Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons

Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons

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Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons by Michael Levin, Charan Langton, M. D. Levin

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 for parents who want to teach their young children to read at home. The teaching method is based on phonics and key-word recognition, and 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. When reading the words, ask the child to tell you what the word means. Before you read the story, read the title and talk a little bit about the content of the story. 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.

For many young readers (including children who are familiar with the alphabet), the letters in words seem to melt together. The instructions in Lesson One teach the child basic sound blending. The special typography and font style the book uses will help your child to identify and separate the letters she already knows. These bars, dots, and special graphics are there as guides and are used to blend the sounds into words. This process is called “sounding out”. At first, blending is difficult for most children. You will need to help the child but he 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 five, one page per day will suffice and maintain their concentration on the lesson. For children between five and six, two to three pages per day will be sufficient. For children over six, three or more pages per day will be fine.

Children have a very short attention span. Try to keep each lesson under fifteen minutes, and 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 and, if necessary, to go back and repeat the course before your child starts reading instruction in school.

How old should my child be when we start the Reading Lesson?

The book is meant for children between the ages of 3 and 8. We do not suggest that you try to teach a child under the age of three to read. Contrary to some books that suggest that you can teach infants to read, there is no proof that such a thing is possible. Children need certain developmental skills before they can read. Flashing cards with letters and words at a baby is a fun thing to do and makes us feel like good parents, but it does not work!

The Reading Lesson is a totally developmentally appropriate course that is easy to follow, and makes learning to read fun for parents and kids. The book is an easy and cheap solution to teaching your children to read at home, and has been a success with families all around the world. Give it a try – you’re sure to love it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780913063026
Publisher: Mountcastle Company
Publication date: 04/02/2002
Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 145,267
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Levin, MD, is a pediatrician who specializes in behavioral, attention, and learning problems in young children. Charan Langton, MS, developed this program while teaching their two children to read. They live in Danville, California.

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Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the Reading lesson for my son last summer and we are almost at the end of the book. Teaching reading to him was easy and fun, actually he was asking me to do the lessons. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to teach young children to read the easy way. I also suggest to get the Reading Lesson CD-ROM, your kids will love the giggle bunny.
SK77 More than 1 year ago
There comes a time in your child's life when they are is familiar with their alphabets. Perhaps they even know their phonetic pronunciations. Perhaps they have started doing some 'pretend' reading with their favorite books. You then know that your child is ready to start reading. But how do you start teaching them how to read? You start your research and you discover that there are many, many products in the market claiming to help in doing this. They each use different and competing reading philosophies. If you did the research as I did - you will narrow your choices - and still not know what to eventually choose. Well, you could save yourself some additional time and trouble by piggybacking on my research as well as my experience. You absolutely cannot go wrong by choosing this book. You will find it smooth and easy to teach this material. Your child will absolutely love it. And you will need to devote only 10 - 20 minutes of your time - every time that you sit down with your child and this book. And when they are finished with this book - they will be well on their way to being fluent readers. You will notice that they will confidently start reading out the names of stores, highway signs, labels in your kitchen and bathroom products - and even headlines/titles on the newspapers, books and magazines at home. Then you will smile and beam.... Skeptical?? You should be. So don't just take my word for it. Check out some of the other reviews - on amazon as well as their website ( The experiences of other parents mirror that of mine. I too was skeptical of all the rave reviews a few months ago. And here I am - writing one myself. Bottom line: This is easily the Best book to teach reading to your young child. You can blindly choose this book and you won't go wrong. The other product offerings of the company neatly complements this book. Homeschoolers, particularly, will find this book and the other products to be very useful. Good Luck!!! And hope your teaching experiences are as pleasant and satisfying as mine were. With this book - it is highly likely that it will be.
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