Kids learn best when the material is something they are interested in. Period. And young children everywhere are loving everything Baby Shark! You can’t hum it or show a picture of a shark to a little one without their “Doo Doo Doo” shortly following! So knowing that kids learn best when they are interested in something, curriculum author Donna Reish has teamed up with illustrator Bren Marie to design three of the most darling readers you will find! But they are not only darling—they are purposeful and effective.
The approach used to create these readers is a win-win for your emerging readers: 1. The books are vocabulary-controlled. This means that they contain a set number of unique words per book (fewer for the pre-school level and more for the first grade level). 2. Because the books are vocabulary-controlled, the words are repeated throughout the book. This repetition brings familiarity with the words, and this approach will have even your non-reader recognizing words quickly. 3. The books contain a beginning reader approach known as rebus. A rebus is an image above a word that shows what that word is (Baby Shark above the words Baby Shark, for instance). This approach gets your reader reading immediately with the Baby Shark readers. The rebus icons are lessened throughout the series as your student’s reading skills increase. 4. These vocabulary-controlled books contain mostly words from primer, kindergarten, and first grade traditional sight word lists (Dolch and Fry). This means that the words your student will encounter in the Sharky reading series will be the same words he is learning at school. Finally, Sharky has a parent/teacher book that helps the adults in your child’s life learn how to help him gain the reading skills needed to succeed in school. This extensive guide will help you know how to help your child build language skills naturally, learn letters and sounds more easily, sound out words with less frustration, build comprehension for strong school skills later, and much more. Oh, and purchasers of a Baby Shark reader will get a free Baby Shark activity/ coloring book with many of the same words and the same pictures and characters from the books!
Preschool – Baby Shark Swims, the pre-school reader, is absolutely darling—and can be read by even your nonreading preschooler and kindergartener thanks to the extensive rebus images above the words! It is colorful and inviting and only contains twenty unique words (used repeatedly in the story since repetition is crucial in learning sight words). It contains under 100 total words and introduces Baby, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, and Grandpa in a colorful, watery world.
Kindergarten – Baby Shark Plays, the kindergarten reader, picks up where Baby Shark Swims left off. This reader contains thirty-three unique words with rebus images above each word the first time that word is used. It contains 110 total words with a little more detailed story line for your emerging reader. It contains the same darling characters from the pre-school reader and adds some of Baby Shark’s friends in the colorful world under the sea!
First Grade – Baby Shark Sings, the first grade reader, has Baby Shark planning a surprise for Mommy Shark while she plans a surprise for him! This reader contains forty-four unique words with rebus images above the non-primer words the first time each one is used. It contains 150 total words with a story kids will love. And, of course, it ends with a song—and the whole Baby Shark family!
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