Similarly, when some suffixes such as “er” and “ed” are introduced, there’s no discussion about their grammatical purpose; they are simply presented as a way to make new words. Perhaps this is fine for young readers, but I would be likely to add additional comment as a teacher so that children saw the generalization and its broad application. 

This program relies heavily upon parent/child interaction. Some early lessons conclude with the instruction to read a book aloud to your child. Valerie adds lists of suggested read-aloud and easy-reading books you might want to use. Use of the index cards and games adds a multi-sensory dimension to lessons. 

Overall, this course looks to be both enjoyable and easy-to-use, two features that I consider very important when it comes to teaching reading. I understand from the publisher that it works well along with Five in A Row. Also, Learning Language Arts Through Literature Red Book (second grade level) works well as a transition since it reinforces and fills in the few gaps from Reading Made Easy

Ordering information for Reading Made Easy: A Guide to Teach Your Child to Read by Valerie Bendt:

Cathy Duffy is the author of Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manuals (two volumes: Elementary Grades and Junior/Senior High), Government Nannies, and numerous articles on curriculum and education issues. She home educated her three sons, graduating the last one in 1997. Information about her books can be found at