Item description for Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner & Siegfried Engelmann...
Overview SRA's DISTAR is one of the most successful beginning reading programs available to schools. Research has proven that children taught by the DISTAR method outperform their peers. Now, this program has been adapted for use at home. In only 20 minutes a day, this remarkable step-by-step program teaches your child to read--with the love, care, and joy only a parent and child cane share.
Publishers Description * Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? * Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? * Are you worried that your child will become lost in overcrowded classrooms? * Did you know that early readers hold an advantage over their peers throughout school? * Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you'll do something wrong? SRAs DISTAR(R) is the most successful beginning reading program available to schools across the country. Research has proven that children taught by the DISTAR(R) method outperform their peers who receive instruction from other programs. Now for the first time, this program has been adapted for parent and child to use at home. "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" is a complete, step-by-step program that shows patents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read. Twenty minutes a day is all you need, and within 100 teaching days your child will be reading on a solid second-grade reading level. It's a sensible, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable way to help your child gain the essential skills of reading. Everything you need is here -- no paste, no scissors, no flash cards, no complicated directions -- just you and your child learning together. One hundred lessons, fully illustrated and color-coded for clarity, give your child the basic and more advanced skills needed to become a good reader. "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" will bring you and your child closer together, while giving your child the reading skills needed now, for a better chance at tomorrow.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.9" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1983
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Grade Level Kindergarten
ISBN 0671631985 ISBN13 9780671631987
Availability 0 units.
More About Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner & Siegfried Engelmann
Haddox worked as a reading specialist before coming to the University of Oregon, where she is a teacher trainer and a project manager.
Phyllis Haddox currently resides in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons?
Intensive phonics -- worked for us! Sep 12, 2007
I use this book with my homeschooled daughter, age 5. Despite the cheesy title, it has worked well for us. They say that once a child is done with all 100 lessons, they should be reading at a solid second-grade level. I believe that is accurate. We completed lesson 95 today. The lessons take anywhere from 10-30 minutes.
I strongly believe that a strictly phonics-based method makes sense. Teach Read is based on the SRA phonics method that I remember using as a first grader.
The introductory material for the teacher was incredibly helpful. I believe it is important to read these instructions and follow them carefully. I wonder if some who did not think the program worked for them skipped this.
It is an entirely scripted program which I thought would be overkill, but it was helpful. Once I learned to use it I made my own adjustments as needed.
It does not assume the child knows anything to start, not even the alphabet. Of course if the child does know letters and sounds, he or she can progress more easily.
What I like most is that it painlessly took us through some phonics rules, without either of us ever realizing we were learning "rules." I've seen some programs say, "OK, now we're going to learn that when two vowels are together, the first one makes the sound." That makes it sound harder than it is. This just demonstrates it, so it's much easier.
It starts with basic letter sounds, then progresses to blends, digraphs, etc. (again, without ever telling the child they're about to learn blends and digraphs). It goes through the entire process of sounding out words without it ever seeming like work. Children are rewarded at the end of most lessons with a story they can read themselves, very early on. I've read in reviews some people complaining that the stories are silly, but it has appealed to Addy. They're better than the "Pat the rat sat on a mat" type. Once they read the story, they get to see a picture illustrating the story. For Addy, that seems like a neat surprise at the end of each lesson so she looks forward to the next. I will say that the lessons can seem tedious at the end, but we have taken what works for us and ignored parts that were tedious. For example, the program teaches reading comprehension along with the mechanics of reading. Once I was convinced that Addy did fully comprehend the story, I found no need to pepper her with questions to test her understanding.
Teach Read also teaches handwriting as part of every lesson. We use something else for that, so we have skipped that part since about lesson 15. If she weren't a lefty with a specific issue I was attempting to correct, I probably would have stuck with the Teach Read handwriting.
Others have mentioned the invented orthography in this book. I, too, was concerned until I gave the program a chance. It introduces it for good reason, then gently and seamlessly weans the child from it. I would not recommend starting this book and quitting partway through. That would indeed be confusing. However, once it is followed through the system works.
My 5-year-old is reading as a result of this book and our homeschooling efforts. As we finish the book, we're moving on to the next step suggested in Teach Read. Addy is reading real, good-quality books. A list of 20 titles is suggested as a start.
How I learned Sep 11, 2007
I learned to read with this book when I was four, almost five. Excellent. I didn't find it too boring at all. I had already tried other systems and I had been feeling really frustrated. This book took the frustration away. After practicing with some intermediate material for a few months after finishing this book, I was reading chapter books (as a five-year-old) at a fifth grade level. So I went from struggling and not really reading much, and hating it, to reading chapter books with relish, within about 7 months all in all.
I do remember my mom found some typos and mistakes in the book but it wasn't a big deal at all. We followed the book at our own pace, sometimes doing a few lessons at a time, sometimes skipping it for a while. Whatever you do, don't force it on your child before they're ready.
I am now purchasing this book for my own son who is three. Is he ready to read yet? I don't know, but he says he wants to learn to read, so we'll see. I'll be back later to share how that goes. :)
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Review Sep 5, 2007
The book was recommended in an educational assessment by a psychologist. I purchased the book so our teacher aides could work one on one with some of our students. The teacher aides report that the lessons work very well. They particularly like that thy are guided through the course. They say the students don't get confused because it is prescribed. They also see the progress in the students. I am very pleased with the course and I have recommended it to parents as well to work on with their children at home.
Budget-Conscious Teachers Aug 26, 2007
This book is great for teachers that would like to teach using the Direct Instruction method but cannot afford to buy the entire Reading Mastery set. The lessons are easy to use with students. I recommend this book if you believe in direct instruction and have limited funds from your school district or your own pocket.
Works for some children not for others Aug 25, 2007
gave my daughter an excellent foundation for reading. she took off after about the 60th lesson and we never had to finish the book. hasn't interested my son as much though. very easy to use for parent and child. even tells the parent what to say if you lack confidence. overall I would recommend this book. It approaches phonics from the most used sounds to the least, starting with "m", "s", "a".......not as good for "wiggly willies" or easily distracted children.