I don’t have much of my own to add at the moment, so I’ll pass along a short article about learning to read from “Teacher Tom”. My sons learned to read in their own time and without pressure from us. We read to them. We answered their questions. There were things to read around us. And eventually, all our children read. My husband’s daughter read around 4 years old, our oldest son around 5 years old, and our youngest son around 7 years old. They read and write as well as anyone I know that went through years of schooling. In a world filled with the printed word, it’s kinda hard NOT to learn to read! The simplest and cheapest reading program around is to pick up any book and read it to your child, point to the words on the page now and again, and answer them when they point to letters themselves.