Explode the Code 1

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ISBN-13: 978-0838814604
ISBN-10: 0838814603
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing (June 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838814603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838814604
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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247 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Carrington on May 8, 2011
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Even though most schools will tell you they teach phonics, most really do not. At best, they begin teaching phonics in first grade after teaching high frequency words with flashcards in kindergarten... which simply teaches young children that the way to read is to memorize what a "word picture" looks like. From everything I've read, getting a kid who has learned to read this way to put in the effort to learn phonics is like pulling teeth so I was determined to teach my daughter proper reading with phonics.

Once my daughter knew her letter sounds (thank you Leap Frog's Letter Factory!), I began showing her how the sounds could be "squashed" together to make words and how those sounds were inside of words. Since this concept requires a developmental leap, it can not be rushed or forced. Slowly she began to understand (she was 3.5 at the time) and one day, the light bulb clicked on. She could pick out the letters in simple words that she heard and read simple C-V-C words like 'cat'. That's when I went looking for the next step.

I checked out several books from the library, including "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", "Phonics Pathways", and "The Reading Lesson". Of those, I liked "Phonics Pathways" the best and bought a copy. I began spending 5 minutes a day, a few days a week, working with my daughter but quickly realized that she HATED the book and it's boring lessons. So, I bought "Explode the Code 1". What a difference!

While the pictures are crude, they were just enough to catch my daughter's interest. Since each lesson has the same format, the same types of activities, she quickly learned what was expected on each type of page - a great comfort to a young child learning to do something new and difficult.
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216 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Wood on February 11, 2005
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I'm a children's reading specialist and author ("Teaching Kids To Read for Dummies"). I've reviewed dozens of workbooks but use only a handful of the best. Nancy Hall's workbooks are among my favorites because they make absolute good sense. I could go into a lot of technical hoopla about the systematic and progressive teaching of "phonemic awareness", but really, this is what it boils down to: Nancy Hall knows her stuff and presents it in an easy to follow, attractive way with plenty of repetition and reinforcement. Great books.
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109 of 127 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2003
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I bought this workbook when my child was about halfway through "How to Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons." We were beginning to stall out and "Explode the Code" has been a good choice for expanding our phonics program. "Explode the Code" contains worksheets that reinforce both reading and writing. The same sound is covered again and again but with different activities so that it doesn't seem repetitious. It's very hands-on and my five year old can work fairly independently on it, once I read him the directions. "Explode the Code" is a nice supplement. I also recommend the "Victory Drill Book" for helping children improve the speed at which they read.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1999
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Both of my children have done this workbook and have found it thoroughly rewarding. There is a lot of repetition and good focus on spelling. Lots of phonics repetition as well. It is certainly one of the best workbooks I have ever seen for beginner readers.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Taylor on October 26, 2004
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...my daughter started with the "pre" books at age 4-5 and now at 6 is up through volume 6 and using the accessory "Beyond the Code" books as well...the drawings, word repetition in various forms, and gradually increasing word and sentence sophistication make these books an excellent resource...I would say they do require parental involvement...and I would recommend working only 10-15 minutes a day early on...but you'll be amazed at the progress you'll see over a year.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mom of 4 on January 6, 2008
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This series is amazing!!!!! My four year old has completed explode the code 1 and is sounding words out, reading and SPELLING!!!!! These books are engaging and she loves them. Where were these books when I was a child? The author has broken down phonics, reading and spelling into a very easy, very user friendly system. I use it and my best friend who also homeschools in using these books with the same results.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on October 27, 2014
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UGH! These books are crap. The illustrations are pathetic. Completely non-dynamic reading based on incredible nonsense. I think it must have been written by a foreigner. The use of the language they teach is improper-for example shows a pic of a girl next to the bonfire to teach you the word heated. Yeah, we all stand next to a fire to get heated. For example in the ETC 5 - The flying pot holder may give the monster a jolt. Seriously? Who talks like that?! She scratched her wild rattlesnake on the neck. WTH!? That's just irresponsible and an all around poor teaching tool!
We do have a fun time mocking these illustrations and poor use of language. It gets us into conversations about the real use of everyday English.
Other irrelevant sentences in this book include-
The rabbit was scolded for stealing the money.
The stalks beside the window were talking and singing.
Gretchen was jolted when she fell from the giant grasshopper.
The gold ring is talking to the child.
Glen sold stacks of cold-cuts while using his walky-talky.
The tall child hung tasty chops in the old peach tree.
The shrimp is scrubbing itself while sitting on the throne.
Please note-all of the sentences are the correct answers to be chosen in this ridiculous book. I think whoever wrote this fried their brains on LSD and are having some flashbacks.
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