I can’t even tell you how much I love this program!
We started our reading program by using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.Â It sucked the fun out of the room.Â We were getting the job done, but it was not enjoyable for anyone.Â I decided to back off when my ds said that he didn’t like it, but I was afraid that we were going to have to go back to it and that he’d be miserable.Â I am so thankful that a friend recommended Teach a Child to Read with Children’s Books.Â That simple recommendation helped us to make a wonderful u-turn in our reading lessons.Â Hallelujah!
The idea behind TaCtRwCB (how’s that for an abbreviation?) is that you use actual children’s books and not dry readers.Â He goes through an entire sample lesson based on a program that has been used in some public schools when they were able to give one-on-one attention.Â The elements of each lesson include books that your child knows well, books that they recently learned, word building based on those books, writing small stories, and then introducing a new book.Â It uses a mix of phonics and sight-reading to help them build their vocabulary.
The wonderful thing about the skill level of the books is that they start with ones that are repetitive and use words that many kids know.Â That means that they can have the accomplishment of reading an entire book from the beginning of the program.Â That is so much more satisfying than just reading nonsensical words (“….ab….”, “….ar….”)Â Although we’ve officially been doing the program with my 5yo, my 3yo has picked it up just from watching.Â She is now able to read as well.Â Both of them beg for me to start our lessons for the day, and they are sad when we finish our books.Â I wake up in the morning to them asking if the library has any new books on hold for us that they can read.Â It is so phenomenal to see the difference between the way that they approached 100 Easy Lessons and the way that they are approaching this method.Â They love it, and this is what I dreamed of for our homeschooling experience.
When we retire a book or run out of new books, then I just look at the lists in the back and pick a book that is the appropriate level.Â I place them on hold at the library and keep them in a basket next to our couch to become our new book that we introduce at the end of each lesson.Â It takes very little planning, and the kids enjoy going through the basket to pick which book they think we should read next.
We do most of our word building with magnetic letters on the fridge.Â When there is a word that they are stuck on or that keeps popping up, then we work on it and on the entire word family on the fridge at the end of our lesson.
So yeah, I highly recommend this book.Â My son already knew his letter sounds when we started, and my daughter knew some of them, but the book guides you through it even if you’re not to that point yet.Â I’d love to hear from you if you try it!