Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons - An Update on Our Progress
We're currently on Lesson 28 of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. You can read about all the fun stuff Riley and I are doing this year in this post, but I wanted to update on our progress and give you my current thoughts on the reading program that we've selected.
Here's what you see in the picture besides the book: a Fisher Price Doodle Pro; a hundreds chart to keep track of our progress; phonics flashcards because Riley loves them and thinks it's way more fun to use flashcards than the letters in the book; and word flashcards. The word flashcards are on a loose leaf ring; I leave them sitting around and we'll practice sounding out a word or two here and there. Last night, she picked up the cards on her own and started reading them. Go, Riley!
This chart keeps track of Riley's progress and also lets her know when she gets a reward. For each 25 lessons we finish, Riley gets a special treat. As you can see in the top corner, the rewards are based on her interests. She also gets a couple chocolate chips or a lollipop after individual lessons.
If your'e unfamiliar with the set up of the book, most lessons begin by introducing and reviewing sounds. They then proceed to rhyming and reading words. Last, you read a story that uses the "rules" and sounds students have already learned. The pink text is the teacher's script. I don't follow it much at all. We follow the basic structure of the lesson, but I cover the concepts in a less scripted manner. A typical lesson takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes. I have read that most kids start taking longer later on down the road, but we haven't come to that point yet.
The story above is from Lesson 33. Riley flips through the book and gets very excited about the stories. She begged to read this one after lesson 26, so I let her give it a try. She successfully read this little story. I'm honestly very impressed that, after following just a quarter of this program, she's capable of reading these words.
The author suggests doing lessons seven days a week. We shoot for 6 because Sundays are simply too busy around here; and, frankly, I think we both need a day off. If we only get to 4 or 5, we don't stress about that either.
We supplement the program with some fun activities and crafts. We use our Doodle Pro to work on word families. She loves making "spiders" like you see in the photo above. We write the rhyme in the center and as I add a letter to the "spider," she sounds out the word. We include some nonsense words in the mix from time to time just so we can practice making words with sounds we know.
Pinterest is certainly my friend in this reading adventure. I find all kinds of adorable crafts and fun activities to go along with our learning. It's amazing what a simple craft can do to pique a child's interest and get them excited about reading.
It's also nice that I have friends who are teaching their preschoolers right along with me. It's great bouncing ideas off each other and talking about what's working and what isn't. We've all chosen different routes, but our goals are the same: raise kids who love Jesus and provide fun, educational experiences for them.