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The day you learned to read

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Post by pat » Sun September 21st, 2008, 11:29 am

Because of the hospital thing I started school earlier than my peers so I didnt miss out too much. I went into the reception class twice! It worked as I was able to keep up in my proper reception year.
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Post by ellenjane » Sun September 21st, 2008, 8:53 pm

I don't remember not being able to read. I'm not sure quite when I learned, but my mom says somewhere around 3 or 4. It was apparently a collaborative teaching effort between my mom and Sesame Street, helped along by the fact that I really, really wanted to learn.

It did cause me a bit of trouble when I started school. In first grade, I was reading Nancy Drew and books like that, but the elementary school library was divided by grade level. I wasn't allowed to check out the books I wanted to read until my mom called up the principal.

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Post by Ludmilla » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 1:13 pm

I started reading beginner reader books in first grade (and I was the youngest person in my class, being one of those September kids near the cutoff, so I was 5/6 that school year).

My reading was fairly sporadic in elementary school, and living in a small town, the selection I had to choose from was very modest compared to today's standards. I read chapters books (mostly 100 pages or less) in 3rd/4th grade, but a lot of the books that I see parents brag about their kids reading as 1st or 2nd graders (such as "A Wrinkle in Time", "The Hobbit", etc.), I didn't read until 5th or 6th grade, which was considered fairly normal back in my day. I guess I feel prickly about this subject, because my kids are still young and they're learning to read around the same time I did, but if you go to any parenting site, you're made to feel like your kid is behind if he/she isn't reading Harry Potter by 2nd or 3rd grade. I know some kids learn young (by 3 or 4 let's say), but the normal (average) age that kids begin to read is really a year or two older than that.

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Post by donroc » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 1:18 pm

Difficult to say the exact day. I could read 1st grade books by the age of 4 thanks to my parents.
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Post by Ash » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 1:27 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""] I guess I feel prickly about this subject, because my kids are still young and they're learning to read around the same time I did, but if you go to any parenting site, you're made to feel like your kid is behind if he/she isn't reading Harry Potter by 2nd or 3rd grade. I know some kids learn young (by 3 or 4 let's say), but the normal (average) age that kids begin to read is really a year or two older than that.[/quote]

Well, I'm not surprised - our curriculum has been pushed down so far that Kindergartners are now expected to do 2nd grade work. Because kids generally learn to read at 6 or 7 (all of us early ones are the exceptions I think) kids who can't read in kindergarten are left behind, made to feel like failures, and just lead to more of an educational devide. And I also don't believe some of these parents who say there kid is reading Harry Potter that early; maybe the kid can 'read' it, but are they understanding the book? I know it wouldn't have been a book I would have been interested in at that age, much less comprehended.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed September 24th, 2008, 11:16 am

[quote=""Misfit""]...mom told them to pound sand[/quote]

I hadn't heard that expression before! I guessed the meaning but had to look it up to be sure....

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed September 24th, 2008, 11:19 am

I don't remember not being able to read either. I think I was partly taught at home pre-school as I have a vague memory of at least knowing the alphabet when we were taught it. I do recall my father teaching me to read Hebrew, but not English, though I'm pretty sure he did...

Anyway, I know I read early (and late into the night, which frequently got me into trouble, but I'm sure that's not unusual here).

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Post by Vanessa » Wed September 24th, 2008, 1:57 pm

Oh, I remember trying to read under the bedclothes with a torch!!! :D My daughter just switches her light on. LOL.
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Post by Ash » Wed September 24th, 2008, 10:39 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""] do recall my father teaching me to read Hebrew, but not English, though I'm pretty sure he did....[/quote]

I went to a kindergarten sponsored by our synagogue, and vividly remember the teacher teaching us the Hebrew alphabet. I must have learned the English (I was close to reading by that time anyway) but I don't remember it as well as the other.

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Post by Misfit » Thu September 25th, 2008, 12:17 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I hadn't heard that expression before! I guessed the meaning but had to look it up to be sure....[/quote]


OK, now you have to tell us how you Brits would have said the same thing. :p :)

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