I bought this set for my daughter after she showed a sincere desire of her own to read. WE started teaching her letter sounds using another book "The Ready to Read, Ready To Count Handbook", after she learned her first vowel "a" we started on the BOB books. She was so thrilled to be able to read a book herself. We call these books are special, Emma reads to mommmy books because she reads them to me not vice versa. She is so proud of herself and it encourages her to keep going and try hard. I think without seeing the pregress that she can read words and books she probably would have gotten bored with learning to read and quit a long time ago.
The books are very simple graphics and very simple words only using a couple new letters each time, book 1 starts with only knowing 4 letter sounds (a, s, m and t) and using very simple sentences and words, such as Sam, sat, Mat and 1 "sight" word (on). The book is very repetitive which gives them the chance to recognize the words too and pick up on them quicker as they start to sound them out toward the end of the book. Each subsequent book adds on a couple letters, so the books really need to be used in sequence however they come in sets so that is really no problem in my opinion. The books however don't really have a topic or story to them so wouldn't be much reading if you were to read the book. It really is the self accomplishment that makes these books so special.
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