When your kid reads early, people accuse you of pressuring them. Being way too focused on academics. Never mind that after they’ve lectured you they march right home and put their own kid on Starfall.
When your kid reads early, you also get asked a lot, “What’s the point? Why all the rush?”
HELLO… Your kid gets to READ. Reading is FUN. Why would anybody want to deprive their kid of that pleasure potentially for years.
When strangers noticed our kid reading, we would often lie about our kid’s age, rounding up to the nearest year rather than being honest. We shouldn’t have to do that. We didn’t tell anybody our kid was reading early except relatives and close friends without kids. Still, one can’t stop the kid from reading as if it’s something to be ashamed of. I hate the way Americans are so anti-intellectual. So concerned that if their kid does anything academic they will destroy their childhood rather than enhancing it (though again, they do go home and use the same techniques to “pressure” their own kids). I’m amazed it takes until 4th grade to beat the joy of learning out of kids– if it were up to their parents it would start at birth. Personally, I blame the American education system.
p.s. Starfall is awesome.