4 Weeks to Read – Teach Your Child to Read at Home!

Preschooler Reading

At this point – we don’t even know if or when school will be reopening, which means we have to start thinking about how we can help our kids learn at home.

4 Weeks to Read by Learning Dynamics Reading System is a program that you can complete in less than 20 minutes a day & have your toddler or preschooler reading in no time! 

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Grab your 4 weeks to read program here & get 10% off!

(As of today, July 3, 2020 – they have 30% off their site already, so you get an additional 10%!)  

What age should I start teaching my child to read?

KidsHealth has a great article on the milestones for reading, but keep in mind that all children will learn in different stages. Please don’t push your child further than they are meant to go. 

Here’s a quick overview of what you can find at KidsHealth by age:

  • Up to 1 Year – Grabbing books, flipping the pages, looking at pictures.
  • Ages 1-3 – Answer simple questions about the book, finish sentences to their favorite books, pretend to read books. 
  • Early Preschool (age 3) – retell their favorite stories, sing the alphabet song, recognize some letters
  • Preschool (age 4) – learning the sounds of the letters, recognize familiar words, signs, & labels, understand that we read from left to right, recognize words that rhyme
  • Kindergarten (age 5) – produce words that rhyme, identify the beginning, middle, & end sounds, start to identify comprehension of the story
  • 1st & 2nd Grade (ages 6-7) – read familiar stories, decode or sound out words, use context clues to read
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade (ages 7-8) – read longer books, read aloud with expression and emphasis

Kids should be reading pretty independently by the time they are out of third grade. Most kids can read before this. 

As a second grade teacher, almost all of my kids could read (not fluently, but they were able to sound out words). 

When to teach child to read

5 Ways to motivate your child to read?

Make reading the standard

Start reading to your child from day one. Your child should think that reading is just as natural as getting dressed & brushing teeth. 

Let  your child lead the way

Follow your child’s’ cues – figure out what they are interested in and buy books around that topic. Let them take charge of their learning. 

Be excited about learning & school

I see this so often, but you have to be excited about school. If you treat school as unimportant, so will your child. 

Talk to your kids about how important education is & don’t talk bad about their teachers or their school (at least not in front of them!). 

Make it Fun

If you can make it fun, do it. When learning letters: sing, color, dance – if your child is having fun, they won’t even notice they are learning. 

Recognize strengths and reward all learning 

Have high expectations, because your child will meet them, but recognize the wins along the way. Reward your child for any learning that they have worked hard for! 

4 weeks to Read Review

I’ve had this program for almost an entire year & I’m loving it. Let me tell you why!

What comes in the box

Learning to read at 4

Lesson Manual – includes 55 lessons that take around 15 minutes to complete. 

4 weeks to read books & materials

53 Full-Color Books – these are short story books that your child will be able to read!

34 Songs –  you can stream these songs from the CD that it comes with (note it may not come with it anymore), the Parents app, or SoundCloud. 

Learn to read programs

Activity Book – this is a student workbook that your child will work out of. Your child will color, draw, and practice writing the letter. 

Letter Rewards –  these are pretty cool cutouts that you can give to your child to collect once they learn the letter. 

Learning how to read, learn to read, Dynamic Learning

Flashcards – 2 different sets of flashcards! The smaller ones have the capital and lowercase letters, and the bigger ones help to teach the sounds. 

There’s an App for That!

This app wasn’t out when I first purchased the system, so I’m excited to get into it! 

The app contains all 55 lessons with the songs that go along with them, this is an awesome addition to this system. Which means you can actually have the lessons & songs for free! 

The system works better with the workbooks and books though. 

girl reading book

What age group does is 4 Weeks to Read for?

Technically anyone learning to read can use this system. However, it’s mostly intended for children between the ages of 3 and 7. 

How to Use the Learning Dynamics Reading Program

The website says to do it three times a week for 20 minutes, but I don’t see a reason why you couldn’t teach 5 days a week.

Another option would be to teach three new lessons and 2 older lessons each week to spiral the lessons for maximum learning. 

It’s so easy because you just follow the lessons that are given. It tells you exactly what to say and what to do. You don’t have to be a teacher for this system.

There are video examples of some of the lessons on the website if you want to see it in action. 

What is the preparation required? 

There really isn’t any prep work. You just need to make sure you have crayons and a pencil. You’ll want the songs and materials handy, but that’s about it. 

at what age should you know how to read?

A teacher recommended program!

I’ve been a teacher for more than 5 years, and have worked with kids from pre-k to 6th grade. I highly recommend this program. 

It’s so easy to implement & the material is really good! I still can’t believe that you get 53 full-color books in the box! This is insanely valuable & so hard to find! 

How to Help a Child Struggling With Reading? 

Sometimes, we work so hard to help our kids be successful but something just doesn’t click. Here are some quick ways to help your child who is struggling with reading. 

Have your child read aloud

Reading is the only way to get better at reading. It’s much better to read aloud because your child will be able to hear when they make a mistake & you will be able to help. 

Read every day & Listen to the audiobook version

Listening to reading while following along is hugely beneficial to a child. 

Your child will start to memorize those most used words & understand that sometimes words aren’t spelled how they sound. 

Choose books at your child’s level

This is a huge mistake I see every year. Make sure your child is reading at their reading level. If they are reaching for higher-level books it’s just going to make them feel as though they can’t read. 

Find some books that are at their age level. 

Practice letters & sounds in fun ways

Find learning programs like ABC Mouse (you can get a free 30 day trial of ABC Mouse here) or find free programs on YouTube that teach the alphabet. 

An advantage of a paid program like ABC Mouse is that it will start them at a certain level and progress them to where they need to be. Jolene also loves ABC Mouse

Find programs that work

Whichever program you choose to use, make sure it works. Check the reviews & try it out. If it’s not working, cancel it. Most programs have free trials or some sort of money-back guarantee. 

How to teach a child to read

Final Thoughts on 4 Weeks to Read by Learning Dynamics

I’m still overjoyed to have found such an amazing product in the 4 weeks to reading system & at an affordable price.

I knew that I would want to start teaching Jolene as soon as possible, so when I found this it was perfect for us!

Jolene loves the program & asks to “do school” because she wants to hear the songs. She also likes to hold the cards as the song goes on – she thinks she’s teaching me the letters.

You can’t find a product this great anywhere else, I mean 50+ full-color books! That’s insane! 

This program is perfect at a time like now when we don’t even know if we’ll be sending our preschooler back to school in the fall. 

Grab your 4 weeks to read program here & get 10%!

(As of today, July 3, 2020 – they have 30% off their site already, so you get an additional 10%!)  

How are you teaching your child to read? 

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4 Comments

  1. Tonya | the Writer Mom July 4, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Love this! My daughter is almost 4, and she’s right on track. She recognizes most letters and can even spell her name. It’s been fun watching her learn!

    1. Josephine July 4, 2020 at 2:16 am

      Yay! Jolene just turned 4! The 4 weeks to read program def helped her, but so did Youtube! lol

  2. Shavanie Dillon July 4, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for sharing! A lot of moms need this advice.

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