It’s possible to spend a lot of time and money looking for ways to teach your children how to read and improve their reading skills. And as a parent I know how difficult it can be to teach a small child how to read, and even enticing them to read is a challenge in itself. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The quandary that many parents find themselves in is they don’t have the time to research the correct books and learning structure with which to teach their children, but they are wary of having to spend a large amount on a teaching course that may be unsuitable or difficult to follow.
That is why many people are turning to Children Learning Reading (hereafter refereed to as CLR), a learning program that seeks to effectively teach children to read in small, digestable 15 minute lessons. Whilst many people are drawn to the course because of it’s good reputation and ease of use they are also like the fact that it comes with a money back guarantee so you lose nothing if the course doesn’t suit you and your child. Also, the course currently comes with guided coaching, meaning you can contact the course authors if you need any extra guidance with your child’s reading journey. Let me tell you all about the course in this review.
How the program works
The program is split into two parts which are both delivered in separate eBooks. Having purchased the course you are given instant access to each of the eBooks so you are able to use the program almost instantly after paying for it.
The program is based around a concept called phonemes, which are (in very simple terms), the sounds that make up words we use in our everyday language. The program seeks to teach your child to read by first building up your child’s ability to read and understand the phonemes that make up everyday words. Once your child can do this then they have all the tools they need to start making sense of new words, which will in turn make their reading skills stronger and stronger.
The course is different from other courses out there because it does not rely on teaching words by sight, a method that relies on children recognising and memorising words by their content and structure. You may have seen (or even purchased!) courses that promote whole word recognition learning, these courses often require you to sit your child in front of a television or computer monitor for a significant amount of time in order for them to learn words which will allow them to begin their reading journey.
The advantage that CLR has over a whole word recognition learning course is that it is able to teach it’s methods in short and enjoyable incremental steps. This has a number of advantages, which include –
- You and your child will be able to spend enjoyable time together as they learn to read. No forcing your child to sit through boring ‘monitor marathons’
- As the lessons are so short they are easy to fit into your daily routine. The whole course consists of 50 lessons and the lessons are designed in a way that it won’t matter if you miss a few days between them. So your child can continue on the path to reading success even if ‘life gets in the way’
- The lessons are designed in a way that will allow you and your child to see the progress they are making. So you will each get a thrill when progress is made.
- Because the steps in the course are so simple it is possible for young children to grasp them. Indeed, many of the testimonials on the CLR website report that children as young as two and a half have significantly enhanced their reading skills by using the program
The first part of the course teaches your child phonemes so they have a really solid basis in the skills that will allow them to go on to be a prolific reader. The second part of the courses focuses on building on the skills learnt in part 1 to allow your child to take their reading skills to the next level.
It is fairly commonplace nowadays for online courses to come bundled with bonuses that claim to add value to your purchase of the main course materials. All too often these bonus materials are just filler that get added to flesh out a particular offer. In direct contrast to this, the bonuses that are given away with CLR really do add to the course. Here’s what you’ll get of you buy the course in addition to the main course materials
Stage 1 Lesson Stories
As your child’s reading skills progress as they work through the fundamentals based lessons in stage one of the course, you (and your child) may well be excited to test out your childs new found reading skills. The first bonus offered with the course will allow you to do exactly that, as it is a book of stories that are ideally suited to the level that your child will be at as they finish the first part of the course. Been able to read stories and involve themselves in a compelling narrative is one of the most rewarding aspects for a child as they learn to read. So this bonus is likely to really add to your child’s enjoyment of the course.
Stage 2 Lesson Stories
Much like the first bonus offered with course this ebook is packed full of stories that your child will be able to read after finishing the more advanced lessons contained in part two of the program .
Letter Sound MP3 Audio Clips
As the course is so heavily based around phonemes a series of mp3s are made available as bonus that allow you to hear the exact pronunciation of the sounds you will need to help teach to your child.
Whilst many parents maybe be able to get by without this bonus it is still a nice to have in case you need extra help during the course.
The Most Common Sight Words
Although the CLR course is based around your child learning the small sounds that make up each word there are some words in the English language that just can’t be learnt this way (rhythm for example). In order to aid you to teach your child these exceptional words an guide is provided to the most common words that need to be learnt by sight.
This bonus can be particularly helpful if you and your child are struggling with a particular word. You know that if the word is contained in the guide then it’s something that can’t be learnt using the cLR method.
Children’s Favorite Nursery Rhymes
In all honesty this probably the weakest of the bonuses offered with the course and the only bonus that has a feel of ‘filler’ about it. Whilst there are some good nursery rhymes contained within the ebook that your child will enjoy reading, it doesn’t provide the extra value provided by the stage 1 and stage 2 lesson story bonuses.
