Learning To Read Books
Watching a child learning to read books is a very satisfying thing. Placing good books in their path not only nourishes their soul, it also helps them stay interested and keen to keep going. The early learning to read books will contain many treasured memories of childhood in their future.
To teach reading is one of the first academic challenges encountered in your homeschool.
One of the biggest fears I had about teaching reading was that I would fail. Now that I have taught four children to read, I can look back and testify that it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I didn’t need an expensive program or flash cards. I just needed to take it at their pace and it all seemed to happen.
Learning to read books develops in stages, and each child can often be at different levels at the same age. I know some children do have dyslexia and if you do suspect there may be issues I suggest you seek professional help from a speech pathologist or reading specialist.
For many parents starting reading lessons, the ‘how to’ of reading is not properly understood. They can feel quite deflated when their child doesn’t progress as quickly as they think they should. My first child zoomed ahead in his reading and this gave me a false sense of pride. My second child (who just finished reading Les Miserables) took two years longer to get to the same stage. My third and fourth children ‘could read’ at age six but they didn’t become fluent until quite a few years later. I have many homeschool friends who have experienced exactly the same situation when teaching their children to read.
When your child first begins reading it is important for you to spend time reading with them. It is time-consuming, and you do need to be patient but it really helps them get off to a good start.
Here are some good books to help you in the early days.
My personal favourite resource for teaching reading is Teach Your Child to Read in 100 easy lessons. Here is a Donna Young review. This is an easy to follow resource that is cheap and you run it at your own pace sitting on the couch.
I have used this program for my first two children. It is quite labour intensive but does give a good sound foundation in phonics. For my last two children I found using the workbooks coupled with the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 easy lessons a better combination (but I did understand phonics by then). If you are looking for workbooks to reinforce phonics then these are Australian and i recommend them.
This is a full phonics programme which combines the best of phonics mechanics with a contagious love of reading. Scripted and illustrated, parent and child work together through the book. Gentle and non-intimidating. Valerie includes games and stories children will love. Valerie has a real ministry to parents of young children, and her love for and affinity with the children shows through. 108 lessons designed to be worked on 3 days a week for 36 weeks.(I havent personally used this book but it is highly recommended by some homeschoolers).
Learning To Read Phonics Books
The Fitzroy readers are Australian and were well used in our home. Personally I found the boxed sets 1-10,1X-11X, 11-20, and 21-30 most helpful. I wouldn’t bother with the word skills as I found the children’s reading ability grew at a faster pace than the word skill activities.
LEM Readers (Note this is a difficult website to navigate. You are looking for LEM phonics products)
Light Education Ministries have a set of easy readers that are good value for money.
Bob Books – Bobby Maslen .
These books are the American equivalent of Australia’s Fitzroy Readers. Simple line drawings illustrate fun stories of 12 – 24 pages each. This progressive approach will assure children success and have them saying “I read the whole book!” Ages 4 – 8 yrs
- Level A Set I contains only 3 letter words. Bob Books First!
- Level A Set 2 has some sight words and more 3 letter words. Level B Set I contains more short vowels, some blends and compound words.Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners
- Level B Set 2 contains more blends, more sight words and more compound blends. Bob Books Set 3: Word Families
Classic Learning To Read Books – Encouraging Reading
This list of books will delight most children. They are not contrived phonics but rather delightful little stories that will remain favourites of yours, your children and grandchildren. They are perfect additions to a new child’s library.
Ready Set Read: A Beginning Readers Treasury . What a cutie pie book this is for new readers. It has Little Bear, Frog and Toad, Dr Seuss and other quality stories that my children loved and I’m sure your will too.
Level One Readers
- Cat in the Hat
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,
- Green Eggs and Ham,
- Hop on Pop,
- Fox in Socks
You can get these individually as well.
- A Kiss for Little Bear
- Father Bear Comes Home
- Little Bear’s Visit
- Little Bear’s Friend
PD Eastman uses a simple story with lots of repetition but still keeps it fun.
Level Two Readers
The Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel are sweet, funny and a bit ridiculous.
Step Into Reading Graded reader books that have many good fiction and non fiction stories. Ages 5 – 9 yrs
Large print picture books using sentences straight from the original books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wonderful for beginning readers. Ages 3 – 8 yrs.
- Winter Days in the Big Woods is one of the first in the series.
Little Golden Books – you can hunt for these second hand. I’ve see them in lots of op shops.
- Scuffy the Tugboat
- The Little Red Caboose
- Pano the Train
- The Saggy Baggy Elephant
- The Pokey Little Puppy
- The Colour Kittens
- and the list goes on.
Filled with coloured photos of objects and places seen in the story. Large Print.