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Absolutely wonderful to read that!my kids both had the same Reception Teacher and after the second child she said to me,
in all my career (35 years or something) ive had about 4 kids who arrived at school able to read; yours were two of them.
sad but true. While their classmates were struggling through "baby" books mine were wandering around the classroom trying to find something they hadn't already read 15 times. They both got elevated a year, which caused another set of issues
My secret to having literate kids, was barely a secret at all.
I used to read, a lot, I was forever backwards and forwards to the library, kiddies in tow, getting 20 books at a time. I used to get them to take books out also, it was Pure Pleasure.
This apparently has a MAJOR effect on a little child. Monkey see, monkey do.
A friend who was a teacher told me some of her kids didn't even know how to Hold a book, and that the pages turned from right to left.
Also I used to read to them every night in bed without fail.
I bought them books every birthday and Christmas, just like I had as a child - a sack of toys and the books were almost the most exciting part.
Parents are either too tired or not educated enough or too busy scoring their drug of addiction or working 3 jobs these days, to read to their kids.
or, to read themselves.
Parking a child in front of a screen of some sort is Child Rearing, 21st Century style.
Its sad, books were the Main Pleasure in my life growing up.
And now, my daughter is a Published Author with a Journalism Degree.
MY mother also took me to the library. She never read to me, and when I tried to tell her about my books she said, "I don't CARE". So I stayed at my end of the house reading my books and she stayed at her end of the house reading her books (I wasn't allowed in her room) and in an odd way I got to be close to her by emulating her.
When I had my own children, I read to them but soon their father bought a Sega system for them and reading went out the window until the Lord of the Rings came out. The oldest read the Lord of the Rings.
My youngest is writing a book. He's thirty-something. He's taken author workshops. He originally told me the theme of the book was to disprove the existence of God. Raised in a yoga group, this is rebellion but I just encourage him to finish the book and get it published. When I published my little graphic novel, this was the best encouragement for him to see.
and write, it seemsWow! Your baby was determined to read!