I lifted this priceless quote from the Dear Headmistress over at the Common Room. She does not claim the statement as her own, but she has carried it about in her head and pulled out to share with us, so I do consider it to belong to her. Please do her the favor of a visit, and read her article on teaching the mechanics of punctuation.
It’s like potty training- you can work really hard at it, spend much time,
attention and training on a daily basis, and your child will be toilet trained
at 24 months. Or you can let nature take its course, wait until the child is
ready to proceed at his own speed and he’ll be potty trained at two years.
I feel exactly this way about both potty training and reading. I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one.