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Teach your child to read in just ten minutes a day [Paperback]

Sidney Ledson
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1999
Reveals the phonic program by which preschoolers as young as two begin reading at the Sidney Ledson Institute for Intellectual Advancement (see www.sidneyledsoninstitute.com). This light-hearted, yet scientifically advanced, method permits parents, schoolteachers and even babysitters to quickly teach children of all ages to read.
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Born, London, England, 1925. Raised in Toronto\'s east-end from 1927. Served in the RCAF during WWII as an electronic technician, then attended the Ontario College of Art. Art Career: A complete description is to be found in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1971), by Colin MacDonald. Paintings hung in the Royal Canadian Academy, the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolors, the Canadian National Exhibition, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters (London, England), and the Annual Paris Salon (France). Lectured for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Executed many portraits of prominent Canadians and film stars (in both Hollywood and England) as well as commercial art (advertising, magazine and newspaper illustration). Music career: Played alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet and flute in various dance bands and small combos (1945-1955), dance-work and jazz, in Canada, U.S., and Europe. Acting: Little Theatre work in Ottawa and private productions working with the then-unknown Rich Little and Dan Aykroyd. Stage hypnotist at military bases in Europe. Incidental vocations: munitions assembly tech, photographer, sales rep (life insurance, real estate, Encycolpaedia Britannica, Fuller Brush, automobiles, advertising and printing), short-order cook, taxi driver. Literary career: Wrote five stage plays, a comedy TV series (Back-page Challenge, aired on Ottawa cable-vision: produced, directed and starred), feature articles for the Ottawa Citizen, magazine articles, press releases and promos (as Information Officer for two federal government departments), radio reports (as a CBC freelance broadcaster). Books published before formally entering the field of education: The FUNdamental French Language Program, and Grammar for People Who Hate Grammar (this latter published in both England and Canada). Educator: Created a phonic reading program employing games to teach my own children, then ages two and three. The quick success of this venture prompted a study of reading technology to learn why similar quick success was difficult in schools. I subsequently wrote Teach Your Child o Read in 60 Days. The book remained in print 23 years and sold an unprecedented 35,000 in Canada plus U.S. sales. A boxed version of the reading program was then produced, requiring me to make several promotional tours across Canada and the U.S. I then learned of the proven relationship between early literacy and heightened intelligence. So, on completing a study of past intellectual titans, and of manufactured geniuses, and of conclusions reached in the fields of psychometrics and epistemology (which deal with the measurement of intelligence, the conditions that advance or retard it, and establish its limits), I wrote Raising Brighter Children. Finally, on deciding to provide for others people\'s children in intellectual advantage I had inadvertently given my own, I established a center in 1980 offering a special program designed to stimulate intellectual growth. Results confirm that in three years (or fewer) of attendance, children\'s intelligence rises to genius-level (IQ 140-145). Education was never my chosen field. I began as an amateur. The subject fascinated me and propelled me to begin a study of the mechanics of learning, and to do so without thought for an eventual income or educational stature. I was enthralled by the notion that learning could be speeded or slowed (a spin-off from B.F. Skinner\'s pioneer work with teaching machines in the late 1950s). This helped me to understand my own aversion to public schooling and my decision to leave school at age 16. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as user-friendly as I wanted Oct. 20 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is full of good information, but I was looking for something more in the lesson plan style, rather then just prose. It makes a good compliment to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, which I purchased at the same time and have found very effective with my children. Engelmann's book is more pre-structered, where this book gives more of basic guidelines and turns you loose. Great together, if you're just looking for one, I'd suggest choosing based on which way you feel comfortable teaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic and it works! Aug. 1 2013
Format:Paperback
I read this book and used other methods combined with the recommended methods in this book for all my children - they could all ready at age 4.

The idea is that with very little time each day, very young children can learn to read if you make it a game. The author gives you a recounting of what he did as a single dad with two young daughters. Maria Montessori had the same idea: very young children can learn to read if taught properly, in little bits each day, in game-like fashion.

These specific ideas may not hold the interest of your children - they worked for the author's children, but they may or may not work for yours - however, they are easily modified and these modifications can work for all children.

A great reference and 'method' to use with young children, with no tears, and no pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for anyone April 1 2008
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I have been teaching my [...] son, and my [...] daughter to read using just the methods in this book. (and also sometimes just reading the cards I made....) - My [...] begs to play often, and my 4 year old is always asking me to make up more cards (ie, to get to the next lessons....). I modified the "ledges" game for home use. My kids found the "blocks" game a little hard to handle - maybe the rewards I'm using aren't the best choice.... but they love ledges and reading through the cards.

I also like the recommendations for babysitters adding reading instruction to their services, as well as the recommendations for teachers using it. My son is a few days away from reading sentences (so near the 100 word mark), and my daughter is blending words smoothly and can do around 40 words already. And it has only been about 6 weeks, at about 5-15 min a day....

Highly recommended!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended March 6 2002
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I am only 1/3 of the way through the lessons, but already my 3 and 5 year old children are starting to read words. Every day they ask to play the games, especially the "Block Game". Never before have I had my children ask to learn. Highly recommended!
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