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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
Paperback, 395 pages
Published June 15th 1986 by Touchstone (first published April 1st 1983)
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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
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
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)

Megan B
Finally finally finally finished! ROCK ON!!!! LOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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
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
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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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
Alisha G
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Claire Kenny
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!
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.
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.
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
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
Evi is nearly reading at a 2nd grade level. This book is amazing. GET IT!
BEST book for teaching your kiddos how to read.
used this with my first two...I love it
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
Rebekah Schrepfer
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
Megan Larson
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
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
I tried this book out with my daughter and it was going so well that I ended up buying it. My daughter has gone from learning how to sound out words when we began to reading the stories in the book pretty fluently, just from using this program (and we're not even half-way finished). She enjoys the lessons and is breezing through them. I only gave this book 3 stars when I used it with my son, but I would give it 5 stars with my daughter, so I'll round to 4. It appears that it works great for some ...more
I find myself wanting to "chart" the skills used to teach reading in this book. The blow-by-blow outline of each and every of the 100 days' lessons shows a lot of attention to detail, and might be just right for some parents. But I need the Big Picture.

Briefly describe the skills needed and the average timeline and I'm automatically tailoring it to my situation. Doing *anything* another person's way is almost always a waste of my time. I've skimmed the "Parent's Guide," (p9) but I need to study
My experience with this book was a bit mixed, but over all it was positive, so I give it four stars with a high recommendation.

The early lessons are very simple and short. They really do only take 15-20 minutes (if that) a day. But as they get more complex, adding in more skills and exercises, it obviously takes longer to get through a whole lesson. By the end of the book, it was taking us an hour to get through each lesson. But I also wondered if that was only because my daughter needed some ex
I just finished this book with my oldest child. I am amazed at how well she can read now. The methods in this book work very well and it is easy on the parent b/c it is very specific about what to say and do. However, I can't say that it was always easy and that she loved every minute of it, but we stuck with it and we are both pleased with the end result. My biggest complaint with the book is that she wasn't interested in many of the stories so it was sometimes a struggle to get her excited. I ...more
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