LilBearsMama Posted November 14, 2012 Share Posted November 14, 2012 (edited) Hello! This is one of my first posts on these boards. I've been lurking around for a while - thanks to everyone who has shared such great info! I've been learning a lot. I have a question about the phonics readers, specifically the books like the Bob books, or the I Can Read phonics sets like with Biscuit the puppy or Batman. Are these books really a good way to teach phonics? My son is 4.5, so yes, I know he's young - but he's also pushing to read. He sits and "reads" to toys or to family and is picking up on some words. We read a LOT - he is on the autistic spectrum, and both my husband (who is also on the spectrum, Aspergers) and I as well as his doctors think it is and will help with his communication. He does have a speech delay - about a year behind there, but making him slow down to hear the sounds has really helped in getting him caught up. Yet he understands just fine - it's just getting the words out. I've looked at Alpha-phonics, Blended phonics, AAR (not in the budget!), Bob books and so on. The I Can Read series caught my eye because it's animals - mittens, Biscuit, and so on. That he'd pay attention to without a problem. I want him to know phonics and while he is young, he's pushing and trying to read himself which I think is leading to bad habits. Like two words that look similar he thinks are the same word and he's just memorizing words instead of understanding. I've even looked at CLE's learning to read program but I think that's a bit advanced yet! He needs something that will keep reviewing and gently build on what he knows (lots of practice). Will these books work together like the reviews on Amazon have said and can they really teach phonics lessons? Would he need anything other than these little books? I just don't want him learning bad habits and making up sounds, which I've caught him doing, because of then having to unlearn those habits but I'm not sure how to go about teaching properly either. Edited November 14, 2012 by LilBearsMama Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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