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(HealthDay News) — Preschoolers who show an interest in learning to read may be ready to start with some of the basics. But parents should go slowly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics makes these suggestions to parents:

  • Look for signs that your child is interested in reading, such as interest in learning letters, wanting to write or a love of story time.
  • Don’t push a young child who is not interested in reading to do so.
  • An enthusiasm for learning, not aggressive teaching, is the most important predictor for success.
  • Don’t drill your child with tests and flashcards. Let the child set the pace, and follow the child’s lead.
  • Encourage the child with fun and educational experiences, reading favorite books and plenty of opportunities to explore and learn.

— Diana Kohnle

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