Overview

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows parents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read. By teaching one twenty-minute lesson a day, your child will be on a second-grade reading level in 100 days. Everything is included in the manual, and little-to-no parent preparation is necessary.

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    Nicki

    On the advice of other homeschooling moms, I tried this curriculum on my son, who was four at the time. He clicked with it right away! In about one year he was reading easy readers from the library, and steadily improved from there. We only went through about 80 lessons. Since it was such a success, I used it again on my second son. Same results! They were both early readers.

    Now, as a disclaimer I will add that my three daughters learned with A Beka Phonics. So different kids may need different programs. But I was very pleased with the outcome from this curriculum.

    Heather Lei

    I debated whether to go with four or five stars. This book is not fun. If you are obsessed with needing things to be fun then you should probably look elsewhere.

    I’ve used this with two children with success, but not without difficulty. The difficulty was that my children objected to not having fun. I objected to them being illiterate. I won that round. It took a couple of years of starting and stopping and battling with one child because that was her personality.

    The book tells you exactly what to say and I needed that. I am not a natural, creative teacher. There was no way I was coming up with interesting ways to keep my kids engaged with a solid phonics based reading program. My household was also quite busy and I needed something that wasn’t going to need me to spend hours a day doing things. That was also why it took so long with the child who would like to spend 20 minutes in a tantrum about reading one word. I motivated my second child with the opportunity to earn a trophy for diligently sticking with his lessons each day of the week and finishing the book. He did so with no complaint or trouble.

    Laura

    I have used this book to help teach 3 of my children to read so far. I think it is important to start when each child is ready and to keep the lesson short even if you don’t finish the entire lesson. Stop before they start to get frustrated or lose interest and try to keep it positive. I think using it this way and remembering to teach the child, not the curriculum, it can be a very useful resource. After using it with my first child, I felt more comfortable using it and adapting it (which is pretty simple to do) if necessary for my next two children. With my second child, we started using it when she was 5, but realizing she wasn’t really into it, we stopped and then started again several months later, at which time it really started clicking with her. I have not completed all 100 lessons with any child yet, but moved onto easy readers around lesson 75-85 or whenever I thought they were ready to move on. I also think it is important to enjoy reading good and interesting books to your children consistently so they really catch that love for books and are inspired to want to read. No curriculum can replace that or be useful without it.

    Rusti Anderson

    Two of my 3 school aged boys loved this curriculum! They were able to get the sounds down well and blend very well. They are both more on the perfectionist and detail oriented side. The other sweet boy much prefer using tech and has struggled more with spoken words.

    It is well explained and easy to follow. A very useful addition to our homeschool library.

    Jana

    This book was recommended to me by several homeschool moms who had taught many children to read with it. It did work – my son caught on to reading so quickly it sort of shocked me! However, the method is very boring. We hadn’t made it halfway through the book before I was adapting the lessons by skipping the parts that caused the most frustration. But by that time it didn’t matter – he could read simple books from the library (Bob books were our favorite). Overall I am completely happy with the book and think it offers a good foundation to build upon. I plan to use it again with my younger two, but more as a jumpstart to reading, moving on to something more fun and comprehensive as soon as the child is ready.

    Erin K

    Over 20 years of homeschool experience and still my go-to curriculum for teaching children to read! I was a homeschool student and older sibling in the early 1990s and this curriculum was so simple my mom actually had me help my younger sisters learn to read- so easy and quick even a bored teenager can do it!
    I have been a homeschool mom myself for 14 years and this is the book that instilled a strong foundation and love for reading in my two older boys (20 and 6) and helped my learning disabled daughter overcome her hurdles and read well.

    My six year old has recently completed it and his reading has taken off! He is begging for more to read and delving into level three books, tackling words like “millenium” and “falcon” with ease.

    I am just beginning with my four year old. I don’t know if he will learn to read quite yet, although he is very bright and my mother taught me at four. He has a speech disorder and I want to bolster his therapy and I feel that this method of visualizing the sounds that letters make will help him. With lesson one my two year old deaf daughter was also watching with interest so I showed her the letters m and s and said their sounds and she mimicked me! I may just have her sit alongside while I work with her brother.

    Now for the nitty gritty:
    This book is basic. If you are looking for bells and whistles, bright pictures, accompanying accessories- this is not it. White pages, black print with some red print and line drawing pictures accompanying stories (it dives into the concept of reading comprehension in addition to phonics). If you want your child to read well quickly in short, simple lessons – ding ding ding … we have a winner!

    Every lesson is very short. It either introduces a new sound or begins with review of past sounds. My kids got so excited when there was a new sound introduced and often would look ahead to the next lesson to see and then beg to do that lesson too. It takes only a few lessons in and they are reading their first words. This fuels excitement and a feeling of accomplishment that drives them to learn more. “Mom- I can READ”! The lessons will go on to have several sections with fun little practice activities like saying words fast or slow. All very simple and reinforcing reading concepts. As your child progresses they will encounter a story at the end of the lessons, along with an accompanying picture. This will develop from short sentences to eventually reading multi page stories. The lessons remain short and can still be completed in minutes a day.

    Disclaimer: there is also a writing section at the end of each lesson. We never do this. My focus is on getting them to read and love it and I don’t want to turn that into drudge work. We add in handwriting curriculum later, after they are reading, or often they will just ask to be shown how to write something and I will show them and they will practice. Once your child is reading they will want to be able to write to show off their skills, tell Santa their list, etc.

    I highly recommend this curriculum and if it doesn’t work for you it isn’t one you write in so it is very budget friendly, can be re-sold when you are done, and can be used on several kids (my copy is 14 years old and on its 4th and 5th children).

    Rustina Anderson

    This book is so helpful! Two of my 3 school aged boys really clicked with this. My other young man likes the digital side best, but has progressed with this as well.

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