worried about teaching
your child to read?

This play based approach will help ease the transition from knowing the alphabet to reading.

Want a gentle approach to teaching your child to read?

If you don't want your child sitting down and being bored to tears as they complete worksheet after worksheet, this curriculum is for you! Your child will be engaged with age appropriate games, songs, and activities as they learn to read.

Take your child from a solid understanding of letters and sounds to reading short vowel words fluently.

Engaging activities that will have your child asking to do more school.

This play based approach relies on common household supplies, easy to find books, and popular toys. No expensive items needed!

What if you could...

Help your child develop a love of reading. Without any tears.
Learn how to guide your child from letters and sounds to sounding out words and reading.


Teaching reading through play

Written by a homeschooling mom of nine with a master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy, Teaching Reading Through Play is your play based approach to homeschool reading lessons.

This BETA version has been up and running on SchoolhouseTeachers.com since 2016. Now, it’s available for you. It’s a BETA version because the formatting isn’t perfect and neither are the graphics. This curriculum is currently getting a face lift. And when it’s completed, the price is going up!

Take advantage of the “plain” look of this current version. All content is complete and ready to roll.

Here's what you'll get

  • A 393 page PDF download with all lessons: instructions, work pages, activities, and more.
  • Easy to understand directions to help you teach your child to read.
  • Short, daily lessons that are age appropriate for young learners
  • Details to help you prepare for each week so you're ready to play each day


Email access to Lisa

Have a question about the curriculum or how to use it? Send Lisa an email and let her help answer your questions.


This curriculum is currently being refreshed and redesigned. When it's completed (estimated January 2020) you will get the new version at no additional cost.

FUN reading games

The curriculum includes several reading games that you can play. Reading doesn't just have to happen during "school hours."

Take advantage of this special offer

Never before has Teaching Reading Through Play been offered to the public. It’s been hosted exclusively on Schoolhouse Teachers for three years. This special BETA version is only available for a limited time. Act now!

This is for you if...

  • You're ready to help guide your child as they learn to read.
  • You enjoy playing learning games with your child.
  • Your child has a solid understanding of letters and sounds. (The first three weeks of this curriculum review them, but they are not taught in detail.)
  • You are okay with a plain looking curriculum that has plenty of great content and black and white printables.

This is not for you if...

  • Your child doesn't yet know about the alphabet.
  • You don't want to play an active role in the learning to read process.
  • You don't want to print out activities and prepare them each week.
  • You are looking for a curriculum with colorful printables and gorgeous graphics

Hey, I'm lisa Tanner

I spent seven years teaching in the public schools of Washington State. I hold a current teaching certificate with endorsements in elementary ed and reading. I’ve earned my master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy.

But, back in 2012 I left the classroom. I wanted to homeschool my own growing family. Since then, I’ve launched a freelance writing and VA business, successfully taught several of my children to read using these methods, and enjoyed life with my family by my side.

I love education, and think teaching reading is one of the greatest joys in homeschooling. Being able to see the look on a child’s face when letters and sounds suddenly click into reading – that is an incredible blessing!

Now I want to take my passion for reading and share it with you.

You can teach your child how to read. And I’m ready to help you succeed!

Ready to get started teaching reading through play?

Teaching reading doesn’t have to be boring. Or hard. You and your child can play your way into literary growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

This curriculum has all of the content you need to teach your child how to read. But, it’s not yet been made over by a graphic designer.

The worksheets are black and white, and there’s not a lot of fancy going on. It’s very simple and low-key.


Bringing Teaching Reading Through Play to market has been on my to-do list for years. And now it’s ready for you.

But, I haven’t yet found the perfect designer to make it beautiful. Rather than waiting, I decided to bring it to market as is at a significantly lower price.

Take advantage of the plain version and when it’s updated, you’ll receive the new version via email for free.

YES! You can download the introduction and the first three weeks of material for free. Use this link:

3 Week Free Sample




No. Due to the immediate digital delivery, no refunds are offered. Please check out the free sample above so you can see if this will be a good fit before purchasing.

Here’s a list of the table of contents:

Week 1: Mommy Letters & Baby Letters

Week 2: Letters in Disguise

Week 3: Letter Sound Review

Week 4: Creating a Literary Environment

Week 5: Reading Symbols & Logos

Week 6: Listening for & Playing with Rhymes

Week 7: Combining Sounds into Words

Week 8: What’s a Vowel?

Week 9: Benefit of Reading Nonsense Words

Week 10: AT Words

Week 11: AN Words

Week 12: EN Words

Week 13: ED Words

Week 14: IG Words

Week 15: IN Words

Week 16: OP Words

Week 17: OT Words

Week 18: UG Words

Week 19: UT Words

Week 20: Letter Blends

Week 21: Moving Beyond 3 Letter Words

Week 22: Intentionally Building Vocabulary

Week 23: Phonics vs. Whole Language (Understanding the Debate)

Week 24: Sight Words Are Important Too!
Week 25: Seeing Self as a Reader

Week 26: Reading Through Song

Week 27: Shopping Trip Letter/Word Play

Week 28: Building Confidence Through Shared Reading

Week 29: Seeing Self as a Writer

Week 30: Developing Comprehension Through Play

Week 31: Reading Games for the Road

Week 32: Strategies & Games for Building Reading Fluency

Week 33: When to Correct an Error & Review

Week 34: Strategies for Decoding an Unknown Word

Week 35: Long Vowel Intro

Week 36: The Silent E

All kids are unique. So what one child is ready for at age four, another may not be until age seven. This was written for students who have a solid understanding of letters and sounds, and are developmentally ready to read. I typically use it with my kindergartners or first graders.

There are a variety of materials needed for the lessons. Here are some common ones:

  • Index cards
  • Markers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toy cars
  • Bowls
  • Large building blocks (like Mega Bloks)
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Coloring supplies
  • Rubber bands
  • Books from the library

In the curriculum, you will find links to a few resources. These are typically videos of specific songs, or read alouds of specific books.

Though this is a digital reading curriculum, the vast majority of it is not done on the computer. You and your child will be playing together, offline.

Teaching your child to read doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t require a degree or any special training. You have the ability to do this.

But, if you run into trouble with the curriculum, you can send me an email and let me know what’s going on. I can offer suggestions.

I also offer coaching to help you overcome the hurdles and believe in yourself as a reading coach.

Do you love helping your child learn to read through play? Do you think it’d be a great fit for your audience?

I have an affiliate program. Affiliates earn 30% of each sale. You can sign up to be an affiliate for my products here:

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Make reading fun today!

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