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In this post I will tell you about the reading curriculum we are currently using. It isn’t your typical curriculum, it is only one book! A lot of curriculum can be pricey. I am our family’s budget master, so finding something that meets our needs, actually works, and fits well within a budget is a win in my book!
It is called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and can be purchased through Amazon here or through the link at the end of this post.
The thing I love most about this program is that it teaches the phonetic sounds in the order that helps the child learn to read instead of teaching letters and sounds alphabetically. It gives the child time to practice and perfect each sound before putting it to use. What that means is they may first learn a new sound in one lesson, but won’t use it in a word for two more lessons. Giving them time to learn the sound correctly and better remember it. It also incorporates handwriting, which is great to teach at the same time they are learning the sounds. We use these pencils that also help them learn to correctly hold a pencil. She actually prefers these to standard pens or pencils.
We started out using a program that taught the alphabet and letter sounds traditionally in alphabetical order and my girl had a hard time remembering them. She has done much better with this program. It has made a world of difference waiting until she was ready, going at her pace, and switching to this curriculum.
This program works very well for going at the child’s pace. If they struggle with a certain sound or lesson, it is easy to slow down or even repeat lessons until the child is ready to move on. On the other hand, if they breeze through a lesson, they are short enough to easily move on to the next. Or even better, be done early and go play!
For the next and final post, I will share some of the wonderful books we are using to supplement this program. ♥ GeekMama
To read about a program to help kick start your reading program for both the parent/teacher and child check out Part 1 in this series.
What is the most challenging thing you’ve found with teaching a child to read?
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