The Reading Lesson is a bestselling program that teaches young children to read in 20 easy lessons. It is designed as a step-by-step course based on phonics and key-word recognition. With its innovative and guided approach, the 20 step-by-step lessons provide an easy-to-follow recipe for teaching children to read. Developed by pediatrician Michael Levin, the program has also been used successfully for children with disabilities.
How do I use The Reading Lesson?
There are twenty lessons in this book. Each lesson takes about two weeks to complete (with about 15 minutes of study per day). Before starting a lesson, we suggest that you read the instructions for that lesson. Each lesson begins with an introduction and a description of how to proceed. For example, lesson two introduces the letters “m”, “d”, and “r.” At the beginning of the lesson, there is an introduction with some words of advice and thoughts on how to go through the sounds of those letters and how to read them in words.
Each lesson consists of words, exercises and short stories. Approximately 300 key words form the basis of reading skills in this course. Each lesson introduces a set of key words. Your child should learn them well before you proceed to the next lesson, since these words are used in later lessons.
The instructions in Lesson One teach your child basic sound blending. Bars, dots, and special graphics are used as guides to help your student blend the sounds into words. This process is called “sounding out.” At first, blending is difficult, however your child will get better at it with practice.
How fast should I go through the book?
The length and the pace of the daily lessons will vary with your child’s age and abilities. We suggest the following schedule: For children under age five, one page per day will suffice to maintain concentration on the lesson. For children between ages five and six, two to three pages per day will be sufficient. For children over age six, three or more pages per day works fine.
Since children have a very short attention span, try to keep each lesson under fifteen minutes. Spend no more than five to seven minutes per page. If your child is young, don’t rush! Work at a leisurely and comfortable pace. Remember, you have plenty of time to complete the course!
How old should my child be when we start The Reading Lesson?
The Reading Lesson is a developmentally appropriate course for children ages 4-8 that is easy to follow. It makes learning to read fun for parents and kids! This book is an easy solution to teaching your child to read at home and has been successful with families all around the world.
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Note: This product is the book only. A downloadable link that enhances the book is also available for purchase. This download will allow your child to play interactive games with a character called “The Giggle Bunny” to reinforce the daily phonics lessons. If you would like this, you will want to purchase the “Reading Lesson with Download” option instead.