- Paperback: 516 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Press (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188251470X
- ISBN-13: 978-1882514700
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,465,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading Made Easy Paperback – January 1, 2000
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Reading Made Easy combines the best of sound phonics mechanics with a contagious love of reading. I only wish this valuable tool had been available when I began homeschooling. Affordable, scripted, easy-to-use and effective; what more could anyone want? Reading Made Easy is a wonderful tool for anyone who wants to impart to children not only the information of how we read but also the inspiration of why we read. --Jane Claire Lambert, author of Five in a Row
Veteran homeschooler and author Valerie Bendt has created a reading program that should be very appealing to even the most inexperienced parent. The program is contained in this single 500+ page book. It is scripted and illustrated so parent and child work together from the book. A little extra work is required: you will need a large quantity of blank index cards upon which each week s phonograms or words are written. Many times these are cut into two parts, which are combined as you work through the lesson. Use of the index cards and games adds a multi-sensory dimension to lessons. Valerie has created a unique coding system, similar in some ways to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. However, Valerie s system seems simpler and less confusing. She uses a gray typeface for short vowels, dotted typeface for silent letters, bold typeface for long vowels, and circling for some digraphs. Children practice reading words, then sentences, and then stories directly from this book. Valerie has tried to make the reading material meaningful and interesting. The occasional use of pictures invites the child to respond to both picture and words as they learn to understand context. Valerie includes tracing, copying, and writing activities, continually cautioning against pushing children whose fine motor skills are too immature for such activities. The progression is a bit different from other reading programs Valerie introduces both short and long a words before continuing with other short vowel words, and she continues in this fashion throughout the program. She covers most other phonetic concepts, but there are some important ones that are not included such as eigh as in eight and sleigh. However, on two pages at the end of the book, she lists those not covered along with example words and suggestions for covering them as a child encounters words containing them. The last twelve lessons in the book incorporate a twelve-chapter story about a young boy named Gideon who wants to learn how to read. Each chapter is first presented as a read aloud by the parent, and then an abridged version is presented for the child to read aloud himself. The content of the book is essentially non-sectarian until the story of Gideon, which is loaded with spiritual content and lessons. Throughout the book, Valerie has chosen to use the LucidaSansSchool font published by Portland State University. These are the folks who publish the Italic Handwriting series, which Valerie also recommends. However, you are not limited to that handwriting style by this book s presentation. This program relies heavily upon parent/child interaction. Some early lessons conclude with the instruction to read a book aloud to your child. Valerie adds lists of suggested read-aloud and easy-reading books you might want to use. Overall, this course looks to be both enjoyable and easy-to-use, two features that I consider very important when it comes to teaching reading. --Cathy Duffy, author of The Christian Home Educators Curriculum Manuals
I haven t been really excited about a reading program in many years, but I am now! Valerie Bendt, author of How to Create Your Own Unit Study, just left our home with her newest book, Reading Made Easy, in tow. Wow!! I am impressed! It is a combination of Ruth Beechick, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and Valerie s special creativity. As the child progresses, handwriting is introduced using the Portland State University Italic Handwriting Style. Copy work assignments are given, along with many suggestions for dictation, creating stories, drawing activities, games for learning sight words, hands-on activities, etc. One of the things I love about this program is the variety of stories. They are not silly or frivolous, but ones to interest the child. There are some stories just for fun, some story poems, and some continuing stories. At the end of the book, the student reads a twelve-chapter, historical fiction short story (similar to an I-Can-Read chapter book). Filled with the subtleties of heartwarming thoughts on family life, home education, and a love of learning, it is a wonderful story about the first book wagon in America, and even includes a photograph of it! You won t find anything like this in other phonics books! Highly recommended! --Tina Farewell, BobandTinaFarewell.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Valerie and her husband Bruce have homeschooled their six children until college or career. With more than 30 years of homeschooling experience, Valerie offers wisdom and encouragement to help parents effectively teach their children. She has written a number of books of interest to homeschoolers including Unit Studies Made Easy, Creating Books with Children, Easy-to-Make Bible Story Puppets, Successful Puppet Making, The Frances Study Guide, and Making the Most of the Preschool Years. Her award-winning phonics program, Reading Made Easy, is one of Cathy Duffy s Top 100 Picks. Valerie is currently working toward a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.