Children who read before school age

Gardner, Extraordinary Minds, 38

…children [who read before school age] note similarities and differences in letter shapes and sounds by the second year of life.  They listen to books that are read to them, memorize the texts, and then strive to link the visual patterns they are learning and the words they can recall.  By the age of three or four, they are reading fluently; by the time they reach school, they may well be reading books at the level of middle-school children and discussing their contents in a sophisticated manner.

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