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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

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With more than half a million copies in print, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is the definitive guide to giving your child the reading skills needed now for a better chance at tomorrow, while bringing you and your child closer together.

Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for rea
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Paperback, 395 pages
Published June 15th 1986 by Touchstone (first published April 1st 1983)
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Danielle
Jan 18, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
I have been using this book with my 5 year old twin girls, and have such mixed feelings about it. We are half way through. Some things I love are the structure, it is scripted and somewhat rigid. That means less work for me in terms of figuring out what to cover. I love how it teaches phonics, which is incredibly lacking in the school system near us. I also like the whole brain approach the book takes. As a neuropsychologist, it's nice to see the integration of writing, sounding out, comprehensi ...more
Alice-Anne
Jan 07, 2013 Alice-Anne rated it it was amazing
My almost 5 year old really wanted to learn to read so we recently started this program. It took me a while to get started doing it b/c 1) I was waiting for her to be little more ready, 2) As the parent, you do have to read through the instructions and do a little preparation in terms of practicing sounds (to make sure you teach them right) beforehand and I kept putting that off. But we did start and it wasn't a smooth ride for the first two weeks. It was easy for ME because they give you a scri ...more
Kristy
May 16, 2013 Kristy rated it it was amazing
I'm about halfway finished with this book. My son, who is 5, getting ready to start Kindergarten in the Fall has been the source of experimentation with this book.

Okay, so he pretty much hates it.... But, it's working.

This book really shows children how to sound out each letter to form words. I'm really pleased with it. As a parent who was a bit clueless on how to teach my child to read, this has been a huge help.

Like I said, we are halfway through and he is already reading paragraph (stories)

So
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Megan B
Oct 22, 2008 Megan B rated it it was amazing
Finally finally finally finished! ROCK ON!!!! LOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Christina
May 08, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it
I've just started this book again with my twins who are almost 4. They are very excited and moving through the lessons very quickly. (By the way, for those with twins, I've found INDIVIDUAL lessons work best)

I've used this with my three older kids with varied results. My oldest daughter soaked it up like a sponge, started kindergarten reading picture books well and ending the year reading chapter books. My second child (a son) took longer to get through the lessons, but also read well at the sta
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Alisha
Sep 18, 2010 Alisha rated it it was amazing
This book has been a journey for me. I began with a squirmy 4 year old and finished with a squirmy, but able to focus 5 year old. I observed how my daughter learned and how I communicate under difficult circumstances. Not only am I glad I taught her to read myself, I'm glad I spent this last year and a half studying her learning habits and becoming a better teacher. Easy lessons by nature do not mean that focusing is easy for a child. I had to be creative and consistent. I implemented many ideas ...more
Shauna
May 18, 2010 Shauna rated it it was amazing
I have had some requests for more information about how I teach my children to read. I use this book, and I read aloud ALOT.

We start off each lesson with a picture book (child's choice) then a chapter from a chapter book (my choice). Then we read the lesson. Sometimes we stop in the middle of the lesson (depending on attention span and how well the lesson is going, etc.) We always peek ahead to see if there is a "new sound" coming up. (A very exciting development, if you can imagine.) After the
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Brittany
May 04, 2016 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Just completed this book with Stevie Jr. It worked great!!
Emma
Aug 30, 2015 Emma added it
Shelves: non-fiction
My son is not ready to begin reading lessons yet. At the time of this "review" he is 3 years and 3 months old. I can see him being ready to begin in 3 to 6 months, though.

I only wanted to check out this book to read the introduction and instructions. Everything looks good and I think we will probably use this to begin reading instruction if we're ready to start that before we start K. The only issue or confusion I had is that this book claims to be appropriate for children as young as three and
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Julie
Aug 12, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
On the recommendation of a friend, I began using this book with Nathan. I love the method used and that it takes no daily preparation on my part. So far we are on lesson 12 and Nate is doing extremely well. I am very pleased with the results and only expect good things from here.
Katherine Cowley
Apr 08, 2016 Katherine Cowley rated it it was amazing
This was a great book for teaching my daughter to read. It took us eight or nine months for us to go through it, as it would often take us 20 or 30 minutes to do half a lesson. While she still has more to learn, she is pretty good at reading basic books, recognizing the most frequent sight words, and sounding things out.

I like how this book has full lessons that build really naturally on each other, and that I didn't have to come up with material. I liked the way it taught techniques (like say i
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Rebekah Schrepfer
Jan 20, 2015 Rebekah Schrepfer rated it it was amazing
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It seems gimmicky, but I highly recommend this book! I have two very good readers after having worked through this book. This was recommended to me by several homeschooling moms that I know, all of which have good readers. It must be understood, though, that this is not a grammar book. This is simply teaching a child to read the words in front of him. It uses mainly phonics, but also incorporates memorization of “funny words”.

