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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 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
Megan B
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Finally finally finally finished! ROCK ON!!!! LOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Alisha
May 31, 2009 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
Alice-Anne
Jul 12, 2010 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 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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Chad
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an easy and engaging way to teach my 5/6 year old how to read. Just sat down and went through the lessons step by step.

I didn't make him repeat stuff as much as the book said, unless he was having trouble with a particular word. I let him set the learning pace so that he didn't get bored or overly frustrated. Only made it to lesson 70-something where the lessons start to repeat but without the special writing to help you pronounce the words. But he is reading books himself no
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Shauna
Jun 09, 2009 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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Rebekah Schrepfer
Jun 10, 2014 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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Christina
May 15, 2008 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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Julie
Mar 17, 2009 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.
Brittany
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just completed this book with Stevie Jr. It worked great!!
Alisha G
Oct 21, 2009 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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Mike
Jan 06, 2012 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
Margaret
Mar 23, 2010 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
Emma
Aug 29, 2015 added it
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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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Regina
Sep 04, 2013 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 17, 2012 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 22, 2013 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
Sherry
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
WE DID IT! I'm not going to lie, sometimes it was a slog to get through, but we managed, and my kid has a solid understanding of phonics. When I took him to his kindergarten testing his teacher said that this is the book she used to teach all four of her children. She also has used it to supplement her teaching in various classrooms.
Claire Kenny
Mar 16, 2008 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 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.
Christy
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
used this with my first two...I love it
Alicia
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Evi is nearly reading at a 2nd grade level. This book is amazing. GET IT!
Tiffany
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
BEST book for teaching your kiddos how to read.
Neurocomp
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
currently only 3 stars cuz it seems verbose or redundant, but i guess thats 1983 for you.

I think this book would have been better

1) if each Lesson started on a new page
2) if they created a template for each task/skill type since all the wording is the same.
Seems like such a waste of paper and this probably would have helped with point #1 by reducing
verbosity.
3) if they separated the content from the lessons (similar to cuecards but flashcards/tablecards)
this woudl have helped with points #
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Alexis
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book may not be for every child but it was great for my 7 year old daughter. I really feel this book works great if your child already has an understanding of letters and their sounds and what words are. It goes a lot smoother. If it doesnt work for your (young) child, just put it up and save it for later. We first checked it out from our library to "test it out" on my daughter first before I purchased my own copy.

I originally started her on it when she was 5, but she had no interest... Wa
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Danielle
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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Initially I loved this book, but a little over half way through my son became extremely bored. Every day it is the same script and the child is required to sit down for 20 to 30 minutes. They also do not teach comprehensive phonics and often introduce difficult words as "silly words". After many "silly words" were introduced, scott began guessing a lot. We're on lesson 70, but stopping because Scott is so bored. I'm hoping that the Fundamentals of English is a better program...I've heard it come ...more
Rachel
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've taught my oldest and am currently 3/4ths done with my second child on this book. Overall I'm happy with it, but about lesson 50 or so it becomes quite difficult quickly. It's one of those things that simply has to be pushed through, but it is incredibly painful for the child (and thus the parent) until the kid catches up.
Jill Urie
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, kiddos
This was recommended by my cousin's wife as a superb way of teaching kids to read. And I can't argue. Clara and I worked our way through this book together. It was so effective.
Tim
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've taught four of my children to read with this book. Good stuff.
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He was born November 26, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating with class honors in philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1955, he spent time in a variety of occupations, from working in exploratory oil to being a science editor. While working as a marketing director in the early 1960s, Engelmann became interested with how children learn. This interest began with examining how much e ...more
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