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    I was reading a comics blog yesterday & in one post the guy was talking about how he used to just look at the pictures in the sunday comics & imagine the dialog, because he couldn't read yet. This got me to thinking, I can't remember a time when I couldn't read, at least well enough to enjoy the sunday comics, read instrructions in activity books, etc. I know that I could read at such a level when I was 3 or 4, I don't remember for certain one way or the other before that. I remember not being able to read more advanced stuff (at least not without way more effort than it was worth), but I don't remember a point when I couldn't read at at least a basic level.

    ...Which brings us to the question: How many of you remember a time before you could read?
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      I was probably in 2nd grade before I could learn how to read well.
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        I remember. I didn't really enjoy watching game shows that had a lot of reading. I did use to "read" Disney Adventures magazine. It came out when I was 6. It was pretty hard to read back then.
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          I don't really recall not being able to read persay. But I do remember that books with alot of words AKA anything with print that wasn't an inch big was like a no zone. And also I specifically remember not understanding cursive writing as I didn't learn it to 3rd grade, so when I was playing "school" and writing cursive, I'd just make loops for writing. LOL
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            I can remember before pre-school. When I couldn't read I'd just watched tv and I actually enjoyed the commercials better than the shows. I used to like getting read to.
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              I never went to preschool. I was read to for probably my entire life, and I think that's the very reason why I've been able to read for longer than I can remember. I think I picked it up from reading along while being read to. One of my oldest fav books was "hands, hands, fingers thumb, dum, ditty, dum, ditty dum dum dum".
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                thecrow174 wrote:
                I was probably in 2nd grade before I could learn how to read well.

                Same here. I didn't really have much interest in reading as a child and my parents never encouraged me to read anything. Even though I had a hard time in school, I did well with reading. Even still it wasn't until I got older that I saw the power of reading. Now I read almost all my waking moments rather it be on paper or on the computer.
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                  No not really I could read at the age f four a surprise to my mom when she walked into my room one day and asked me what I was doing and I just simply replied that I was reading. I think my mom was surprised and she got a book that was meant for older children to read like for six or seven-year-old kids and was surprised that I could read it. I even amazed my kindergarten when she found me read the book The Polar Express right around Christmas when I was five and a half years old. I didn't know of many children who could read at that age.
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                    I remember back in kindergarten when we would have color by number worksheets (not sure why those ones specifically stand out in my memory, but.. *shrug* ). The teacher would tell us not to start doing the sheet before she fully read & explained all the directions. She would then proceed to (with excrutiating slowness) read & explain each step. "Step 1, take your red crayon ..Can everyone find their red crayon? Hold them up. Good. Now color the number '1' in the instructions red. Good. Now, when we're done going over the instructions (but not now!), you will color all the boxes with a number '1' in them red. Got it? Good. Step 2, take your blue crayon... {repeat for all 8 or so steps}. Now, lets go over all the steps one more time.... ......Does anybody have any questions? Yes, suzy..? {30 minutes later....} Ok, now you may all begin!"
                    I honestly tried to do as told & wait for her to drag her ass through all the instructions, but I simply could not force myself to read nor think that slowly. By the time she was done reading the first step to the class, I had finished reading all of them to myself. By the time she told everyone to start, I was already 90% finished.

                    I had similar experiences in later reading classes, during the group/read aloud sessions. I would always try to keep up (down) with everyone else, but I just couldn't. I would inevitably wind up reading ahead (which I always got bitched at for whenever the teacher took notice. Of course, she wouldn't have had to bitch at me all the time if she would have gotten off her lazy ass & put me in a more appropriately difficult reading group. Of course, that would have required her to actually do her job & TEACH her students... Anyhoo, moving on...).
                    The funny part is that I could read several pages ahead AND still keep track of where the rest of the group was at, AND when my turn was approaching. As it got close to my turn, I would discreetly flip back to where everyone was, then jump in for my part, then go back to where I had left off. The only times the system failed was when I got too engrossed in the story & lost track of where everyone else was, at which point I would have to own up to reading ahead & ask where "we" were.
                    When it was my turn to read aloud, I would be very impatient with everyone else dragging their heels, and I would just buzz right through my paragraph. A fact which always resulted in the teacher bitching at me to slow down because the other kids couldn't keep up (again teacher, quit being so damned lazy & move me to a more challenging group).
                    While I enjoyed the reading classes where we could just work at our own pace, those read aloud essions were always an exercise in sheer frustration.
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                      Like many people here, I don't really remember that time because I learned to read so young. I could at least read words here and there. I think when you're young, you ignore words without realizing it.

                      I definitely remember not knowing how to write, though. I used to scribble as well! Working with Kindergarten students, there is a time where they just start writing random letters without making words. It's pretty funny. Pretty sure I was taught some kind of phonics (spelling out sounds), which could explain why so many people my age still can't spell!
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                        I don't remember a time when I couldn't write either (before cursive, yes. Before writing at all, no). I remember having trouble remembering which way a letter was supposed to face (makes b's and d's problematic, as well as L's and J's), but I've been able to write at at least a basic level for as long as I can remember.
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                          vaguely. I remember my older brother learning to read and I'd look at his Archie comics with no clue what all the letters meant. All I new was the white speech bubble pointed to the person who was talking so I'd make up a story based on the pictures.
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                            Not exactly. My first memories came at around 3 (perhaps 2) and I could read at a basic level.
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                              Yeah, I can vaguely remember that time. The level of emptiness in the head was so liberating and you felt light in this world as you had nothing to worry about as all of your needs were taken care of.
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                                I learned between kindergarten and 1st grade, so not really. But I remember my mom reading to me before bed and now I read to my daughter, but kinda paraphrasing the pages. Now I wonder if my mom did that to me.
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                                  Who wouldn't?
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                                    No,but I vaguely remember the process of learning how to read and write. Honestly being 5 and finally learning how to read a sentenced felt...



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                                      Yep I can recall going in the middle of an adult/family reunion and fart. Ahh those pre-reading days..
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                                        Yes I do. My mom read to me often, though. I had my favorite books that I had her read to me repeatedly. They were kids books that were really short, and I eventually would memorize all the words. I would then go through the books and recite the words mostly from memory. It did give me great head start in learning to read, and I was already pretty good at it by the time I reached kindergarten.
                                        These days, there are parents sending their kids to kindergarten not even knowing the frickin' alphabet. My school wouldn't even let you into kindergarten if you didn't know the ABCs.
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