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Yes, You Can Teach Your Child To Read

by TerriAnn

With school starting, many mothers are thinking about how to start getting their very little ones on the right path of learning. One book that was instrumental in my daughter’s early learning was “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” by Siegfried Engelmann.

This book looks very old-fashioned (though it looks like the cover recently got a facelift) but does the job. Not only can you teach your child how to read well but also how to write with neat penmanship.  It is important for you to read the introduction as it explains the phonetic marks, etc. You are provided with dialogue and how to encourage proper learning. The lessons start off very easy. Gradually the words will increase in number and the font will get smaller.

After each lesson, the child must practice writing a few letters. If my daughter actually put effort in and tried, I gave her a small star sticker. The simple illustrations are humorous and really engages your child. I had to make sure the didn’t ‘cheat’ and look at all the pictures ahead of time. That way it gave her something to look forward to each day.

When we were about two-thirds through, we had a rough spot and my daughter was getting bored with the lessons. We continued on and then her attitude improved. We successfully finished the book. Three years later she was testing at 6th grade reading level though she was only in 3rd grade.

I grew up watching a lot of television and still dread having to sit and read, but my daughter loves reading. She reads 200-page books within a day or two and has excellent comprehension. In addition to that, she reads aloud very fluently with correct pronunciation and tone inflection. What a privilege to have contributed to her love of reading!


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Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom August 21, 2010 - 6:48 am

sometimes the old way works! glad this method helped your daughter 🙂
stopping back to say thanks for visiting Acting Balanced yesterday!

TerriAnn August 21, 2010 - 10:44 pm

No problem – thanks for stopping by also!

Stefani August 21, 2010 - 9:16 am

Sounds like a great book for those parents who want to give their little ones a head start before school.

TerriAnn August 21, 2010 - 10:45 pm

Doesn’t hurt to try. I just borrowed it from the library at first to see if it would work for us or not.

Tracy Bua Smith August 21, 2010 - 11:34 am

Hi I found your blog on the Picket Fence site and decided to stop in. I used 100 Easy Lessons for my 3 oldest children, however, my oldest daughter was the only one that actually learned to read well about halfway through the book when she was 4-5 years old. The book did not help me as much with trying to teach my next 2 to read and we have been doing other reading programs with them. I’m glad the book worked so well for your daughter and one of mine!
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t August 21, 2010 - 10:45 pm

I guess every child learns differently. I’m popping over to your place now 🙂

Anastasia August 21, 2010 - 11:17 pm

I love to read and I really hope my kids will too. Thanks for the suggestion.

TerriAnn August 22, 2010 - 11:20 am

You’re welcome!

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