Through the years, I’ve used a number of different reading programs. They were all good programs – different ones just worked better with different children.
When my oldest son was three, he showed an early interest in reading, so my sister gave me the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We went through it slowly, and it worked well for us for a while. Around Lesson 50, it seemed as if there were too many words on the page, and he was feeling quite overwhelmed. This was understandable, since he was only four years old.
I pulled out Ruth Beechick’s book A Home Start in Reading and followed some of her ideas. I found books with reading games and made up some of my own. For the next year, that was our reading program. We continued to work phonetically on words with short vowels for months. Then he just took off, and suddenly he could read almost anything.
I started my next child with 100 Easy Lessons when she was five. We weren’t too far into it when a friend recommended the American Language Series reading program. This included workbooks and readers, and she moved right through it.
When my third child began to read, I started her off with the American Language Series. She didn’t do as well with it as her sister had, so I went back to the 100 Easy Lessons. This didn’t go so well either, so we tried the Explode the Code series. Finally, we had found the right program for her. She has done very well with the workbooks, and her reading has improved a great deal.
Other reading programs include Sing, Spell, Read, and Write, The Writing Road to Reading, Hooked on Phonics, Alpha-Phonics, Christian Liberty Press Phonics, Saxon Phonics, McGuffey Readers, The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, and more. There are many good reading programs out there; it may take a little time, but you can find the right one for your child.