Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
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Why Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons?
When my oldest was approaching kindergarten, I wanted to jump start her reading. She knew her letters and many sounds already. So, I went with what I knew and bought her several Dick and Jane books. We sat together during her brothers’ nap time and sounded out word after word. By the time she started kindergarten, she at least knew the fundamentals of phonics and could sound out many words.
The method used to teach reading at our school surprised me. The focus is on memorizing sight words and “reading” books that say the same thing over and over. Each page repeats the same sentence with the substitution of one word. The new picture on each page dictates the change in the one word. I am certain that there is valid evidence that supports using this method. I felt, though, like my kids were missing key phonics instruction for the building blocks of reading and spelling. So for my second child, I sought out a different resource. My concerns are echoed in a well written article that you can find here if you are curious.
I found the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. It is written by Siegfried Engelmann, with Phyllis Haddox and Elaine Bruner. The word “Easy” is slightly deceiving. There is nothing easy about teaching children to read, unless you have a prodigy that just picks it up on their own. That is fabulous if that is your child, but that was not our experience within our family and not typical for other families either. You should expect to spend 20-30 minutes on each lesson. Trust me, it will be worth your time.
It took me some time to understand the symbols in this book in order to teach the lessons. But, there is an introduction that parents can utilize in order to understand better. Once I figured it out, my part was not hard. This biggest challenge was motivating my boys to have a good attitude for when we did their lessons and redirecting them to help them focus. I have used this book 4 times now, and have had a different experience each time, but with that disclosed, I would still wholeheartedly recommend Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons to other moms wanting to help cultivate reading, phonics, and spelling skills.
Check out part 2 and part 3 of this blog series to learn more about our experience with this valuable resource.
**This post is for people wanting to teach a child to read outside of school. I do not believe that every child needs to be reading before kindergarten. Teachers have gone through many years of education to have the ability to teach large groups of children how to read. That being said, I think it is a great advantage to children to be working on reading skills at home with their parents before starting school and continuing on until they have mastered it and beyond.