Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

About the Program

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is an adaptation of the DISTAR Fast Cycle Reading Program. We had success with it. All that you need is the book and a notebook for handwriting practice, or you can use my handwriting printables. You do not need tapes or other expensive extras.


The Book at Amazon: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

The Book at CBD Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

By S. Engelmann, P. Haddox & E. Bruner / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

Early readers hold an educational advantage---and the respected DISTAR reading program gives your children that head start. By investing 20 minutes a day, you'll have your preschoolers and non-reading elementary school children reading at a second grade level in 100 days. Covers sound identification, decoding of words and sentences, irregulars, and more. Clear instructions included. 395 pages, softcover from Fireside.


Using the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Before using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, read the introduction and the parents' guide. The parents' guide explains the program and how to use it. It is 27 pages long, but please read it. It will tell you just about everything you need to know.

This is a teacher intensive program. That means that you, the teacher, will sit with the child and teach the entire lesson giving immediate feedback and correction. This is not a workbook program.

Allow around 15 to 30 minutes each day for this class. Don't do the class if your child is tired, sick, or hungry. Be comfortable, sit in a large chair together or at a table that is comfortable for both of you with your chairs side by side. Read the teacher's script to your child. Be bright and interested as you go through the lesson, even if you are pretending - be interested. If the lesson is a no-go, stop and try again tomorrow. If all of the lessons are a no-go, stop and try again in around 3 months.

Sound writing is a part of the lessons. Writing a letter as one is sounding out the letter has been shown to help with remembering sound and letter association in the child's memory.

Our experience- I taught my daughter how to read and how to sound out words with this program and I used the pronunciation chart and homemade cards to help my son pronounce unfamiliar words. When my daughter and I first sat down to start this program, it was an uneventful week, which as you might imagine, was frustrating for both of us. I set the program aside for several months. The next time we tried it, it was fine. She was ready and the program was a success.

100 EZ Lessons not Working?

If your child is having more trouble than you think he should be having, it is possible that the distar method is not for your child. Try using a different program. Alpha-Phonics is a different method.
Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning ReadersAlpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers
By Samuel L. Blumenfeld / The Paradigm Co
Non-consumable. Grades K to 4. 168 pages, spiral bound soft cover from Paradigm.

Another method is Reading Reflex.
Reading Reflex Reading Reflex
By Carmen & Geoffrey McGuinness / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

Workbook based program

Adventures in Phonics, Level A (Grade K) Adventures in Phonics, Level A (Grade K)
By Christian Liberty Press
Presented in logical sequence, students are given consistent drills and repetition to insure comprehension of concepts such as digraphs, silent letters, suffixes, prefixes, syllables, vowels and consonants.

Updated July 14, 2011, Donna Young

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