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What is an interesting book series to start teaching ds to read with?

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tiredandgrumpy · 16/02/2008 20:27

He's really ready and doing jolly phonics at nursery. Can anyone recommend a good learn to read series which we can work through together?

Primary school teachers - what do most schools use?

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LIZS · 17/02/2008 10:15

There are JP readers

Hulababy · 17/02/2008 10:17

Oxford Reading Tree seems popular in schools.

There are Jolly Phonics learn to read books too.

tiredandgrumpy · 17/02/2008 23:15

Thanks - will look out for these 2. The only readers I have seen so far seem so dull that I'm not sure he'd be persuaded to give reading a try. Maybe I'm underestimating him.

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DrNortherner · 17/02/2008 23:19

They are all dull at the beginning aren't they?

Try Jelly and Bean - lots of people rave about them and my ds has come on leaps and bounds.

NickiSue · 17/02/2008 23:23

Have a look at the Usborne 1st Readers on tehir main site - they are fantastic and therange goes up with ability.

Ags · 17/02/2008 23:29

On a previous thread about early reading books a primary school teacher said that the Oxford Reading Tree books should be avoided as most primary schools use them. This would be to ensure the child did not become too familiar with them thereby avoiding boredom and also to be able to accurately gauge their progress.

Hulababy · 18/02/2008 08:26

TBH I would suggest getting a few books from different schemes, and a few at each level. I have noticed that if usig just one scheme the vocab can be a bit limited, so if a child then tries to read the same level book, or lower, of a different scheme they can struggle.

DD's school using a whole range of schemes and other books, and the children d lots f books across the schemes at each level, and I have to say their vocab and level of rading seems somewhat higher than friend's children who only use one reading scheme - even though those friends might apear to be on a higher level.

Also something that is also important with early reading - check comprehension of the stories durig and after reading. Particularly with very early readers (children learning to read way before school age for example) - although their reading leevl may be good it has been found that their level of comprehension is lagging behind. They have the technical knowledge to decode words, but not always to take in what they are reading. So always talk about the story and what they are reading/seeing in the pictures. That is why the first ORT (and on other schemes) often have no words, just pictures.

tiredandgrumpy · 18/02/2008 20:21

Great advice! I'd wondered about primary schools as I don't want to make his start there boring because he's already read the same books.

hulababy - great advice re comprehension, too. I think a discussion will make the subject matter a little more interesting, too.

I've been looking forward to teaching ds to read ever since he was a baby, but have held back until he showed an interest. I can't wait to get cracking on some of these you recommend!

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fatzak · 18/02/2008 20:31

DS is using ORT at school so I've been using
the bottom one on this page He's enjoying them and they aren't quite as mind numbing as I am top cat. Am I top cat? I am top cat Aaah!!

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