How Wee Read
From Rhyming to Reading in 60 Simple Lessons
Wondering whether your child is ready to learn their letters and sounds? Have a little one who wants to learn how to read? Or an early reader who is struggling?
How Wee Read is your complete learn-to-read resource. In 60 simple, sequential and playful lessons, I walk you and your child through everything you need to learn to read.
It all comes down to four steps:
- Phonological Awareness (7 lessons): These are the critical pre-reading skills.
- Letters, Sounds, and Blending (12 lessons): Teaching the alphabet has never been more logical!
- Special Rules (5 lessons): Things our children need to know before progressing to reading.
- Familiar Readers (36 lessons): With sequenced readers, we walk through this journey together, step-by-step.
As a teacher and reading specialist, I know how to teach little ones to read—and you will, too.
Number of Pages (Coursebook): 69
Number of Pages (Printables): 58
Recommended Ages: 4 to 10 Years
Program Length: 60 Lessons
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Let's take the mystery out of learning to read.
Teaching a child to read can be broken down into four steps:
First, we teach phonological awareness.
In Lessons 1 to 7, we teach your child phonological awareness skills, starting with rhyming. Simply open your coursebook, read the activity, and play!
A detailed description of each skill is included, along with an activity to practice that skill.
Once your child has mastered all seven phonological awareness skills, they are ready for the next step.
Did you know?
Phonological awareness is one of the strongest predictors of early reading success!
Next, we teach letter sounds and blending.
In Lessons 8 to 19, we teach the letters in a very special order. Your child will learn and play with each letter group before moving onto the next.
In Lesson 8, your child learns the names and sounds for the first group of letters: s, a, t, i, p, and n. In Lesson 9, your child practices blending those sounds together. Already, your child will be reading words like sat, nap, tin, and pan!
Once your child has learned all of the letter names and sounds, and has practiced blending those sounds together, they are ready for the next step.
Then we introduce special rules and exceptions.
English has a lot of rules—and a lot of exceptions to those rules! In Lessons 20 to 24, we will cover the most common ones.
Your child will learn about 'sneaky letters,' digraphs, blends, vowels, and the Magic Letter E.
After completing these five lessons, your child will be ready for the last step!
Did you know?
The English language contains millions of words, but about half of all written material is comprised of the first 100 sight words.
By knowing just 100 words, your child will be able to read 50% of all written material.
And finally, we read!
It's time to take all of the knowledge your child has learned so far, and apply it to Familiar Readers.
Your child will practice word families they learned in Step Two, and will learn some brand new sight words. In fact, by the time your child has completed all 36 Familiar Readers, they will know the first 100 sight words!
What's Included with How Wee Read
Everything you need is included—rhyming pictures, word puzzles, alphabet cards, word family wheels, and more—all featuring beautiful watercolor art.
Step One: Phonological Awareness
Includes activities for each skill:
- Lesson 1: Rhyming
- Lesson 2: Word Awareness
- Lesson 3: Sound Identification
- Lesson 4: Syllable Awareness
- Lesson 5: Sound Segmenting
- Lesson 6: Sound Blending
- Lesson 7: Deleting Sounds
Step Two: Letters, Sounds, and Blending
Includes letters, sounds, and blending activities for each group:
- Lessons 8-9: s, a, t, i, p, n
- Lessons 10-11: c, k, e, h, r
- Lessons 12-13: m, d, g, o
- Lessons 14-15: l, f, b, q, u
- Lessons 16-17: j, z, w
- Lessons 18-19: v, y, x
Step Three: Special Rules
Introduces your child to common rules and exceptions in the English language, including:
- Lesson 20: Sneaky Letters
- Lesson 21: Blends
- Lesson 22: Digraphs
- Lesson 23: Vowels
- Lesson 24: Magic Letter E
Step Four: Familiar Readers
Includes 36 simple stories, progressing in difficulty:
- Lessons 25-36: CVC Readers
- Lessons 37-43: CVCE Readers
- Lessons 44-49: Vowel Combinations
- Lessons 50-60: Common Endings
As a teacher and reading specialist, I know how to teach little ones to read—and you will too.
Here's what other parents and caregivers have to say:
We did your program and she learned her letters in the order you gave. It was absolutely mind blowing how well she picked it all up. I just wanted you to know that the program gave her such a good head start and I’m so proud of her. And this program!!! I have told everyone about it. ♥️
Just to say that you're fantastic ideas and resources on reading have been so helpful. I began teaching my daughter at 3.5, using a rather boring method, but heavily supplemented by your activities to make it fun. She is now not yet five and has just been made the youngest 'free reader' in her school, normally for children aged 6/7, as the teachers have no more phonics books worth giving her and she can pick what she likes from the school library. They are all wowed by her, as am I!
We have LOVED your resources - my 7yo is excelling at his reading, and my 5yo is finally mastering phonological awareness (she wasn't as 'ready' as my 7yo so we took it a little slower for her) thanks to your tools! Thank you - you've had such an impact on our lives!
Your kind and loving teaching style shone through every single idea that came from you.
I just wanted to say that I have had 6 children and had my oldest reading before she entered Kindergarten. Yet,I was so excited to see the order in which you suggest to teach ABC's.I bought your program for my last daughter and wished I had it for my son. She was 4 at the time of purchase, and she really enjoyed going over the letters.Thank you teaching an old Mom a new trick!!!I truly recommend this program to everyone!!!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your qualifications?
I am a Certified Teacher and Reading Specialist with 20+ years of teaching experience. Currently, I am a homeschool mama to my four children. I also support parents, caregivers, and fellow teachers in their journeys with little ones through my blog, homeschool resources, and curriculum. Through decades of teaching young children (including my own!), I have refined the best activities to build strong foundations.
What is phonological awareness?
You will learn all about phonological skills in How Wee Read! Phonological skills actually have nothing to do with the letters in the alphabet, but they are essential for building a strong foundation for reading. Phonological awareness focuses on auditory skills, hearing the relationship between words—the rhymes, the sounds, the syllables, etc. Did you know that a child’s ability to rhyme in Kindergarten is a direct predictor of his or her reading success in grade one? It’s true! Rhyming is the first of seven phonological skills that your little one will master with How Wee Read.
How do I know if my child is ready for How Wee Read?
There are no prerequisites, as we start right at the beginning! Progress nice and slow through the lessons, pausing as needed to allow your child time to continue to play with skills as needed. Most educators recommend starting phonological awareness at the age of four, however every child develops differently, so some may be ready earlier and others not until later.
How long does the program take?
How Wee Read is divided into 60 lessons, with each lesson taking approximately 20 minutes to complete. The program could be completed in as little as a few months. However, as you go through each lesson, additional practice time may be needed for certain skills. Extra activities are included for each skill should your child require additional practice in that area.
When will I receive my order?
Instantly! After purchase, you will be sent an email with a link to download How Wee Read. You will be able to view your materials on your computer, tablet, or phone. You can also print a hard copy at home or at your local print shop. Printed and shipped orders are delivered via Priority Post and generally take 3-6 days to arrive.
Can I see a sample?
Absolutely! There is a sample linked at the top of this page directly under the description.
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