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The purpose of this study was to review and analyze the literature concerning the optimum time to begin teaching reading. Four questions were answered, addressing the optimum time to begin teaching reading; advantages of early reading; problems with early reading; and guidelines for developing an effective reading program.

Early readers were found to have better grades, a higher self-esteem, and continued to be better readers throughout the secondary school years. However, some early readers also experienced difficulties because of the pressure and high expectations put on them at an early age.

It was concluded that there is no magical age to begin teaching reading. There are advantages and disadvantages to early reading instruction. More research needs to be conducted concerning which methods and materials are most effective and to determine the longitudinal effects of early reading instruction.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Charles R. May


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