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Explode the Code 1 Paperback – June 1, 1984

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing (June 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838814603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838814604
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both Mom and daughter love Explode the Code.
Happy Momma
I would highly recommend this book to any parent who wants to help teach their child to read.
Stefanie Ramirez
This is a great series that helps you reinforce reading skills and letter formation.
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179 of 183 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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190 of 199 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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89 of 103 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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30 of 33 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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23 of 26 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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12 of 12 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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vantageshop-com on December 5, 2006
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I purchased and have used Explode the Code books 1-4 to date. I also bought and am using the Teachers Guides as well. I enjoy the Guides as they take me through the process of introducing a skill, by offering short and effective interactive presentations or exercises. These usually take only minutes each, and with only a small amount of creativity can be extended when needed. Such activities include a short review of previous skill(s), a phonemic awareness activity, fluency, comprehension, writing, and a challenge, as well as the introduction of that unit's skill. The feedback from these is just what I need to know if its time to progress or not. The exercises also allow me to teach objectives from several angles despite my limited experience. Additional exercises are also presented to appeal to various learning styles.

My student enjoys the Student pages in the Explode the Code books. Once a student learns to do each type of exercise they can be completed with a great degree of independence. Some times we spend more time on student pages one day and more time with other activities the other just to mix it up a bit.

The ETC 1/2 numbered series offers more practice on the same skills taught in the whole numbered books.

For those on a budget, or who are not ready to commit to purchasing an entire phonics system, as well as others who only need to remediate certain objectives, the fact that these books are sold separately is nice.

While I use these as part of our home schooling day, I feel these books would be well suited for parents who wish to challenge a reader who is not being challenged in early grades at school, or who wishes to help remediate a slow or struggling reader. Explode the code is actually written for use in a class setting but well designed and lends to any student to teacher ratio.
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