Reading Lesson Book

Reading Lesson Book

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Item #: 012264
ISBN: 9780913063026
Grades: PK-3

Product Description:

Originally developed as a software package, the success of this simple, phonetically-based program encouraged the publication of The Reading Lesson book. The Reading Lesson is broken into 20 lessons, intended to be done side-by-side with a parent or teacher. A correlating Reading Lesson CD-ROM is available from the publisher, which features animations, audio and simple games. However, the book can be used on its own, and at this time the book is the only component we are offering.

Lessons introduce and use specific letters and sounds. The entire alphabet is not taught at the beginning, nor is it taught in order. Letters and sounds are introduced in groups which can be used to read the corresponding simple stories. For example, Lesson One introduces c, o, s, a and t while Lesson Two features m, d and r. Each lesson contains information for the parent or teacher, words, exercises and short stories. The pacing of the lessons will depend on the child's age, and a suggested number of pages per day is provided. The authors suggest spending no more than 15 minutes on a lesson each day, so as to not exceed the child's attention span. Each page is written to both student and teacher, with instructions in small print at the top. Where letters, words, or sentences are given, small bars underneath the letters remind the reader to focus on one sound at a time, as they point at the letter (these bars disappear towards the end of the book). Gradually (with the parent modeling) the student will start to blend the sounds and read the words. The book teaches most phonetic sounds and blends; however, there are several that might be taught specificially in another course that are designated as "sight words" in this course. Only lowercase letters are taught until the 11th lesson, when several capital letters that look similar to their lowercase counterparts are introduced ('I' is also introduced here, with an explanation on its slightly different look). Other topics, such as the suffix "-ing",and apostrophes are also introduced as they are necessary, but are not covered in a great amount of depth. The emphasis here is to give the child the skills to decode and read words, so that they will "graduate" from the book with a 2nd-grade reading level. With the straightforward presentation, simple effective activities and reinforcement, this book makes the task do-able for student and teacher. Please note that there are several other companion products that are available from the publisher. To preview these, please check out - Jess

Category Description for Other Programs:

Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.

