Once I told him, "When you are 6, you'll be in first grade and will be able to read books yourself." He leaned his head back on the sofa, a beatific secret smile lighting his face. He would love to learn to read, I realized. And he will, because his home has no television and no computer either. He has absolutely no access to technology at the age of 5. I found “Curious George Learns the Alphabet” for him, and he enjoyed learning the sounds of the letters. But he is less interested in the technical aspects of learning to read at this stage. His free time — and he has much — is spent with his 7-year-old brother, practicing standing on his head, playing board games and visiting his 5-year-old friends nearby.