My son is now on lesson 71 and doing great! I am struggling to do it every day, but I really see progress when I am consistent. It's just so easy to focus on my 2nd grader since, by law, I am "supposed" to be schooling him. Son #2 sometimes gets put on the back burner, but I'm trying! He now helps me read Easy Reader Books and Dr. Seuss. It's fun to cuddle up and read together too. I think it will also help him to begin decoding the more difficult words.
Anyway, wondering if anyone wants to give details about how their lessons are going. I was thinking of asking about once a month or so to check. Where do you do your lessons? We sit on the couch in our den and ds likes to lie on his stomach and cradle his head in his hands to read.
Thanks in Advance!
Leslie in MD
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To be truthful, I didn't find it very fun, but I did and still do sometimes use some of the read-aloud techniques. Anyway, sometime this past summer when I was often attending to our baby, my son taught himself to read. He's reading board-books aloud to his little brother, he reads the newspaper to me (we've stopped getting it for a bit as it's too upsetting), and reads labels and anything else he sees. The way he learned to read, *I think*,
was that he learned to WRITE first. He was always writing signs for his baby brother about what not to touch, what not to do, etc.
I've often been told that if we just read aloud often to our children and make books friendly and accessible, they will teach themselves. I have nothing against the 100EZ lessons, it was just too much effort for me right now. We're basically unschooling and sort of Waldorf-inspired about rhythms and some content.
I've also often been told that children should see their parents reading often. Now, that's an EZ lesson for me to do!
Sci-Fi mom, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann is an inexpensive reading program you can use to teach your child to read. It is a great opportunity to cuddle with your "babe" for 20 min. each day. You can tell by this thread that everyone is using it in their own way, and they are getting good results. Maybe I am using it more completely than anyone here, and my four year old is reading great now. I think you have to use this book to suit your needs, but you should use it consistently so your child doesn't get frustrated. I not only use this book, but we use easy readers too. JUST using any reading program would be pretty lame in my opinion when you are trying to expose a child to the love of reading.... Anyway, I think it is a great program. It's very systematic and easy to use.
Hope others will try it!
Leslie in MD, board moderator
We have started do the lessons differently once again. Dd seems to like when I change things around. I use the word list for the next day and make flash cards of the words. She loves using flashcards for anything and they makes it easier when reading the stories the next day. Also, we have been taking turns reading every other sentence in the story. She reads one then I read one and we keep going until the end of the story. She thinks this is a blast and it's been more fun for me too. We then do all of the questions at the end instead of interupting the story. I have to reword them bit sometimes but then I can see how well she understood the story as a whole instead of one particular sentence. Just wanted to give you an update.