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Trade Paper
2nd, Illustrated
Michael Levin
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Mountcastle Company
2.65 (lbs.)
10.94" x 9.31" x 1.38"
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Amanda U on Dec 24, 2022
Excellent books for kids needs learn to read
Mariela R on Aug 21, 2021
Amanda U on Dec 24, 2022
Friend recommendation
Heather H on Apr 26, 2022
Excellent books for kids needs learn to read
Mariela R on Aug 21, 2021
Description and reviews seem to match my needs for helping my 7 year old grandson with reading
Dawn K on Jun 5, 2021
Was highly recommended and I just cannot bring myself to spend hundreds on AAR when I think my son will do well with a simpler program.
Gina C on Apr 13, 2021
I would like to help my 4 year learn to read.
Christy B on Apr 1, 2021
This book received very good reviews. It is used by many home school families and we are beginning to home school our almost 4-year old. I cannot not vouch for how effective it will be in teaching reading because I haven't received it yet., but it can certainly serve as a supplementary resource for teaching beginning phonics. I am excited to begin using it.
MONICA C on Mar 29, 2020
It was used by my daughter with great success so I am ordering this book for my son to use with his children.
Jana G on Oct 22, 2019
short and to the point
cristiane s on Oct 18, 2019
This is what I used to start my now 12 and 14 year olds off with phonics/reading, followed by other classical approaches. They are both excellent readers and spellers. Now I will use this to start my 4 year old.
Andrea T on Jan 9, 2019
It's an easy to use reading program that my kids and I love!
User on Jul 29, 2018
I have heard it is a good book to teach phonics.
Yian B on Jul 19, 2018
This book is amazing! I used it with my first daughter and at the end of the book she could read any book she picked up!
Kristin H on Aug 31, 2017
going to tr something else
Sarah D on Aug 16, 2017
It comes highly recommended.
Sheri E on Jun 18, 2017
by friend suggestion
Simone M on Jun 12, 2017
teach 4yr old to read
Karen H on Jun 8, 2017
Easy intro into reading. Big print
Theresa C on Aug 5, 2016
highly recommended by a friend of mine for her early reader. I hope I love it. I looked through it at her house and really loved the idea of it!
Nicky G on Jul 27, 2016
It was recommended for my daughter who is having trouble grasping reading.
Haley H on Feb 9, 2016
I chose this to know how to start teaching my little one to begin with reading.
Nathan D on Jan 18, 2016
Friend recommendation
Heather H on Apr 26, 2022
Description and reviews seem to match my needs for helping my 7 year old grandson with reading
Dawn K on Jun 5, 2021
4.9 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Effective and enjoyable
This book has my daughter, 6, reading!! She’s progressed so much over just two months and her confidence in reading has soared.
February 11, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this lesson book
I'm currently using this lesson book to help my 7 year old grandson to learn to read. Due to Covid, 90% of his first grade year was remote learning and the teaching of reading skills was sadly lacking. I was desperate to find a resource that was simple yet effective to help him. We have only completed the first 3 lessons but I can say my grandson is loving it and is so excited because he realizes that he is already reading! The emphasis on phonics is exactly what I was looking for. After completing lesson 3 my grandson asked to "peek" at the last lesson which served to motivate him even more when he could see that soon he will be reading complete stories. I'm so glad that I chose this resource and can't thank you enough.
July 8, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So far, it's great!
We have been using this for only a few weeks, but so far it's going well! My son struggled through public school kindergarten and ended the year hating reading and feeling like he was incapable of learning to read. Needless to say, anything that seemed like reading instruction was not his favorite thing and he fought other things that I tried. I came across this book in the summer and decided to give it a shot. I like this book because it starts out so basic and has allowed for him to build confidence in a very non-threatening, non-overwhelming way. We sit on the couch and do a few pages each day together. He still resists at times, but ends up doing it because it's manageable to him and we don't spend a ton of time. This is the first time he has ever said to me, "I want to read it myself" referring to the simple stories! That is huge!! It doesn't bother me that they don't use capital letters to start the sentences in the beginning lessons, or that some of the simple two word sentences with a period are not really complete sentences at this point, because right now I want him to get the idea of reading and enjoy it as much as possible. And if you are wondering, later lessons have capital letters and complete sentences.
I would definitely recommend this book. It's open and go, super simple to use, very flexible and easy to stop and start depending on where your child is and what their attention span is on any given day. I can update after we make more progress, but so far it's the best thing I've tried with my reluctant, struggling reader!
August 21, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So far... My daughter loves it!
I bought this because my 3 yr old daughter was asking to be taught to read... But I figured we would do a few pages, and she would lose interest. But so far we have done the first two lessons, doing just a page a day, and she is reading a whole bunch of words. She is even trying to sound out words she sees throughout the day! Very nice simple start, which gives them the confidence to keep going!!!
April 27, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I had no clue how to teach my 5-year-old kindergarten daughter to read. This book was my guide. We are half-way through and she is reading! Some words are recognized and others she still has to sound out. DD does not love 'reading lesson time' so we only do 2 pages (1-sided) per day and move slowly. It's nice to learn on the couch and take a break from writing! DD enjoys coloring the pictures. I supplemented this book with Explode the Code Books 1 and 2 and have been very pleased with progress. I would recommend this book.
April 8, 2016
over 8 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Layout is great!
I am using this to teach my Kindergartner to read. Things I enjoy about this book are the simplicity and layout. It's designed to do 1-2 pages a day reviewing the last page done the previous day. My son is doing very well reading, so I can say that this book is doing its job. I love that the lessons are short and the pages are simple and not distracting, yet fun! My only complaint is on lesson five, they work on the confusion of b and d. They place a dot inside the b so they know each time they see a dot it's a b and no dot is a d. In my opinion, the dot should be in the d. d is for dot. I still love the book because it's an easy way to teach phonics.
