Read Education in 100 Easy Lessons for Your Child

Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you'll do something wrong?

Research has proven that children taught by the Direct Instruction System for Teaching Arithmetic and Readingc (DISTAR) method outperform their peers who receive instruction from other programs.
Now for the first time, this program has been adapted for parent and child to use at home. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows patents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read.

Twenty minutes a day is all you need, and within 100 teaching days your child will be reading on a solid second-grade reading level. It's a sensible, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable way to help your child gain the essential skills of reading. Everything you need is here -- no paste, no scissors, no flash cards, no complicated directions -- just you and your child learning together. One hundred lessons, fully illustrated and color-coded for clarity, give your child the basic and more advanced skills needed to become a good reader.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons will bring you and your child closer together, while giving your child the reading skills needed now, for a better chance at tomorrow.


The "Distar" system starts the kids out with a complete letter-based sound and phonics system so they can learn to 'decode' even new words from their constituent letters.

Typology in this education book is phonetically helpful also, as the little 'stories' presented are printed in a slightly modified alphabet which adds some basic pronunciation marks to help kids over 'silent' letters, complex sounds (th, ch, sh) and other little pitfalls. Also, short oddly-pronounced words (to, for, was) are carefully introduced as special cases. In doing this, the texts of the book's quirky and slightly amusing little stories can move quickly towards advanced reading skills, through their dozens of carefully-graded steps.

The obvious problem with the phonics-based approach is that phonics are really a crutch: pretty soon you want your kid to stop sounding out words letter-by-letter and gain the ability to read whole words and groups of words at a time.

The bottom line here is that you don't have to take the time to become an effective teacher yourself (a huge task) - the book does it for you, laying out a fail-safe, carefully planned and graded path of instruction, introducing new sounds, words, and difficulties with obvious thought and care.

This means your child accelerates smoothly, and you won't push her/him off that cliff by suddenly tossing in something that completely baffles the child. This is a big problem even with very smart kids - they rarely convey their puzzlement if they really don't understand something, while most likely you will keep going, not noticing the child has stopped, disconnected from the continuity of what they're learning.

Putting reading skills together the first time means the whole task has to form a steadily-accumulating, coherent whole in their minds. When that process is working, kids learn very quickly and make big leaps on their own.

First off, the book is 100 lessons of basic phonics. This is not an exciting subject. What is exciting is the definitive results that are achieved by the use of this text. What is exciting is driving around town and hearing spontaneous reading from your 4 year old in the back seat!

Secondly, you cannot teach somebody to "love reading" and no single book is going to instill this mindset into a kid. This book is teaching the mechanics of reading the English language, and not some sort of psychological manipulation used to bend the minds and wills of youngsters into passionately loving books of all kinds. You cannot love books unless you can actually read them, and this book will certainly put you down that path. Loving to read comes with reading great books and stories and feeling the empathy for characters that comes along with it.

For a busy parent, this is one of the most enjoyable things you'll ever do with your child. But don't feel like you have to rush -- do a few lessons, and if you need to take a break, then do.