Because of science fiction I decided I was an agnostic at 12.
I had no trouble spelling the word. But the meaning is even more stupid than the word. They should have used
That´s beyond casual reading even for me, and my native language has the "advantage" that you can put words together almost freely, so i´m used to weirdly long words already.
Then it occurred to me that the reason I knew the cause of the seasons was the result of reading about orbital mechanics because of my science fiction reading making it interesting. I never got that information from any class.
Really? Huh... IIRC i think we went over that first time in 2nd or 3rd grade(age 8 or 9) or something(and then in detail maybe 7th grade?).
My mother taught me to read by the time I was four. I don't even recall the lessons. But no one gave me any ideas about what to read after that. I did not stumble across science fiction until 4th grade.
Nice. I don´t think anyone here even thought about doing that so early.
I started learning from my mom reading to me and then pestered my parents and elder brothers to read the subtitling for me, which is why i started learning a little English, German and French almost from start as well.
1-2 years of that and i started reading more and more and was reading quite well from around a year or a bit less before i started school, no teaching needed.
But i´ve always been a natural at languages, so that´s not average.
And if there´s one thing i know, it´s that language development is VERY individual, my eldest brother barely spoke at all until he was 4 years old, then suddenly started talking perfectly(and waaayy too much), middle brother was about average, while i was simply early, completely different despite being full siblings and similar environment.
But with all of the talk about education on the Internet I do not encounter many people suggesting Project Gutenberg.
I have it bookmarked, but often forget about it, so, good idea to bring it up.
Lots of good reads there.
Oh, and to everyone, unless you´re linguistically inept, learn at least a 2nd language, even if it´s a small one, being able to read another bunch of books in the native language is a definite bonus just by itself, and being good with more than 1 language is also good for the mind.