The Reading Lesson: Review and Giveaway

by Jessica Streit

As a teacher, I have known the benefits of early exposure to books for children. I read to both of my boys from the time they were very young and continue to do so now. My 10 year old still loves to spend time in bed with me reading each night, I hope that continues for years to come. I have multiple bookshelves full of books. We have gone to the library together on a regular basis for years. Books have been a companion to their lives.

This has helped me to raise an avid reader. A child who loves to read and devours books. A child who enters the world he is reading about and interacts with the characters. A child who will, hopefully be a lifelong reader.

I also have a child who struggles with reading. He has enjoyed being read to but never really took an interest in learning about the words held within. He is struggling to reach his grade level at school even with interventions.

I was happy to receive The Reading Lesson reading program for reviewing. As an intervention specialist, I have worked with remedial readers who struggle to grasp even the basics, much like my son. I have used a number of different programs to help my students improve but haven’t seen this one before.

The Reading Lesson is described as an “intelligent reading program for young children.” It is an award-winning, easy-to-use program that begins with the 5 most common letters of the alphabet and progresses in a logical manner.

The Reading Lesson offers a large book with 20 lessons that are all very easy to teach. Also available are three CD-ROMs and a DVD. One is an animated CD-ROM with reading lessons, another is a storybook CD-ROM with 40 short stories, and the final one is handwriting program that will teach your children how to print and write in cursive. The DVD features interactive activities that teach the sounds of the letters.

The lessons are similar to those that teachers use in school programs such as Reading Recovery and Title One. The letters are paired with visual cues that remind the child how to say a sound. This is not often used in a typical classroom but is very helpful for early and remedial readers.

I completed the first three lessons with my son who needs a great deal of support with reading. He moved through them very quickly as he does have some reading skills already. However, I did notice his confidence building as he went through the lessons. He read the passages quicker than he does the books he brings home from school. When it comes to reading, confidence is a huge component for success.

I intend to utilize The Reading Lesson as a supplement for my son to help him progress with reading. I believe The Reading Lesson would be a great program to use for homeschooling.  It would also be great to use for those parents who have a young children showing an interest in learning to read but aren’t sure where to start. You do not need to be a teacher for your child to be successful with The Reading Lesson.

The companion pieces are great support for the child. The writing lessons can be printed as many times as you need and progresses from printing to cursive and even practices writing words and stories.

The creators of The Reading Lesson, Michael Levin, M.D. and Charan Langton, M.S. have also created a series called Verbal Math Lessons. These easy-to-follow lessons help your child compute math in their heads. The child who can compute math mentally at a young age is sure to have greater success as they progress.

This series comes with two books, the first is for children in grades kindergarten to first grade. The second book follows that. I really like how quick and easy they are to use. In my own classroom, I have always had the children complete mental math problems for a few minutes each day in addition to our regular math lesson. Children need to be able to compute basic math facts quickly to complete more advanced problems and The Verbal Math Lessons are definitely going to help with that.

Another great item created by Mr. Levin and Mrs. Langton is Big Words for Little Kids. It is an advanced vocabulary lesson book for elementary school children. Building a strong vocabulary is very important to a child’s ability to write and communicate. Providing your children extra support with this book would be very beneficial to them for their reading as well. When children find larger words in a text, they often skip it. Doing that can sometimes change the meaning of the text.

By providing exposure to more advanced vocabulary words, your child will be more successful in reading more advanced texts, they will comprehend easier and their own writing will improve. The standardized tests that are being given to children in schools have a writing component that is scored based on, in part to the vocabulary that is used. This extra support with vocabulary will help your child be more successful on those tests as well.

The Reading Lesson and additional items from it’s creators are a great resource for homeschooling families, classroom teachers and any parent who wants to support their child’s school success. The price of $124.95 is reasonable for a kit of this size. I definitely think it is deserving of the awards it has one.

Enter to Win

Thanks to the folks at The Reading Lesson, one lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader will win a package from The Reading Lesson which includes:

  • A copy of The Reading Lesson; 20 easy lessons to teach your child to read
  • The Sounds of Letters DVD
  • The Storybook CD
  • The Writing Lesson CD
  • “Teach me Handwriting” ebook
  • A copy of the Verbal Math Lesson

Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Jessica Streit is a freelance writer and author of The Debt Princess. She shares her struggles with debt and the road to living a royal life on less.

Email Author    |    Website About Jessica Streit

Jessica Streit is a freelance writer and author of The Debt Princess( She shares her struggles with debt and the road to living a royal life on less.

View all articles by

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 latanya February 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

it will help my son learn to enunciate


2 Nicole Robinson February 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I think this will keep my children’s interest, and it will teach me how to guide them.


3 anne February 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

A great resource which would help learn their basics.


4 Beth Stabley February 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I will be homeschooling my daughter. This would be a great tool as I start teaching her to read.


5 tana February 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

My 4-year-old is interested in learning how to read since his older brother has become a fluent reader. He’d love these!


6 Nicole February 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

It would so help my little boy who is in Kindergarten and behind all ready. I haven’t figured out how he learns yet.


7 Adriana February 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

These are great tools for my 2 and 5 year olds. For my 5 year old this can be of extra help and perhaps a different approach to learning to read. For my 2 year old it can be her first reading materials, besides some story books I have at home. Reading materials are very expensive, and right now I am not working, thus this giveaway can benefit my finances as well as my children’s learning.


8 Karen February 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I homeschool my little girl and we are just starting to work on teaching her to read. These would be a great help.


