The 19-month- old baby who can read

By Jake Polden

Reading is something most children get to grips with when they first start school at the age of around five.
But this 19-month-old baby boy has learned more than 300 words and can even count all the way up to 50.
His proud mother LaToya Whiteside captured some footage of her son Carter reading words from place cards while at home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The clip shows the youngster reading the word ‘are’ before looking at his mother for confirmation and then continuing.
He then clearly articulates the words ‘was’, ‘to’ and ‘like’ before moving onto the next card, which he immediately notices is upside down.
Turning it around, he reads the word ‘made’ and ‘her’ before momentarily stumbling on the two syllables of the word ‘over’.
Later Carter reads the words ‘an’ and ‘many’ and then turns one of the cards around to read ‘may’.
The video concludes with the youngster finishing the pack by reading the card in his mum’s hand, which says ‘call’.
LaToya said: ‘My 19-month-old son can read. He knows his ABCs (phonetically and recognises the letters when written).
‘He can count to 50 and reads over 300 words. He reads signs everywhere we go so I’m sure he knows more than even I am aware.
‘My son started recognising words and signing when he was just seven months old.
‘He began sounding out words I had never shown him at around 12 months.
‘The flashcards used in the video were a recent purchase from the dollar store. I had gone over them with him only once before recording.’
Most parenting advice says babies can generally speak around six words by the time they reach 18 months.
Reading comes much later however with most youngsters learning odd words at around the age of three before whole sentences and beyond around the age of five.
The numbers often fluctuate between children however.

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