I was having a conversation with another unschooling mother about teaching our children to read. She asked me how my oldest son learned all of his letters.
At the time I drew a blank. How did he know all his letters? I certainly never “taught” them to him in the conventional sense. We never sat down to do workbooks, trace letters over and over, or practiced reading on those boring learning to read books.
So I answered her the best I could at the time and said, “I don’t know, I guess he just absorbed it.”