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I have used this book with my two older children (12 & 10) when they were about 4 or 5 years old. They both continue to read well beyond their current grade levels and excel in spelling as well. I intend to use it with my baby when he is 3 or 4 years old as well.
I have recommended it to family and friends over the years. Just recently I bought a copy for a 4 year old niece. I first came across this book at a homeschool convention in the used book section. I bought it and brought it home. I almost gave up on the book when I opened it and saw what looked to me like a foreign language. But, as I continued to read the introduction and began to use the book with my first child, I soon realized the amazing possibilities of this book. The teacher part of the book is completely scripted and easy to follow. The children picked up on this "new foreign language" of phonics quickly. They were reading almost instantly. And, they could pick up other books and begin to read way before we were finished with this book.
I found this an excellent way to set aside one on one time with my children and found it exciting to teach them to read. I have even recommended this book to non-homeschoolers. Parents don't realize the joy and excitement they miss out on when they allow someone else to teach their child to read.
I have talked about letting my older children work with the youngest when he is old enough, but I don't think I want to share that feeling with them. This book starts out simple with a few sounds and words and works up to really long stories by the end of the book. Some of the stories seem silly, but children are only young once . . . so enjoy it while you can.
My Comments: Thanks for that great review Faith. We have used and loved this book too. My older 3 are not good spellers so you might have just gotten lucky on that one. It's so fun to teach a child to read.
People can spend so much money buying reading curriculums but I always tell them to start with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons first because they can always buy something expensive later. This is such a simple and inexpensive way to teach your child to read.
Here's my review of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.
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