When MaddieLynn was 4 yrs. old, a friend showed me this book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, that she was using to teach her 4 yr. old to read. I have to admit that I doubted a 4 yr. old could actually read unfamiliar words. Recognize MacDonald's? Or the word "stop" on a red sign? Sure, but not actually decode letters arranged in an unfamiliar order to sound out words in a way that would result in comprehending a passage.
Then my friend showed me how her son could read. She wrote down a short simple sentence and he sounded it out, slowly at first, and then again with confidence and a look of pride on his face!
That was over 8 years ago. I bought a copy as soon as I could after I saw my friends amazing demonstration and started right away with MaddieLynn. It really worked!
The lessons are simple and only designed to last for 15 minutes each day. There are no flashcards or worksheets or manipulatives. Just a 15 minute scripted lesson each day. The words the parents say are even printed in red. It couldn't be simpler.
The child is able to read his first story (of 3 words) on day 13! By the time the 100 lessons are completed, he will be reading on a second grade level. That's only a little over 3 months if you keep at it every day.
I am teaching my 4th child to read with this book. It has worked wonderfully for me. Be sure to use my Amazon link on the sidebar if you plan on ordering. There are several available right now.
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