My 3 year old daughter (4 in nov.) can read over 40 basic first words in any format.
Like cards, magnets, text, writing, tv, newspapers. I have nothing to compare this to and wonder if this is average. She is not under pressure to do this. Nursery begins next week and I want this encouraged. Any comments welcome. Ta.
That's great. I was the same at 3. However, parents often confuse genius and precocity. They imagine Mozart composing operas at 5 and think this is the model for cleverness, and by a sort of understandable logical error, they think that encouraging their children to perform tasks earlier than others provides some sort of advantage.
My advice is to provide a home full of good examples: lots of books, family time, games, healthy food and family meals, etc. and let her develop at her own speed.
This a the teacher's point of view, after having seen a number of kids rushed into things so that the parents can talk about how far they've come. It's a bit like trying to stretch your tomato plants in early June.