VINE VOICEon 30 January 2011
Content synopsis and words introduced including variations as follows..
1a Play with us
( Peter, Jane, and, Here, here, is, The, the, dog, likes, like, I, a, shop, in, has, toy, ball, tree ). These words are gradually introduced building up to a full sentence per page of up to 11 words. Bold thick text with upper case 'T' 14 mm tall.
2a We have fun
( Pat, They, they, are, water, fun, Come, come, comes, It, it, says, say, He, he, Look, look, looks, Have, have, A, fish, want, wants, No, no, You, you, some, This, this, for, Can, can, Jump, jump, jumps, ?, into, are, We, we, to, go, Yes, Can, sweet, sweets, toys, home ). Simple short sentence construction building up to 23 words per page. Bold thinner text ' T ' 9 mm tall.
1b Look at this
( trees, shops, Jane's, Peter's ). Simple three word sentence per page building up to two sentences of three or four words per page and single sentences of nine words per page. Bold thick text ' T ' 14 mm tall.
2b Have a go
Reinforces previous words. Three to nine word sentences. Bold thinner text ' T ' 9 mm tall.
1c Read and write
Links with 1a and 1b including the opportunity to start writing practice. A single word may need finishing to complete a sentence. Yes/ No question sentences need answering. All spaces have a small line for each missing letter. Answers at the back. Bold thinner text ' T ' 9 mm.
2c I like to write
Links with 2a and 2b with writing practice. Moving on from 1c yet the same format. Some sentences are missing the last one or two words, a box gives clear one and two word choices. Yes/No question sentences need answering. All spaces have a small line for each missing letter. Answers at the back. Bold thinner text ' T ' 9mm.
Taken from the inside covers..."Key Words with Peter and Jane uses the most frequently met words in the English language - scientifically researched and world renowned Key Words - as a starting point for learning to read successfully and confidently".
"Series a ~ gradually introduces and repeats new words".
"Series b ~ provides further practice of these same words but in a different context and with different illustrations".
"Series c ~ uses familiar words to teach Phonics in a methodical way, enabling children to read increasingly difficult words. It also provides a link to writing".
Hard backed gloss covers, each book has well spaced, bold clear text. Lovely water colour Illustrations with a 'dated' feel adding to their charm; each clearly illustrate the text so aiding understanding. They lend themselves to super observational and comparison discussions with a simpler less cluttered time. Supplied with a sturdy gloss finish box, red cord handle and Velcro fastening.
( There is a set of Key Word Flash Cards available to use with these books ).
A tailor made reading tool we use along side other story books and eventual reading scheme. I see these as an excellent key word and context reinforcement, clearly outlining word placement/meaning. As the text, theme and illustrations don't seem overly 'childish', perhaps an acceptable resource for adults too. My little one really engages with these, superb purchase!