Rachael taught herself as well. I asked her how she did it and she said by reading Dick and Jane. But it seems she was reading words here and there before I even bought her those books. She didn't tell me HOW she taught herself, I'm not even sure she knows how she did it. I know we've always had computer games like Reader Rabbit and such readily available, maybe it was with use of those programs, us reading to her allll the time and well who knows.