My sister-in-law gave me some great advice. One day we were talking about our kids and she told me that she teaches her children to read when they turn four. She uses the book “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”. I decided to copy her example so I bought the book and started lessons with my son.
To be honest, it was a lot easier than I expected. The book is laid out in a way that the parent reads their part and the child responds, almost always with the correct answer. It is an amazing book. By using it, my sister-in-law has successfully taught three of her children to read and I have taught two of mine. The youngest will learn when he turns four.
Now you might wonder why we would go to all the trouble when they are going to learn reading in school. It is because I feel that it opens up their eyes to the world and they learn all of the other subjects so much easier. It also boosts their self confidence when they realize that they already know how to read when their peers don’t. They start believing that they are smart, something that is vital in education and their future. Thus giving them a huge step up.
My son who is a very, very shy child and seemed to me to have low self confidence is now thriving in school. In kindergarten he was measured by his teacher to be reading at a third grade level. With this head start, it didn’t take long for him to figure out that he is smart. I can’t help but think that this will have a positive impact on his learning in the future. So I’m passing on my sister-in-law’s advice–try the book and see if you agree. The author is Siegfried Engelmann. I bought mine on Amazon for a good price. Happy reading.