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The book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons sounds appealing to most parents. We loved it.
With so many reading programs out there it's hard to know which one will work for your child. Many times learning style and reading readiness play a huge role in whether a child will be able to learn to read using a certain method.
I was able to teach all 4 of my children to read using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We did not do the writing part. We just spent a few minutes each day working through the lessons and talking about the pictures. I followed the script pretty closely and found that my children responded well.
For writing we drew pictures and titled them at a different time than when we were doing our reading instruction. I didn't want to have to teach reading and writing at the same time. Many times children are ready to read but not ready to write or visa versa.
We also provided lots of books at home and from the library. I read picture books to them for quite a few years before they even started to learn how to read. Once they started learning to read I would have them read words and then pages from the books I was reading to them.
If children see you reading your own books, they will also want to learn to read. Also be sure to point out words and letters around the house, on TV and when you are out driving around. When children can read they can learn just about anything on their own.
"Slow and steady gets the job done" is a favorite phrase of mine. If you work on this book a little bit each day or a little bit 2-3 days a week, your child will slowly progress toward being able to read.
It's not rocket science teaching your child to read. Just a little bit of steady work will have your child reading soon. Make sure you take your time and have fun in the process. If your child is resistant to the lesson you are working on, just put it away and pick it up again in a few days or weeks.
I found that once my children got to about lesson 75 in the book, they didn't really want to go on. They were reading well enough that they just wanted to read easy reader books, so we just did that instead.
At $15.99 that is a small price to pay for a complete reading program. I know people that have spent hundreds of dollars finding just the right reading program for their child. Even if you don't like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons or if it doesn't work well for your child, you haven't really spent all that much money.
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