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Getting to 100

When Schäfer turned 4, he asked me to teach him to read. A friend recommended a book called “Teaching Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”.

(Update: I now prefer “Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading” by Peace Hill Press)

It was such an easy beginning. Hubs decided that Schäfer should receive a small prize for every prime number that he achieves. The more prizes – the more motivation. Of course, he wants to read, but he doesn’t know that it’s going to take some work.

This is first sentence Schäfer read. He’s 4 years and 8 months old. I love that his sentence has to do with eating. He loves to eat.

We started doing some writing.

As long as Schäfer was willing, then we did the writing. But when the lessons got hard, I stopped the writing.

As I’ve come to understand, reading and writing are separate skills and do not need to be taught together.

We pressed on.

Somewhere around 50 it got hard.


So many words on the page!

To build reading confidence, I left an easy reader on the table. Schäfer discovered it…

Mommy! I read this book!

This provided some fuel to keep us going.

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By 74, he wanted to quit.

That’s 198 days or 6 months + 16 days later he finished the 100th lesson.

I love hearing him read Green Eggs and Ham. That book is over 60 pages! Whew.

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