After I consulted with my sister, Rachel Deese, who is a wonderful ed
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Alisha G
Apr 20, 2010 Alisha G rated it it was ok
This book comes highly recommended, and I have no doubt a lot of people have had success with it. But I hated it. On the plus side, my son did learn to read, it is comprehensive and very easy to use. On the other...
First, as to the methodology: It teaches a special orthography to introduce different phonetics. I didn't have a problem with this, but I think it was frustrating for my son. It isn't until lesson 73 that the standardized alphabet is introduced--which means that for literally months,
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Margaret
Mar 23, 2010 Margaret rated it did not like it
I realize many people have had success with this book but we did not. My children hated, just HATED this book. I do not want my children to hate reading. I want them to love reading so I quit using the book after only a few tries. It is not a child-friendly book. The book is structured like a textbook (columns, heavy text, few pictures, no color, chapters, etc.) and oversized like a textbook, which is inappropriate for a small child. I can understand why adults like this book as it is more appro ...more
Mike
Jan 06, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful book! We are a homeschool family. My wife handles most of the lessons, but I teach each child to read when they show interest around 4 or 5 years old. My oldest daughter is 18. She is an avid reader. I started her off on this book when she was five years old. So far I have taught six of my children how to read using this book. I'm about to start on number seven. My youngest son is four years old and has started to show interest. (In case you are wondering, there a ...more
Regina
Jul 24, 2014 Regina rated it it was amazing
Wow! I've tried lots of things (6 or 7) to teach my kids to read and this is the only no-fail system. Yes, my kids hate this book after a month or so of it, but it doesn't make them hate reading. This is the only book they are successful at. Whenever I have them try to read the school reading assignments or Bob books or I see sam books, or reader rabbit, or starfall, they instantly stop progressing. Most of these other methods either introduce new information too quickly or discourage sounding o ...more
Amber Allen
May 21, 2012 Amber Allen rated it it was amazing
My son was having problems learning to read at school. The way that they were teaching just wasn't helping him at all! They finally told me that they wanted to place him in special ed as he wasn't learning with his other classmates.

I knew he was smart and didn't belong in special ed so I purchased this book. In two weeks he was reading at grade level and by the end of the book he was reading at a 3rd grade level well above his peers. Any time a friend comes to me and either wants to start teachi
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Rebecca
Feb 23, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mom wrapped this up as a birthday present for my third birthday as she had for my two older siblings, and later did for my two younger siblings. I learned to read with this book and was definitely ahead of the other kids in my kindergarten class by the time I started school. My mom gave it to her friends and they taught their children to read with it as well. It's a great program that makes reading simple for any child, and will teach children to become avid readers. Also, I probably wouldn't ...more
Lori
May 24, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing
This book does a phenomenal job of teaching kids to read !! After having tried other reading methods (hooked on phonics, etc) that did not work with my oldest child, a friend recommended this to me and I couldn't be happier. By the end of the book, she was reading like a pro (she was 4.5 years). Now at the end of 1st grade (7 years) she reads at a 5th grade level. I used it on my second child (she was 4) and she will go to kindergarten in a few months but already reads at a second grade level. B ...more
Kerry
Oct 10, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it
I used this resource when my daughter was 3 1/2. My daughter will be 5 this month and after using only 100 Easy Lessons, and a steady supply of new books to read from the library, she is an avid reader. I love the result. We got a big head start in reading. She really benefited from having the freedom to pursue reading as a fulfilling pastime at such a young age. In terms of giving your child the gift of a lifetime of reading I have only good things to say about 100 Easy Lessons. However, she wa ...more
Claire Kenny
Mar 16, 2008 Claire Kenny rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I highly recommend this book to any parent wanting to teach their child to read. It is a phonics based approach that is simply brilliant. I finished all 100 lessons with my four year old about a month ago and it is amazing to sit and listen to him read--he WANTS to read. I love it!
Janei
May 13, 2008 Janei rated it it was amazing
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I've successfully taught my oldest daughter how to read with this book. She could read fluently before kindergarten. I'm currently teaching my second daughter and she is doing just as well as her older sister. I will teach all my children to read with this book, the results are worth the effort.
Shayla
Apr 28, 2015 Shayla rated it it was amazing
This is such a great method to teach your child to read. I have been using it solely on a kid-lead time frame. If he's interested, we do it. If he's not, we don't. He begs for it every day, though. In the beginning, he already knew a lot of what was covered so we sometimes went through 8-10 lessons at a time. But then when we hit stuff he didn't already know, his attention span was shorter. I take the liberty of not repeating some of the lessons, skipping some tasks, or not sticking to the scrip ...more
Melissa Frentsos
Feb 23, 2015 Melissa Frentsos rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all, especially after finally reading the introduction which insisted that every child will learn to read using this method and putting all the blame on the teacher if a child didn't learn.

Different children learn in different ways and my children learned to read without it just fine. I'm sure some of the lessons might help some children, but I got rid of it and my children learned to read very well without it!

Also I vaguely recall some of the pronunciations of certa
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Alicia
Oct 29, 2012 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Evi is nearly reading at a 2nd grade level. This book is amazing. GET IT!
Tiffany
Jan 21, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
BEST book for teaching your kiddos how to read.
Christy
Nov 09, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing
used this with my first two...I love it
Esther
Nov 10, 2014 Esther rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Aurora was not interested in the lessons at all and I couldn't really blame her as they seemed to me to be didactic, boring, and a very rigid feel and structure to it all. I'm pretty sure if I had pressed the issue or the lessons with her I would maybe have a little girl who could read but would hate it. So I didn't press it. What's the point of knowing how to read but hating it? This book may work for others and be great maybe especially for kids who really thrive on lots of formal structure. A ...more
Megan Larson
Aug 17, 2012 Megan Larson rated it really liked it
A quick, efficient, well-thought-out, phonics-based method for teaching reading. It has worked well for both of my daughters, and they have moved fairly seamlessly into "whole books" from this curriculum. It isn't completely thorough (the soft "c" and "g" sounds are not addressed, I noticed--not sure why), but these couple of facts are easily taught by the parent. For the time spent, I believe it is the best method I've seen. Other highly-acclaimed programs like "Johnny Can Spell," using phonogr ...more
Becky
Sep 04, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing
We're halfway through this book as of early December, and I'm in love with the methodology! I can see how it will be an easy transition into reading, and build problem-solving skills for learning new words. My daughter has already started to read words outside of the book and in the real word by sounding them out with the methods learned in the book! I'm so impressed. My 3-year-old son has been following along in bits and pieces as his attention span allows, and even he is able to sound out and ...more
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