My Son Could Read Before He Was Even Potty Trained…

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I taught my son to read before he reached 3 years old (2 years and 9 months to be exact).

I remember the Sunday afternoon my family gathered around Joshua in anticipation, looking at him like he was going to turn into a pumpkin.

I should have been nervous, but I wasn’t because I knew Joshua would deliver what they wanted to see, a 2 and a half year old reading – which they did.

It was a proud moment for me.

I had provided my son the best possible start in life and a bright 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.

Though he was my best friend, I was a bit envious of Sam. He knew so much and was considered a genius. He went to dinner with some of the world’s greatest minds. And me? I managed to get a decent job as a secretary.

So when my son was born I promised myself that he would have the life I’ve always dreamed about.

I figured I had 3 choices – I could try the conventional method, that could provide me with some results but take both a huge effort from both me and my son. I could wait for him to learn how to read in school, which would require no effort on my part but not provide the head start I so badly wanted for him.

Or I could try a method I’d read about online called Children Learning Reading by Jim and Elena Yang. To be honest the method seemed a little odd initially, but I was 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)

If you watch the video you’ll see Jim Yang’s gorgeous little girl and his incredible son both reading, on video, before age 3.

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