Learning to read for children in "poverty" ;-)
I have two points to call her on (well, lots more than two, but two very striking ones..)
Firstly, if you have enough money to pay your bills and eat you are NOT living in poverty, by any logical definition of the word. Food is still very cheap and public libraries are free. State benefits are sufficient to cover all modest living expenditures, therefore parents on benefits/ without partners/ on lower incomes/ in social housing are being unduly singled out for unwarranted special treatment.
Secondly, being on a low income is actually helping my child to learn to read - not hindering her! Here's how:
She wants to eat custard, but the only way she can tell which is which out of the ultra-cheap tins is by actually reading the words.....
Each can could contain kidney beans (15p), chopped tomatoes (15p) or the custard (21p) she actually wants to eat - there are no pictures or other clues on the can apart from the words.
Proof that less wealthy children are not disadvantaged when it comes to learning to read - because we can't afford to buy food that has pictures on the labels! ;-)
*Edit* For clarity's sake I should perhaps add the following example conversation as a footnote:
Lyddie: Tom, what does this say?
Tom: Chopped tomatoes
Lyddie: And this one?
Tom: Kidney beans
Lyddie: What does custard look like?
Tom: It's runny and yellow.
Lyddie: No, silly! The word!
Tom: Oh, it starts with a C, like Clever Cat
Lyddie: It's this one then!
Tom: No, that's chopped tomatoes. Custard has U after the C, like Uppy Umbrella.
Lyddie: Ohhh then they're all chopped tomatoes or blooming kidney beans! I want some custard! They all say the wrong thing!
Tom: I don't think we have any custard, Lyddie.
Lyddie: *Walks away grumbling and muttering*