Originally posted to Chez VH, January 20, 2011
I can't believe that we're in the process of retiring our Bob Books! For those who aren't familiar with them, they are very simple phonics readers that slowly add new word families, one spelling rule at a time, with each book. There are five sets with about 10 little books in each set. The size is just right to help keep the motivation moving. We've used them with all the kids and they've been a wonderful and quite essential part of our learning-to-read process with all of the kids. The thing is, once you read them once, you're pretty much done and move onto other things.
We first got these (only 3 sets as 2 sets were published after that) when Ria was four years old. The two additional sets came out just in time for Gus to use them and it was very helpful for him to have the extra practice. Frank is now, quite suddenly (we're on a roll!) half-way through the fourth out of the five sets and moving fast (at a rate of 2 or 3 books a day). We are very proud, but slightly stunned at the momentous occasion that is fast approaching. We give away a lot of our stuff when we're done with it, but I'm thinking these will go in the attic for now to be saved for other family members that might want to use them in the future. Thanks Bob! ;)