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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mountcastle Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913063029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913063026
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even the best software cannot teach your child to read. You need books and the most important tool of all - the kitchen table - where you sit and do the lessons. "The Reading Lesson" book gives you an easy to follow recipe for teaching your child to read. This 444 page book contains twenty lessons. The lessons are easy to do both for parent and the child. You will need to work with your child about 15 to 20 minutes a day. A typical lesson can be finished in approximately one to two weeks.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karem I. Barratt on 30 April 2009
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I used this book with my daughter when she was three, as she would have to start school three weeks after her fourth birthday. I was worried, since some studies in the UK had said that summer babies did not do as well as the rest during the first years in school and many were behind their classmates during their entire school years. Since English is not my mother tongue,I was not sure if I could I help her with the pronunciation of some letters and blends. So I decided to try The Reading Lesson. We worked slowly with the book. As she gained more skill and confidence, we went faster. Right now we are in the Spring term and I am happy to report that my daughter is the best reader and writer of her reception class. She is two levels above the bigger kids and she has developed a genuine love for books!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seamus Martin on 10 Oct. 2013
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I started doing this book with one of my children about ten months ago - two, three or four pages several days per week - and now today we have finally completed this hefty tome. So three weeks after his fifth birthday he is now a fluent reader who has reached a level about one year ahead of what is expected of him at school.

Teaching my son how to read through this very effective book was a good bonding experience for the two of us and has given him both a great sense of achievement and a love of reading.

Although this is an American book, the only times in the whole 448 pages that I noticed this was the use of "Mom" instead of "Mum" in some early lessons and on the page with the seasons when "fall" was used instead of "autumn". Otherwise the American origins were not an issue at all.

Be sure to find the page near the back of the book on which to write down the date on which your child completes each lesson. I only came across it months after we started, and regretted not keeping an accurate record from the start. We definitely slipped at times. In other words there were multiple occasions when I left too many days between reading sessions with my son, and I am sure that had I been keeping track of how long it was taking us to do each lesson, we would have completed the book months earlier.

By the way, although there are 20 lessons, given young children's short spans of attention and tendency to get tired, in my experience it is wise to only do a few pages at a time, taking only five to ten minutes on each occasion. So one lesson can easily end up taking a whole week or more to complete. A little and often is best.

Also at the back of the book are useful advertisements for other products by the same company. I am going to buy some of the teaching maths material now.

To conclude, I heartily recommend this book. Buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on 22 Dec. 2012
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My four year old started school this year, and began to learn to read. She was told by older kids that she didn't know how to read when she proudly sounded out the words of her first book to them. Her face fell and she clammed up.

Not prepared to allow her be consumed by fear, I searched for a tool that would gear her up. I read the reviews on Amazon and hoped that the reviewers were right as the price point was so high.

Firstly, I must mention my daughter already knew all the sounds of each letter (Montessori preschool teaching) so she was going into this book well prepared, she just needed a bit of time and practice to connect the sounds together.

We got through the first two exercises of this book and she started to gain confidence. The school gave her a new book (the satim series of letters), she picked up the book and read it front to back without sounding each letter out. Shocked, I said we better ask for the next one. The school gave her the next book in the satim series and once again front to back without sounding letters out. After going back to the teacher after day two to ask for the 4th book in the series, they asked is she finding these books too easy?

I don't give many 5 star reviews, but in this case I must say this is a very worthy product. The only stumbling block she had is the font used on the lower case a. After a few days of showing it to her she could finally identify it and we moved on swiftly.

I appreciate not all methods work for all children, but this has worked for her. There is no better way to stem negative comments than to arm a child with knowledge. Yes the book cost a lot, but knowing this is one less thing she will get hassled for at school has given us peace of mind, and she is pretty proud of herself, so much so that she asks for the book everyday to practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah G on 19 Dec. 2012
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I have started working through this with my 3.5 year old, aiming for him to be reading before he starts school in September. The book is very well set out with individual lessons focusing on different letters, starting off with sounding out and identifying the different letters, then paired up, then into 3-letter words etc, and my son enjoys it and asks to go through a page or two every evening.

However, the real challenge I have found is it is very difficult to get across to my son the concept of "blending" the individual sounds into a word, and I am not sure the book is as helpful as it could be in this. It guides you to sound out to your child the individual letters (c-a-t) and then say them quickly enough that it sounds very much like the real word. The problem is, however quickly you sound out c-a-t, it will never really sound like "cat" until you are able to make the conscious step of blending the sounds together, something my son has not yet grasped and I feel a bit unable to actually get the concept across. Once we have got past this I imagine the rest of the book will be easy though.
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