Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teaching Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Best. Book. Ever.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann
Our son was four when my husband began teaching him to read with this book as their guide. In no time, my little guy was reading effortlessly. Listening as he read longer and longer stories melted my motherly heart. Today, he's in second grade and reading above grade level. 

Though challenging, my husband recently began teaching our three year old daughter to read. So far, so good.  And here's why:

1. This book is easy to follow. It's basically a script that parents read step by step like a recipe. Lessons build a child's knowledge by tackling one sound at a time. It also incorporates writing into every lesson and uses the same format during every lessons. 

2. Quick lessons.  Each lesson is designed to take only twenty minutes or so. Anyone can devote 20 minutes to teaching their children a new and valuable skill like reading. Short lessons avoid boring or overwhelming your child.  

3. Gives children an academic head start. Finishing this book before a child begins kindergarten truly sets them apart. They're off to the races and quickly begin learning from day one of grade school. My son has very smoothly transitioned from grade level to grade level. For my daughter, who is far from grade school, her annunciation has improved and I find her often sounding out random words. My children even have a new game they play together called "reading lesson."

4. A true DIY (do-it-yourself) tool! Parents will undoubtedly feel proud that they've taught their own child(ren) to read. This book empowers parents to appropriately teach such a critical skill. Though I will admit my husband's found teaching our four year old much easier than working with our three year old. Obviously, the younger a child the harder it is to keep up with their short attention spans.

But don't give up! Make teaching fun. Add nightly lessons to your daily routine. Combine each lesson with neat prizes upon completion like stickers or stamps. My sweet little girl loves her pink #1 reader stickers! And what's even better than that... listening as she begins to read all on her own (thanks to this book and her daddy's dedication).

Have you wanted to teach your young child to read? 

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