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My Eldest daughter started School in September and has just started reading books she has always loved story books and enjoys telling a story from the pictures, but having books with real words in has boosted her confidence and she likes nothing better than too read bedtime stories to her little Sister. The books that her school favours are the Chip and Biff series from Oxford Reading tree www.oup.com for anyone not familiar with these books they are a series which are designed to grow with your child starting with books that have only pictures and then increasing the words as the child progresses. Cost We decided to purchase these books for our daughter to encourage her reading and we went for the Box set which we were lucky enough to get via the Book People at a bargain cost of £15.00 for 31 books going all the way to level 5 normally would be £20 for 6 see www.thebookpeople.co.uk. I am really pleased that we got these books as they will enable my Daughter to practise hr reading at home. Why Buy I mentioned that these books come in levels and so are great for encouraging children to begin to read my youngest at three uses the wordless books her favourite is called the haircut although she tells the story all about nit check! Series one is introducing and repeats the same words throughout for example chip went fishing, kipper went fishing, mum went fishing etc. Series one is about introducing the characters and allowing the reader to gain in confidence. Level 2 is aimed at year one pupils however older children in foundation will also be able to read some if not all of these books they are intruding more words and becoming more of a story. All the chip and Biff books have the same characters so no matter what level we look my daughter reads the characters names and any words I am aware she knows. Each series tells you what level they are for by how many words your child knows. Website/ parent support I believe it is very important to help your child and to teach alongside the school the website gives guidance for parents on encouraging their child to read they is also a parents guide available as well which gives assistance with phonics and how to sound out the words. One of the ways I teach my child is with a long word we chop it up to make it smaller then add it together or as she says you cannot eat a whole sausage in one bite you have to cut it up! I am also impressed with the children's section of the website as they have games and colouring pictures as well she had read two books to me the previous evening and so I printed a picture of Floppy for her she was so pleased with this reward! Recommendation Yes I would recommend these books they are an excellent learning tool they encourage the children as they want to know what Biff and Chip are doing so they push themselves without realising it! I have to be honest apart from the first magical time that your child reads to you the rest of the time when she wants to read Biff and Chip I would rather clean the loo! However her Auntie gets very excited as she loves chip and Biff!!
As a reading helper at my daughters primary school I was aware that they follow the Oxford Reading Tree syllabus like many other schools. My daughters reading was staring to come on really well but I was worried that during the school holidays when no books were given to take home, she would forget or lose momentum. I saw this set on the Bookpeople website for £9.99. This is a massive saving on the retail price and so I decided to purchase it. The set contains 12 books levels 1-4. There are 3 books in each level ie 1a,1b,1c The same familiar characters - Biff, Kipper, Chip and Floppy are in each of the stories which helps. The children learn to recognise the names in the book and learn to do the same with other words too. The language used in these books makes it easy for children to start sounding out words and progress to blending the letters. The books repeat the common words so that by the later levels children no longer need to sound out all the words but can now recognise them. The books are colourful with interesting pictures and the type font and size is just right. It starts of large in the lower levels and gradually gets smaller as more words are written on a page. I found my daughter loves being able to pick up a book and read it out loud to herself like her older sister and even when they are on a higher level they still like to read the easier stories. THese books are great as supporting reading to your childs school books and pre-school children with an interest in books can start with level 1.
Age level : 5-8 or beginning to fluent reader. Also good as just read aloud books for younger children. Ilustrations: Very Good. Educational: One of the best sets I have seen for learning to read, certainly the best in this price range. Quality of stories: Excellent, these are really good stories in their own right. Children learn to read in three ways: phonetic or sounding the words out, sight or memorization, and by context or guessing the word by the pictures. At the moment, schools tend to go for one fad or another, but the truth is, some children learn better with one method, others with another, but most with a combination of the three methods. This set focuses mainly on the last two, memorzation of the same words and text that can be easily guessed at from the pictures. I personally prefer to start with a solid base in phonics, but once that is accomplished these books are absolutely wonderful to develop reading ability. We started off just reading them for fun. As an added bonus, they have activities included like looking for a hidden object in each picture, and questions at the end of the story. My son really loved looking for all the hidden items. The books progress slowly, with the first books having only 20 words, plus the character names. A few more words are added with each progressing book, so by the time you reach the end, the child is reading fluently. After having read the stories, I handed my son the easier books last night ( level 1 ) and said I bet you could read this. he was amazed that he could, and has sailed through the first level already ( He has just turned 5). I think these books are perfect for home educators, or anyone who is teaching a child to read at home or trying to improve reading skills, but I would be happy to buy them even if they werent educational, just because they are so much fun.
