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My son is 6 years old. He started reading at the age of three. He started Kindergarten last September and was immediately noticed by the teachers. They asked our permission to test his skills, and we allowed them. At the age of 6, he is reading on a middle school level and his comprehension of the materials is at a fourth grade level. I am not a teacher. Teaching him to read was very simple, and I did not use any of the expensive programs.

The first step to teaching him to read started before he was born. You hear everyone say read out loud or sing when you are pregnant. I sang all the time, at work in my office if I was sure I was alone, in the car, and at home. I read the newspaper out loud, read my books out loud. I am sure it looked odd to others, but he is my child and I knew it was best for him.

When he was an infant, I still sang to him and read to him constantly. We started with very simple picture books and as he grew so did the content of the books. We still sang together and I would still read the newspaper out loud. By the time he was one he was speaking in 2 or 3 word sentences and we were singing our ABC's together and working on the words that started with each letter. At the age of two he could speak clearly in full sentences. He knew the alphabet by himself.

By the time he was two and a half, I would still read the same stories to him. Only I would "forget" the word at the end of the sentences. He could tell me which word I had skipped. It became a game and I kept playing it. Eventually, we moved on and I would skip the word and he would tell me which I missed then I would ask him to point to it. This took a while but eventually he was learning the words by recognition. Shortly after his third birthday, I would let him read the really simple books to me. Pointing at each word and asking him what the word said. As the simple books got easy, we would advance to harder books.

Now at the age of 6, he loves to read the "Goosebumps" stories, "Captain Underpants" series, and the "Alphabet Mysteries." All of these are 50-100 page books. His teachers are still very impressed.

It took a while, and was no short and simple task. But he was worth the time and he feels really great that he can read when all of his friends cannot.