activity. That’s okay. Their proprioceptive and kinesthetic development is also enhanced as they are carried in parent’s arms, as they play clapping games, as they draw, in all sorts of ways. You may want to encourage her to engage in some large motor activities each day for the sake of balance. Dancing with mom, sweeping the floor with a wisk broom, or running with a cape on her shoulders will get her moving!

      I don’t think her interest in letters is detrimental as long as it’s child-led. For her, it’s fascinating and as long as her engagement comes from her own excitement it’s a natural process. Of course I’m sure you’re aware that some kids work very hard at pleasing a parent, even pushing themselves to learn things well beyond their ability, but it doesn’t sound like that’s the case at all with your daughter.

  2. Claire  

    I agree that we shouldn’t push or punish our kids if they don’t start to read on our timelines, but having a two year old that learned the alphabet from her own accord, I don’t think it’s bad for them to begin these things early if it’s what they desire.