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    Bob Books for Beginning Readers - "I read the WHOLE book!" - Early Reader Success

    They start with short vowels and build slowly from there. They come in boxed sets and I've found that some local libraries even have them available to check out.

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    I use these with my 4 year old. We really like it. I also have their apps on my iPad. It's very nice, and I wish they had more books on their app.

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    I love Bob Books! They're fun, and my oldest son really enjoyed reading them. Nice progression that fit well with our phonics lessons. Can't wait to read them with my little guy
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    I have a 5 1/2 year old -- we started off our kindergarten school year with these and she's really resistant. I know most folks love them but at the moment, DD5 isn't a huge fan. I'm using it in conjunction with Reading Eggs and Explode the Code. Going a bit slower paced now and hoping to get her more interested in the next month or so.
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    Yeah, I found the illustrations distractingly bad. The kids didn't love them past that first set, but the first set was very useful for us.

    The Nora Gaydos ones are very similar in their set up and they have better illustrations if anyone wants an alternative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsJadeDragon View Post
    I have a 5 1/2 year old -- we started off our kindergarten school year with these and she's really resistant. I know most folks love them but at the moment, DD5 isn't a huge fan. I'm using it in conjunction with Reading Eggs and Explode the Code. Going a bit slower paced now and hoping to get her more interested in the next month or so.
    Have you seen the new Reading Rainbow app? It might spark her interest?
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    We have been using the Bob Books very successfully with my Kinder-aged son. One thing I have found are the free supplements that people have developed for each book. Some are very extensive and those who are trying to get their kids interested may find these helpful. For us the word search, word mazes, word cards and letters cards for spelling out the words have been successful. But there are also coloring sheets and a variety of word games. Some of the websites that offer (free!) supplemental material for the Bob Books are Teacher Paying Teachers, This Reading Mama - a developmental approach to literacy, 3 Dinosaurs - Welcome, Royal Baloo ?, Walking by the Way, and others by Googling "Book Books printables" which should turn up a variety of sites with free downloads.

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    We used BOB books very successfully. My little guy actually thought they were really funny. We did read through each set twice, and a couple of times he stalled on a book or two, so we went back to an earlier point. I had wondered what to do after BOB, but by then he was reading well, so now I just let him read

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    The only problem i have with these is that they are very easy to memorize and it was difficult for me to recognize that my preschooler was remembering what his sister said and when she turned the pages and had no real understanding of phonics. I had to use something different for him.

    Our Scholastic book lady had some sort of crisis and was late getting the second and third sets to us, but big sis was able to go directly from the first set to easy readers at the library.

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