- Paperback: 395 pages
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster; First Edition edition (1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034612557X
- ISBN-13: 978-0346125575
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,888 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Paperback – 1983
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One note: I have read other reviews from parents using this book with 3 and 4 year olds. Certainly, if your preschooler shows an interest in reading, this book is an excellent choice. But NOTHING will work unless your child is READY to learn, not even "100 Lessons." Reading readiness happens at different ages (like every other milestone in childhood), and we as parents must respect our children's personal timetables (difficult to do sometimes, I know). Hey, remember when WE were in kindergarten? We spent our days playing, painting, napping (do they even nap anymore these days). Reading came along in first grade, and many of us may not have been ready to learn until then.
That said, buy the book and use it when your particular family is ready ~ ENJOY! :o)
I love the way the parent's part is scripted. The script turns anyone who can read into a patient, supportive master teacher! I love the way all sorts of short activities make up each lesson - very balanced. Best of all is the way this book's lessons touch all the bases. They connect letter sounds with words with stories with writing and finally, with reading comprehension, the point of the whole exercise. I really appreciate the short stories and the picture from the story with discussion questions. Now that I've talked to some teachers, this balanced, comprehensive approach is a perfect way to start a child reading. It doesn't lack any aspect that they will use later, or emphasize one to the exclusion of the others.
I didn't expect the writing, but I am very happy that it's in there. I bought the book for my three year old, but I am putting my 5 year old through it too, because it is so complete and methodical.
When I first saw the phonetic alphabet, I thought it was a little strange. But my child has no trouble recognizing the joined "sh" symbol as an "s" and an "h." And the "sh" is a single sound in his mind, as are "s" and "h.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong this is a GREAT book. I highly recommend it. But, it is NOT EASY (at least not for every child).
My nearly 5 begged "Please, please teach me to read Mommy". After about 20 lessons of this book she begged "Please, please I don't want to read". So we put it aside for a few months. When she asked to start again we started over at lesson 1 and went more slowly. We reviewed the previous lesson, did a new lesson, read a "Bob Book",played letter bingo. Some days we didn't do a new lesson - we just read a "Bob book" or reviewed an old lesson. YOU HAVE TO GO AT YOUR KIDS PACE. TAKE YOUR CUES FROM YOUR CHILD.
We're on lesson 94. I don't know if she reads at a 2nd grade level and I don't care. She is reading and excited about reading - and that's what it's all about.
Other Books: I can't compare this to other books. This was the only one I could find when I started to teach my children and so I've not seen any others to compare it against. I know one book has a title of 20 lessons. After my experiences, I don't think 20 lessons is enough to learn anything useful.
My Experience, Child 1: I started with my oldest when she was 5. I was learning about how to do this while she was learning how to read. She was (and is) strong-willed and got upset easily when she had a problem. With the book's method, when the child makes a mistake you just tell them what they should say and let them try again until they get it right-very little pressure. However, my oldest would get frustrated when she could not get it right the first time. She would get so frustrated we would had to stop in the middle of a lesson and start over in a day or two many, many times. We also did not have a lesson every day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a amazing book it has truly helped my son, I had been struggling to teach him to read for the longest and he didn't even want to try and when I got this book it has worked... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Zahab Aliyah
Used this book to teach both of children to read, now using it for my grandkids.Published 13 hours ago by OuttaMyAttic
I wanted to love this book but didn't. It is okay but we never got past the 5th lesson because my daughter hated it so much. Decided to go with another program.Published 21 hours ago by Samantha F.
This is a very solid reading program for a little one. We like the traditional approach to reading in our household. Read morePublished 2 days ago by J.D. Brooks
A few things I'd like to say about this book.
1. Daunting and overwhelming at first approach.
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I hope my wife did this with our kids... I mean I can't really read that well so I holding out hope on my kids you know?Published 8 days ago by Trash Panda
You NEED to read the parent guide before diving into the lessons - that's make the lessons make more sense. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Shaina Rudolph