Free Lifetime Upgrades!
As the people that created the course are real life parents who have taught their own children to read they are constantly making minor improvements and alterations to the methods they use. This bonus guarantees that when any changes are made to the program you get them for free – all for the initial 49.95 that you’ll pay for the course.
Free One-on-One Counseling for 12 weeks
This is probably the best of the bonuses on offer. We’ve all taken distance courses or read books in the past and wanted to ask the author a question at a certain stage. Maybe you’ve become a bit demotivated or you’ve hit an obstacle that you’re not quite sure how to get round. Well with CLR if you do hit any snags during the course you can contact the course creators and they will reply to you personally. Unfortunately this bonus is only available for the 12 weeks immediately following your purchase of the course, but when you couple this with the 60 day money back guarantee you get with the course then it would be hard to imagine how you would not get your moneys worth if you purchased the program.
What the Children Learning Reading System is All About
Before I go ahead and explain the system, it’s important that I give you a brief background about its creators, Jim and Elena. A couple with three kids, they tried different programs in attempts to teach their children how to read. However, those methods didn’t work and this prompted them to go through extensive trial and error with their own kids. Over time, they devised a unique method that worked and this method is designed for children who are between 2.5 and 7 years old.
The reading system consists of booklets in PDF format complete with comprehensive reading plans, as well as audio recordings and a number of specially selected stories for your children to read. As many Children Learning Reading reviews have pointed out, the lessons provided here will teach your child letter names, sounds, and how words can be combined and blended.
The lessons also teach your child how to separate sounds and break words into phonemes, essential when your child is just learning to spell. More importantly, the reading system makes it easy for children to read quickly and properly, from simple words to sentences until they learn to read stories.
People who have used the system report very good results. The PDF booklets provide very clear instructions and the lesson plans are detailed without being overwhelming. Another bonus is that each lesson takes only about 10-15 minutes to complete so you are able to teach your children even if you are pressed for time.
The program is also very comprehensive, and people have reported that their kids had no problems assimilating the lessons as the lessons are well-designed. Because the system is based on phonetics, the learning process is gradual. The other thing I want to stress here is that the lessons incorporated in the system are unique and can’t be found in other learning methods.
Many people who have used the system have remarked on how much easier the learning process seemed once they implemented the system. The difference is reported to be very significant and many have stated that it didn’t take their children long to learn how to read sentences and even entire stories.
What Customers are Saying about Children Learning Reading
Children Learning Reading has been purchased by a lot of parents and it’s gotten many rave reviews. Denise from San Francisco said in her review that following the instructions was easy and that her daughter enjoyed taking the lessons.
Another parent, Michael from Boston, said in his online review that initially he was skeptical of the whole thing. However once he tried it with his child, he was surprised how quickly his son was progressing in his reading.
These aren’t the only reviews I’ve come across reviews pointing out the benefits of this program, as I’ve read many others like it online. For instance, Jonathan from Bangor, Maine, Leila of Pittsburgh and James on Houston all say the same thing in their reviews—the program helped their children read much more quickly than they thought possible.
Things to Consider Before Using the Product
Based on the thoughts of the reviewers above, the program does a great job explaining to parents how to teach a child to read. However, I’d like to point out that this program isn’t a quick fix as you’ll still need to put in the time to teach your child how to do it.
However, the nice thing about this program is that it makes it easy for both child and parent to go through the learning process.
Purchasing Advice and Tips
The program is available online for just $49.95, and it is covered by a 60 day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the program for any reason, you can return it within that period and get a full refund with no questions asked. Aside from the main program you’ll also get several bonus program and modules for free.
The first of these free programs is the Stage 1 Lesson Stories which makes learning more fun for children. Stage 2 is a continuation of Stage 1 and comes with several colorful illustrations to further engage your child. The third bonus consists of Letter Sound Mp3 Audio Clips so your child knows how to pronounce the alphabet properly.
The fourth bonus is The Most Common Sight Words, while bonus 5 is the Children’s Favorite Nursery Rhymes. The 6th bonus is a lifetime free upgrade, and the last one is free one on one counseling for 12 weeks. These 7 bonus programs retail for a couple of hundred dollars, but they’re given away here free. These add-ons, I’d like to add, do increase the value of the program and not just fillers.
And because all the programs are web based, you don’t have to pay for shipping as you would with other products. After making the payment, you get instant access to the official website and all the content.
Should You Buy It?
This product contains effective lessons and reading games for kids to make the learning process much easier not just for your child but also for you. The instructions are easy to follow, and the topics are logical and communicate the material well. If this method worked for so many parents and kids, then there is no doubt about it, it will work for your kids too!