early childhood reading art farm nyc

Reading is foundational to not only success in school, but also to succeed in life. The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the better you’ll do in school and in life. In the 21st century, we have the benefit of thousands of years of writings from others. We can learn from them and then continue to grow ourselves.

The Art Farm is an incredibly unique place. We offer classes for kids in NYC that focus on nature, hands-on learning, the outdoors, arts, music, and so much more. Our mission is to help our students grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually while instilling age-appropriate academics into the mix. Below, we’ll offer up tips on when to teach your kids to read. Contact us for NYC preschool enrollment information today!


The answer to this question is hotly debated amongst child experts. There are basically two schools of thought: teaching your children to read as a preschooler (ages three to five) and teaching your child to read beginning in kindergarten (ages six to seven). Here are the arguments for and against.

For Early Reading

From the ages of zero to three, the brain is developing quicker than at any other time in your child’s life. This is also when babies and toddlers pick up basic language skills in order to begin communicating in this big world they are born into. They begin to build vocabulary and understand grammar. By the age of three, children have mastered the basics of their language and learn approximately 5,000 words per year. This is a skill all kids pick up on their own. This is called metalinguistic skills, or understanding language on a structural level.

Children are definitely capable of being taught to read at least from age three and up. When you teach phonics (the sounds that written letters say), you move from phonemics (the sounds spoken words say) and into reading.

For Later Reading

Opponents of teaching kids to read at an early age believe that teaching children to read is a skill that they won’t retain going into kindergarten. Further, they believe some parents and/or teachers may pressure a child too much to learn to read, which could have an adverse effect on them as they grow up trying to learn to read.


Here at The Art Farm in NYC, we focus on teaching pre-reading skills that promote kindergarten readiness. We expose our preschool children to letters and their sounds, but we don’t emphasize a push to learning to read at age two and three. We believe that all children are unique, and they will learn to read when they are ready.

The Art Farm emphasizes developing your child holistically with art, music, cooking, outdoor play, interaction with animals, and classroom learning. At this age, it’s super important kids have hands-on activities that are fun, engaging, and educational. Visit our site to learn more about our NYC preschool.