Reading readiness

An important tenet of Waldorf Education is that the curriculum must be informed by knowledge of brain development, so that relevant skills are introduced at appropriate developmental stages. For example, whereas in other education systems reading skills are introduced as early as preschool, in Waldorf Education they are usually not introduced formally until the first or second grades (in a future post I will argue that this is an inaccurate statement, and that—in Waldorf Education—activities beginning at preschool are directly related to teaching reading skills). Dr. Susan Johnson, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician, recently published recommendations for assessing “reading readiness” in young children. Although her article does not appear to be based on empirical data, it is informed by her >22 years experience working with children.