A Comprehensive Guide to "100 Easy Lessons": A Phonics Curriculum That Works

(Note: This blog post is inspired by a video transcript from a homeschooling parent sharing her experience using a specific reading curriculum. For more detailed insights, please refer to the original video above.)

In today's post (refer to the video above), we're going to dive into a book that has been a game-changer in my homeschooling journey: "100 Easy Lessons". This phonics curriculum has been successfully used with three of my children, and I'm excited to share some tips and insights that could make this book a valuable resource for you and your kids.

Understanding "100 Easy Lessons"

When I first started using "100 Easy Lessons", I must admit, I was not a fan. However, I decided to push through, and I'm glad I did. Over time, I've learned how to adapt the curriculum to suit my children's needs and make the learning process more enjoyable.

Unlike other phonics programs that can seem lengthy and overwhelming, especially when you're working with multiple children, "100 Easy Lessons" is designed to be efficient and time-saving. Each lesson takes about 10 to 15 minutes, some even just five. This makes it easy to plan out your teaching schedule and have a clear idea of when you'll be done with the book.

Making the Lessons Fun and Engaging

One of the key things I've learned along the way is the importance of making the lessons fun and engaging. Instead of strictly following the book's instructions, I've found that turning the lessons into games can make the learning process more enjoyable for the kids.

For example, when introducing a new letter sound, you can turn it into a game where you point to a letter and the child has to quickly identify the sound. You can also use tokens to make it more hands-on. The child can place a token on the correct sound or remove a token when they get it right.

Another game I like to play is the "Gotcha" game. I try to trick the kids by pointing to a sound and seeing if they can quickly identify it. This not only makes the learning process more fun but also helps to build their confidence and keeps them on the edge of their seats.

Understanding the Big Picture

When I first started using this book with my oldest child, I was so focused on following the book to a T that it became a source of dread. However, once I understood the big picture of the book and started to adapt the lessons to suit my child's needs, the process became much smoother.

The book starts by introducing individual sounds, which are then combined to form words. By lesson six, the child is introduced to a few sounds and then starts to mix them up, leading to the introduction of words.

The Outcome

After 100 lessons, which ideally should be done in 100 days, your child will be ready to read actual books. They can go to the library and check out level one, two, three, or even level four readers, depending on their progress.

I remember being skeptical at first, wondering how learning individual sounds would lead to reading. But towards the end of the book, the children are actually reading stories that the author created. It's truly amazing to see the progress they make.

Post-Lessons Reading Practice

Once your child has completed the "100 Easy Lessons", it's important to continue their reading practice. I recommend having them read one book to you for about a week. This allows them to master any challenging words and build their confidence. After a week, if they've mastered the book, they can pick out a new one from the library to read.

This doesn't mean they only get to read one book a week. They can explore as many books as they like, but when it comes to reading aloud to you, focusing on one book at a time can be beneficial.

The Value of "100 Easy Lessons"

If you're searching high and low for a phonics curriculum, I would highly recommend giving "100 Easy Lessons" a try. It's a simple, efficient, and effective tool that can make a significant difference in your child's reading journey.

Remember, it's not about strictly following the book's instructions, but about adapting the lessons to suit your child's needs and making the learning process enjoyable. With a little creativity and patience, you can turn this book into a valuable resource that your child will love.

"100 Easy Lessons" is a phonics curriculum that works. It's a tool that, when used correctly, can help your child become a confident reader. It's not for everyone, but for those who are willing to stick with it and adapt it to their needs, it can be a game-changer.

I hope this post has given you a better understanding of "100 Easy Lessons" and how it can be used effectively. Remember, the goal is not just to teach your child to read, but to instill a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Happy teaching!

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