Back when I was 8 and 9 I used to go to bed up in the attic and I would tear off a book from the various tops of the stair libraries and read it to sleep. These were parent's books and yeah, I read way before my time. Trust me, you read Leon Uris before high school time, you know just exactly where you will come down on Israel. You might have trouble spelling it, but there was also all of my dad's college texts including the green leather bound one of greek mythology and yea, I read that and know the stories of Perseus, Theseus, et al.I was well read in what bitish higher educakation referred to as the klassics. Yep, that was all pretty much a punt to the eye for people who know spelling like I do.
Oddly enough, I don't even have to turn on spell check. My fingers know when they've gone adrift and hit the backspace key that fast.