I believe I was about four or five years old when I learned how to read. Because I was more advanced than most readers at my age, when I was in kindergarten, I was pulled out of class a couple times a week along with a few other students to do independent reading in the library under the supervision of one of the school's reading aides. Once we finished whatever book we had chosen for ourselves to read, we had to take a short quiz on the book, which was a printed out copy of the quiz from the A.R., or Accelerated Reader, program. A.R. was a program used by my grade schools up until I was in seventh grade that was used to make sure that students were actually reading and comprehending their independent reading. Points were given for passing quizzes on books, and each student had a personal goal set for the amount of points they wanted to earn over the course of the semester. The select few of us that took A.R. tests in kindergarten didn't receive points or set goals, but it was the start to a program that encouraged me to read very often.