I was introduced to some great little phonic readers several years ago, and I haven’t put these great little books away since. All of my kids have surpassed the need, but I keep them around for reading material for my beginning reader clients.
How These Books Entered Our Lives
My eldest daughter’s preschool teacher introduced her to Bob Books. My husband nor I had ever heard of them, but after speaking with her teacher and being told our daughter enjoyed the stories I had to order them. The teacher pulled me to the side one day during pick-up. She wanted to know what reading program we used at home, and I honestly didn’t have an answer for her. We had a bunch of random books we used along with the Dolch sight word list, but nothing particular.
What I Love Most About Bob Books
I love that Bob Books are short and sweet. When kids are beginning to read it can be a long, drawn-out process. I mean, one page can take quite awhile. I recall one evening my daughter read me a book. I fell asleep on her. Yes, a horrible night to say the least in my house. That started the paper, rock, scissors tournaments between my husband and me.
When kids are learning to read, they use the pictures to help figure out the words on the page. I love how Lynn Ketrell and Sue Hendra illustrated these cute little books. They kept it nice and simple. Mat Hid is shown exactly with a boy hiding. Not a lot of extras on the page causing kids to focus on the birds, cats and dogs.
We loved the flashcards included with each set. There’s about 30 flashcards per set. We worked on the sight words that corresponded with that particular book. Each book has a few sight words in the back of each booklet; I just pulled those specific cards, and that was our work for that day.
Bob Books Don’t Include A lot of Words For Beginning Readers
I love how simple the words are for beginning readers. The pages aren’t overwhelming with a lot of words, and each page may have 4-5 words. This is great! It’s not intimidating, and the kids are proud of themselves at the end of each page and the end of each book.
Benefits of Bob Books
The personal benefit I see from using Bob Books as early reading books were the confidence each of my children gained and still has with reading. No, I’m not saying Bob Books alone will make them better readers, but it did help set the foundation for our home.
I am a strong believer that confidence plays a significant role in education. As I stated earlier in this post, I still have these little books around to assist students in their reading adventures. I ♥ Bob Books!
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