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MY child was reading Harry Potter at two years old.

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I decided to try out the Magic tree house series for history for my 8yo ds. I showed it to him and he seemed interested so I'm going to run with it,lol. Finding interesting ways to teach him is a challenge to say the least. So I went on a few message boards to see what other homeschooling moms had to say and I was floored!

I don't know if my son is exceptionally dumb or everyone else has geniuses. But so many of these women are saying, "My 5 year old reads a Magic Tree House book a day just for fun." "My 4 year old reads two books a day!" "My daughter has been reading Harry potter since she was 2." And I'm like, my 8 year old is just getting comfortable with Cat in the Hat...


by on Dec. 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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paganbaby
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

*Fingers crossed* Hope this sticks!

Quoting MamaDearie: Yeah the companion books are great if it's a subject he's really into. You can get a whole lot of mileage out of one set of Magic Tree House books! :-)
Quoting paganbaby:

Sigh...I try. One thing I really like, is when I do read, he interrupts constantly to talk about what's happening, asking questions and making perdictions. It was a little irriating at first but then I realised we was abosorbing and understanding it so much more than he used to.

Science too? That's one of his favorite subjects. I read him science books for bedtime stories,lol. Oh and I saw that they have a fast tracker. I was thinking if he's really interested in a certain book we can get the compainion and maybe check out other books at the library too. I'm getting really excited about this now LOL

Quoting MamaDearie:

Every child progresses at their own speed. Don't let the bragging and exaggerating of other parents get to you. Your son will do what he is ready to do when he is ready to do it. And- as someone else said before- there is a world of difference between reading and comprehension. 

Kudos to you for finding ways to engage and inspire your son to love reading. Magic Tree House can be great, and not just for history. I used to branch it out to science too. :-) My son did read them earlier (he was just an early reader naturally but he did struggle with fine motor stuff for quite some time) but he loved them all the way up until just this past year (he's almost 10 now). In fact, he still has some he won't pass down to his sisters- lol.



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hwblyf
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

My mom didn't get it when I was complaining to her how hard it is to find something for my advanced reader that would be on his level to read, but not on that higher level for maturity and such.  Until I told her that I did NOT want the F bomb coming out of his mouth or him to ask me (at age 7 or whatever it was I explaining this to her) about rape and porn.  Or even just the whole drama of teenage relationships and the whole different level of thinking.  Reading is definitely one of those things with a HUGE developmental span, and it can be hard matching ability and interest, no matter who the reader is.

Quoting paganbaby:

That's true! I was about 11 or 12 whe I read the book, The Burning Bed. It's a very adult book about a abused woman who kills her husband. It had rape and animal torture in it. I don't knwo why my other let me read these books. She figured if I could comprehend them, I could read them. Yeah...

Quoting debramommyof4: It is that way with lots of the newer 4th to 6th grade books and makes it hard if your child is advanced. I think parents who brag constantly do not think about what they are saying.

While I am pretty sure some of them do think about what their kids are reading they assume their child is ready based on ability and not every other factor. My husband does that and it drives me nuts.


Quoting paganbaby:

Oh no. There are quite a few parts that I wouldn not want my 7 year old reading either.

Quoting debramommyof4: Oh and I forgot that even though my 7 year old could comprehend Harry Potter I still do not think she is old enough.




Bluecalm
by Bronze Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Quoting paganbaby:

Quoting Bluecalm:
Quoting paganbaby:

7th grade level? That's amazing! And I still suck at math,lol.

Quoting Bluecalm: I was a good reader, don't remember not knowing how to. I read on a 7th grade level in 1st grade, but I sucked at math.



I think it's because I had much older siblings and I wanted to be like them so I read their books.

Ah. Same with me but I was a bit older. I started reading my moms books when I was about 9.




Read any good adult books? When I was about 14 I got ahold of my mother's Total Woman. You know the one about meeting your hubby in the door in nothing but Saran Wrap. That was pretty interesting reading lol.
AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

All children progress at different levels. I have the feeling (because it's par for course) that some have jumped on the thread to reassure you that likely the ones saying their children are early readers are exaggerating and/or lying - that is just them trying to make you feel better. Sure, some lie, but I know many, many early readers.

That is NOT to say that an early reader is gifted at all - my gifted daughter is also my dyslexic daughter and, until this year in grade 7, was reading behind level. She tests as highly gifted.

I will say this... and hope I don't offend you (because I wuv you!). An 8 year old barely comfortable with Cat in the Hat would be concerning to me.

I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Why on earth not?

Quoting usmom3:

 I don't believe them when they say that stuff on line!


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















Silverkitty
by Bronze Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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My daughter didn't enjoy reading until age 11.  Now I'm working on comprehension.  My son has been asking to learn to read since 2 but he doesn't want to put the energy in to it.  He loves to be read to and that's what we will do until he is ready to take it on his own.  People who boast like that always make me roll my eyes, they are trying to hard and make me feel like they are covering for something or need that validation for some reason.

AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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My best friend's son was easily reading those types of books by 5. Every kid is different - "calling bs" implies that you do not believe children are all unique and some may indeed be able to read (and read well) early.

Quoting Dawn07: I call bs. My dd (7) is just starting to read books like the magic treehouse. She still would rather the simpler ones because she can finish them in a decent amount of time.


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

My 8yo is reading on an 8th grade level, and my 6yo is just now starting to read the sight-word type books.  Kids progress how they progress.  Some are fast and some are moving slower, but they are all moving!  All that said, even my 8yo was NOT reading Harry Potter at 2 and was NOT reading 2 MTH books a day just for fun.  That's a bit much for belief.

debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM
I get that in real life. My sister compares her dd to my girls who are 2 and 3 years older and my son who is 6 months younger than her dd she treats as if he were not anywhere near her educationally.

It drives me crazy because I know where each of the 5 kids (including my 3 year old) is and they all do great and are learning and doing well at their own levels. I think it is crazy that she feels the need to compare, but she compares everything so I think it is a self conscience thing.



Quoting paganbaby:

I don't hear it so much irl, maybe because I don't know many homeschoolers. But online... It's like because we homeschool we have the pressure to prove ourselves. Our children have to be so much better than public schoolers but that's not the case. Yes my son is doing better than he did in PS but that's only comparing him to himself, not another child. It reminds me of the whole BF vs FF debate. Ugh.

Quoting Molimomma:

I've noticed this happens a lot when I read homeschooling posts(more so on Facebook than here but same idea). Not sure why people do this so much, it's really unnessary. Don't worry about it, you're kiddo is completely fine and on track. I don't understand why people feel the need to exaggerate what their child can do but I would take it all with a grain of salt.


hipmomto3
by Bronze Member on Dec. 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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People who say that kind of stuff are lying.

And if they aren't, why would youe ver publicly admit to that? Harry Potter is NOT developmentally appropriate for a 2 year old. 

That's like bragging that your three day old baby sleeps twelve hours straight. NOT healthy OR normal!

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