DISCLAIMER: I do not get any monetary compensation from recommending the Children Learning Reading curriculum. This is my personal opinion and a program I highly believe in and use. I do however receive some monetary compensation for the Amazon products I recommend if you purchase through my link.
Reading can be the most intimidating subject for parents as they enter their homeschool journey. At least it was for me.
It overwhelmed me so much that at one point I put my kid in a Montessori Charter school for Kindergarten. I didn’t want the responsibility of teaching her how to read. The ironic thing is that I spent over 4 years in college studying to be an Elementary teacher so if anyone could teach her how to read it should have been me.
Luckily, I realized after 6 weeks that reading even 3 letter words by the end of Kindergarten was not one of their major learning goals of this school, so I pulled her and we started our homeschool journey. To read more about why we pulled her out of the Montessori school you can read my post, ‘Why We Chose to Homeschool Our Kids.’
We had done Preschool at home, so she went to Kindergarten knowing all her letters and sounds pretty well. She had a few she would mix up but nothing that wasn’t age appropriate.
When I pulled her from public school, and we started homeschooling I was blown away by the end of week one. Why? Because she was already reading 3 letter words and had started trying to sound out other words as well.
This was the moment that I realized teaching a kid to read wasn’t as intimidating as I made it out to be.
For Kindergarten I used The Crafty Classroom Kindergarten R.E.A.D curriculum. It was good and effective, but it was very repetitive with worksheets week after week and eventually my daughter got very bored with it.
By the end of Kindergarten, I knew I wanted to change things up and find a different reading program. I wanted something that was just reading not reading and English Language Arts. That way it would seem like we were getting through our work faster since we would be changing notebooks at a quicker pace than before.
I spent months researching reading program after reading program until one day a lightbulb went off in my head.
When my oldest was about 2 years old I had bought a reading program that was designed to help teach kids to read before they started Kindergarten. After a few months of trying to work through the first few lessons I decided it was too early and I shelfed it only to completely forget about it until this very moment.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the program on my computer at all. (It’s a downloadable program not a physical book.) So, I found the order email from 4 years earlier and emailed the company. They amazingly sent me a new download link and I got the entire program even with all the new upgrades. Talk about a great customer service!
1st grade started and we immediately started working through their program. I fell in love quicker than a teen girl at a boy band concert!
Why you ask? Well because they break it down and teach you why they approach reading the way they do, they give tips and tricks to help along the way, it includes lesson printouts along with stories, and they even give you audio clips of how each letter should sound both short and long.
When I say this program is comprehensive, I mean it. It covers every aspect of reading and phonics and will not only teach your child to read but will help them advance or catch up if they are struggling.
The most amazing thing about this program is the price. Right now, they’re having a major sale and the WHOLE PROGRAM is only $69 and for only $20 more you can get their Phonics & PA worksheet sets. I’m assuming PA stands for Phonemic Awareness. I do not have these worksheets. So I can’t comment on if they are worth it, but I will say it’s only $20 more.
If you know anything about reading programs, then you know that $69 is a STEAL! Let’s just compare it to ‘All About Reading.’ If you were to get All About Reading Pre-Reading curriculum it would cost about $120. That’s just the pre-reading level. For Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 you will pay anywhere from $135-$200 per level.
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I’ve never used All About Reading so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of their curriculum but just comparing the price points of them verses Children Learning Reading you can see how amazing the $69 or even $89 price point is.
I know I know; you get what you pay for, but I promise you this is NOT the case with Children Learning Reading. You get WAY beyond $69 worth of educational material and knowledge. Not only is it only a 1-time fee, but all the material is on a download link. Meaning you can reuse the curriculum over and over again with all of your children making it worth it time and time again.
I highly suggest printing out each book and lessons and either putting it in a spiral notebook or using a spiral binding machine like the one below. Also, you will need to get 1 ½ inch comb binding spines since the stage 1 book is over 200 pages. Or you can just use the comb binding spines and break the book up into sections. Stage 2 is only 100 pages, so it won’t need the larger 1 ½ inch size spine.
Currently we just have them in spiral notebooks, but my plan is to get them spiral bound when I have more time in the summer.
I could go on and on about how amazing this program is but instead I’m just going to link their site and let you read all their amazing reviews and watch their success videos so you can make the decision for yourself!
I do want to say that this program has been shown to be successful in teaching kids to read before the age of 5 and even as young at 18months. I tried at about 2 years old and it was too much for me and my daughter. However, when we revisited the program it was much more of a success for us. I wish I would have revisited it at about the age of 4 or even 5 but she is grasping the concepts and mastering the lessons quickly at the age of 6.
Reading can be an overwhelming subject for beginner homeschool families, but I’m here to tell you it’s not as bad as we make it out to be. If you choose to purchase the ‘Children Learning Reading’ program I would love to hear how it’s going. Feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email at Laci@TheDeeplyRootedMom.com!