I agree with the above post and would add that a young student will read when they are interested and/or motivated in actually reading for themselves. My son had all the tools, but just wasn't that interested in working on until he noticed some of his buddies were reading aloud with the teacher and he wasn't able to. Once he had that "peer pressure" he started to want to work on reading at home and at school and he was reading very well on his own within a month. My daughter, on the other hand, was interested in letters, letter sounds, sounding out words to write things down, and trying to read words in simple books for more than a year before she entered kindergarten. Her reading readiness was different from my son's.