At a glance….
Grade Level: preschool thru early elementary
Use as: first reader books
Parent instruction: high
Prep time: low
Cost: Sets can be purchased for $11.55
Introducing a child to the written word can be a daunting task. One of the questions I get the most from moms with preschoolers is “how do you teach a child to read?” I always recommend the Bob Book Sets. Bob Book Sets contain twelve small paperback books with about five pages. Each page slowly builds up on the number of words on each page. Each word is based on only a few letters and one or two short vowel sounds in the first set. This process allows the child to process the phonics behind the letters and then easily form the sounds into words. The consistency and repetition are the key elements to making this an effective and successful first reader book set. Words are slowly added in to each sentence and that word is consistent with the sounds previously taught, so your child can sound out new words with ease. Bob Books are definitely a confidence builder. While the books are not colorful and only have advanced stick drawings as illustrations, the child is completely engaged. I find the black and white pages with stick figures actually quite nice, as it focuses the child more on the words.
My Bob Books are going around for the third time with my third child. My four year old loves these books and wants to show off her new reading skills to everyone. She is so proud that she can now read two books on her own. This no doubt will encourage a love for reading throughout her life.
Bob Books can be found at your local bookstores and on Amazon.com. For more information, purchasing guide please visit the Bob Book website at www.bobbooks.com.
Written by Richele, classical and Charlotte Mason inspired, homeschooling mom, to four reflections of God’s love. She blogs at www.underthegoldenappletree.blogspot.com.