Edison was a sickly child. Perhaps because of this, his mother doted on him. He was curious even from a young age. Once, he asked his mother why geese sit on their eggs. She explained that it was so they would hatch, and when Thomas went missing that day, she found him sitting patiently on a batch of geese eggs in a neighbor's barn. Because of his sicknesses, the family's financial situation, and its relocation, Edison did not start school until he was about eight years old. He first attended the private school of Reverend G.B. Engle. Unfortunately, he was a restless pupil and did not perform well. He disliked the rote teaching methods and the lack of flexibility. When the teachers claimed that he was a slow child, his mother took him out of school and began teaching him herself at home. From his mother, Edison learned basic reading, writing and arithmetic. His father
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formal school environments, Grand Trunk Railroad, popular science periodicals, Thomas Paine. Reading, rote teaching methods