In the early years of Jimmy’s life, read to him as often as possible. It’s the second gift of life from parents to children, and you’ll be amazed to see how a ten-page story can trigger a whole cornucopia of thoughts and dreams inside his little head. Plus, reading gives him contact with you as well as playful interaction and undivided attention.
On the other hand, you shouldn’t worry too much about how long it takes Jimmy to learn to read. Reading is an important cognitive milestone, of course, but the time frame varies tremendously from one kid to the next. Yes, early reading may be a sign of intelligence, but late reading hardly indicates a lack of intelligence. Unfortunately, many school systems are based on standardized reading scales that put undue stress on both parents and children. Although some children learn to read quite early, and some will even teach themselves, as a parent you should focus only on instilling a love of learning and a sense of joy and excitement about books.