Teaching reading (and going hand in hand with that - teaching phonics) to your children has to be one of the more difficult and confusing tasks that face us as homeschooling parents.
I know with my first child, I didn't have a clue. I figured there had to be more to it than Read Dick and Jane, Go, Go, GO so I tried many different "programs". Most of them I didn't like.
Fortunately, despite my lack of knowledge, my daughter turned into an excellent reader and always has a book in her hands.
My second daughter had a bit more difficulty in learning to read, so I had to come up with a different strategy than the hunt and peck method I'd tried with her older sister. I remember seeing the book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" back with my eldest and thinking that it was one of the more ridiculous books I'd ever seen. However, faced with these new challenges, I decided to pick it up again and give it a try.
I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am that I did that. I was able to successfully teach my second daughter to read and have used it with all of my other children. Yes, there are 100 easy lessons in the book, but I don't think we've ever gotten past lesson 75 before the kids were ready to move on to other books.
Another great series of books to use early on with your young reader are these: Bob Books and Bob Books Advanced Readers. These are very cute and fun little books that make your younger child feel like they are getting somewhere in their reading. We've used them ever since daughter #1 learned to read and the kids have always had fun with them.
I have to say, too, that one of the best ways to get your kids excited about reading is to read out loud to them from a very early age. We reintroduced read aloud time in our family a few years ago and EVERYONE loves it. I'll pick out a classic fiction book and all seven children will gather around while I read for about a 1/2 hour every (oh, okay, almost) every day.
Overall, using the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons has turned something I dreaded with my first student to something I look forward to with each new one. I just love watching the light bulb go on in the little one's head when they get it.
Teaching reading is definitely something I look forward to now!