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AlphaTales Box Set: A Set of 26 Irresistible Animal Storybooks That Build Phonemic Awareness & Teach Each letter of the Alphabet Paperback – February 1, 2001
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The stories are great for read-alouds but do not expect a pre-schooler to read these by themselves. They include quite a bit of rich vocabulary that needs to be explained or talked about. I see that as a positive thing! We never run out of things to talk about when reading these stories.
My daughter adores the chants at the end. She stands up on and stomps her feet and claps her hands as I say them.
Each book has a two-page picture that says, "How many things can you find that begin with the letter __?" From a teaching standpoint, those pages are the most significant as far as phonemic awareness goes. They spend the whole books hearing the sound and then at the end get to practice listening for the sound themselves.
To be honest, I haven't even cracked open the teaching guide as I am not currently in a classroom. Flipping through it now it looks like it contains tips on reading the stories to children, a few short activities for letter recognition practice, and a few thoughts on assessment. The majority of the teaching guide contains mini-book versions of each of the stories that can be photocopied and sent home with the kiddos, along with the cheer.
My mom is a Head Start teacher and after seeing these she is investing them for her classroom as well! I highly recommend.
The stories are well written and the kids love the pages at the end where you look for words that start with the letter. I highly recommend this set of