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Good as a revision aid
on 10 July 2011
This is the first of two Funny Phonics and Silly Spelling books by Letts (distributed under the Lecki label in Scotland) and is a good supplement to the work done in primary school. The thing to remember with these titles is that they are a supplement to, and not a replacement for school work, and could be considered as 'addition homework'.
Each 2-page spread covers one are of Phonics, and rather than focus on rote learning of phonics patterns, they put the subject into context by building the phonetic patterns into everyday usage, for example a section focuses on vowels, and how they appear in words.
The major downside of this book and in fact a great number of books in this series (see my other reviews) is the limited amount of exercises for the child. Each subject has 4-5 exercises of various types and this is enough to give an overview rather than in depth practice, if a child doesn't pick up the topic in a single hit then you will need to find additional information elsewhere.
I have used these with a 7-year old as revision in the basics and they found them fun and useful. I think though, that is the key to these books, they are a revision aid rather than a teaching aid and sometimes other books/resources will be needed to support this book.