Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

I just bought this book a few weeks ago from Amazon. Some may be think I'm jumping into this too quickly if you know my boy is only 3!  He will be 4 in a few months and I don't think I am.  The signs are there.  He's ready to learn.

***  If you are not familiar with signs of reading readiness - here are a few blog and websites I found on the subject:   Chocolate on My CraniumCalvert Education, and Growing Home.

My son actually started to show these signs some time ago....  always wanting to be read to, flipping the pages of the book in the correct order, picking up on the letters of the alphabet rather quickly, and actually recognizing words in books we read over and over to the extent of recognizing them outside of the original source.  His first recognized word was STOP in the book Go, Dog, Go....  which he quickly transferred to recognizing STOP signs when out and about without any direction from us!

I had no intentions to teach him to read at this young age.  But he has started on his own and I'm a firm believer if a child WANTS to learn something, he should be given the opportunity.  Now he's only 3.  I KNOW his 'desire' COULD change.  And if it does, I'm NOT pushing it.... but while it remains, I'm going to do what I can to encourage it.  So what to do?

I've heard about this book from various homeschool sources through the years.  And while we've been using some basic workbooks bought from the local stores for Preschool Activities and some I had stashed from garage sales, I felt I should be looking for something with a little more structure.  So when a friend from church mentioned that this is what her son's teacher was using in a life skills class, I thought....why not check it out?

I have to say, thus far I am deeply impressed.  I've read the Introduction and Parent's Guide in the book and we have conducted 7 lessons so far.  As a former teacher in the public schools, I am impressed with the logic of the program and can really relate to the reasons the author, Siegfried Engelmann, gives for the reasons the usual approaches to teaching reading in the public schools do not work. I'm really wishing I had had this book in hand years ago when I taught in learning support classrooms.

So far my son is really catching onto the methods fast and seems to enjoy them.  There are days he's not into it...that's ok.  He's 3.  We are not in any rush here.  We just don't do it those days.  But when he's into it, the lessons are quick and easy.  The book recommends a lesson should take between 12-20 minutes.  Most only do one lesson a day but it does state for older children 2 a day is not unheard of but recommends highly that they be done during two separate time periods of the day - NOT together.

I think I will blog more about this as time goes on.  I'll let  you know more about the program and the thought process behind it as well as the progress we make.  If you have used this program, I'd love to hear how you made out with it and what your thoughts are.  If you have questions, I hope I'll be able to answer as our adventure continues!

10 thoughts on “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

  1. How I Beat the Odds

    Thank you so much for sharing this book and your thoughts. My children are ages 6, 4, and 10 months. The 3rd child was not planned - so everything I thought i knew, I had either already forgotten, or I had to warm up to it again after 4 years of not having a newborn going into toddlerhood. Each of my children showed interest in learning at different ages and each of their personalities are so different that it AMAZES me - I am certainly going to use this as my children continue to grow - originally I had used the Your Baby Can Read program, which while it worked well with my son, I would have preferred more interaction with him as this is television based - not me doing the teaching. As a mommy - I prefer to be the teacher, not the television 🙂 I always love new ideas so thank you!

    1. orthodoxmom3

      LOL... our number 3 was not planned either....however my other two were 12 and 16!!! Oh I know for sure how it is to adjusting!!! 🙂 It is amazing how they are so vastly different...and yet have so many funny similarities as well... both my boys took to their blankies like they were born attached to them! LOL
      I prefer being the teacher too....though I have to admit moments of gratitude that the TV, not used on a regular basis, can hold their attention for my sanity!

  2. Janice Biscoe

    This is really interesting for a couple of reasons. First, your child has shown an interest and you have not ignored it but you have also not pushed. i have seen too many children that parents want to be the "stars" and push them too early. As for personal experience, I was reading at 4 and my first books were the Dick and Jane type readers and then the books where I "wanted" to turn the page. My first series that I read before beginning school was "The Bobbsey Twins". Gosh, to visit Lakeport was my dream! I lost myself in reading and have loved it ever since. You, and other parents are wise to be astute enough to recognize the signs of a beginning reader and feed them the written word in small doses. This is one of my main concerns in education, every child must have the chance and the reason to read. Too many grow up and then we teach them in Literacy Classes. The joy on their faces when they comprehend what they are reading is a tearful moment to me. Just think, if someone had taken the time to show them when they were younger.

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Yes, Janice... I have seen both opposites... parents that push and parents that ignore. Both are distressing! I recall the Dick and Jane as well as colored readers from Kindergarten... I recall loving the idea of learning words but not being thrilled by the content. I think I only read a couple Bobbsey Twins... I myself wanted to go to River Heights and help Nancy Drew solve mysteries! People probably wonder why I don't write mystery stories as wrapped up as I was in them...and can still get lost in a good mystery or thriller!
      I totally understand the thrill - and not just with my son... I taught for ten years in various learning support type classrooms. Seeing the joy of a child who has struggled so hard to read a word(s) and then see that light come on and the gleam in their eyes! Oh....now you have me reminiscing...

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