Saturday, October 17, 2009
Scooby-Doo Phonics Box Set - Frances Ann Ladd
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
My rating: 4/5
Synopsis: "Based on the best research on how children develop reading skills, these twelve books introduce a carefully selected progression of letter sounds-starting with the easiest and most common. Each book helps build a young reader's confidence with repeated examples of the letter sounds being focused on, as well as "words to learn" and "words to sound out."
I was well satisfied with the teaching element of this 12 book set. Each booklet had a brief set of "new" words and sounds you should look for in the story before you began reading and this was really helpful with my 5 year old who has a slight speech problem. We would say the words together several times and then begin our story and that made her more familiar with them and when we came upon them in the story we would stop and place emphasis thus making her feel even more comfortable using words she may not have before.
The pages are full of beautiful color pictures and the words are in large sized print which allowed for only having one to two sentences on each page making it easier to hold her attention. I was overjoyed when she took a book from my hand and attempted to read the story aloud all on her own!
The biggest dissappointment to us overall had nothing to do with the learning ability of the phonics books as the omittance of the rest of the Scooby Doo Gang.