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The Reading Lesson with CD-ROM Paperback – March 1, 2001
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I've been using the Reading Lesson for my 4-year old. He loves it and has been making remarkable progress...I highly recommend it. -- Rene Paufve, America on line
The Reading Lesson is the perfect first reader. It teaches one main concept at a time. The stories are fun... -- Ann O'Brien, San Ramon, CA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You need to be consistent in how you sound out the letters. However, a word of caution is needed: no two children or even adults will say a sound in exactly the same way. Regional accents and children's relatively weak auditory and articulation skills account for the variations. In the classroom this fact is particularly obvious. It is impossible to make all children say a sound in the same way. Encourage your child to make the closest possible sound to the one suggested in the lesson but allow some leeway. Blending sounds and reading new words is what counts. Learning phonics is an important, however, an intermediate step. So do not insist on absolute accuracy in sounding out the individual letters if it is difficult for your child.
You may consider purchasing the Reading Lesson CD-ROMs. Through animation and simple games, these multimedia companions will make learning to read fun. For very young children, we suggest, the Sounds of Letters DVD, another good way to teach phonics.
For many young readers (including children who are familiar with the alphabet), the letters in words seem to melt together. The instructions in Lesson One show how to blend the sounds. The bars under each sound unit will help your child to identify and separate the letters she already knows. These bars are there as guides and are used to blend the sounds into words. This process is called sounding out. At first, blending is difficult for most children. You will need to help the child but he will get better at it with practice.
Each lesson consists of words, exercises and short stories. When reading the words, ask the child to tell you what the word means. Before you read the story, read the title and talk a little bit about the content of the story. Your child may also enjoy these stories on our animated StoryBook CD-ROM.
Approximately 300 key words form the basis of reading skills in this course. Each lesson introduces a set of key words. Your child should learn them well before you proceed to the next lesson. These words are used in later lessons. How fast should you go The length and the pace of the daily lessons will vary with the child's age and abilities. We suggest the following schedule: For children under five, one page per day For children between five and six, two to three pages per day For children over six, three or more pages per day
Children have a very short attention span. Try to keep each lesson under fifteen minutes and spend no more than five to seven minutes per page. If your child is young, don't rush. Work at a leisurely and comfortable pace. Remember: you have plenty of time to complete the course and, if necessary, to go back and repeat the course before your child starts reading instruction in school.
We do not suggest that you try to teach a child under the age of three to read. Contrary to some books that suggest that you can teach infants to read, there is no proof that such a thing is possible. Children need certain developmental skills before they can read. Flashing cards with letters and words at a baby is a fun thing to do and makes us feel like good parents, but it does not work.
If your child is reluctant to do the lessons, you may be going too fast. Slow down the pace. Always try to stop the lesson just before the child gets bored. If your child is having real trouble staying on task and learning the material of the first lessons, he may not be ready for this program. Put it aside for the time being and try again in a few months.
In every lesson, there are individual sentences as well as little stories. Most children prefer to read only the stories. They are happy to show-off, and love to be praised when they do it right. The sentences, although they contain words from the stories, present somewhat greater reading difficulty because the child cannot guess the words from the context. Stories make guessing easier. Children need to develop both of these types of reading abilities, so we advise not to skip the sentences just because the child does not want to do them.
Children learn to read faster and more easily if they learn to write letters and words at the same time. Our brain receives direct messages from the movement of our finger joints and remembers the shape of each letter. Through writing exercises, a connection between sound and letter is made. We highly recommend the Writing Lesson CD-ROM which has printable pages for daily practice to learn complementary hand writing skills.
Top Customer Reviews
After researching & almost one thousand dollars on reading programs I finally settled on "Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons" for my two year old son. My research has led me to several conclusions, among which are:
* Different types of reading programs may work better at different stages in your child's development. For example, "How to Teach Your Baby to Read" by Glenn & Janet Doman, works best for children under two.
* If your child is approximately 4 years or older and DOES NOT HAVE ANY LETTER RECOGNITION, then a program like "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" may work best.
* Hooked on phonics may work well for children over the age of six who already have some reading skills, but are having problems.
* Bob First (Scholastic) books are good for kids 4 and up. Younger kids may have problems with the Bob First books because the print is too small.
* Do NOT teach the alphabet to kids under 3 years old. They will learn to read more easily if instead, starting with lower case letters, you first teach the sounds a letter makes. They can easily pick up the names of the letters once they are well into their reading program.
The first lesson in the 20 Easy Lessons book starts by introducing your child to the sounds made by five of the most commonly used letters in the 500 most commonly used words of the English language. Whereas the book recommends spending up to 5 minutes on one page, I only spent about 15 seconds per session and two sessions per day, for a total of 30 seconds per day. Just long enough to point out the letters and say the sounds.Read more ›
I taught my daughter to read using "The Reading Lesson", but I used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons to teach my first child. Both books use a similar approach. I believe that "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" gives the teacher (parent) a stronger foundation in teaching reading, and I used some of the tools I had gained from experiencing that method when teaching my daughter. The strength of "The Reading Lesson" is it's child-friendly appearance and approach. "Teach Your Child to Read..." is fully scripted and has the parent's script and child's assignments jammed together. My son hated it after a while. "The Reading Lesson" is not quite as strong of a program, but the pages are easy and fun for a child to look at. My daughter always wanted to do "just one more" page. Once we got to lesson 12 or 13 her reading started taking off. We actually didn't finish the book because she had gained enough tools to continue learning to read on her own.
The cover is a little misleading when it says "teach your child to read in 20 easy lessons". "Lesson" here is more like a unit. Each "lesson" may be 10-15 pages long, and is not designed to be completed in a day. With young children you would probably only do one page a day, where you might do several with older/highly motivated children.Read more ›
I then purchased the other similar book, teach your child to read in 100 lessons, which is working just so much better for us. It has very detailed teaching instruction and warns parents to some common mistakes and how to correct them. I am not a teacher, and now that I have something to compare this book against, I realize what a poor job I had been doing with my child with this method. It just doesn't have enough information for the parent. It wasn't that my child wasn't ready enough or interested enough, it was just me not doing a good job with this book.
Surely if I had stuck with it longer, gone back a few more lessons, maybe started it over again and not let my child move another inch before he mastered each skill, he would eventually learn how to read with the 20 lessons too, but there was so much guesswork involved that it was frustrating for both of us. And this book actually advises you not to dwell on little mistakes and move on with the lesson. Well, that wasn't good advice for us. How am I supposed to know how little or how important each mistake is anyway? If you are reading this in hopes that it will help you decide between this book and another, just skip this one and go for the next best option!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has been wonderful for my 5 year old. We can go at whatever pace suits us, and the simple, clear instructions are easy to follow. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Aimee
I used this book to teach my five year old daughter to read (she is now 6 and reads on third grade level) and am now using it to teach my four year old son. It WORKS. Read morePublished 2 days ago by J. Park
This books has been amazing help in teaching my 5 year old son to read. I did not feel that he was learning to read properly once he started Kindergarten, but was expected to read... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Anna Gilman
Using this book for my 4 year old (almost 5 year old) and it's working great. His letter recognition is great and knows most of their sounds. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Marie Swan
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It has helped me so much! Would recommend it to everyone!Published 15 days ago by Anne M.
After hearing a friend's 6 year old son reading like a pro, I questioned the mom about his reading skills. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chitownmama
I think this book is great, it actually worked. Just in a few pages my daughter got it down the way its supposed to be done. My only complaint is the font!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by a mom