The Reading Lesson Book
The vocabulary of The Reading Lesson closely corresponds to the 500 most commonly used words. Special typography of symbols helps children see exceptions to standard pronunciation rules. As they gain competency, they are slowly weaned from these cues. Words, sentences, and short stories are interspersed throughout the lessons for reading practice. As the child progresses through the book, type size is reduced. The twenty lessons mentioned on the cover of the book are more akin to twenty chapters and the program will take many families four to seven months to complete.
Because it was designed by a physician specializing in behavioral, attentional, and learning problems in young children, any child who is struggling to master reading may find the slower pace and clean, distraction-free pages of The Reading Lesson more suitable to his learning style. Used successfully with children with ADHD, autism, and Down syndrome, this may just be the program your family has been searching for.
Because The Reading Lesson is strictly a beginning reading program, we would encourage every family to finish their phonics journey with Phonics Pathways. But our experience is that many families have younger, eager pre-readers and for them The Reading Lesson is the better starting point.
The Reading Lesson, an award-winning phonics course, is child-friendly, easy to use, fun, and low cost! The Reading Lesson program is organized in twenty lessons, with over 400 pages in all. Each lesson:
Authors: Michael Levin, MD and Charan Langton, MS
Publisher: Mountcastle Company
Average lesson length is nineteen pages
One lesson = nineteen days for a child less than five years old
One lesson = seven to ten days for a five- to six-year-old
One lesson = seven days or fewer for a child over six years old
Awards and Endorsements:
Discovery Education Award - Best Reading Program
Try this book. Perfect for lazy educators like me, it is open and go. The simple approach worked like a charm for my four-year-old!
I've seen iffy reviews on this book, but it is an excellent price for a reading program, so I thought it was worth a try! When my son started asking what words said in daily life (stores, street signs, etc), we started this slowly with one page a day. We kept it light and as long as I didn't push him to do more and repeated pages if he didn't understand them, he enjoyed this. We're only halfway through and I'm thrilled that he can read the short stories (a paragraph)! I'm confident that this is enough of a program for next year as well, plugging along until we finish the book.
I have fallen in love with this book! My son struggles with reading, and use to shut down when it came time to do our lessons. Not only has he excelled with this book, but he actually loves it! So glad I found this when I did!
To be honest, I was not thoroughly convinced this was going to work. It took a couple of sections to get into a rhythm with my 5 year old. I was beginning to think he wasn't ready for it, and then it started clicking and he started understanding the lessons. We go back and review the last couple of pages then start on new ones each time. Yes this means we are not getting through as many pages in a week, but it has really bolstered his confidence. He likes to be able to go back and breeze through the pages he has already done, and that seems to inspire him to really push through the new pages. I am very impressed with the way he is starting to sound out other words now (outside of the book). Now we both look forward to the Reading Lessons each morning instead of the dread I had and the reluctance he had when we started a few weeks ago. The pace is just right and the activities help keep his attention between the "reading only" pages.
This book is so good in so many ways. It is very helpful to have the pages minimal with no clutter. I like that it is black and white so I can let my daughter color the pictures after she has read a story. There is a progression but they also refresh on previous lessons. We are now onto another book and I find myself missing The Reading Lesson.