Dan the Ant (Reader's Clubhouse Level 1 Reader)

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This is volume one, Reading Level 1, in a comprehensive program (Reading Levels 1 and 2) for beginning readers. Two nine-book sets teach reading to children from preschool to grades K and 1, emphasizing phonics while also presenting a lively and engaging collection of facts and stories to make kids reading experiences enjoyable. Each title emphasizes one phonics family, the first five books in each set focusing on one vowel sound, and the remaining four books combining some vowel sounds or reviewing them all. Short vowel families are covered in Level 1 readers and long vowel families in the Level 2 books. Fiction titles feature attractive illustrations and have story themes ranging from funny to serious. Each fiction title also suggests a brief activity that allows kids to interact with the books subject matter. Nonfiction titles are photo illustrated, and include Fun Facts to enrich childrens reading experiences. The nonfiction books contain the basic elements of a nonfiction book, including glossary and index. They also suggest web sites appropriate to kids interests where more information about each books subject is offered. Both fiction and nonfiction titles contain word lists that group each books words into decodable wordsthose containing the books main vowel sound, which the book is either teaching or reviewing. Word lists also include high-frequency words and challenging words included in the main text. All books present a letter to parents and teachers explaining the fundamental concepts underlying both the series and the specific title. Level 1 readers are designed for classroom or home schooling use in preschool and kindergarten, and Level 2 readers for kindergarten and grade 1. Dan the Ant is a story that covers the short a sound.

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Readers
Clubhouse
LEVEL 1
READING SUCCESS IN EASY STEPS


Learn the sound: read the word. Educators and parents know that a phonics-based approach to reading works. Each Barrons Readers Clubhouse book emphasizes one vowel sound or combination to build young readers skills and confidence.

Two nine-book sets help kids progress from easier to more advanced reading

LEVEL 1

5 books cover a single short-vowel sound
4 more books put all the sounds together

LEVEL 2
5 books cover a single long-vowel sound
4 more books put all the sounds together

Fun fiction titles feature lively illustrations and a brief activity that relates to the story

High-interest nonfiction titles are illustrated with photos, and include plenty of fun facts

Kids, Parents, and Teachers
Go to www.barronsclubhouse.com for puzzles, activities, reading tips, games, classroom ideas, and information on joining Barrons Readers Clubhouse.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 1–These books attempt to give beginning readers easy text and simple story lines to practice their phonics and reading skills. In that respect, they are successful. However, the stories are pretty predictable and boring. Any child familiar with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel, 1981) will find Schmauss's book totally uninteresting. There are better pieces of literature on ants, as well. Each title includes a diagram of the featured insect with parts clearly indicated; a Fun Facts page, which has a higher reading level than the actual story; and a craft that can be found in many children's cookbooks and/or nature-related activity books. This is the type of book that kids consider school reading but not real reading. If teachers are looking for some practice texts, they might suffice, but they are not suitable for library collections.–Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI
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