- Age Range: 4 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Paperback: 16 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic; Box Pck edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439845009
- ISBN-13: 978-0439845007
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 2,984 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers Paperback – Box set, May 1, 2006
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"Forget Dick and Jane. Your beginning reader needs Bob Books® to succeed."
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You've prepared your child for reading - refrigerator magnets down low and easy to reach; letter sounds taught. Your child can proudly spell his or her name. Perhaps he can identify the "stop" and "open" signs as you drive in your car. He or she is ready for the next step into reading.
Inside the colorful box, the bright red cover beckons. On the first page, the letters:
M - a - t. Your child says the sounds: mmmmm, aaa, ttt. Then, faster: "Mat." Your youngster has read his first word! "Sam", "sat" and "on" complete the vocabulary, and suddenly your child can say, "I read the whole book!"® That is the magic of Bob Books®.
After 13 years of teaching 3, 4 and 5-year-olds, watching a child make that giant first step into reading still thrills me. The pride in their eyes, their triumphant grasp of a difficult concept, and opening their world to the excitement of books and reading, has brought me many years of satisfaction.
Bob Books® were specifically designed to facilitate that ah-ha moment, when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency and repetition, and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment.
We wish your young learner much success and happiness as he or she enters the great adventure of reading.
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As soon as I started my daughter on these books it was like a light went off! She was READING!! These books are small, short and eaisly laid out so children do not get overwhelmed with too much. Its been about 2 weeks and my daughter is begging to read to us every night. The same daughter who we bribed and begged to sit through just a paragraph of a book just weeks prior with no success. My daughter is now in the process of being moved into second grade and I couldn't be more proud with her success. I'm now buying these books for every mom I know. Thanks BOB Books!
Are they boring? Of course, a bit. "Mat sat." Not exciting, but readable. NOW here is what you do... you, the parent, make them interesting. When he read "Mat sat." I raved and raved about his reading ability. The page wasn't exciting, but he was proud and that kept him going. Then, two pages later we get "Mat sat on Sam." And a funny picture of just that. I made a big production of it saying, "Oh my gosh, look at that." And we both giggled and giggled. Then we discussed what shapes were used to make Mat and Sam. Then, we read more.
My son, a video game and Lego junkie who likes action, loved these books. Why? Because we made them fun by discussing them, giggling at them, and being proud of his reading ability.
I'm saving these to read with my son's kids someday! Bob books are good stuff if you make them so.
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It comes in a neat blue box with a set of 12 thin books. Very simple illustration with Pics. It introduces small 3 letter words and progress with each book. It also has a small guideline tip on how to engage kids.
Overall I am so happy with it. This box was delivered to me on Dec 27 and today Jan 30 he can read 10 of these books on his own. Please note that I did not hurry and hardly
just spent 15 to 30 mins excluding all the holidays in between. Still there is good progress. But make sure your kid is already introduced to phonemes (check You tube)
It's really good investment.
I bought these books to go the next step, and take advantage of her interest in letters and words. Schools are all using phonics to teach reading these days, so to fit in with what they learn at school, do use a phonics system.
They are perfect. 12 very short books based on (book 1) 4 sounds, and adding 2-3 sounds for subsequent books. A few minutes work will finish the book.
Make sure your child is reading ready first. A sound knowledge of the alphabet, and an interest in words is important. Ensure that they know the phonic (sound of the word) and not just the letter name.
You will need an understanding of phonics yourself - not all of us learned to read this way - and some sense of how to blend the sounds to make a word. A "teach your child to read" book may help you with this. ( Teach Your Child To Read : A Phonic Reading Guide for Parents and Teachers is one resource. I haven't read it personally.)
The child is learning a challenging new skill. You will need patience. Make it into a game as far as possible (My wife is better than me at this - racing to see who can get the word first - but daughter usually wins!) and keep it light hearted. It is important that it is fun.
I am finding that one read of a book is insufficient. The books are challenging on first view. Book 3 was definitely a struggle, but on revisiting book 1, my daughter read it from end to end with barely any help. The joy on her face when she finished - to appropriate cheers from mum & dad - was a sight to remember!
If your child is not ready, put the books away for a few months. Reading skills reap their full reward when it is fun.
my daughter's know her ponics using jolly phonics methode, I needed books to help her to blend, and this book set are very helpful for it.