Based on Proven Methods
The program and book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, was developed as an extension of the school-based reading program Reading Mastery Fast Cycle I/II Reading Program (Engelmann & Bruner, 1988), sometimes referred to as Distar.
Following the principles of Direct Instruction, the book emphasizes the explicit teaching of phonemic awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting) along with 44 letter sound correspondences which enables the student to decode approximately 95% of the sounds they typically encounter when reading.
Each lesson is broken into 20-minute segments, and offers parents or educators step-by-step instructions on what to say as the learner is guided through structured repetitions. Other activities designed to help you know how to teach your child to read include: rhyming, to promote word families based on common endings; letter writing practice; story reading, which involves successive segmenting and blending; and, picture comprehension - although pictures are only provided after the story is finished to assist with overall comprehension.
The pace is controlled by the parent or homeschool teacher, and should be determined according to the individual student's level of comprehension. Although the authors recommend that only one lesson be taught per day, you can certainly make adjustments as needed to the format. When utilizing the program with struggling readers who already know the sounds of each letter, the lessons might go at a faster pace than when working with a student/child who is just beginning to understand the principles of reading and letter-sound correlation.
According to most reviews, this program is intended for one-on-one interaction between a parent and child. However, its lessons can easily be utilized for individualized instruction in a co-op classroom setting. With the teaching text provided in the content of the lesson, it is easy for parents and classroom helpers to step in and conduct the lesson independent of the teacher. By the same token, lesson copies could be provided as homework when the student is absent or needs additional curriculum review.