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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing (Jun. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838814603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838814604
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By House of the Haricots on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
by elder daughter refused to let me teach her to read, and we had tried all sorts of things to try and make it work. various reading schemes etc, so we were recommended this, and by book 5 she suddenly said, i can read now, and so did. we are now usingthis successfully with our second daughter.
there are a few things to be aware of. this book is american, so they have gas, not petrol and people are 'at bat' and another few idioms to explain. but nothing that either of mine has struggled with
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 1999
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This series of work books provide letter & sound recognition exercises which kids love. This book works with the short vowels.
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An excellent resource that is well presented, clear, and enjoyable for the child.
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Great series, easy to use, solid phonics lessons 9 May 2011
By Kathy Carrington - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though most schools will tell you they teach phonics, most really do not. At best, they begin teaching phonics in first grade after teaching high frequency words with flashcards in kindergarten... which simply teaches young children that the way to read is to memorize what a "word picture" looks like. From everything I've read, getting a kid who has learned to read this way to put in the effort to learn phonics is like pulling teeth so I was determined to teach my daughter proper reading with phonics.

Once my daughter knew her letter sounds (thank you Leap Frog's Letter Factory!), I began showing her how the sounds could be "squashed" together to make words and how those sounds were inside of words. Since this concept requires a developmental leap, it can not be rushed or forced. Slowly she began to understand (she was 3.5 at the time) and one day, the light bulb clicked on. She could pick out the letters in simple words that she heard and read simple C-V-C words like 'cat'. That's when I went looking for the next step.

I checked out several books from the library, including "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", "Phonics Pathways", and "The Reading Lesson". Of those, I liked "Phonics Pathways" the best and bought a copy. I began spending 5 minutes a day, a few days a week, working with my daughter but quickly realized that she HATED the book and it's boring lessons. So, I bought "Explode the Code 1". What a difference!

While the pictures are crude, they were just enough to catch my daughter's interest. Since each lesson has the same format, the same types of activities, she quickly learned what was expected on each type of page - a great comfort to a young child learning to do something new and difficult. We spend no more than 10 minutes 5 days a week but she has made great progress in learning to read; happily trying to add things to my shopping list and trying to sound out words she sees other places.

We also use the Bob Books (Level 1) and the Now I'm Reading books (Level 1, Animal Antics) to reinforce what she is learning and to get her comfortable reading slightly longer stories on her own. Of the two, I prefer the Now I'm Reading stories. Both are very phonics based but the pictures and stories in NIR are much better than in Bob.

Should you use Explode the Code with your child? It depends...
(1) Can your child reliably say each letter? Not the letter name but the basic letter sound like "c" in "cat" and "x" in "box"? If not, start with the Before the Code books or try the Leap Frog DVD "The Letter Factory". Do your child a favor and keep it fun - skip the flashcards.
(2) Can your child blend letters together to read simple C-V-C words like "cat"? Does she understand the concept? If not, play word games to get her hearing those letter sounds, play "spot the letter ___" in stores where each of you try to find things that start with a specific letter. Remember, this stage can not be forced and pushing your child too hard, too soon, may turn her off to reading. It's better to wait several months and try again than it is to try to force your child to be the first one in preschool to learn to read. It's not a race, it's an education.
(3) Once your child knows those letter sounds and understands the concept of sounding out words, you are ready for these books.

Does your child need fine motor skills? Not really. Yes, these books teach writing and many of the pages have the child circling or crossing through choices as well as printing words - but you don't actually have to do that. My daughter's fine motor skills are only now becoming good enough to learn to print but that hasn't stopped her from learning to read. We usually snuggle up together when we use this book and she points to the correct answer instead of marking it. We simply skip the "copy these words" pages or she tells me the letters she would need to write.
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used by this reading specialist 12 Feb. 2005
By Tracey Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a children's reading specialist and author ("Teaching Kids To Read for Dummies"). I've reviewed dozens of workbooks but use only a handful of the best. Nancy Hall's workbooks are among my favorites because they make absolute good sense. I could go into a lot of technical hoopla about the systematic and progressive teaching of "phonemic awareness", but really, this is what it boils down to: Nancy Hall knows her stuff and presents it in an easy to follow, attractive way with plenty of repetition and reinforcement. Great books.
109 of 127 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reinforcement for your phonics program 23 Feb. 2003
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I bought this workbook when my child was about halfway through "How to Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons." We were beginning to stall out and "Explode the Code" has been a good choice for expanding our phonics program. "Explode the Code" contains worksheets that reinforce both reading and writing. The same sound is covered again and again but with different activities so that it doesn't seem repetitious. It's very hands-on and my five year old can work fairly independently on it, once I read him the directions. "Explode the Code" is a nice supplement. I also recommend the "Victory Drill Book" for helping children improve the speed at which they read.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource!! 14 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Both of my children have done this workbook and have found it thoroughly rewarding. There is a lot of repetition and good focus on spelling. Lots of phonics repetition as well. It is certainly one of the best workbooks I have ever seen for beginner readers.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely outstanding series of books... 26 Oct. 2004
By R. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...my daughter started with the "pre" books at age 4-5 and now at 6 is up through volume 6 and using the accessory "Beyond the Code" books as well...the drawings, word repetition in various forms, and gradually increasing word and sentence sophistication make these books an excellent resource...I would say they do require parental involvement...and I would recommend working only 10-15 minutes a day early on...but you'll be amazed at the progress you'll see over a year.
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