Update: MaryAnne from Mama Smiles has won this giveaway! Congrats MaryAnne and thanks everyone who entered and shared their books!
My daughter learned to read in preschool thanks in large part to Bob Books.
I am not saying that all kids are ready to learn to read in preschool (my son isn’t) or that Bob Books are the only way to learn. I am not even saying it was the only tool we used but I am saying Bob Books were THE tool that took my daughter from pre-reader to reader! Bob Books gave her quick success and confidence.
Read on to learn why I recommend them so strongly and for a chance to win Bob Books (Set 1)!
As a child, I struggled with dyslexia and had a difficult time early on in school. Now I love to read but back then it was very hard. Even now when I think about ‘learning to read’ it seems abstract and difficult. I think what I find most difficult are all the rules and how quickly you run into exceptions for those rules. In my experience, in most of the level 1 and pre-1 readers available you will encounter these exceptions. It can also be discouraging how quickly children are expected to progress. I want my kids to have a confident school experience. Therefore I have a strong desire to make the process of learning to read achievable for my kids.
When something is difficult it needs to be broken down into achievable chunks, right?!
Here’s why Bob Books are so great
First they start off simple, short, and easy! The first book uses a very limited group of letters, 2 and 3 letter words (all which can be sounded out), and only a few words per page. Each new book adds a few more letter sounds. Achievable chunks. The books are short (just 12 pages each) therefore not overwhelming and small to fit nicely in little hands! Oh, and they are kind of funny! An aspect not at all lost on my daughter. Spoiler alert! Check out this sample page from book 1…
I really like how the text is hand written so the letters look like how children are taught to write them.
Bob Books were conceived by a reading instructor who had a real hands on understanding of how children learn to read. She initially made these books for her students! To read more about the history of Bob Books check out their website.
Bob Books, for us, was the bridge from recognizing letters and knowing their sounds to ACTUAL reading!
I am giving away Bob Books Set 1 to one lucky reader (US residents only). I will pick the winner at random December 15th at 8 pm. Enter with Rafflecopter for a chance to win Bob Books Set 1!
Good luck and for more on how I got my kids ready to learn to read see Teaching Tools for Reading.
Check out Bob Books (Set 1) at Amazon for lots more customer reviews and purchasing info here.
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Disclosure: The Bob Books (Set 1) I am giving away was provided by Bob Books and Scholastic. All opinions expressed are my own.
This post is linked up at the following…
- Bloggy Moms Giveaways
- Kid Lit Giveaway Linky over at Boys and Literacy
- Oh So Savvy Mom and her Low Entry Giveaway link-up