Why is reading so difficult?

Now is a good time to talk about preschool reading. The first thing we need to understand is that even now, with many sophisticated brain scanning devices, there are many mysteries to reading. That said, we have learned a great deal in the past 30 years about how 3-5 year olds begin to learn to read.

There is now a new science of how we read. And some of the information is relevant to preschool parents. Reading is very difficult. It takes years to master and surveys indicate that one adult in ten adults never becomes competent regarding comprehension of written text. At Honey Bear Preschool and Childcare Center we teach reading and pre-reading skills to your children whenever we can and whenever appropriate. We make the activities fun and enjoyable so children would like to come back to them again and again. Our ability to read makes us the only species that can teach itself from text. Homo Sapiens trace their lineage back millions of years….but reading is only 5,000 years old. So, there are no “reading circuits” in the brain that were specifically designed for reading.  There has not been enough time for evolution to create these centers. That is one reason why preschool reading is difficult.

Written word processing starts in our eyes. BUT only the very, very, very, center of the eye can actually recognize small print. This center is called the FOVEA and it’s tiny.

As you can see…the FOVEA is very small compared to the rest of the eye, it’s tiny even compared to the pupil of the eye. To me it looks like it might be onetenth the size of the pupil. But your eye doctor or doctor would know better. So, learning to move our eyes correctly, so we can focus and learn to scan text efficiently by using our fovea is not at all obvious to the young reader.

Do you have questions about preschool reading? Talk to us here at Honey Bear Preschool and Childcare Center  and we will try to steer you in the right direction.

The Fovea is the part for reading

The part that does reading for you is so tiny you can barely see it!


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