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I love the layout of this book. The book is set up where the child reads a section on words ending in -et. I love that they introduce a few words with the same ending so the child feels successful reading but don't have to work too hard when they are first learning to read. This way they only have to sound out the first letter and then add the same ending they have already been doing. After reading a few pages there is a writing practice page and then an activity page. Then a new set of words with the same ending starts. This pattern repeats throughout the book with a different kind of activity in each phonic set. My son is really doing well with this book. He is 5 years old. I love it. It's exactly what we were looking for.
It’s awesome. We can take a few pages and do them each day and have something for the whole summer. I would say we are about thirty pages in, with plenty of learning happening around here.
They remind me of Bob Books with their easy to read short words, but they’re an actual story and it’s sort of adorable. My three year old can sit and read these happily, and my kindergarten aged child loves sitting and tracing the words. Some days my first grader will even sit and read it to my three year old (when the three year old feels like sitting — okay so it only happened one time, but hey, that’s worth celebrating!)
I received a copy from the publisher to help my “struggling” reader. His struggle is that he doesn’t feel confident when he tries new words.
We fix that by giving him all the words we can find. I hope this helps you too!
When this book and the corresponding Sight Word book arrived, my kids were all surprised; they all know how to read quite well. I had ordered the books for a nephew, but my kids were soon reading through them, too. The youngest, a third grader, announced: "I wish I had this book!" Everyone quickly agreed. These books are much more engaging and systematic than the Bob Books or other phonic readers we've used. The stories are simple yet interesting. The activities are good for supplementing another reading program. Excited to pass along to my nephew. Keeping this review short because previously posted five star reviews already capture the books so well. All we have to add is that it comes highly recommended by kids. Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers
If you are wanting to teach your child to read, this is a great supplemental activity book. It is broken down into 25 different skill focus groups and included a short story to read with repeated language, writing of the key focus words and a follow up activity to continue to identify the word family presented. The stories are simple and quick, but will require help for really new readers. Readers can use picture clues to help identify words and will enjoy the bright illustrations. I'm not confident that this book in particular followed the typical teaching order for word families and phonics, but it would complement any phonics learning.
This review is based on a copy received by the publisher. Opinions are my own.
I love this type of book, which I have not seen any of this nature before (and I have bought a ton of at-home workbooks for our kids over the years). This is a perfect combination of beginning reading, so all those beginner book boxes you sink money into, combined with action of writing, for those who learn by writing, and other activities to reinforce what was read to grasp phonic skills. I'm working through this book currently with our 6yr old Kindergarten student. He likes it, and that is another huge key to consider. Pictures are in color! The book is interesting, engaging, and it MOVES along! I did receive a free copy from the publisher. I highly recommend it.
**I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review.** I am always a little skeptical of these types of workbooks, especially since we homeschool and they often feel like just more busy work on top of our school work. These have great illustrations, don’t have a lot of repetitive or boring activities and should keep my kid’s attention well! The pictures help with context clues and the writing portions are quick and to the point. I’m excited to use these over the summer to keep up skills!
I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
We've been using the LEARN TO READ: PHONICS STORYBOOK in addition to the LEARN TO READ: SIGHT WORDS STORYBOOK, and I still cannot believe how much my son's reading has improved over the last few weeks. He's always done well with reading comprehension, but struggled to identify words on sight. He started the school year struggling with certain letter sounds, but seems to have finally found his footing when it comes to reading.
This book focus on several different word families, and most of them are simple words that contain a consonant-vowel-consonant sound. This book really helped with his rhyming too! The stories in the LEARN TO READ: PHONICS STORYBOOK are more complex than those in the LEARN TO READ: SIGHT WORDS STORYBOOK, so he really had to think and pay attention. The book with sight words focused on repetition, while the phonics book used multiple words within the same family in each story. It created a lot of variety!
Towards the end of the book, the words get a little more complicated, but hopefully he's prepared when he gets there! He'll definitely have a lot of practice beforehand. We've really enjoyed using these books, and I cannot recommend them enough for beginning or struggling readers.
Learning to read may be one of he most critical skills for a child to succeed. English is not an easy language and every help along the way is beneficial. In Phonics Storybook author Laurin Brainard had developed a tool which will help parents guide their small charges in this important area of development. As she says, "Whether your child is not yet reading or is just beginning to read, this book can help them develop reading skills."
The pictures are bright and entertaining. The stories, although simple because of the words, are not repetitive and will keep the young reader engaged. Along with the basic story Brainard interspersed some activities, words to trace over and a game, which will reinforce what is being taught and hopefully learned. This is great, because it is not just enough to to share the material and hope it sticks. The young reader needs something to keep them motivated and on task. These activities will do just that.
The stories and words get progressively harder as you make your way through the book. This will give your child a challenge to strive for.
During this time when schools are truncated this book is idea to supplement your young reader's education and help them make progress.
Upon request, the publisher, with no preset conditions, sent me a copy of the book to review.