By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — The last few months have been a whirlwind for a Pinson 4-year-old.
In June, Haadiya Brooks took an IQ test. She made a 137, her range between 137 and 141.
On June 21, she turned 4 years old.
In early July, she was accepted by American Mensa, a large group of people who have tested in the 99th percentile on the IQ test.
Brooks’ mother, La’Toya Brooks, said her daughter is now reading on a fifth- and sixth-grade level.
“She comprehends everything,” La’Toya said. “She’s very articulate.”
La’Toya said Haadiya started off using the “Your Baby Can Read” program when she was just 3 months old. Before she was a year old, she was reading. At a very early age, Haadiya was comprehending words and pronouncing three- and four-syllable words.
Haadiya is home-schooled and is currently in the first grade. The plan is for her to graduate from high school by age 13, La’Toya said.
La’Toya noticed her daughter’s intelligence quickly. If she left work or a book she was reading on a desk, Haadiya would pick it up and “just start reading it.”
Haadiya knows how to say colors in Spanish, how to count to 100 and more. She enjoys ice skating in Pelham, dancing with Birmingham Dance Theatre and learning gymnastics in Mountain Brook. Since Haadiya is home-schooled, she’s active so as not to be anti-social, La’Toya said.
“She is just your average child, but just a little smarter than average,” La’Toya said.
La’Toya said parents shouldn’t rely solely on their child’s school to teach them to read and to comprehend what they’re reading. Kids should begin that process at an early age at home with the help of parents, she said.
Haadiya’s father is Tamir Brooks. She has a 2-year-old brother, Noori Brooks.
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