Ten years ago this month, in the Nov-Dec, 2000 issue of Home Education Magazine we featured an article by Robin Ohlgren-Evans titled By Jove, I Think He’s Got It! in which she exults over her late-reading son Taylor’s victory over the written word: “I want to shout it to the world. I want to sky-write it from coast to coast. I want to decorate our yard with Mylar balloons and a colorful wooden cut-out, the kind that people use to announce the births of their babies…”
Robin’s joy is familiar to every parent who has worried over a child who just doesn’t seem to be picking up on the skills of reading, but Taylor succeeds, and Robin’s concerns are put to rest:
“He reads Harry Potter. He reads the Official Pokemon Rule Book (three times so far, cover to cover) a tiny manual full of complex strategies written in microscopic fonts. He reads about Jedi masters and snowboarders and Narnia. And (This is the one I love best!), he says to me, “Mom I love the part in my book right now because… yadda, yadda, yadda…” Yes! My son normal! No. My son is extraordinary.”
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