- Age Range: 1 - 3 years
- Spiral-bound: 192 pages
- Publisher: Portage & Main Pr; Anniversary edition (August 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1553793218
- ISBN-13: 978-1553793212
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was truly perplexed by the choice of words that were chosen for the 'dictation'. The authors make no attempt to ensure that children learn the patterns of the words that they suggest for their spelling lists (this begs the question how do you expect children to spell words that they don't have the phonics knowledge to attempt?). The idea that spelling consists of writing the initial and final letters of a word is skewed at best. Spelling should reinforce reading and the phonics used in reading should be taught before having children attempt their proper spelling.
There are also the instructional flaws in the book. On pg. 124 the authors' say, "With each of the vowel-r combinations, tell the children to spell the sounds as they hear it: /er/=er, /ar/=ar, /ir/=ir, /or/=or, /ur/=ur. It is clear that a word like 'perch' does not sound like 'e' 'r' (e has two sounds, short e=egg and long e= see). You do not hear the 'e' in the r-controlled vowel. You only hear the 'r', i.e. perch. Another obvious example is 'car'. Do you hear the 'a' in car?
I would strongly suggest against using this book with struggling readers (any reader but especially struggling readers). This will do nothing but confuse them. This book is neither systematic nor sequential and the phonics is so misplaced that I would call it accidental.
Sadly, the authors' whole language approach to phonics is a dismal failure.
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