Books to investigate: Máire Mullarney

My mother remembered her name, we searched Amazon, and lo and behold we have a copy of Anything School Can Do You Can Do Better (The story of a family who learned at home) (ISBN 0006369316) which I am reading with great interest. She used a lot of Montessori stuff – I really must investigate Montessori at some point – but found that her children were too far ahead to take advantage of Montessori schools when they were old enough to attend them.

(Another interesting thing that happened recently is that Linnea was spotted by Radegund reading aloud from a book of Oyster’s. Apparently she was slowly reading the common words, a repeated phrase along the lines of “Yes, if you’re not too [loud, hoppy]” etc. Now I need to replicate this somewhere I can observe it myself, but preliminary questioning indicates that no-one had read the book to Linnea in the time, so it does seem like she recognises some words, at least.

She’ll be three in only four months’ time.

  1. Anna / Tiggsybabes’s avatar

    Andy has taught Kate to recognise basic words, as that is how he taught himself to read. She is older than Linnea though at 4 3/4s, but my PND & lack of inclination to do much has delayed the lessons I was giving her over the summer holidays. I’ve been teaching to add & subtract by using bricks & I do have workbooks I bought, plus one my MIL put togther for me as she teaches dyslexic children to read & write.


  2. Ailbhe’s avatar

    We don’t actually teach her anything, though if she asks we show her, I suppose.


  3. Shinydan’s avatar

    I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know; but if she’s reading before the age of three, then getting her sight tested as soon as is sensible is a very good move.

    Apparently there’s an argument going on at the moment as to which comes first: high intelligence which allows one to read early, leading to strained eye muscles and extreme myopia; or extreme myopia bringing the child’s vision to 20-20 sooner than average, which allows high intelligence to develop by getting a head start.

    My mum had to hear me say “Oh, mummy, I can see you properly now!” at age 5 and that isn’t something I’d wish on anyone.



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