Do gifted readers exist?

With math, giftedness is obvious (I think).

Is it the same thing with reading and writing? 

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born, the last of three children, on Sept. 15, 1890, to the former Clarissa Boehmer (known as Clara), who was susceptible to fads and spiritualism, and Frederick Miller, a jolly idler whose death in 1901 left the family in reduced circumstances. This being an era when cutting back, for the middle-class Millers, meant renting out their Torquay house and decamping to Paris and Cairo. Childhood education was sporadic. Clara disapproved of formal schooling and of children learning to read before the age of 8, so her daughter taught herself. “I’m afraid Miss Agatha can read, ma’am,” the nanny announced apologetically when the girl was just 4.

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4 thoughts on “Do gifted readers exist?

  1. My daughter was reading before she turned 3. I wrote her little stories to make sure she wasn’t just reciting familiar books from memory. (This was a kid who didn’t learn to roll over till she was nine months old.) She was exceptionally good at pattern recognition. It helped her in math too, but she enjoyed reading more. Pattern recognition may explain her very, very good social skills.

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  2. There are gifted readers.

    My son was not an extraordinarily precocious reader, but he started reading at age 5.5 (Green Eggs and Ham). By the end of first grade, the Lexile test had his reading level at 1027 (about 8th-grade level) and by end of 3rd grade the Lexile test was reporting reading level at 1712 (which was probably overstating his real reading level, as he did not have the background knowledge to really read at college level then). His reading speed at the end of 3rd grade was about 390 wpm with good comprehension (for books at the level of Harry Potter, anyway).

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    1. Absolutely. Like J. says above, my daughter (and myself, as a child) learned to read before she was three, and is exceptional at pattern recognition. (don’t ask about social skills.)

      My son, however, has dyslexia + other issues (though high test scores when questions are read to him), and required years of Lindamood Bell to be able to read at all. (Even being able to train him to associate symbols with sounds took a significant chunk of time.)

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