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    Default Early readers to reinforce Alpha-Phonics for little girls?

    We’re using Alpha-Phonics and it’s going well, but we haven’t found any readers or books that she likes. We’ve used the Alpha-Phonics readers but she doesn’t think those are “real books” so we tried BOB books because everyone seems to love those and she hated those too.
    I would love if they corresponded with Alpha-Phonics but I'm sure that's asking too much.

    Any ideas?

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    Idk the order of your program, but we started with Progressive Phonics - free printables online and Hooked on Phonics. Progressive Phonics you read together; the stories and poems are cute and funny but def for the very young. HoP has readers and comic book type stories with it. Check your library. Also look for Level 1 or Level A books in whatever she is interested in. We found a few stories in the EZ reader section, but non-fiction was more interesting. Those readers will be organized by topic with the rest of the kid non-fiction.

    You could also check out some Rebus readers. There are all kinds, just google "printable rebus books" and you'll find a lot. They're the books that you read together - you read most of the sentence and she reads the pictures. You can find some of these at your library, too. We did a few character ones - I'm remembering a Dora one in particular, but I'm sure there are many others.

    If you haven't yet, try Starfall online. There is a free version. We sprung for the paid because (now) all three of mine play it at their varying levels. Leapfrog on Netflix was great as well as SuperWhy for letter recognition and practice with sounds.
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    Have you tried your library? Our old library had a huge set of early readers and the librarians were great at picking things out

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    Nora Gaydos made quite a few of early readers that (to me) looked better than BOB books.

    Also, just fyi, there are kids who do not go through readers at all because they hate-them/find-them-boring/not-a-real-book etc etc ,and they end up reading just fine. You can just point out words/phrases/sentences to read in whatever you are reading to them and skip the whole early-reader-scene altogether.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    I second the Gaydos books. We just finished the pre-ETC program (Get Ready, Get Set, Go for the Code) and started Explode the Code 1 this week, and we use the beginner Gaydos books alongside it.
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Early readers to reinforce Alpha-Phonics for little girls?