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Teaching a Child to Read – How I Do It

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Occasionally on my Smockity Frocks Facebook page, the discussion will come up about how to teach a child to read. I have blogged a couple of times about the book we use, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but I forget some of you may not have been reading way back then.

(Here is an actual page from the book.)

You can see a video of a reading lesson I did with my 5th child when she was 5 years old and learning to read. We are now using the very same book with our 7th child. I have taught each one of my readers with this book! It is that good!

That’s not to say you won’t have days like this when you think your head might explode before the end of the day’s lesson, but that isn’t the book’s fault.

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  1. I also plan on using this book to teach my kids to read (their 4 and 2). You’ve obviously had a lot more experience than I, so when would you say is the best time to try to start this program. By which I mean, how old should the child be? Or, if age isn’t the biggest factor, what markers do you look for that indicates that he or she might be ready? Thanks!

    • Each lesson requires about 15 minutes of concentration. Some of my kids have been able to start sooner than others, and some have started and then I realized they weren’t ready to pay attention for that amount of time. So, we stopped and started a few months later.

  2. We’ve used 100 Easy on my first seven kids too. Right now I’m on lesson #70 with both child #6 and #7. This is the first time I’ve taught two kids at once and it’s quite the experience. :) However, it’s actually going really well and #7 is four and a half and I will probably go back and do a little review with her, but otherwise I think it’s clicking! Two for one is a good deal with a big family, right? :)

    • If a person decides to homeschool their children, the need to follow the same daily schedule as their public school does. Nothing makes me more angry than seeing school age children shopping with their Moms during school hours or parents who take their children for a vacation during the school year. They say the trip is educational. Give me a break . All they are doing is teaching their children there is no such thing as a schedule and basically they can do whatever they want when they want to. That’s not life ! They are in for a rude awakening. They will never be able to work a 9 to 5 job. If the schools in your neighborhood are great schools, why not use them .

      • CJ doriot;
        Actually they do not need to follow their school’s schedule unless it is state specified. If I was going to strictly follow the school’s schedule, I would just send them there instead of doing it myself. One of the main reasons to homeschool is so that you can meet each child’s individual needs. Public school is not able to do that. I happen to take offense to the statement you made regarding children shopping with their mom’s. I take my children shopping and do school before and after we get some errands done and sometimes even while we are shopping. Each household is different and has ways of doing things that work best for them. If something that does not concern you makes you angry, maybe you should just ignore it. I am sure no one get’s angry at you that you choose to send your kids off to school(if you have children) or how you live your personal life. That is called free agency and it is a God given right to all of us to decide what choices we make. How do you know they didn’t do school on Saturday to make up for that shopping trip, or extra time the evening before, or that while public school was off for Christmas vacation, they continued their work in order to go on vacation at a different more convenient time? So maybe before you pass judgement on homeschoolers that may take their kids on vacation or to the grocery store during “school hours” you should take into consideration there are different circumstances for every family. It takes major dedication to spend ALL day, EVERY day, with our kids to instill responsibility, morality, decency, hard work, family life and all the other things we try to teach them. It is not the easiest thing to do. But everyone does what is best for them as I am sure you do for yourself. If you haven’t walked in someone else’s shoes, you probably shouldn’t be passing judgement.

        Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
        For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

      • “Nothing makes me more angry than seeing school age children shopping with their Moms during school hours or parents who take their children for a vacation during the school year.”

        Seroiously? NOTHING makes you madder than that??? Dude. You should get out more.

      • I recently read a comment that someone made about their challenge after graduating from the “traditional” public school and the schedule. (I did go to public school all through out my educational experience. I went to a liberal arts college.) They commented that as soon as they graduated, they didn’t know what to do. They were so used to the class bells ringing every 50 minutes or so to tell them when and where to go and 5 minutes to get to class. That’s not the “real world.” Not every person is going to have a 9-5 job. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a schedule. That may be part of their schedule. We do need people to work other schedules other than just 9-5 such as people on the police force, firemen, medical professionals, people maintaining our water, sewer, gas and electricity, etc. So, I’m thankful for those people who can work overnight shifts because I don’t function well doing that. I’ve tried.

        As someone mentioned in response to you, the beauty of home schooling is the flexibility of schooling with a schedule, depending upon where you are homeschooling, that works for the family and the child(ren). So, they may have finished their homeschooling for the day or will do it later that day or maybe they’ve schooled on some Saturdays when the kids in public school are not there. Or they school during days the public schools are out for a teacher work day or holiday or for weather or whatever the public school schedule is. Some kids even do their homeschool during the summer! Not every child, person or even adult for that reason works well with the rigid school schedule. What other jobs other than in education have that kind of schedule? None, that I can recall. Then, some struggle coming into the “real world” because the traditional college schedule doesn’t reflect the “real world.”

        So, try to keep things in perspective by majoring on the majors and minoring on the minors. This is really minor. There are other major issues that warrant the passion you are showing about homeschoolers shopping with their moms. Oh, that reminds me, why do you think so many people struggle with finances today? Could it be they were never taught how to manage money or shop for the best buy or what ingredients are in the products or what to avoid if you have certain food sensitivities or allergies? Some homeschoolers work on that together and it is educational.

        There are many different reasons families homeschool. Bullying is a big one. That’s why we started homeschooling this year because while I went to the teacher and the school counselor on 3 different occasions and more, it was not addressed, not to mention academic needs weren’t being met. For some it’s the lack of God but the added indoctrination. I’ve talked to many different people. Some do it because their child was medically at risk. Even with a 504 plan, the school wasn’t doing what they were legally suppose to do and caused a child to get sick and be hospitalized. I know so many families who do homeschool and there many similar reasons and some different reasons. My son does better one on one rather than in a class with 29 other kids with 1 teacher. Who do you think is getting what they need academically and who has the vested interest in their child?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      Great idea, Gwen!

  3. Purchased via your link. You rock my face off. That is all.

  4. We have used that book as well, from me (the eldest) down to the seventh one who has learned to read. We use a phonics kit (I can’t remember what it’s called) for the first reading lessons, which takes a month or two, and then go on to 100 Easy Lessons. I still have fond memories of all the fun and crazy stories :D

  5. Help… I hve 4 soon to be 5 yr old. He is just now ready to learn. We hve been slowly working on alphabet. Does he need to know alphabet to use 100 easy lessons? My mindset is old school u learn alphabet then read. So confused. Help

    • The book actually stresses more on the sounds of the letters rather than what the letter is. Since the letters don’t always make the sound that their name is, it can get confusing. So they just work on what the sound is and blending them together. It is an awesome book. It has helped me so much with the other school books we use. I do have to admit I’m having some issues teaching my youngest….but it’s more with spelling rather than reading. I didn’t realize my older child was so easy to teach to read until I started teaching my younger!! lol!!! Our curriculum starts spelling in 1st grade and well….she’s definitely not ready for that yet!! But I know she’ll get there… and the beauty of homeschool we can work at her pace!!!

  6. I taught both my girls to read using 100 Easy Lessons over 20 years ago. Guess what book the grandkids are going to use to learn to read? Yep, it’s sitting in my Amazon shopping cart, waiting until #1 gets ready in a few years. Best.method.ever.

  7. Thanks for sharing. Teaching your child to read is very important for their future.

  8. Would you say that ‘Teach Your Child to Read in 100 easy steps’ would work well with a program like Hooked on Phonics?

  9. Francesca says:

    With my husband’s help, I have developed an app to teach kids to read. It worked for me and my daughter (2 yrs old).
    It is very simple, it is based on glenn doman method for erly reading.
    Hrre is the URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blion.games.leggereEng

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