October 21, 2015
over 8 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
After trying an all in one Kindergarten curriculum and not loving it we decided to try a more straight forward approach to learning to read We just finished lesson 2 today and I am already so happy with this that I had to come leave a review! We started a week ago a day after my son turned 5 He knew all of his letters and the majority of their sounds but had never blended but he has picked it up so quickly We do a few pages every day and then usually review with Daddy in the evening to show him what we have learned 1 week in and he is reading all of the words in the first 2 lessons I had no idea he would pick it up so quickly! The book is laid out so simple and straight forward There isn't anything confusing and I love that we can just sit on the couch and go over it You can move ahead or go back and review at any pace you want I am so glad we got this and I plan on using it for my other children as well!
September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Out of all the curriculum I have used with my homeschoolers this is by far my favorite book for learning to read and for simple review The layout is simple clear and appealing to both parent/teacher and child Two of my children are opposites in the way they learn but this book has worked amazingly for both of them I love the way they do little tricks like placing a small circle inside the lowercase B so the child does not have to think "is this B or D" every time they see it At first I was concerned about those little tricks I wondered if my kids would be able to recognize the letters clearly when reading in other books because those little tricks would not be present but they transitioned fine! In fact they have done better In short this is a must have book for any student who is a beginner in reading or any student who is struggling to read I would highly recommend this to parent/teachers of children who are dyslexic or struggling to read in any other way I love the foundation it lays and how easy it flows building both confidence and fluency in the reader
June 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
I have used and loved this book with my 4 children The lessons are very simple and short The stories are very cute and capture a child's attention I would highly recommend the computer CD and DVD This is the easiest program I have found for me as a parent
April 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
I have been using "The Reading Lesson" with my third child (1st grade daughter) I had always heard parents explain that not all children learn the same and therefore do not always experience success with the same curriculum that an older sibling enjoyed and did well with When it came time to learn how to read I found this to be very true with this daughter We started off using "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" since my son successfully learned to read with this curriculum and it was still on the shelf At first I thought that maybe I was the problem ~ quite honestly after working through this book once I wasn't looking forward to it again as it is way too busy and silly for my liking ~ but after putting it aside several times and continually coming back to it with a positive attitude I had to admit that this curriculum just did not click with this child! I prayed waited tried again prayed waited prayed tried again prayed prayed God was telling me to find something else ~ this curriculum wasn't working So I tried an approach using children's books that I found to be successful with my oldest daughter nope ~ this child wasn't ready for that approach! So I asked homeschooling friends church members and family and read lots of reviews on phonics/reading programs and decided that "Alpha-Phonics" was the way to go I purchased the book read through it and was excited about the simplicity and non-busy pages and a little alarmed about the need to know all the letter sounds (that was the problem ~ she was taught these but just couldn't retain them for long) and was ready to try it out Well that didn't last long ~ even in the first lesson she just didn't get it! (I must say though that Alph-Phonics is a good curriculum ~ just not a match for this child) So I backed off and tried Alpha-Phonics again later with similar results At this point I tried some free online programs and a downloaded sample of "Reading Made Easy" with no better results I tried to relax and realize that reading would eventually happen ~ but I was upset and wanted to find something to aid in the teaching of reading because my daughter really wanted to read!!! Anyway quite on accident (in a homeschool sale of damaged books) I stumbled across "The Reading Lesson" "The Reading Lesson" begins each lesson with three to four sounds and introduces sight words as it goes along This program does not follow the alphabet; instead it begins by teaching the most common letters in the English language That way the child can begin reading words and simple stories from the very first lesson There are no boring drills My daughter could honestly read a little story after her first lesson and she was so excited!! I was so happy for her and all this excitement really added to her motivation to work hard at the lessons and progress through the program My daughter delighted in my making a photocopy of some of the little stories (one page each) from the lessons in the book so that she could color the adorable little animals and children drawn with the stories (she has a younger sister so I didn't want to have her color in the book) She would then use this copy to practice her stories in her free time and would often tote them along to Grandma's house to read to Grandma The stories in this book are cute little stories (unlike the really silly stories in 100 Easy Lessons) that are predictable and relevant to life Here's an example story from Lesson #6 (the text is under a cute black and white drawing of a lady bug on a leaf): "Here is a little bug He has a lot of legs He has a lot of dots on his back This little bug is not a bee" After starting this book we did purchase the CD-ROM that goes with it (I wish Rainbow Resource would sell it) My daughter especially loved the CD and it was very helpful in keeping her moving along and reviewing the skills she had acquired even when I was too busy to sit down with her and work together on the next pages of the book The Giggle Bunny is the main character on the CD and he really is a delight! My daughter is not quite finished with this curriculum; we have four lessons to go She has recently just taken off with her reading and is now an independent reader (she read the Pre-Primer Pathway on her own in a couple of days and independently read the first nine stories in the Pathway Grade 1 Primer in just two days) She is currently reading at about a 2nd grade level I have honestly experienced great results with "The Reading Lesson" ~ it is the best accidental find I have ever found!!
April 30, 2010

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