Friday, 9 January 2015

My son could read even before he was potty trained

I know all parents think that. But with my first born Joseph, I really did give him an advantage in life and it wasn’t because I was some super-mom with a secret.

I taught my Son to read before he reached 3 years old (2 years and 7 months to be exact).

I remember all my family was gathered around Joseph, my nearly three year old son.

They were looking at him as if they were expecting him to turn into a pumpkin or something. I should have been nervous. But I wasn’t. Because I knew my son would offer them what they wanted: the chance to see a three year old reading. And he did.

In those moments I felt so proud.

My son could read even before he was potty trained
I had given my son the chance to have the brightest future.

You may of heard about the Matthew’s effect in reading. It is a theory that children who achieve literacy early in life develop unique mental abilities that will help them later in life. I’ve seen this theory working with my best friend, Sam.

I’ve known Sam all my life.

Our parents were friends and we grew up together.Unlike me, he was only allowed to go out and play as long as he did his homework daily. But we weren’t even in school! I didn’t understand it at the time. You see, Sam’s father would teach Sam things we were supposed to learn later in school.

Things like reading.

We were 5 years old at the time and Sam already knew how to read. He would read stories to me and I was fascinated. As the years passed, I was witness to Sam’s success:
    • he got into an Ivy League college
    • he graduated Magna Cum Laude
    • he became the youngest professor at his university in a decade.
Or I could try a method I’d read about online called Children Learning Reading by Jim and Elena Yang, which was a little odd but, if it worked, I would ensure my kid his success in life and would require a minimum effort from both of us. I decided to give it a try.
I was very interested to learn:
  1. The only effective way of teaching children how to read (we’ve been thinking about it all wrong)
  2. How to teach your child how to read before they turn 3 (in less than 15 minutes per day!)
  3. The 3 mistakes that can make your child associate pain with learning to read (do. not. make. this. mistake!)
  4. The 1 thing that makes your child beg you every day to learn to read (this is a big help)

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