Your books have turned my child into a reader! Thank you so much for the step-by-step, gradually more difficult system. You’ve helped me help her learn to read and my daughter loves how many of the stories are about animals. We started with set 6 only 1 month ago and are almost all the way through. She never wanted to read before so thank you thank you. My only complaint is, there aren’t any more! I am sure other parents would love to buy more of your stories if you are thinking of creating more. Thanks!
WOW! What an awesome resource. I’m a private reading specialist (so I don’t have resources unless I purchase them myself or make them myself.) I’ve purchased much more expensive similar resources in the past. However they all contain just one passage for each skill. Of course children need much more practice than that! I was at the point of beginning to write additional passages myself, but I just don’t really have the time. Until I stumbled onto your resources. So much reading practice. I LOVE it. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!
My son is an ESL student who only started reading in English about 6 months ago. He does not like reading or writing in general and would not do it without some form of bribing.
In March of his K he read his first English words – he refused to utter a sound in English before. During the spring he was working through the texts in his textbook and by the end of the year he finished them. They were phonics stories with short sounds. It was hard for him, he did not enjoy it one bit but I considered it all a success given where he started.
The school year was almost over and I wanted to find new books for him to read over the summer. I tried several other options before I found the Reading Elephant, and none of the others had this systematic, gradual introduction of new rules.
So I got all the sets of Reading Elephant, and my son was reading two pages (or one page when the fluency stories began) a day since. Now he is working on Set 15. He did not do any other phonics activities, mainly because he does not enjoy them, and still he is doing fine at his Grade 1 level now.
The only other thing he was doing for his English reading was using Anki spaced repetition software for his sight words, and it also helped him tremendously with irregular and frequent words. Just one new word a day made him proficient with all the Kindergarten and Grade 1 word lists in 6 months time of daily study. Now he amazes his teacher because he still does not speak English but he reads.