“Instead of Easy Readers” Series, Part Five: Some Final Thoughts

This is the fifth post in my series “Instead of Easy Readers”. Before reading this post, please make sure to take the time to catch up on anything you may have missed.

If you’ve read all the prior posts in the series, you know I’m not a fan of an organized reading curriculum. But maybe you’re still unsure and you want some backup. Just in case.

Quite some time ago, we bought Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We did not follow the program as suggested – it was useful for an order, but some of the way they do things was bothersome both to myself and Kai. They also have a writing component. Writing is not something Kai is particularly fond of doing unless it has a reason, so that part did not work for us. We skipped around with the lessons – Kai had no patience for being asked to sound out individual letter sounds (that was old hat to him by that point) and ended up really not getting very far. When I bought it, I was thinking that maybe having something more structured would be useful. The material in it is good stuff, as far as reading programs go. It was helpful enough, I suppose, and if you feel you MUST use something, this is what I’d suggest.

But, if you can trust yourself, your kid, and the process, I think you’ll find that – for most kids – learning to read can come fairly naturally. It probably will NOT look like what you may have experienced in school. It may come at a different time. It might seem like they’re making no progress and then one day, they read off something to you that makes your jaw drop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this series. I’ve definitely enjoyed working on it. I’d love to have feedback on the series – what you liked and didn’t like. And, please, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, go ahead and comment down below.


This is the fifth post in my series “Instead of Easy Readers”.

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