Learning to read

February 2, 2007 7:47am CST
How old were you when you first learned to read fluently?
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18 responses
2 Feb 07
I started school in the September I was 4, and my mum had been teaching to read ever since my birthday in April. I could read fluently by the time I went to school, and was well ahead of my age group. I think I gave me a massive advantage, and would definitely aim to have my child reading before they started school. I don't think that it's hard to teach a child to read, unless they have specific learning difficulties. My mum worked hard and intensively on teaching me to read and I really appreciate it.
2 Feb 07
I think that I learned to read accidentally. When my father used to read to me, I followed the words as he read and in that way learned to recognise entire words. My earliest memory of reading was of a reading class which must have been in the first year, all the other's where stumbling along as they tried to spell out words, but I was reading fluently and was way ahead of the rest in the book that we were using when the teacher called for me to read, and I had to leaf back through trying to find the place where the rest of them had got up to :-)
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@imsilver (1669)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
I was really advanced. Reading was always a big thing in my house growing up. I was going thru Nancy Drew books by the dozen by the time I was 6. I'm trying to bring up my kids the same way. And I find the computer is great for that. My kids are learning how to read fast trying to get around the internet and play their games. I tell them that if they want to play they'll have to figure out the words themselves. It pushes them to learn. That's not to say I won't help them.. I do.. but I don't read it for them..
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I started reading around 4 years old. Soon after, I began collecting baseball cards and began reading even more. I got my first paper route around 10 years old and that's when my reading really took off. I would sit and read the sports section everyday before I began delivering the newspaper. Lloyd
20 Feb 07
Delivering well read papers! Thanks for your response.
@badpenny (742)
• Seagoville, Texas
3 Feb 07
My daddy started teaching me how to read when I was about 3, and by the time I started school at 6, I had already read most of the classics, and had already started reading sci-fi such as Ray bradbury, and Isaac Asimov. I still read about 4 books a week.
8 Feb 07
Thanks for your reply. I was reading nothing much else but science fiction when I was in my teens. A real escapist!
@jerinm (220)
• India
8 Feb 07
i started about the age of four.
@byfelisa (45)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I was 6 years old as we had RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) in our neighborhood that would come around each week and give out books to us. There was one book, Curious George I kept reading til I was able to read it through and through and believe my passion for reading starting then. I am forever grateful for that program to reach out to us kids in addition to the public library and school library, my teacher inspired us to see reading as fun and its always been that way for me.
8 Feb 07
About 3
• China
8 Feb 07
about 6
@Randync (544)
• United States
3 Feb 07
By the 2nd grade I was reading at 6th grade level. In the 8th grade I was at college level.
• United States
3 Feb 07
I was about four years old when I began reading books aloud to myself. My parents read to me from a very early age and my mother stayed at home, so that probably helped, as well.
@astroo13 (965)
• India
3 Feb 07
I don't remember my exact age. But I guess it will be between 5 and 6
• India
3 Feb 07
i learnt to read fluntly when i was in standard 7..that is i guess when i was 12 or thirteen years old..
• United States
3 Feb 07
I was four years old. I remember reading Berenstein Bears books to my Kindergarten class and reading Babysitters Club books when I was 6.
@allyzha (89)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I really dont know. My mom forgot when I first learned to read fluently. All i know, I have no problems in reading or speech.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I was taught when I was 6 how to sound out the words. But reading didn't come into importance for me until my sophomore of high school. I wasn't doing well, naturally, so they put me in a special reading class, where they taught me to read, not just sound out the words. Been hooked ever since.
• India
2 Feb 07
i dont now perfectly but i still hesitate to do so in large gathering
• Pakistan
2 Feb 07
i was 5-6 years old i remember it :)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I'm not sure I think by the time I was 5 or 6. My mom had me writing by the time I was 4. So I know it wasnt long after that.