How I Taught My Girls to Read

Reading was always something that I thought my kids would learn in school. Plot twist… we ended up not enrolling them in school.

I did a lot of research and tried to see what would be the best way to teach my then almost 5 year old how to read. I ended up stumbling across this book and decided to give it a go. It had rave reviews and I decided that worst case scenario I could just stop and use something else.

And so we began.

The book looks a little daunting at the red, and the dots, and the lines. But we gave it a go.

We took it slow and did one lesson per day. Sometimes we repeated a lesson, and sometimes we skipped the rhyming section. We also incorporated some Bob Books and the Booster A cards from The Good and the Beautiful. Slowly but surely we got the hang of it, and it worked! By lesson 70 something my daughter had a pretty good grasp of basic phonics concepts, letter sounds, and could read very simple books. Our Bob Books were great companion readers! I was hesitant to get them because the illustrations are… well…. they look like my toddler drew them. But I decided that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (literally) and went ahead and got some to help us out on our journey.

But… it was also around lesson 70 something that we stopped using the book. The book is VERY repetitive and a bit boring. After we (almost) finished this book, we jumped right into Kindergarten and had no trouble with the reading portions of the book.

I think this book did a great job of providing the foundations for reading and I used it again with my younger daughter – again, stopping at around lesson 70 something and then jumping right into Kinder.

Do I plan to use it with my other two when the time comes? Definitely.

What I used:

Pros of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons:

  • Straightforward and easy to use
  • Decent price point
  • Lessons are quick
  • Low stress since you can take your time and repeat lessons as you go along
  • It works!

Cons of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons:

  • Repetitive
  • A little boring
  • Your child may put up some resistance if they get too bored
  • Looks harder than it is

Overall, I think it is a great resource and starting point if you have no idea what to do when it comes to reading. Even if you get through HALF of the lessons… I think it will still give your child a good foundation!

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