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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: Revised and Updated Second Edition

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,655 ratings  ·  326 reviews
With more than one million copies sold, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a remarkable step-by-step, phonics-based program that teaches your child to read in just 20 minutes a day—with love, care, and joy a parent and child can share. Now fully revised and updated!

“[A] magical book...I’ve seen this method work in my own home, having used it with
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 15th 1986 by Avid Reader Press / Simon Schuster (first published April 1st 1983)
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Whitney Erwin
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
5 stars all the way!!! This book is AMAZING for teaching your little ones to read. I started these lessons with my daughter when she turned 5 and she was reading in no time! She enjoyed the lessons and did not get overwhelmed at all. She was reading fluently before kindergarten. If you are nervous or unsure about teaching your little one to read, this book is for you! It makes it so easy to teach them. It highlights exactly what you need to say to them throughout the lesson in red. There are tho ...more
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
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
I’ve read this through about a hundred times over the course of my life. My mom used it to teach my siblings to read. I taught about half of my children to read with it as well.
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
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)

Megan B
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Finally finally finally finished! ROCK ON!!!! LOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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
Rebekah Schrepfer
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Extremely helpful method for teaching some children to read. It worked for mine anyway. Well I used it with my oldest and my younger daughter eavesdropped on the lessons and taught herself.
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
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,
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
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.
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just completed this book with Stevie Jr. It worked great!!
May 24, 2016 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
Jane G Meyer
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: learning-to-read
I taught my daughter, Madeleine, how to read by using this system. She wanted badly to read like her big brother. She flew through the lessons, doing two in one day and progressed quickly. She's good at deciphering symbols and recognizing rules, so it worked well for her.

I'm now teaching my son to read this way (we started when he was four, and he's now five. It has taken us about five months to make it through the text--with a few breaks when he was getting too antsy and negative), and though t
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
Aug 29, 2015 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
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-to-5-year-olds
I wanted to love this book, but it was just taking way too much time, and my daughter was getting frustrated. We're going to try "Explode the Code" instead, but maybe we'll come back to this one. I really, really like their method:
- repetition of all the lessons woven together (spiral)
- handwriting in every lesson
- lessons appear short
- method of teaching pre-reading and reading skills is brilliant
- I liked how they made little changes to the letters to make it easier for the child to differ
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
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
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!
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. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simple guide to teaching the basics of reading. We have paused now at lesson 80, and my son can make it through Frog and Toad stories with only a little help. This book has silly stories and illustrations but I felt could never show a child the joy of reading unless there are a lot of great read alouds happening at the same time.
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
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. ...more
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
BEST book for teaching your kiddos how to read.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
used this with my first two...I love it
J. Boo
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ds2, dd1
Second pass through the book, this time with almost-graduated-kindergarten DS2. His little sister helped him pick out a cake, and we had the grandparents over to celebrate.

One more child to go!
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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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