Lee and Pat: A Child's Introduction to Reading (Word by Word English Readers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As retired CA credentialed teacher K-6 with 10 yrs as a kindergarten teacher, I love how sequential and step by step this book makes reading giving plenty of practice with previous words taught by adding only 1 word at a time to be read with the previously taught words.
My first grade grandson struggles to read and fussed about it until I got this book & he told me, "I love this book! I never knew reading could be this much fun!"
It's a great tool for students especially 6-8yr olds, who developmentally don't pick up reading quickly even though they've been taught all the sounds and likely their readiness doesn't click in until 2nd-3rd grade. Excellent "structure notes" are available at the end of the book, for parents or teachers - Cynthia Claffey
A great book that does exactly what it says!
The book uses repetitive words and phrases along with great pictures to help jumpstart the learning process. It also turns all this into a story the kids will enjoy. The dog, the kids and their interactions will be fun and funny for the little ones to read. This is the beginning of a whole series of teaching books and if they all follow the patterns of this book, then each will be well worth the read. - AmazonReviewer
Finally a resource that links sight words to actual sentences and book-style stories.
My son is a very smart 6 year old about to enter the 1st grade. However, reading did not come as easy as we thought it would. Prior to kindergarten, he was an avid reader. Following kindergarten he was frustrated with books and reading, and upset he could not pick up any book from his shelf and read it. Kindergarten taught him Fry sight words via flash cards and corresponding books, with levels increasing as books and flash card sets were mastered. However, he and many of his classmates did not seem to make the connection between the flash cards and words in books.
Since reading these Word by Word Level 1 - books 1 and 2, my son is excited about reading again. He sits and reads these books to us on his own with little to no help. He willingly reads to us at bedtime with no fight. We do not need to read it to him first. The repetition of the words in a story setting helps to reinforce what he is learning, while he feels the success of actually reading a book on his own. Also, you are learning the sight words in a book-sentence setting, with one new word per page, and repeat of earlier sight words introduced to reinforce and help with mastery.
He loves the cloud set-up for the text, kind of comic style, and how the number of sentences per page increases as you make your way through to book. He really feels an accomplishment when he reads a page all by himself with lots of text. Thank you for this! We are excited to continue with Books 3 and 4. Very hopeful this will make reading in first grade much easier for him, and help him meet his personal goal of being an independent reader. - Jennifer Gruda,
About the Author
- ASIN : B018ZQQ98C
- Publication date : December 4, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 8319 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 56 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,309 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love the way that the dog, Kim, is worked into the story, adding a new spin to the classic children’s excuse of “the dog ate my homework” (you’ll have to get the book and read it, to find out).
Excellent “structure notes” are available at the end, for parents or teachers.
It’s unusual for the author to also be the illustrator, which makes this book all the more impressive. Your child will undoubtedly be attracted to the friendly and vibrant pictures.
The “Word by Word” Graded Reader series is definitely an educational resource for parents and teachers to be aware of (see my review of ALL ABOUT ANIMALS, another title in this series).
I t also turns all this into a story the kids will enjoy. The dog, the kids and their interactions will be fun and funny for the little ones to read.
This is the beginning of a whole series of teaching books and if they all follow the patterns of this then each will be well worth the read.
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By Ali Julia on January 27, 2018
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Lee and Pat is not phonics and has been excellent. It allows our child to read EVERYTHING and really cements the new words into his memory. We've found reading this most nights, while doing a little bit of phonics in between has really helped our son start reading. There is nothing quite like the feeling of hearing your child read a full page of the book on his own. I've already brought book two and having finished this tonight, we excitedly opened the book and read the first oage straight off.
Hmmmm, where do I start?
Lee and Pat's introduction to Reading, is very reminiscent of the popular 'Peter and Jane' books. The English is good, the structure is explained at the back and pace and style of introducing new words, works. However, I felt like though technically all the elements of a teach young readers book were there, it was a tiny bit flat. The illustrations have a certain charm, but they are simplistic and the text is simplistic too. My instinct is that the book won't fire children's imagination in the same way a beautifully illustrated Peter and Jane or Biff and Chip does.
The problem is, I'm nearly 40 and I write fantasy novels. I'm definitely NOT the target demographic for this book. I DO however know a very discerning little reader who IS, at least 'close' to the target demographic. He's five and he reads Oxford Reading Tree Level 10 books - fluently, he's currently reading Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space he's very interested in physics and chemistry. Lately he's been fascinated reading about space travel. He's not the typical five year old it has to be said, so this book WILL be a couple of years beneath him, but he's the best objective person to give me an opinion on it - so I will. Tonight, I'll show him and I'll amend this review based on his comments.
One thing I DID take issue with, and it may be because I read it on an iPhone 6S, was that the pages didn't fill the Kindle reader app screen. This sometimes made text small and difficult to read and it harmed the visual attractiveness of the book. The page was approximately 50% of the screen size. This is something I've always suspected could be a problem on picture books for ereaders. I wouldn't be surprised if the book looks perfect on certain platforms and is much more enjoyable for it. On an iPhone 6S it looks amateurish and screams indie, but of course it could be that trad-pub books in this genre suffer from the same problem. I don't know, I haven't read any.
I will add to this review once I have my son's opinion on it. Star rating MAY change!
*** Child's Perspective ***
So, I showed my 5 year old boy, he whizzed through it, rattling off every page (Including the 'New Word: X ' bit at the top!) He was definitely smiling when he read it, though I suspect this was partly 'bemused' smiling. However I asked him if he liked it and he said YES! I asked him what he'd give it out of 5 and he said 5! (Though to be fair he was a bit preoccupied playing on a swing at the time.)
Therefore, I've decided to settle on a compromise - 4/5. I really wasn't enamored with this, but it got my 5 year old smiling. He was adamant that he liked it, and really he's more the target audience, though I suspect it's probably for younger, or less able readers. He's actually almost bafflingly good at reading so he's maybe not the best barometer for this sort of book, but still he said he liked it and he was definitely smiling as he read it. You can't argue with that!
I can't comment on the educational structure of this book. I'm not an expert on educational books. However, seeing him read it, I can see the method of slowly introducing words, then repeating and adding new structures probably is quite effective. I can imagine, if you were on a train journey with a 3 year old, you could download these books to your iPad Kindle Reader app and have a productive way of making the journey go quicker.
I did discover holding the phone horizontally made the images bigger and easier to read, so I'd recommend doing the same. They still didn't fill the screen, but they were definitely a better size.
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