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Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons [Paperback]

Michael Levin , Charan Langton
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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: 27.9 x 21.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,891 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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 30 April 2009
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!! 30 Jan 2011
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I'm British, and live in France with my French husband and 2 young children.

Keen to teach my 4 year daughter to read English, I started this book last summer. She won't be taught to read English at school in France any time soon...

We've worked steadily on the book, and now, nearing the end of chapter 7 of 20, I liken her in my mind to a bird who's just about to take off - running fast, flapping those wings - sort of floating between steps on the ground!!!!

I love the book. I love how it works through the different sounds, and keeps it simple enough to make a child want more. My little girl loves to colour in the pictures too.

I have a little boy who I intend to use the book with too, so have photocopied the pages for my girl- this works out great as when we do the lesson she puts the different sound pages ( 1st student page of each chapter ) in front of her to help her sound out the words. This may be tedious if she had to flip back in the book to find the right page when she ( inevitably) forgets some sounds. It helps her confidence to know she just has to scan the photocopied pages on the table to spot the sound - brilliantly portayed by an image.

I got the book on Amazon uk, then afterwards found out on Amazon U.S. that there's a dvd with the book too. I hung the expense (!!!!!!)and ended up getting another copy to have the dvd. It is worth it, I'd say for the added interest ( she buzzes off the 'Your score is 100'!!! ) It is American English, though, and some sounds do sound different!!! Just be there to say 'Giggle Bunny's American, we say it differently'......!!!!!

I also got my daughter the Fun with Phonics ( BBC ) dvd and started watching it with her from now - unit 7.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 7 Mar 2012
By heygale
I never write reviews, but I am SO, SO pleased with this book, I had to! It's my way of saying thanks, and I just want everyone to know, this is a terrific programme. My son is 4, and more to the point, a September-born. He is therefore the eldest in the class and getting a bit bored at Nursery School. The head teacher told me he is very mature, doing things Reception/Kindergarten children are doing, and is ready to read. I had no idea how to teach him to read. But then I found The Reading Lesson on Amazon, and we both love it. It is so easy, well-thought out, and straight forward. He is reading, and loving it! We are only on Chapter 5 and he can already read one of his books at home - I know he's very proud of himself. He actually asks to do his homework all the time (we only do 5 minutes at a time) and he is rewarded by getting to play 5 minutes of video games. He also gets a reward at the end of each Chapter, each generally taking about 1 week.

A further note about speech & language: My son has had issues with his hearing, and as a result, he makes some sounds incorrectly, e.g. t/k mixed up. This book first captured my interest because it looked so similar to his speech & language 'homework'. This book is actually teaching him the same things, and more. His speech & sounds are improving all the time!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fantasic 26 Sep 2007
This book is fantasic. I used it for my daughter just before she went to school, and she progressed very quickly in her school reading. Using the teaching methods it meant she was able to read words she had not seen before. One year on she is well ahead of her class mates at reading and we still use the book at home about once a week.
I could see this book would also help older children who are less confident with their reading, and it is great to be able to help your child. The only one thing I would mention about this book, is it is American or Canadian, so we have the word Mom rather than Mum.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
ok, so i was always a bit chilled about my 5 year old being OK at school and not to have to put pressure on him to do 'too much' at home. unlike my 9 year whom i pushed to read and learn about things from a very young age, with my five year old i felt i didn't want to do the same as my eldest although really bright can be easily bored and needs constant stimulation!!!!how wrong i was that that was not a good thing!!!
when i finally ended up going to my 5 year old's first parent teacher meeting in year 1, my whole world was turned upside down at the very instant when i was told in the nicest way possible that my 5 year old was 'getting help' where needed and that not all siblings would necessarily have the same ability. i was even more appaled to find out that on avarage my 5 year would be considered one below avarage for his ability in class compared to hie piers!he was on some stage 3 in his reading whilst others where stage 5 or more> i should not be worried i was told that by the end of year 1 he would just about catch up. but that was not good enough for me. i was deeply upset and it wa a good wake-up call for me. the best part fo the brain of a child develops when they are babies and most receptive conncetions are formed by the age of 5!!!!this was actually a disaster for me!!!!
being as proud as any mother, i was appalled by the fact that he spent 5 days a week almost 250 days of the year in school yet he was not able to recognize letters or now their sounds despite being in school for 2 years (nursery to begin with!). i am told this is the norm blah blah blah....but come on!!!!guessing by sight at the age 5 is not exactly going to help him in 2 years time when he has to catch up 3 times as fast with his piers!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If your child is struggling with the start of phonics ...
If your child is struggling with the start of phonics or blending even though this is American and some of the spelling is different to english eg Mom the sounds are the same. Read more
Published 28 days ago by P. Bielecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
A really helpful book at a great price, ideal for my children, easy to understand. and delivered promptly, what's not to like!
Published 1 month ago by Westendboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!!
This book is fabuloos my son was struggling with reading as we are french and this book has been very helpful to him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As a home educating mum with a child who has learning difficulties this book has been a fantastic resource ,I highly recommend it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lena V Andersson
5.0 out of 5 stars This Works
My daughter was five and a half and could not read when we began the Reading Lesson book. We practiced for 10 to 15 minutes per day at least four times per week. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Belinda Treumann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reading book
This book has been very useful in teaching my 5 year old how to read. I will definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to teach little ones how to read or improve their reading at... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fay
5.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start!
First attempts to teach my four year old to start reading and going well. This book is easy to work through.
Published 4 months ago by Ms Lesley Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent
Iv had this book for a while before I started using it with my 4 year old son. Before using this book my son knew his phonics and this book has help him blend his letters together... Read more
Published 5 months ago by fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Well structured book, makes learning to read easy!
This book is great!

When I received it I was surprised how large it was, and how repetitive the content looked, but once I sat down with my daughter (of 5 yrs) I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by soleil78
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!
I started this with my daughter aged 3 1/2 as she was starting school aged 4 the youngest in her year. Now she's 5 and reads fluently. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Nisbet
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