9 Tabathia B February 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

It would be a great learning tool for my daughter


10 Kristi p February 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I have a almost 3 yr old and I’d love anything that would help me teach her to read early.


11 Kathy Stevenson February 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

This would be great to help my 4 year old begin to read.


12 Addison Kat February 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

My daughter is learning to read and I think this would help me to teach her how to read since I’m just kind of doing whatever since I don’t really know how to properly teach her.


13 Natalia February 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

With those books it would be easier to start to read and spell.


14 lana February 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

hopefully learn how to read since he is 4


15 chelsea February 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

This would help boost my daughters reading so shes more confident


16 Ally February 18, 2013 at 2:00 am

I’m a high school English teacher by profession, which means I don’t know how to teach my own wee ‘uns how to read! This would help!


17 Daiva February 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

It would help my son to learn to read!


18 June February 18, 2013 at 9:35 am

It would really help with learning to read better.


19 Krissy February 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

This could really help my emergent 1st grade reader. And my 4 year old once she starts reading, too!


20 amyc February 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

Would help my daughter prepare for kindergarten.


21 lynn February 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I have a second grade son who is an excellent reader, but has challenges with fine motor skills, including handwriting and until last year received OT services for fine motor skills. The “Teach Me Handwriting” ebook would be great for him. We are a homeschooling family and next year my son who will be in kindergarten will be ready to learn to read and I have been looking for a good program to use and then pass on to my nephews and it looks like this package would work wonderfully.


22 LaVonne February 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I am homeschooling my 5 year old. This will help with our curriculum!


23 Chuck February 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

This would help the grandchildren prepare for the school years.


24 HappyMomC February 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

This would help my daughter reinforce what she learns at school


25 Jeannie February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

I think this would really help my son. He’s currently in the phase where he wants to read read read yet he’s unable to so maybe this program will help us start that.


26 Darlene Ysaguirre February 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Well my Daughter Is 6 in the First Grade So I think this would be perfect in helping her on her reading journey to get more confident and familiar with reading.


27 april yedinak February 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

I have a young, struggling reader and this might be a fun way for her to work on her skills.


28 jessica February 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

my youngest us ready to learn to read


29 Mona Evanochko February 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

My Daughter, a former elementary teacher, now a stay home Mom. Is just starting to teach her daughter to read… she would LOVE this. Thank you for the Great Giveaway!


30 Yesenia February 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

They look like a fun way to teaching my kids to read.


31 Audrey griffis February 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

it woudl help both my kids my 3 year old son is starting to read sight words this woudl be great


32 Hillary S. February 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

My son is dying to learn how to write in Cursive and also i have a Kindergartner who would love to jump ahead in reading!


33 Kelly D February 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

My daughter is starting kindergarten next year, so this would get her prepared.


34 Charity L. February 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

This would help my daughter learn to read.


35 Charlene S February 23, 2013 at 3:34 am

This would help them to start writing.


36 K.Pugh February 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

This would help my first grader practice, practice, practice.
Thanks for the chance.


37 Sarah p February 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm

This would help my daughter develop her speech, and her skill for kindergarten


38 Lori D. February 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

What great help this will be for the one’s entering school.


39 stephanie February 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

This would help my youngest son learn to read


40 Robert Pyszk February 24, 2013 at 1:08 am

This would help my son out because it seems like a great program


41 EMMA L HORTON February 24, 2013 at 11:00 am



42 Tamar February 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

my son is showing interest in reading so i think he will be happy to have this


43 sandra February 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

it migh mke reading comprehension easier


44 Sarah February 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

My kids are 3 and 5 and really interested in letters and reading. This would be great to give them a head start.


45 Ken Ohl February 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I would love to give this to my niece. Thankyou, Ken she loves learning


46 aimee mcpherson February 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

It would definitely help them learn the basics and keep them engaged.


47 Dawn K February 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

This looks very thorough and interesting for children.


48 lisa l. February 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

it will keep them interested in reading.


49 Van February 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

I like that it has the sounds of letters DVD included.


50 Lauren E February 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

My daughter is learning to read now. She’d like this


51 Denise L February 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

My 3 year old is *this close* to reading! We’d love this :)


52 Rajani Patil February 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

This could really help our children as English is not our primary language that we speak at home.


53 Don February 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

All of these would be good learning tool’s for our child.


54 Jill Myrick February 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I would love to have this to help teach my son before he begins school next year.



55 Candice Hull February 27, 2013 at 1:21 am

I’m working on getting my oldest ready for kindergarten in the fall and really don’t have any idea what I’m doing :D So this would help me a lot
Thank you


56 nicole krutz February 27, 2013 at 1:35 am

this would be perfect for my 4 year old daughter who has a speech delay and learning issues


57 Leslie L. Stanziani February 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I home school my 4 kids.My oldest son(10) struggles with reading.He has no interest in it.My youngest son who is 5 has just started.I am willing to try anything to help my older son.


58 Garrett February 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

This is a awesome idea for getting them ready for any grade level.


59 Angela E. February 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I would like to win this for my niece & nephew, thank-you.


60 Heather February 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

i think this would give my daughter the interest and confidence to learn to read.


61 Stephanie Larison February 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

It would help my daughter be prepared or kindergarden nex year.


62 susan smoaks February 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

our son is learning to read and this would be helpful!


63 tina reynolds February 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

my daughter is just learning to read and has been struggling a bit this might be just the thing to get her over the hump


64 Gianna February 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

It would help them read better.


65 Kendra February 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Be great for homeschooling , thanks


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: