- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Mountcastle Company; 2 edition (April 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0913063029
- ISBN-13: 978-0913063026
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 493 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons 2nd Edition
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I bought my first copy 4 years ago and used it to teach my daughter to read when she was 5. At first my daugher was happy to do it but once the initial excitement wore off she did start to resist a little. So I bought some stickers and everytime she finished a page she'd get to put a sticker on it. After completing about 4 or 5 lessons it became an easy part of her routine with no more resisting. We finished maybe 2/3 of the book and one day I heard her, from another room in the house, reading a book out loud fluently and perfectly. I was surprised when I heard her because she was reading words and sounds we hadn't yet covered in our lessons.
I'm a busy working mom. I have never taught anyone to read before and this book made it very simple. Since it worked so well with my daughter I recently purchased my second copy of this book to teach my 4 year old son to read. I wasn't sure how well he would do because he is a little hyper and younger than my daughter was when I taught her. With him I started out with just one page each day. We're up to lesson 8 and he is sailing through and begs me to let him do more. He's been reading 3-4 pages each day. He's excited about reading and likes to look ahead in the book to see what new sounds he's going to learn. I can't say enough good things about this book. I only wish I had found this book to help me with my first kid.
While I liked the book too, there were things that were annoying to me. The book often uses short phrases before longer passages as a way to let the reader practice key words. You have to keep in mind that they use a very specific progression in this book. For a long time, sentences will begin with lowercase letters--and that actually makes sense if you read their philosophy on that--but it annoyed me that sentences often had random periods, and didn't make much sense. This may not be as much of an issue if you are teaching a child whose first language is English, but it was a little more problematic when teaching an adult who is trying to understand what things mean, and why things are phrased in certain ways.
The other thing that was frustrating was that some of their pronunciation cues were simply wrong--for instance, the double "oo" is very different if you're pronouncing "zoo" or "too" versus "took" or "look". And there were other issues, particularly with the long "U" sound.
For those who have specific preferences on how to teach reading, I would say this book relies a little more on memorization rather than rules. I taught her some of the rules as we went through the book together, and we practiced common sight words to help get her up to speed faster.
Overall this book was a great help, and increased her confidence dramatically. Just try to relax and go with the flow of this teaching method, if you are going to try it. While it doesn't make much sense at first, I promise they move into proper punctuation, capitalization, and grammar by the end! Mainly, keep sessions short and positive so that your emerging reader will feel confident and excited about their progress, and will love reading in the future. Good luck!