- a Movement and Game-based Reading Program

by Jean Borne McCaulley, MAEd,

Early Childhood & Reading Specialist


What is Teach a Kid to Read?

As a Reading and Early Childhood Specialist, I have written the Teach a Kid to Read Series, sixteen fun, movement and game-based, scripted, interactive books containing sequential research-based reading lessons that directly teach all the reading skills. 

I believe in teaching all kids as gifted because in their sponge stage, birth through age 8, they absorb so much more than we know. Let’s give them all we can and make it fun!


These sixteen books directly teach every reading skill in sequential order, building on the previously taught skills. These books practice mastery or competency-based learning. When the students master the lesson, they move on to the next.

A person can’t be expected to learn something that they’re not taught, so every skill is carefully taught.

The series is designed to be read on a touchscreen device. There are games using the touchscreen and games with homemade cards.

The lessons are scripted, with the instructor reading the script from the screen, sitting next to the student, who echo reads and does the games, using new reading skills with every lesson.



How is Teach a Kid to Read Different than other reading methods?

Teach a Kid to Read Series addresses several glaring

problems present in other reading methods that are

taught now. Some of these problems are:

·      introducing practice before the skill was taught

·      incomplete reading skills

·      incorrect sequence of reading skills

·      not teaching reading skills directly

·      boring drill

·      no movement

·      no games

·      only sight words

·      only phonics

·      no script

·      doesn’t teach Common Core Standards

·      isolating a kid to interact only with the screen with an app or video

    ·      no interaction with another person

    ·      no writing component: Teach a Kid to Read  

           features Journal Writing , kids writing about their 

           own pictures



What does Teach a Kid to Read do?

#1: Makes it fun!

Research has confirmed that relationship and fun interactive lessons create positive emotion. Positive emotion is the primary and most vital component of any learning or information processing act; this increased attention is essential for the process of learning.



#2 Makes it a Relationship


Teach a Kid to Read lessons require a relationship between teacher and student and the book. The lessons have the teacher and student sitting side by side interacting with the book on the screen together.


It is not a freestanding app or video. It requires interaction.


#3 Effectively Teaches Kids To Read



The instructor reads the script as they both participate interactively with the book.

~ All the vowel sounds are taught with movement in the order of frequency of use to be used as a reading strategy later.

~ The student learns and uses sight words in the context of delightful readers and games.

~ The students learn to write in a journal, describing their own pictures.


#4 Creates Positive Screen Time



Screen time has come to mean isolation. Everyone is interacting with their device and not each other.

What can we do to positively affect our kids’ relationship with the screen? We can use it to interact with each other!

Teach a Kid to Read has the teacher and student sitting side by side interacting with the book on the screen


Teachers can use it easily in their classrooms on interactive whiteboards.



#5 Uses scripted lessons

According to research, scripted lessons are more efficient to provide:

·      highly sequenced instruction

·      clear and concise directions

·      teacher guidance

·      active student participation

·      assessment probes in order to practice and master new knowledge and skills


Is your kid ready to read?


Preview Book 1: Lesson 1 (Letter A and Word A)

Amazon Preview Book 1: Letters

Preview Book 2: Lesson 1: Sight and Short /a/ Words

Preview Book 2: Lesson 2: Th sound and Lesson 2

Amazon Preview Book 2: CVC Words

Amazon Preview Book 3: More CVC Words

Amazon Preview Book 4: Consonant Digraphs

Amazon Preview Book 5: Blends

Amazon Preview Book 6: Silent E Words

Amazon Preview Book 7: More Silent E Words

Amazon Preview Book 8: Long Vowels

Amazon Preview Book 9: R-Controlled Vowels

Amazon Preview Book 10: Diphthongs

Amazon Preview Book 11: Contractions, Compound Words, and Syllables

Amazon Preview Book 12: Genres, Odd Rules, & Beyond

Amazon Preview Teach a Kid to Read Series (all 12 books in one)
*Note: the Look Inside Feature lets you see all the Letter Sound lessons through S


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