Discussion in 'Homeschooling' started by Anonymous, Jun 26, 2004.
Does anyone have any info on the book "Teach Your Child to Read in
100 Easy Lessons" ?
I picked it up at the local library. I will often see if the library has a book and preview it to see if I want to buy it. I did NOT like this book, though most people who use it are really positive with it.
I had a friend who just loved this book. However, when I borrowed it to try with my own dd, I was not nearly as impressed. I didn't use more than a few lessons, and decided to go with Abeka's phonics/reading curriculum.
I have the book, and tried using part of it. I too don't like it! IMHO i thought it was kind of boring to be honest with you.
Teaching reading can be and is so much more easier than that book. Also, so much more fun!
Don't get me wrong, a lot of people use and just marvel over how their child finished and is on second grade reading level. They like the fact that it advocates only 15 or so minutes to begin with,and then progress to more.
However, in teaching reading I want to accomplish other goals beside the *actual process or say my child is on this reading level*.
One big drawback is that no matter what you hear, it is very weak in phonics. It basically does not teach phonics as strong as I think it should be taught.
I have always sought to strike a balance between phonics and whole language. Matter of fact the curriculum I presently use, gets criticized all the time for striking such a balance. It teaches both phonics and whole language.
So I think both elements are necessary for any kind of reading program.
If you have already have it don't pitch it, I would just add a phonics program and of course lots of easy readers right from the start with basic Dolch sight words in them.
Does than help any?
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