I like how the book also takes you through question asking about the picture at the end of the story, focusing the kids on what they might see based on what they read, and then getting them to think about what the characters in the picture might be thinking about (theory of mind, good for autism). Honestly, sometimes the script is agonizingly boring, and I can't stand that you go through some of the words/stories once, and then have to go back through them again a second time. Although going back through the story a second time and asking questions is excellent for comprehension. Overall, I think this is one good tool in helping your children really learn to read and sound out unfamiliar words
Not only am I glad I taught her to read myself, I'm glad I spent this last year and a half studying her learning habits and becoming a better teacher. Designed for 3 1/2 to 4 year olds, this book's lessons worked well for us, with plenty of consistency and endurance.
My almost 5 year old really wanted to learn to read so we recently started this program. It's a good resource for kids who want to start reading before school or could use some help learning to read after they have started school.
I'm about halfway finished with this book. Like I said, we are halfway through and he is already reading paragraph (stories) So, I wholeheartedly suggest if you need to teach a child to read that you pick this one up!
This is simply teaching a child to read the words in front of him. After I consulted with my sister, Rachel Deese, who is a wonderful educator and has a masters in Reading, we used this book in conjunction with A.C.E.s Word Building lessons (our main curriculum) and did fine. Her only recommendation was to be sure to keep terminology consistent between this book and our regular curriculum so as not to confuse the kids. As I read the reviews on Amazon, there were some who hated the book because of this, and I suppose it is fair to say that at certain points it was difficult. I read all the words in red, and the child follows my instruction. I suppose it was 20 minutes on a really good day when my kids were really into it and breezing through it, but this was not typical.
I didn't make him repeat stuff as much as the book said, unless he was having trouble with a particular word.
I use this book, and I read aloud ALOT. Sallie and I have started to incorporate some writing time into her reading lesson. This is a great "teach your child" to read book. If I was starting from scratch with a new reader, I would still recommend hundreds of hours of read aloud, but I would also look into Jessie Wise's "The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading." I haven't used it, but it looks fantastic, and I have really loved her other "homeschool" aids. N0te: I have used this book to teach Aerie and Coco to read. I cheated a little and customized it (turned it into games) for Coco, but by the end of the book (along with lots of read aloud at home) the child is considered on a second grade reading level.
On the plus side, my son did learn to read, it is comprehensive and very easy to use. It isn't until lesson 73 that the standardized alphabet is introduced--which means that for literally months, he thought he couldn't read because he couldn't pick up a normal book and read it. The child is expected to read such words in standard type several lessons before the rule is formally introduced. And so, not having learned the rule, when my son got to the standardized type, he had no idea how to figure those words out.
In 1964, he left his job in advertising and became a research associate at the Institute for Research on Exceptional Children at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, working with Carl Bereiter.