I recently saw this set of books on offer from the Book People for £9.99 and having two grandchildren aged 2 and 3, who love looking at books I thought they would be a good investment to develop their reading skills. Both children enjoy looking at books and having stories read to them. They particular enjoy picture books where they can discuss what's happening in the illustrations or look for particular hidden objects. When the set of books arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the brightly coloured covers and the front illustrations on each book. The set altogether contains 4 different levels of 3 books in each level + a First Dictionary which contains over 300 words simply and clearly explained with the use of illustrations. The books are mainly aimed at 4+ years, but as far as I am concerned if a child is interested in books and is willing to sit and turn the pages even if it is only to look at the pictures it won't do them any harm in seeing and using basic reading schemes to develop their reading ability at an even younger age. These books involve characters Floppy, Biff, Chip and Kipper and I am impressed that they are carefully graded with built-in progression and vocabulary repetition throughout. The books are also well illustrated and my grandchildren enjoy finding the hidden object, which is different in each book, in each picture:- Level 1 - contains the titles 1a) The Snowman 1b) Picnic Time and 1c) Mum's New Hat "The Snowman" has been a particular favourite with the grandchildren, at this time of year, as we have had plenty of snow and so the grandchildren have related to this story. The book uses simple sentences like "Wilma made a snowman", "It had a red nose" etc. the hidden object on each page is a small robin. As I have a robin that visits regularly it is interesting to see that Ben now recognises a robin and he now knows where each robin is on each page. The amusing illustrations are also very good, as they relate to the text and they help the children read the words. At the end of the story there is an activity for the children to do, in this case it is to find the twin snowmen. "Picnic Time" again uses simple sentences and involves a group of children trying to eat their sandwiches but each time they sit down to eat they are pestered by various animals and have to run away. This time a grasshopper is the hidden object. "Mum's New Hat" is about mums hat that blows away in the wind. I particularly like this book as it uses repetitive sentences like "The wind blew" and "Get that hat" but it leaves it to the reader to see what's happening to the hat which leads to much discussion. The hidden object in this book is a feather. The books at this level are designed for young children who can recognise their own name, match certain words and recognise some letter sounds but I have found them very useful to use as picture books and provide interaction with the grandchildren. They only take a few minutes to read but provide good quality time in looking for the missing object, discussing the pictures as well as picking up some words. Level 2 - contains the titles 2a) Super Dad 2b) The Monster Hunt and 2c) Ouch!. The sentences at this level are slightly longer and the books are aimed at children who can recognise a few words by sight and use pictures to read simple sentences as well as know some letter sounds. "Super Dad" - is a story about Wilma's dad who dresses up as superman and ends up catching a thief. "The Monster Hunt" - features the characters casing a catching a monster. "Ouch!" - involves the dog Floppy having a dream about being in the desert. The grandchildren love looking at the pictures and spotting the hidden objects but these books are too hard for the children to read at the moment but they provide lots of play activities to arouse their imagination especially the Superman story where they take it in turns to be Superman - which involves a lot of running around and hiding behind furniture. Level 3 - contains the titles 3a) Missing 3b) The Raft Race and 3c) Dragon Danger This level is too advanced for my grandchildren as it is designed for children who can recognise 20 - 30 words, read simple sentences and know all the initial letter sounds. "Missing" involves a hamster that escapes from its cage. "The Raft Race" - involves building a raft and racing down the river. "Dragon Danger" - involves the dog Floppy having a dream about dragons. The sentences again are slightly longer than those at level 2 but they are interesting stories with delightful illustrations . Level 4 - contains the titles 4a) Arctic Adventure 4b) Shrinking Powder and 4c) Trapped. "Arctic Adventure" - involves a magic key that transports Wilf and Chip to the Arctic where they have an adventure catching fish and seeing polar bears. "Shrinking Powder"- involves Kipper being shrunk by an apprentice wizard and all sorts of things happen. "Trapped" - involves a visit to a castle where the children find a trapped owl. These are good little stories that don't take long to read but are designed to build up a child's confidence by using letter sounds to make words. Children are able to read the stories without as much support as with the previous levels. All the books come in a handed plastic wallet and support the Reading Tree Scheme which until recently has been used in many primary schools. I am really pleased with this purchase as I think it will be a useful addition to their ever growing library of books. Levels 3 and 4 are too advanced for the children at the moment but I an sure will be used in the future. However Levels 1 and 2 have proved to be a success even though both the children are under 4.
