In the United Kingdom, the youngest person was accepted into Mensa, the oldest and largest international association of gifted in the world.
Teddy is a boy of just four years old, lives in the town of Portishead; He tells his mother that when he was 26 months old he already knew how to read English. He currently knows how to count to 100 in six different languages, including Mandarin.
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‘Mommy, I’m counting in Mandarin’
When I was just two years old, Teddy began to write his first letters; when the pandemic restrictions were lifted, the parents sent him to day care and notified the teachers of their suspicions that the minor had learned to read on his own.
“We received a phone call from the daycare, which had been sent to a preschool teacher to verify and that he said ‘yes, he can read!’“The mother told the BBC.
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How did he learn to read on his own? the mother recounts that the talented toddler educated himself “by watching children’s television and copying the sounds of the letters.”
At the age of three, he was accepted into the Mensa Gifted Association., located in United Kingdom; becoming the youngest person to be accepted in the organization’s more than 70-year history. In order to enter Mensa it is necessary to obtain a score equal to or greater than 98 in the intelligence test.
But Teddy’s surprises don’t stop there. The mother recounts that one day her son was making strange sounds while playing on his tablet, “I asked her what she was, and she said: ‘Mommy, I’m counting in Mandarin’“.
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Nevertheless, the family wants their child to have a normal childhood. They try to keep their son grounded, as little Teddy “is starting to realize that friends his age can’t read, and he doesn’t understand why.”
However, they trust that their son will accept his gifts as a talent that anyone else can have. “If he can do these things, then he’s fine, but he sees it as ‘yes i can read but my friend can outrun me‘, so we all have our individual talents” says the mother.
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