Learn to read using time proven Phonetic methods.
Learn to TEACH others to read.

In Puritan New England in the 1500's there was a law that required the
master of a home to teach his children and servants to read under penalty
of fines.  There were 'reading police' that went house to house and
enforced the law.

Abraham Lincoln's mother taught her children to read while living in the
wilds of Illinois in a primitive log cabin.

In 1851 Americans were one of the most literate populations on earth.  This
was in a culture that relied primarily on one room school houses and the
McGuffey's Eclectic Readers for reading instruction.   Many individuals did
not receive much more than an elementary education.

Using the
McGuffey's readers And the back half of a book titled Why
Johnny Can't Read and what you can do about it.
 I have found that by
adding 10 phonetic rules and a series of instructional drills to the contents
and methods included in the books mentioned above it is quite easy to
teach children and adults to read.  The teaching techniques follow the
concepts of TLC and generate a very high success rate.

By the way...  The McGuffey's readers would not be allowed in public
school today simply due to the repeated references to God.

See the links at the bottom of the page for more information on McGuffeys
and Why Johnny Can't Read.

Some interesting facts about English and Phonics

How many words are there in our language?
The statistics of English are astonishing. Of all the world's languages
(which now number some 2,700), it is arguably the richest in vocabulary.
The compendious Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words;
and a further half-million technical and scientific terms remain
uncatalogued. According to traditional estimates, neighboring German has
a vocabulary of about 185,000 and French fewer than 100,000, including
such Franglais as le snacque-barre and le hit-parade.

Phonics... the numbers.
There are 26 letters in the English alphabet
There are
44 sounds in the English Language  
While there are many phonetic rules knowing
10 of the basic phonetic rules
covers about 70% to 80% of the nearly one million words in the language.

Whole Word vs. Intensive Phonics
Using Dick and Jane, or a similar whole word method of language
instruction, children memorize words with out learning about the connection
between the letters they are spelled with and the sounds those letters

When children start school they have a speaking and listening vocabulary
in excess of 10,000 words.  In school they are taught to  memorize between
200 and 500 words a year from first to fifth grade.  This means they have
acquired a reading vocabulary of between 1000 and 2500 words.

One half year spent in first grade teaching an intensive phonics program
gives the child access to 3/4 of the one million words of the language.

Programs that mix a little phonics with whole word are no wheres nearly as
effective as the Intensive Phonics approach.

Examine the links below for much more useful information

McGuffey's readers

Amazon has a beautiful boxed edition of the 7 book McGuffey's set

Rudolph Flesch why Johnny Can't Read

An article on Phonics and Rudolf Flesch's book "Why Johnny Can't

Another site speaking of Rudolf Flesch and American Education

First 85 pages on line of Why Johnny Can't Read


44 Phonetic sounds

Extensive Phonetic and Spelling Rules

A very comprehensive Phonics site including free worksheets

Phonics vs Whole word video "The Crime of the Century"

Don Potter net - A Course in Phonics for the First Three Grades - website of free phonics games, worksheets, and much