Monday, January 4, 2010

How toTeach Your Child to Read

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I have posted here before about how I have used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Today, I would like to show you how easy it is to use this method.

The book tells the parent exactly what to say and when to say it. Notice the red words prompt the parent to give an example, "Annie is a girl."

You can see in this portion, the red words prompt the parent to question the child's comprehension. "Who sat on the log? Who didn't sit on the log?"

Could it be any simpler?  There is no guess work or thinking up what to ask the child next.

Here is a video of my five year old doing her daily reading lesson. Notice how when she stumbles or gets stuck, I do not immediately tell her what the word is. Instead, I coach her on what the sounds say and see if she can work it out for herself, which she does when given the chance.

Oh, and please do excuse the Rastafarian dreadlocks. And the commands from the eight year old in the background for her baby sister to "BACK OFF! BACK OFF!" I'm still not sure what that was all about - it's always something in Smockityville!

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Jenny said...

She's adorable! I have a 5 year old also, but she is only recognizing sight words right now. We homeschool and I'm trying to find the right method for teaching her to read. I've heard both good and bad about this book. However, we might have to give it a try and see how it goes.

Michelle said...

We use this book as well. Highly recommend it.

Chick Hatchers said...

I bought this book because I had heard such raves about it, but it was so time consuming that we just left it on the shelf. We're 2/3 done with teaching reading and plain and simple phonics worked best both times around. I'm hoping Child #3 learns well with just plain phonics taught by me because the two older ones will still need a lot of my time. So, I have a practically brand new copy that I'm looking to get rid of. (But it did work well for all the people I know who used it!) It was great for you to provide a little demo for your readers.

McMillan Clan said...

I used this book with my two older girls, and it worked great!

Rachel said...

Great audio/visual! We like this book as well, but I had to learn that it's OK to tailor it to your needs. For instance, it was taking us FOREVER to get through a lesson, so I dropped the writing portion and just set a timer for 15 min. When we got to the 15-min. mark, I would mark where we were with a pencil and we'd pick it up the next day from there.

And sometimes I have chosen to have children read the story only once, not twice.

I really like this book. I think whatever method people use, they need to feel free to adjust it accordingly and not feel guilty about making those adjustments! That's what homeschooling is all about, right?

The Phillips Place said...

Thank you for posting this! I have been doing this book with my daughter for a few months, but it was helpful to see how you deliver the lessons.

Melissa Stover said...

we just started using this with my 5 year old son.

*Mirage* said...

Do you start them at a certain age or just when they seem ready?

Smockity Frocks said...

I usually start when they turn 5, depending on signs of readiness.

Tami said...

I used this book too, with my two daughters, when I was just considering homeschooling. I checked it out of the library, just to see if it would work, when my older daughter was four. It was great, so I bought the book. We never got more than about 2/3 of the way thru though, because by that time they could read pretty well on their own. We switched to Phonics Pathways when we started homeschool "for real" and I think I like it even better. It starts with letter recognition and goes thru fluent reading. We started about 50 pages into it and finished by the last day of first grade with both girls. If I were starting over, I would probably just use Phonics Pathways. My second daughter used Christian Liberty's Adventures in Phonics workbooks A & B as well. I bought the first one because it was cheap and I wanted some table work for her to do while her sister was busy. I really like those too, she is almost thru the B book in second grade. They cover all kinds of phonics and spelling rules that I was never even aware of, just like PP. I think you could teach a child to read easily with just those workbooks. Just goes to show that teaching reading is not rocket science, and expensive programs are just not necessary.

BethPie said...

Love this book! I just started using it with my five year old son who wasn't "getting" Explode the Code or Hooked on Phonics (two methods I've used with other kiddos in the past - with good results). This just clicked with him and he begs to do more.

Sparta Savings said...

So cute! I just started this again with my third child and love it all over again! I don't think we've ever made it to the end, because they are reading so well, they can't wait to try real readers!

shelly said...

We use this book too! One son really took off with it, the other is just ehhh so far.

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