The Reading Lesson was written by Charan Langton and Michael Levin, M.D.
It’s a phonetic reading program that helps your child become a confident reader over the course of 20 lessons.
Those 20 lessons can be broken up (and I highly suggest it if you have really little ones).
Keeping it a manageable pace for our daughter, we typically do about 2-3 pages/day.
You can buy the book separate or you can get it as a set with the The Reading Lesson with Giggle Bunny CD-ROM.
The two main results I was looking for with this curriculum were:
teaching my daughter reading fundamentals
have reading time be fun
The Reading Lesson delivers on both.
My Thoughts on The Reading Lesson
As a parent, what I appreciate about The Reading Lesson is how easy it is teach using it.
There’s introductory material at the beginning that goes over the design and format of the curriculum and book.
It also gives guidance on how to approach lessons and suggestions on keeping interest.
Each lesson begins with a page of instruction, which made it easy for me to do a lesson with my daughter when she was engaged and excited. I had her set up our reading space while I took a minute to review
You are the “banker,” and your kids are the “customers.” The money comes from your bank account and you disperse it to the kids.
There are two main ways you can use FamZoo – as an IOU system or with prepaid accounts.
Either way, your kids sign in separately to access their own accounts, while you two maintain control through a shared online dashboard.
Flexible Financial Tools to Teach
What makes this so helpful for family is how easy it is for you to define the rules for your family’s specific needs.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to discuss and try out different systems until you find the best ones in your case.
One thing I’m excited about is how easy you can do things on the system like:
assign chores for extra pay (or track when they didn’t do them),
allocate allowances into buckets (saving, giving, and spending)
calculate matching contributions
You can adjust the incentives for each of your kids based on their current stage with money, making it a very easy tool for parents with multiple kids keep track of everything.
It also makes money chats easier to follow as you can all sit down and review the numbers together.
Prepaid Cards for Kids?
Some of you may be skeptical of giving your kid a prepaid card (that was my initial reaction), but as our overall finances shift to being more digital and less cash, it makes sense to give kids a safe way to practice.
The prepaid cards work well in FamZoo and may be less stressful for you. While you’re funding the family money, the kids cards aren’t linked to your bank account.
That means your child gets to make mistakes (and they will!) with their money without risk of debt.
Your family can also use FamZoo to keep an eye on the card activity (automatically track purchases, donations, and other transactions).
Why Joining FamZoo Is a Great Deal
I love highlighting free tools that can help, but I am more than happy to share a great deal and FamZoo is one of them.
Families can pre-pay $39.99 for a year (only $3.33/month) or they can get bigger savings by sign up for two years at $59.99 (only $2.50/month).
I think it’s an extraordinary deal for a really handy service.
Keep in mind that this teaching tool can give you and your family more savings in the long run.