If you have a young child who wants to learn to read or an elementary student who needs more practice reading, you may want to try the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann, Phyllis Haddox, and Elaine Bruner. Together, these authors have come up with a step-by-step plan to help parents teach their children to read.
The book introduces letters by sounds rather than names, one at a time. In this way, children are able to put the sounds together early on and begin reading words, even if they don’t know what the letters are called.
Each lesson is set up in a way that is extremely user-friendly and easy to follow. The lessons are divided into six or more tasks, such as Sound Introduction, Say It Fast, Say the Sounds, Rhyming, First Reading, Second Reading, Word Finding, and Sounds Writing. Within each task, you’ll find a script for the teacher in red text, along with instructions printed in black. All you have to do is read the lesson to your child just as it is written.
As your child begins putting sounds together to form words, simple sentences are introduced as a story for him to read. As he advances through the lessons, he’ll read longer stories with more challenging words. Reading comprehension questions are also included.
I’ve used this book with two of my children, and I found that for them it was a good way to get them started reading. You may find your child enjoys it so much he works hard to reach the last lesson, or you may find it serves as a way to give him a jump start in reading phonetically. However you use it, you’ll find that the 100 Easy Lessons really are easy.
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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