I heard great things about Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and thought if my kindergartener could begin reading in 100 days, that would be practically unbelievable and amazing!
And to my pleasant surprise, we had complete success!
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TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ IN 100 EASY LESSONS
REVIEW SUMMARY: 4 out of 5 stars
- Grades Used: K and 1
- Pros: Effectively taught my child to read
- Cons: Somewhat dry, stories were uninteresting
HOW I FOUND IT
I searched our local second-hand sites online to see if by chance someone was selling their copy of Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (because I didn’t want to spend the money on a new book if it wasn’t going to be a good fit for my daughter) and to my surprise, someone was selling it for $3! (A total score!)
The first thing I did when I got the book was read all the information at the front (21 pages worth) to be sure I was giving my daughter the best start in reading and I would know what I’m talking about. The books’s method is based on the Distar approach.
CHILD’S LEARNING STYLE
What’s important to know (because in homeschooling we get to choose materials based on our child’s learning style), is that my daughter:
- has a visual learning style (but appreciates multi-sensory to keep things engaging)
- likes rules and boundaries
- is a perfectionist being hard on herself when she doesn’t get a concept immediately
- can sniff when you don’t know what you’re talking about
- likes to colour, so black and white is calming to her
Based on my daughter’s learning style, personality type and my preference in teaching, below is my detailed of Teaching Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.
- It tells you, as the parent, what to say to your child in a red font colour. (I really love this!) At first, the book seems daunting because of how thick it is and everything you’re supposed to say, but it’s so helpful in the beginning as you’re learning how to teach reading for your child’s success.
- Each lesson is broken down into tasks. This is helpful in digesting the lesson and your child feeling accomplished as you cheer them on.
- Combines phonics, reading, reading comprehension and writing. The focus is learning to read and adds elements that assist with reading, which is a tie-in.
- Lots of review. This helped with memory. I also skipped what I felt we didn’t need to do that day. When my child felt confident about a concept we began to do every other word or skipping sections.
- Reading comes quickly! My daughter was reading with ease in no time.
- Lessons take longer than 20 minutes. The book says lessons do not take more than 15 minutes, or even 12 minutes, but suggests to block off 20 minutes. I found I always needed more than 20 minutes to complete a lesson.
- The stories were not enjoyed. They were odd to my daughter and unimaginable. We left the stories out shortly into the book and replaced with BOB Books Set 1.
- 100 days in a row was unreasonable for us. Our family perfers to leave days out of intentional school time that revolves around heavy topics like reading. We believe maturity is gained with time and growth, not just repetition.
We started the book September 2016 and went up to Lesson 52, ending May 2016. We had breaks in-between with flashcards and reading BOB Books Set 1. My daughter needed time to develop in maturity, I felt. We started again September 2017 at Lesson 46, a place that I imagined would be comfortable and achievable for my daughter, and it certainly was. We faithfully did each lesson from there until Lesson 75. I must say we didn’t complete each lesson; we stopped each lesson when we got to the reading, comprehension and writing portion and replaced those areas with other books.
REVISED PRINTING of TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ IN 100 EASY LESSONS
Although, I had the older version of the book, I found that I could work with it. The most recent printing of Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons has an updated cover.
CHANGING IT UP
In addition to the book, I created Letter Sound Flashcards to review what was learned and keep things fresh, while mixing things up (considering the dry nature of the book). I also created a Lesson Sticker Chart to give my daughter some sense of accomplishment and achievement when she completed the lesson.
Feel free to grab your freebie below! I printed the flashcards on cardstock and put them through using my laminator, (I love laminators). Then, I cut the flashcards using a simple cutter to keep straight lines and the cutting done in no time!
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I NEED YOUR HELP!
We are done this book. Where do I go from here?! I have considered All About Reading and All About Spelling. Based on our success with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, is the All About program the most simliar helping to advance in phonics, reading and spelling? For me, I’d like to have something that teaches in a similar format to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons where it includes a script for me bringing phonics, reading and spelling altogether for my children.
I would sure appreciate and value your help! Please comment your suggestions below.
Anchored in Jesus,