People often ask how the turtle's become such a great reader at five. And I have to admit, it wasn't intentional at least to say, we've never been one to "quiz" or force reading. Though we did buy those babies can read books and videos a few years ago we were far from consistent. What we have done is read to our little guy every night. And I mean every night for over five years with exceptions that could be counted on two hands. We also live with books. They're on our floors, our bookshelves, our nightstands. We have them in our cars and our handbags. We take books to the mountains, the pool and the coffee shop. So I think the turtle just understands that we're readers; right down to the core of our beings.
The turtle is reading; and I don't mean "the cat sat on a hat" kind of reading! A few days ago, we went to Barnes and Noble to finally use a gift certificate he received last Christmas. After spending an hour looking through shelves and shelves of possibilities, he finally settled on a beautiful copy of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. (what can I say my kid loves mysteries). A few hours later while Chris was cooking dinner and I was puttering around the living room (trying to make myself useful despite my lack of domestic skill); we heard this from the corner "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know." The turtle was reading the back of the jacket.
The turtle also had an amazing preschool teacher (sidenote: I worry that every teacher we encounter for the next 12 years will be held up to a standard that Ms. Lisa set and that quite frankly will be near impossible to reach!). More than learning to read in the classroom (though I think the kids did) the turtle learned to love to learn. He's naturally curious and he's realized that books are a way to feed that curiosity; to answer the questions he has about life and science and nature.
Now, it's not all sunshine and my kid isn't a rockstar. He still has a lot to learn like patience; focus and how to ride a bike (and throw a ball; and jump on one foot). But he's got the reading thing down so we're off to a good start.