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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,749 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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47 of 47 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Flocon de neige on 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 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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4 of 4 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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