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Teaching Our Children to Read, Write and Spell – At the Right Time

By Susan R. Johnson, MD, FAAP

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In mainstream education today, children in kindergarten and even in preschool are made to sit at desks and learn to read, write, and spell. The belief is that an early start will lead to later academic success. However, young children who have not yet fully developed a sense of balance and/or proprioception—the sense of self in three-dimensional space—are ill-suited to sit still and concentrate for long periods.

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