Wednesday, March 26, 2008

But how do you teach a child how to read?

I admit, when I first started last year, the thought of teaching my children to read was terrifying. I had no clue where to start or what to do. However, I soon found out that it's not as hard as it looks. There are many wonderful websites out there that give you pages you can start with. However, my favorite is a book called "Teach your kid how to read in 100 easy lessons". This book is wonderful. It teaches phonetically and gives you 100 lessons that only last around 15 minutes a day. You curl up on the couch or wherever you and your child is comfortable and read this book. It is broken down into parts that you read aloud (instructional) and things that the child is to read. It really works and it is sooooo easy that you just have to love it! And the wonderful thing is that you can get this book for around $20! Gotta love that! ;D I even recommend this book for those who aren't planning on homeschooling but just want to give their kid an advantage before going into school, if there child is showing an can't force learning! That just leads to frustration.


Trilynn said...

Hi Autumn:) I think I may have figured out this comment thing. LOL! Just wanted to say that I enjoyed your blog. We too have used this book to teach our children to read. Have you finished it yet? It is great because when they are through they are reading on a solid third grade level.

AutumnLeavz said...

We finished the book with my son and he's improved so much but hasn't taken the step to independent reader yet. I think a lot of it is because he HATES reading! I hate that because I love it and am trying to get him to understand that there are so many cool books out there that I know he'll love. I guess once he actually becomes independent and can read more to his interests it will help. I try to get books for him to read now that he'll like, but you know a lot of the early readers aren't very interesting, not to him at least!

Trilynn said...

We had a hard time figuring out where to go once we finished 100EZ Lessons. Someone at the about site suggested we try Reading Mastery II Storybook 2 by Siegfried Engelmann and Elaine C. Bruner. It wasn't easy to find. I had to order it online. It has short, silly stories similar to the 100EZ lessons book. We used this along with Dr. Seus books and Abeka readers.

AutumnLeavz said...

Even though he hated the Abeka english and I switched it for SOS, I still have my son read the Abeka books. I don't think he enjoys it as much as he would books he about his interests but I like the progression in them. Also, it's hard to choose books that are right for early readers. In the past year I have gotten books that were way over his head that were supposed to be for his age group and books that were so simple that sis could read them.
Our library at least has a reader section separated into grade level so that helps some.
I'm just happy if I can get him to read right now.
The starfall site has been wonderful because to them it's like playing a game and they have stories on both of their levels. I use it as a break from the Abeka readers occasionally.

Chrissy said...

Hi Autumn,
I wanted to let you in on what I use.
I use an author named Laura Robb. Her books are awesome. The one i'm reading now is called Teaching Reading: A Differentiated Approach.
I home school my children and Finding ways to do so can be a challenge. With Laura Robb's books, they help u along the way.