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Oxford Reading Tree Scheme - Read at Home
Oxford Reading Tree: Read At Home Set Two - 13 Books
Member Name: poppyash
Oxford Reading Tree: Read At Home Set Two - 13 Books
Advantages: Easy to read and lovely illustrations.
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.
Summary: A lovely set of reading books to encourage early learners.