I don't recall if I learned to read prior to first grade or not. But I learned to read during first grade. It's one of my more vivid childhood memories because of all the stress surrounding the situation. We moved to the States from South Korea, and I was placed in speech classes and my parents bought me hooked on phonics. New country, new language, and on top of that, my dad was slightly cruel and punished me when I did my homework incorrectly. I had quite the aversion to learning for a long time, which I think was rooted in those years.