Takeaways That Will Help You Use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
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Is there anything I would change about Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons?
- This book is large and bulky. Amazon lists its dimensions as 8.4 x 0.8 x 11 inches and weight as 2.1 pounds. It comes with a stiff paper spine and is not easy to hold because of this. One of my genius homeschool friends posted a picture of her son with this book and lo and behold, her copy was spiral bound. I commented immediately asking where she had found a spiral bound copy, as I would have bought a second copy in order to have that option. Her reply was priceless. She had taken it to one of the copy stores in town, had them cut the paper binding off and spiral bind it for her. You better believe that on my next errand into the city, I was at a copy store doing the same. I don’t remember the cost, but I believe it was somewhere between $5-10 to have this done, and it worth every penny. It is so much easier to hold this book comfortably while snuggling a little on my lap now.
- I went through each lesson and placed a post-it over the picture that follows the story. The child is supposed to read the story and then look at this picture per the directions. I had a horrific time trying to keep my hand over the picture while my kids were reading each lesson. Now, at the end of the story, my kids got the excitement of peeling off a post-it for the big reveal of the picture. It is my youngest’s favorite part of the lesson.
What should you know before starting to work through this book with your child?
- Plan to spend some time reading through the introduction and “crash course” on how to most successfully utilize this resource. I do not recommend starting lesson one until you have a grasp on how to teach it.
- It may be helpful to have small incentives to help spur you and your child forward. It may be as simple as earning a sweet treat for every so many lessons they complete. I also suggest setting a large reward for completing the whole book. It is a huge success for both the child and you to complete this curriculum. So, when it is complete, celebrate it!
- Just because the title proclaims “100 Easy Lessons,” do not expect the lessons to go quickly. Each lesson, if done well, will take anywhere from 20-30 or more minutes. The more distractions in the environment, the longer our lessons have taken. Choosing this resource is choosing a large time commitment, especially if you have several children.
What age do I recommend starting this book?
- I recommend that you start when your child is ready, not based on their age. I have found it to be extremely important that kids at least be able to identify the letter names. You can teach it all at once in this book, but, in my opinion, it will be extremely frustrating for child and parent to begin without that foundation.
Why do I recommend Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons?
- In short, each of my kids are created differently, with different gifts, abilities and weaknesses. And, frankly, their mother has been a different teacher with each of them. Depending on the season of life we were in, I may have been pregnant, nursing, or postpartum, overwhelmed, or well rested, working outside of our home, or full time at home. Their experiences are different because they are different and I would have expected nothing else.
- My recommendation boils down to the fact that, in my opinion, using a consistent, thorough and well planned resource, that is a proven success, is the best use of my and my child’s time. And, it has absolutely benefited each of my boys.
Do I recommend using this book if you suspect your child may have a learning disability?
- Yes. It was because of this resource that I became acutely aware of one of my boys’ learning styles. It also I needed to pay attention to how he was progressing in school. I didn’t know what I didn’t know when my son was struggling with this content and I wish we would have pursued an evaluation by a specialist sooner. If you are following the directions in this book and your child is not progressing after significant effort (meaning more than just a few lessons), you may just need to try again when they are more mature. It could also be a signal that it would benefit said child to be evaluated by a reading specialist or psychologist who specializes in learning disabilities.
- I still believe that my child benefited from the fundamentals presented in the lessons we completed.
Anything else to note?
- At the end of each lesson, there is a sounds writing task. I know that completing this section would have benefited my sons. But, they were already practicing writing their letters at preschool, so I did not utilize this section of the book. I would imagine that this component would benefit the processing of reading the sounds, but I did not find it to be essential. Because I found that my boys’ attention span was pretty much exhausted by the time we finished the reading part, the last task was discarded.