Updated 2017-10-12

Children Teach Themselves to Read

In this article, Peter Gray describes seven principles of how individuals learn to read without formal schooling.
Peter Gray author
Gray, P. (2010, February 24). Children Teach Themselves to Read. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201002/children-teach-themselves-read


This article is based on an informal study of 18 unschoolers, published by Peter Gray on his Psychology Today blog. In surveying these unschoolers, he came up with seven principles that provided some understanding about how individuals learn to read without formal schooling. These principles include that there is no critical period for learning to read, that intrinsically motivated children can go from non-reading to fluent reading quickly, and that reading may be socially learned through shared participation in activities that involve reading.

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