Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Learning to Read

If you have a young, preschool-aged child and would like to start working on his or her reading skills, I would like to recommend a book to you.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was suggested to my husband by a fellow grad student when he was taking his classes back in 08. We ordered the book, but after Gabriel was born, it just sort of sat on the shelf, waiting for us to use it! It seemed like the new family dynamic didn't allow us to work with Caleb right then.

I was a little skeptical at first. I mean, what is easy about teaching a child to read? And would Josh or I be able to really do this?

In short. Yes, it's easy. And yes, Josh did it. I think as long as the child recognizes all letters (capital and lower case) and knows (most of) the sounds each letter makes, they are more than ready to use this book. We are thinking of starting with Sarah. She is 3.

The most recent sentences that Caleb has read are:

Sam is mad at me.
This cat is sick. This cat is sad.
That is a seed. See a ram eat it.

Here are a few pictures of them working together.

And here is a video from last night. It's the fun side of learning!

Josh was being silly and using a principle from the beginning of the book to "say it slow" with each letter. He did this because of the "d" sound..."duhhhhh"! ;o) It was just so funny.

You can find the book on Amazon (as I linked to). I can't let you borrow mine, sorry. I have one child using it, one child who might start soon, and a 15-month-old who will have his turn before I know it!

And I know that some of my bloggy friends read If Only Everyone Thought This Way and recently she did a post on this book, too.


GapGirl said...

Aw, thanks. Glad you are having success with that book.I love it so...

Faithful Mali said...

I wondered about this book. I'd like little man to have a head start going into kindergarten. Thanks for the review :)

This Daddy said...

It is great to see kids having fun learning and enjoying it. I will get my to look into the books since she homeschools. She has also used the Hooked on phonics books from many years ago and our kids enjoys those as well.

Thanks for a great post.

Maegan said...

That's what we use!!! Excellent beginning reading program!

A Lil Story (Bilslands) said...

Thank you for posting! The twins are just starting now, and I could definitely use a learning tool like this!


Dimes2Vines said...

We home educate also and with 10 children, I can honestly say that the Lord has used it to bind our family relationships together wonderfully.
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