This is an excellent explanation of the process of teaching your child to read. You could use this book alone to teach your child. Lots of friendly advice from one of the grandmothers of the home schooling movement.
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Easy to read and understand, multitude of ideas/activities, very concise how-to that made me think I can do this without any "program", and she explains very why she says to do things how she does...common sense, without all the fluff and argument that other books on the subject contain to convince you they are right about how to teach reading. A book I think all parents ought to read whether they plan to teach their children themselves or not...describes how children learn, how their feelings are involved/affected by teaching methods and timing...the best resource on reading I've found so far...a great writer can really do all this in a short little booklet!
This is a great book to read to build your confidence in being able to teach reading. It explains each part of the process so you as a teacher understand what your child should be able to do and what order to go in. BUT, it is not a step by step phonics curriculum. It is a guide to what and when, you would have to create the how. She gives you examples on how to do so with things you have at home. This is a very basic approach and it will work. If you want bells and whistles go a different route. If you want info, ease and success, this is a book for you. One other comment. You would probably need to be a teacher that has confidence in your ability to teach. This book will not hold your hand as you go through each step. It lays it out, encourages and then gets out of the way.
This book helped me calm down and know that I was on the right track with my homeschooled kindergarten daughter. I love Beechick's practical activities and advice. I feel like she is a friend of mine imparting her great wisdom and experience.