Learn to Read


The author of this eCourse has literally spent thousands of dollars on educational resource materials. Many of these now sit idle in boxes in the shed gathering dust, mildew and mice droppings. Whether the mice are learning anything is doubtful but they certainly enjoy using the books as a mice-nursery and exposing their little ones to all this educated material. There is no end to the writing of books and no end to how many resources you can buy. This resource will save you lots of money in comparison to other ABC curricula, especially if you have several young students to teach.

This ABC eCourse is different than your usual syllabus. With your patience, perseverance and your daily enthusiastic input, your young learner will achieve the goals you set out for him or her.

The eCourse was written for 4½ - 6½ year old children and ideal for those who wish to teach their child to read and write at home. It is also ideal as a supplementary resource for students who are not coping well in the education system or for those who would like more advanced tutoring materials.

Many young parents often ask the question, how can I teach my child to read? In this online article I hope to address this question.

How long will it take to complete this eCourse and before my child can read?

It is not how fast you complete the lessons, it is how well you teach the letter sounds and letter formation. It is important to show your child how each letter is formed when he or she starts writing them. Letter formations are shown in this tutorial with the aid of a chart. 

The duration of this course completely depends upon each individual. As a rough guide, your child should have mastered all letters, letter sounds, numbers 1 - 10 and basic words within 3 to 6 months. Don't worry though if they take longer, it is better to take longer and achieve excellent results than to rush through the course and cause serious learning problems later on. These problems have cropped up over and over again in the main stream education where literacy and numeracy skills are often rushed and below standard results are the outcome. This problem is usually due because there are to many other unnecessary extra curricular activities added.

Please follow the lesson sequence for best results.

Handy tip - letter cards

It is recommended to use each colored letter as indicated from each lesson plan and laminate these. They will last longer and can be hung on the wall or handled by your child. These colourful letter cards can also be incorporated with games and activities. Laminating them will ensure that they last for the duration needed.


There are some worksheets for different lessons. If you find that the 'cursive' letters are inappropriate for your child simply print the 'alternative' letter instead. It is not essential to complete every worksheet but recommended. It may take two days to complete all worksheets per lesson, depending on the child.

Method used

The method in this course has been fully tested on young children over a long span of time. Some of these children now attend University or other tertiary colleges and are excelling because of a good initial grounding. You need dedication, perseverance and plenty of patience. Don't drop your bundle if you have begun teaching your child the ABC's and hit a few rough spots on the way. Be thankful for the rough spots, it shows your child's weaknesses and you can concentrate on improving these. 

Teaching your child to read and write is one of the most rewarding missions in your life! Be organized and take one day at a time, don't let others interfere with your goal. Well meaning people can do a lot of damage to your confidence. If you know such people it may be better to avoid them as they can hinder you and your child from achieving a very important milestone in both your lives. Hang on to those people who encourage you in your efforts and you could even ask them to help occasionally.

Art and Games

Some games and activities are suggested but there are many more ideas available online. If you are not very creative yourself, try your local library for some activity books. Start collecting toilet rolls, aluminium foil, old tubs, tins, boxes etc. for art activities. Buy child safe glue, paints and drawing materials. Outdoor games are healthy and will stir your child's imagination. Look at trees, flowers, insects, rocks, birds, the sky, grow plants or vegetables. Always closely supervise all your activities because accidents can happen quickly.

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    Ingrid Griggs