Question of the day.

Today, my question for you is:

When did you start learning to read?

My answer:

I was prepared to it long before I actually started to learn to read, it started sometime when I was in the nursery. They basically prepared us how to read Braille, using different things that imited how it works and we were taught how to use, but not to write yet, different Braillers, it was more of a play than actual learning though, we didn’t actually know why are we doing this. Well I was actually interested why because it seemed boring for me and a bit pointless when I was 6 yeas old or so. And there even is a film about us, I mean our nursery and I was going to it when it was filmed, and they filmed me doing all that stuff with one of the staff’s assistance and all of the sudden I asked her “Why am I doing this?” Everyone who was around then or watched it found it very funny, but actually, I think it’s very important to have some sense behind what you’re doing, isn’t it? 😀 And she answered that it is because it’ll help me to read in future and that I will read lots of fairytales and all and she thinks I will love to read books and maybe write my own lol. And it all came true more or less and my family is making laugh of her that she was a prophetess, I even read fairytales pretty often to this day. 😀 So yeah, that was about my reading preparations and then I went to the reception and it was then I started to read. I really liked to learn it and truly always looked forward to learn new letters, I considered it a lot of fun. That was when I was 7-8, I know normally reception is earlier, but I went to the nursery when I was five, I don’t think it would do me much better if I went earlier, plus most of children there were even older than me. SO it was rather late on. I remember that we went to the library with our class teacher and were drawing books for ourselves and the one I drew and that was my first longer read was “God And Mouse” by Angela Toigo. It was rather boring, at least so I thought then, but I think my opinion wouldn’t change that much if I’d read it now, although I read it in one afternoon.

When did it all start for you? 🙂

8 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

    1. I suppose it would be difficult for you if you had to learn it now, as for any other adult sighted people, but for children it isn’t more difficult than learning “normal” readers for sighted children. Moreover there still are sighted people who can read Braille, though most often with their eyes instead of hands, although I had a teacher who could read both ways and I taught Zofijka a bit and she can read both ways too, although she prefers with her eyes. My family says for them my writing is “black magic”, but I think not less than normal print is for me. 😀

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      1. I hadn’t thought of sighted people learning to read Braille with their eyes. I was thinking in terms of using my hands, and it makes sense that children would have an easier time learning that way than adults with big clumsy fingers.

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    2. Plus kids generally learn quicker, I think although Braille isn’t a separate language, it works a bit like learning another language and children are usually more flexible about it and get it quicker. Hence I always really admire adult people who read with their hands, as it seems so challenging.

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  1. I don’t remember. Maybe it was before I joined my first school. I heard stories from my aunts and my mother that they were already teaching me the English alphabet before I went to school.

    I think, learning to read for me was so gradual that there was no specific time I can remember when I celebrated because I just read my first sentence. Lol

    I don’t know anything about Braille but I feel it is a very interesting tool to read and write. The way I read your posts, and the way you respond to our comments, seem to send a clear message that writing with a pen or through a Braille system makes NO difference at all. I can see in the result of your work that it’s undoubtedly as good as, or sometimes even better, than most of us who write with a pen.

    Thanks for writing this post.

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    1. I also don’t remember it in such details when I read my first sentence, I only have like flashes from that period. As for Braille, well, I guess it really is interesting. You have the comfort of not having to turn the light on even if you want to read at night, you can write your notes, anything you want to keep private, and not many people will be able to “decode” it. 😀 I really appreciate it. And, to make things a bit clearer, as for my blog, I don’t write the posts/comments in Braille, I just type them on the computer the same way as you do, the only differences being I have a speech synthesiser and screen reader and had to memorise where all the keys are on the keyboard, which actually makes things easier, because you can write quicker when you don’t have to all the time look for the keys you need at the moment.

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