Why Johnny Can't Read

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  • Reviewed on Tuesday, March 8, 2011
  • Grades Used: ytuhhdsfdsiufgsiudfygsidufygsidufyg
  • Dates used: fufyhsfjsdksfgdnvmvjkcmnvbfjffds
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  • Reviewed on Wednesday, April 2, 2008
  • Grades Used: age 5
  • Dates used: 2006-2007
We are a large family and I didn't always have the time to complete many of the different phonics program's many "add-ons." For example: workbooks, worksheets, whole word flashcards, etc. I just wanted to get down to the business of teaching my children to read and this book did not disappoint.

The beginning of the book is the author's explanation of how he came to what he believes about Phonics and how important it is. At the end is a list of words that should be phonetically taught from small words to larger syllable words. My daughter did so well and I really appreciated this approach. So if you are looking for an extremely inexpensive way to teach your child(ren) to read, this is the book for you. I bought a used copy from Amazon.com for only a few dollars.

Lori C.

  • Reviewed on Thursday, May 26, 2005
  • Grades Used: K-3
  • Dates used: 2003-present
During college WHY JOHNNY CAN'T READ was required for an education course I was taking. The ideas really struck home with me and I ended up holding on to the book. In the back is a phonics word list/primer that I have used in conjunction with Alphaphonics to teach my son to read. It is a fairly bare bones approach, but I think that certainly has merit in an era of lots of bells and whistles. If you like simple approaches to teaching (as I do), also check out a book called HOW TO TUTOR by Samuuel Blemenfeld (the same author who wrote Alphaphonics). In this particular book he explains how to teach the 3 r's to your kids. FYI, the phonics section is really similar to Alphaphonics.