So, I was super excited when I was offered the chance to review two new sets of Bob books: Sight Words - Kindergarten and Sight Words - First Grade.
Here is an official description of the book sets:
For those of you who have never read Bob Books before, here is a sample two-page spread. The books are small paperbacks with limited color sketches and very simple sentences:
From the #1 bestselling learn-to-read program come two brand-new sets focused on learning and practicing Sight Words.
Sight Words are words that are recognized by sight rather than sounded out, in order to achieve reading fluency. They are the most frequently used words in the English language, and are often unable to be read phonetically (“was”, “are”, and “out” are examples). Bob Books Sight Words feature the top Sight Words in two sets – one for kindergarten and one for first grade – in order to allow parents and children to read, learn, and practice easily and enjoyably.
Each Sight Words box includes 10 original books, 30 flashcards, and a parent guide. Soon your child will be saying “I read the whole book!”®
What we thought of them: To my untrained eye, I didn't notice a huge difference in ability level between the kindergarten and first grade levels. The reading level didn't strike me as overly difficult in either set. For the most part, the Bibliophile read the words on his own without assistance. With that said, he's clearly not an average 2 1/2 year old reader. I would (and often do: see below) recommend any of the Bob Books if your child, regardless of age, is just learning to read or if you'd like to start trying to help them down that path. The short length is good for keeping children's short attention spans engaged; and for the number of books that come in each set, they are a good value.
I feel strongly that the best way to teach a child to read is to teach him to love books, and that to teach him to love books, you should read to him early and often -- board books, picture books, chapter books (if they'll sit still for them), etc. I don't like to give too much credit to any one type of tool, for fear of minimizing this emphasis on simply reading together often. However, if you do this, laying the foundation for a lifetime love of reading, then I think Bob Books can play a wonderful role in teaching a child to read. I credit them with helping the Bibliophile understand the concept of sounding out words and contributing to the realization that he could read an entire book himself. I have recommended them to at least three different parents in the last month, when asked how the Bibliophile first started reading at such a young age (right AFTER I explain to them that we read with him. A LOT.)
Thanks to the generosity of Scholastic, Inc., we have a great give-away for TWO of our readers!
Two winners will receive:
- A Bob Books lunchbox
- Copies of Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten and Bob Books Sight Words: First Grade
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2) Visit www.scholastic.com/bobbooks and leave a comment here telling me something you learned from the site or something you liked about it.
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That is three entries per person. The prize will ship to U.S. addresses only. Deadline is midnight, EST, on August 16, 2010.
This Give-Away is now closed. Congratulations to the winner (Chels), who I will be contacting by email. The winner was chosen using random.org.
Disclosure: We were provided a copy of Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten and Bob Books Sight Words: First Grade in order to write this review. If you buy anything by clicking on the above links, we may earn a small commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.