Heres another point of view to consider:
When I was in kindergarten I could read and write at a basic level. My mother spent most evenings reading to me and teaching me to recognize words and correct pronounciation. I wasn't bored when I went to school, in fact I LOVED it. I loved books and was reading at an 10 year olds level by age 6. I also loved to express myself through writing, and even today love to read and write stories, poetry etc.
To say that teaching your child to read/write or understand words means that their first years of school are "pointless" or would be "boring", is total rubbish! There is so much more to school than just the reading and writing, but having the confidence to actually pick up a book gives a kid a real boost.
Yes, let babies be babies, and children be children, but lets not forget that children love to learn, and their little brains enjoy the stimulation and time with mum or dad while they are learning.
Quite frankly the only reason i don't have this system is because of the cost, but I have been reading to my son since he was born and he is now 6 months old and loves books and being read too. I always point out the words, and use cut out pictures to create associations. As far as i'm concerned I'm doing him a favor. I don't want my kid to struggle in a classroom which may be over full with one stressed teacher. As we all know, once a kid falls behind, they are most often left behind and often fall through the cracks. Who suffers then? The child does.
If you can give your kids a head start, in a fun and non pressured way, then go for it using any means you can.
I'm about to become a mum, but from my growing up experience, I COMPLETELY agree with you! Learning is fun, it can be made fun, and I think it is the parents and other influential adults in a child's life that can help nurture this instinct in a child.
Children are most impressionable at this age, with the brain making all kinds of connections faster than it ever will again. Teaching a child to read and speak, in a fun way, is simply giving them the freedom of speech and the understanding of language which they would struggle a bit harder with later. If anything, it's the easy option!
I admit, I was a nerd at school, and proud of it grin
My mum brought me up reading through history books with her, philosophy, art, music, and a friend who was an English teacher starter to ply me with classic English literature when I was 10. By the time I was 12 I had read many Dickens, was thriving on War and Peace and the Brontes....IT WAS FUN! Mum and I used to have massive debates about the Blitzkrieg, or Portuguese colonialism, or the environment, or philosophy, or art grin
Being able to understand language in a way others at school hadn't been allowed to...gave me a whole new way of seeing people, society, the world we live in. I felt a bit sorry for the other kids in my class because they just couldn't see past their expensive Oakleys and Globe skates. Being able to read and understand such complex language and themes from a younger age made school so much more exciting and stimulating, and my academic results showed! Nothing wrong with good marks, it gives you that many more options and pathways to choose from when you finish. Freedom to choose! It doesn't mean life has to revolve around school, I did a tonne of music and dance outside...which has become my chosen path.
I think it was just a matter of being brought up with different scopes and different values. And I feel it starts from the very first moment grin
When it comes down to it, learning is FUN! So much fun! It's like peering through a window you didn't know existed, into a world you couldn't possibly have imagined! And since kids have such a gloriously rich imagination, learning to read and write would open it up all that much further!
I thank mum every day for that. As a single mum, I think she did spiffingly well grin
I only hope I can be half as wonderful as she was LOL.
I saw the advert on Good Morning, am going to discuss the possibility of the program with my husband grin
I think it'll also be a fun way to bond! WOOHOO!