Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Curriculum Review

2 posts ago I casually blogged about Molly and her success in using the 100 easy lessons for kids. I also received many questions about the program. Not only thru the blog but by other HS'ing moms.
This book is amazing. As a still "new" HS'ing mommy to 5, I have barely gotten my feet wet. I still look to other, more experienced moms for advice... particularly moms of many. Homeschooling a large family is a whole different entity in itself!
Molly is my very first child that I will be teaching to read. Just thinking about this 2 years ago made me break out in sweats. To me, it was just amazing, that I would teach HER to read. I never felt it impossible because its done all the time. But it was still amazing to think about!
During my research, this book kept coming up. I knew it would be what I needed.
Even though we are not even halfway thru the book yet, I cannot sing its praises enough!!! Within 2 lessons... 2 very short 10 minute lessons, Molly was remembering word sounds!! By lesson 13 she was "reading" stories. (3 word sentences.)
I really don't supplement with anything else as of yet because this book has reading and writing intertwined. The way they introduce letters and sounds is different than most. I don't want her getting confused or interrupt the Distar system. Once halfway thru the book, I will add Sing Spell read and write. Its quite costly but well worth it. Many other moms have combined the two programs and came out with amazing success.
Following Molly, will be Noah and Abby and prayerfully more. So now is the time to get the songs sung throughout my home and make learning a bit more fun
Overall, I believe this book should be on everyones bookshelf. Even if you have an older child who struggles with reading, running thru this quick program with him/her will be just what they need to get them back on track and excel beyond their grade level.
I am so thankful I discovered this book before trying any other form of curriculum!


  1. Sounds great, I am gonna have to check that one out. Its great to look to others for help. Big families have to weave around other obstacles that smaller families dont have. We just get to play around here or there on things. We have 5 but our step went back to live with her mom so only 2 schooling now but getting ready to begin my 3 with a second round of preschool. I love reading others posts to draw ideas from them or see what they have to say. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons. As you've probably noticed, I have a hard time articulating things sometimes, thus my lengthy blog posts, but 100 easy lessons tells me just what to say so I don't go and mess it up. The only warning I have for you is to not stop half-way through before the letters have gradually made the change over to the real letters, if that makes sense. The phonetic letters help them read initially, but can be confusing if you switch before they complete the program. We had no trouble doing multiple lessons per day. Most of my kids have completed it prior to starting K.

  5. We used Starfall.com for reading help. The boys both loved it when they were learning to read. Its a great helper.

  6. Thanks a bunch! I'll add that to my list of books to check out for next year!

  7. Heres the link


  8. I have a late reader.He can read ,but still neads help.I had been thinking about buying this book.I think I will now.Love your blog.Glad your pregnancy is going well.I am going to be going into my second trimester.Yeah!Hopefully some energy will be coming my way.Marla



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