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Now I'm Reading: Let's Play!-Level 4 More Word Skills Paperback – Box set, April 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Three series aimed at beginning readers will gear children up for fall. The Now I'm Reading! series offers two titles by Nora Gaydos, illus. by B.B. Sams, focusing on phonics, each in a brightly colored corrugated binder with a magnetic closure. Animal Antics covers short-vowel sounds for "level one" readers; Amazing Animals highlights long-vowel sounds for "level two" readers. A Parent Guide bound into the left side of the binder offers tips and includes 40 stickers for rewarding successful readers; on the right, 10 numbered 12-page stories fit into transparent sleeves. Each story concludes with a set of questions for "After You Read" plus the skills taught in the tale.

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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


“The greatest success comes from a balance of phonics and literature-based reading. Now I’m Reading!™ successfully combines both to build confident, independent readers." — Carmelita K. Williams, former president, International Reading Association

"Not only do [these] books provide a solid grounding in phonics and sight words, they’re actually fun to read.” — bilingualmonkeys.com

“The best thing about these stories is that the illustrations and stories are funny, without being cutesy. They'll appeal to boys and girls, and they'll also appeal to older kids who are working to learn phonics. They have clear story lines (a beginning, middle and end)so kids read to understand the silly story, not just hear the words.” — greatkidbooks.blogspot.com

“[The] author does a fantastic job of writing a coherent story using a limited selection of words. The stories and pictures are quite entertaining, and the vocabulary progression is excellent.” — blog.montessoriforeveryone.com

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: NIR! Leveled Readers
  • Paperback: 1012 pages
  • Publisher: Innovative Kids (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584760990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584760993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.8 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
For several years the phonics vs. whole language arguments could be heard nearly everywhere---from classrooms to the halls of Congress. Thankfully, we have come to realize that teaching a child to read requires a balanced approach. Yes, phonics should be taught. Yes, children should be exposed to literature. Teachers have known for years that the best reading programs for beginning readers combine both.
With regard to phonics, you will find advocates for one particular approach or another. When I gather with my reading teacher colleagues, however, all agree upon the following: the absolute necessity for early phonemic awareness, the need for the child to be able to decode sequentially, and the importance of engaging text.
When I examine the various reading programs available, I look specifically for these three things. If they are present, I then look at the program as a whole. How is this program different from others available? Specifically, are the books leveled? Do the illustrations enhance the text? Will the books grab and hold the child's attention? Are the books easy to hold and manipulate? Do the stories encourage fluency and comprehension? Is there a parent or teacher guide available?
In reviewing the Now I'm Reading™ program I found all that and more. Six levels comprise the series, from "Pre-Reader" to "Independent."
In this review I will discuss the Level 1 books. Each hardbound holder contains 10 paperback books. The holder itself is cleverly designed. The paperbacks are held inside and in place by a large magnetic flap on the outside and individual plastic holders on the inside. There is a parent/teacher guide in the front. Each book comes with a sticker that the child places on the inside front page when he or she is finsihed reading it.
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Format: Hardcover
These are the best books I have found for learning to read. Level One contains ten short books each emphasizing a short vowel sound. Each book starts with just a word or two and adds another word or two on each successive page. For example, "A cub," "A cub dug," "A cub dug up mud," "A cub dug up mud in the sun," etc. They are wonderful because they are so simple and consistent. My five-year-old loves them because the pictures and text are pretty silly. Ten books are found inside sleeves inside a folder with a magnetic closure. The set also includes a parent guide and forty stickers (four for each book) to be placed inside the covers of each book. At the end of each short book there are comprehension questions and questions asking the child to make up his or her own sentences using three words from the lesson and also to find a rhyming word for three words from the lesson. I love that each book focuses on just one vowel sound and doesn't include words which distract the child from learning just that one sound. It makes it easier to focus and less likely to frustrate. Also available are three other sets in the series. Level 2 is long vowel sounds, 3 focuses on longer words and blends, 4 introduces contractions, compounds, and multi-syllable words. All around just a wonderful introduction to reading--quality text and materials.
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By A Customer on April 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this set of reader books at a book fair when my son was a preschooler, thinking it would motivate him to learnn to read early. It didn't! He was very interested in math and science; however, he refused to try to read on his own. Not wanting to be overly pushy, I put the books away and continued taking him to the library weekly in the hopes that one day he would want to read on his own.
Finally, just a few months ago, my kindergartener son began to show interest in sounding out words so we took another look at the Animal Antics series books. My son now loves them! He is finishing the last book of the series and I will be ordering the level 2 set soon. His confidence level has soared with reading and now he will try to read anything and everything he can get his hands on. I believe this series is successful for the following reasons:
1. Each book consistently follows a certain theme, using a specific short-vowel sound and specific sight words (such as "the" and "and"). These are reinforced throughout each book and I think they build confidence.
2. The illustrations are cute, livey and somewhat goofy, which appeals to kids.
3. The stickers, which you place in each book when you have successfully read it, are a real motivator. My son, who has never responded well to the rewards system, is very determined that he master each book so he can put his stickers in them. He then shows the stickers off proudly as if they were awards.
In summary, I'm not sure whether these books will make your children want to learn to read, but once they are ready, this is an outstanding resource and confidence booster for your child!
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Format: Hardcover
We used this series to teach our boys to read. They have been through all four levels, and it is an excellent system. They loved the fact that it featured animals and each page builds on the prior one. This series helped our boys cross the gap between picture books and reading. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful. The rules we used: they read three of these a night, and they can get one sticker if one of the books they read is new. The stickers may seem silly, but I was surprised how important the sticker was for my boys. It gave them a feeling of accomplishment. Make sure you let them get a sticker after a hard night's work, and stick it on the inside cover of the book they've read!
Also recommended: "We Both Read" series -"The Frog Prince" isbn= 189132702X and any of the beginning math textbooks from Singapore (they speak English there) [...]
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