Back in February I posted about our progress at that point with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons. At that point, we had completed about 15 lessons. You can read about my first impressions of the book and the completion of the first 15 lessons here and here.
At this point, we have completed 52 lessons. As you can see, I've kept to my word that we would not be doing lessons every day. I've let the reading lessons be up to my son. There are days he really wants to do a lesson and brings the book to me or asks if we can lay in a blanket out in the sunshine and read or do a lesson. But other days, he has no interest. And that's OK.
I am still 100% pleased with this program. I have years of experience teaching reading to a wide variety of age groups in public school and to my own children in homeschooling. I really LOVE this program. It truly outshines many of the methods I used years ago in the classroom.
My son is 4. So I have made some minor adaptations. As I said we don't do the lessons daily....sometimes going days or weeks in between. Sometimes we do two lessons in a day. It all varies according to his interest and attention span. I also stopped doing the writing part of the lessons. He's just not that into it and I don't think it's necessary to make it a requirement at age 4. Reading isn't even a requirement at age 4. But he's totally ready for it and we totally LOVE doing the other tasks in each lesson.
My son's favorite activity is reading the story at the end of the lesson and guessing what will be in the picture that accompanies the story. After introducing a new sound,
reviewing sounds, introducing a new word or two and reviewing other words, the child reads the story (at this stage, each story contains about 5-7 sentences) by sounding out each word. A second reading follows with the child attempting to read the story the 'fast way'. For my child, we read through the first time, allowing him to sound out each word. I often, if it has taken us a long time to sound out the sentence, will then reread the sentence out loud to him before continuing onto the next sentence. After all of the sentences are read, I sometimes read the whole story with him following along or we go right to reading it the 'fast way', depending on his attention span and how easy or difficult reading it the first time seemed to go that day. The fast way means the child is to read through the sentence without the need to sound out the words. This varies for my son each day. With a young child, each day can vary according to attention span, eagerness to read, time of day, etc. Again, he's 4. I'm not worried about how fast he can read. I'm just thrilled that he is eager to learn and appears to be really catching on to phonics and how all the sounds form together to make a word!
These are the words that we are trying to turn into sight words for him so that he has a bit of a vocabulary that he knows automatically...without always having to sound out. The words on the right are the words from the book (he knows others just from picking up on his own over time - I'm pretty sure he knows at least most of the first 20 words of the most common words in the English language according to the list in this source and quite a few other common nouns) that he knows by sight, the ones on the left he sometimes needs to sound out.
So, in summary, WE LOVE "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons' by Engelmann, Haddox, and Bruner! 🙂 I'm sure we will continue using it at a leisurely pace through the summer.