I decided to get my daughter some books to read at home, to help her with her reading as the school holidays where coming up. I didnt want her to fall behind with what she had already learned at school. I had a search through a few websites to see what books they had to help promote reading and i decided to go with the Oxford Read at Home book set, with a zip lock bag. I got mine off Redhouse, for £12.99 with free delivery. Which i found was a real bargin, as this set on other websites had come up at over £40. I knew i had a real bargin when the books came, as they all have the RRP at £3.99 and i got 12 books and 1 dictionary for £12.99. They have all the characters that you see in their school books, Biff, Chip, Kipper, Floppy, Mum, Dad and two new additions for my daughter, Wilma and Wilf. They are great, as they are split up in to different levels, so as your childs reading gets better, the books move up with them too. Level 1: Getting ready to read Level 2: Starting to read Level 3: Becoming a reader Level 4: Building confidence in reading My daughter is still only at Level 1, but she cannot wait to start reading all of the other books. They also have a section at the end of the book where you can ask your children questions about the book, so they can show you that they have understood it all. There is also a little game at the end too, my daughter loves doing this. You also get a clear ziplock bag, to keep all the books together and looking neat. These books are briiliant, as my daughter is always so eager to read them. And her reading is coming on brilliantly.
My son is not a strong reader and it is only in the last month or so that a lot of words have finally clicked into place with him and he has started to read more fluently. The Book People were selling this set of books for £10 through my daughter's pre-school and I jumped at the chance to buy them in order to help my son feel more confident with his reading abilities and to improve the strengths he has finally found and make his reading more acceptable for his age group. Having just turned 7 and in Year 2 at primary school he was behind his peers in a lot of areas so I try to do everything I can to help. The set of books contain four sections of three books. This means there are 12 books altogether and they range from level 1, being the easiest, to level 4 being the hardest. My son can now read all levels but when we started we chose to read the level 1 books to begin. I knew he was capable of reading these but I wanted to give him a confidence boost so that he could go on to read the harder levels feeling good about his abilities. The type of words you get on a page in level 1 are: Wilma made a snowman. This is all there is and of course they have the good quality brightly coloured pictures to go with the text, so even if the child has trouble sounding out a word they can look at the picture to help them realise what the word might be. As I said my son whizzed through levels 1 and 2 and he felt proud of himself that he had read the entire level of books with no prompting at all and I of course heaped on the praise. These books are from the Oxford Reading Tree set which primary schools use to teach their children to read. My son was already familiar with the characters (Biff & Chip etc if anyone recognises those) within the books and this made it easier for him to be interested in the new set. They were familiar people but new stories and this is good for young children to be interested in reading for enjoyment as well as to learn. I think my son has benefited from this set, even if I should have brought it when he was younger, or something similar, but I am still pleased with the results we have had with him being able to read "school" books at home and enjoy them. My daughter is starting school in September and I am going to concentrate on helping her start to read her first words before she goes and maybe she will be better adaptable to reading in school then. These books are a great set for any parent to help their children be confident readers and I intend to get my money's worth from them.
Read at Home is a fun, innovative reading scheme designed for beginners. Starring Floppy, Biff, Chip and all the popular Oxford Reading Tree characters, this exciting series has been specially written to help parents support their children's reading at home. Carefully graded across 4 levels, with built-in progression and vocabulary repetition throughout, the books are all satisfying stories in their own right and feature activities and puzzles that further extend reading skills. This essential reading scheme features 12 brand new titles and also boasts a Read at Home First Dictionary that features over 300 words and definitions that children will encounter as they set out on their reading journey. Set titles and authors : The Snowman by Cynthia Rider & Alex Brychta Picnic Time by Cynthia Rider & Alex Brychta Mum's New Hat by Roderick Hunt, Cynthia Rider & Alex Brychta The Monster Hunt by C. Rider, Kate Ruttle, A. Young & A. Brychta Ouch! by R. Hunt, K. Ruttle, Annemarie Young & A. Brychta Super Dad by R. Hunt, K. Ruttle, A. Young & A. Brychta Missing! by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta The Raft Race by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta Dragon Danger by Cynthia Rider & Alex Brychta Trapped! by Cynthia Rider, Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta Shrinking Powder by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta Arctic Adventure by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta First Dictionary