“I think your books are really great. My granddaughter loves to read them. The stories are cute and funny. The part that the child reads zeros in on the phonic sound they are learning, yet in order to read their part they have to follow along, so they are learning other words at the same time. I would recommend your books highly. Thanks. J.H.”
I'd just like to thank you for the availability of your books, they are exactly what I need to help my 7 yr old grandson this summer and since I'm recently unemployed the free [scholarship] part was GREAT!!!
I was very happy to find your web site. Recently I have been working with my 4 year old grandson using the Kindergarten level Hooked on Phonics program. He has caught on quickly and enjoys reading the simple books included with the set. I was, however, looking for something extra to add some variety to the lessons. Then I found your site and downloaded the first seven books. We have been reading the "a" book this week and he loves it. My 6 year old grandson, who entered kindergarten this past August, joined us in reading it yesterday and he, too, loved it. The two boys had quite a competition to see who would shout out the words in red first. I'm sure they will enjoy the others just as much. The thing I like the most is the way the books illustrate different meanings of the same word.
Thanks a lot. Will write again with an update after we have gone through the other 6 books.
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I just found your site by accident and think it is wonderful. I am working with my granddaughter and feel like these books will be a BIG help. I only wish I had found your site while I was still working with children. It is a great site and I think it is much needed. Thank you!
I think your books are really great. My granddaughter loves to read them. The stories are cute and funny. The part the child reads zeros in on the phonic sound they are learning, yet in order to read their part they have to follow along, so they are learning other words at the same time. I would recommend your books highly. Thanks, J.K.
"I have used the books with my grandson, who is aged 8. He was having problems at school mainly due to being 'put off' doing work in class by other pupils calling him names and 'rubbishing' his work. He is very slightly overweight and the 'name calling' was mainly related to being 'fat'. He lost a lot of self esteem and confidence and was described as a 'non reader' in a recent school report. In fact, the whole report was very disparaging about his abilities in general.
He has always seemed bright enough at home and has lots of interests, although he was not interested in 'homework' and was reluctant to even try to read.
He has been off school for a few weeks, due to an accident at school when another pupil pushed him off a computer chair, so I have been looking for work for him to do at home.
My grandson and I looked at the 'internet' together and he chose to try and download the free 'progressive phonics' books. He has spent the last two weeks going through the books and is using part one of book ten at present.
He has enjoyed using the books and is able to use what he has learned to read other books and reading materials.
I think the main reason why he has been successful is the method of sharing the reading. He enjoyed it especially when I got it wrong and read 'his' words, he was very quick to say 'that's mine' and he thought this was funny. He also thought the text was funny and enjoyed the rhymes.
The books are very simply laid out, so that he only had to concentrate on the text. He liked the illustrations especially the 'spot the difference' pictures, but did not get bogged down in trying to work out the words from the pictures.
He liked the fact that rules were explained clearly. He often said 'my teacher said that, but I didn't know what she meant'. His favourite rule is the 'silent e' when it can reach round and make the short vowel long, or say its name.
After a few weeks he is confident to try reading anything, and does not get upset if he needs help with any particular word. He enjoys reading any type of children's book, whether the story is imaginative or whether it is factual.
Thank you for the chance to try this method and these books,