I am in total agreement!!!
My oldest son would get SO aggravated by the meaningless story lines. And I agree that often these are not the best choice for brand new readers because it is just plain exhausting to sound out every word. That said, our middle son really liked the rhyming and word family sets. They are not what I used to teach him to read, but they are something he has used to get extra phonics practice. Definitely not for every reader! We read books printed from every decade over the last years, but the kids really like the illustrations and stories in the old texts.
I have 3 kids with learning disabilities and have used BOB Books with each of them, since BOB is often one of the few books that uses such limited vocabulary and is very, very short. Since they struggled so mightily with decoding, anyway, a short and simple storyline was fine.
We are soooooo right there with you. After one or two my daughter said no more. We then just found things that worked in the early reader section.
She liked this every so much better. I will have to check out that list of early reader suggestions though as we are about venture on to 2 learning to read. A few years back the school I taught at used Bob books. I remember leafing through them, putting them in a file cabinet drawer and never opening that drawer again.
I agree with much that you said above. I am now a reading teacher for k-2 students. Using pictures to solve words is something that is explicitly taught to young kids.
I greatly recommend reading a-z, it has great books at varying levels and great resources to go with the books. Creating life long learners starts with teaching a love of learning, something Bob books missed in my opinion. They are, by design, stilted and contrived and make reading drudgery. Each child is so different! I used Bob books for my boys, found them too boring and the drawings were annoying to me.. As a retired K teacher I agree completely with you. I have never liked Bob books. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I agree with you that every child is different and my oldest son liked Bob books, my youngest not so much.
As a k-1 teacher, it can be hard to find a variety of on level texts I have thousands of books so it is just one more resource for kids. Although I see your point, I do disagree.
Yes, the storylines make no sense and the illustrations are terrible but I do not use these books for awesome plots and graphics. I have my daughter currently in Pre-K and going to K in August read Bob books a night for the phonics practice. I usually find that after two books, she is done! These books allow my daughter to practice decoding since she is not a fan of flash cards. Abraham and Isaac rode on a donkey. They traveled for three days. The two men stayed with the donkey. Abraham and Isaac walked up the mountain.
Abraham took a knife. Isaac took some wood. Isaac asked where the lamb was for the sacrifice.
Abraham told him not to worry. Abraham tied Isaac and put him on the altar. He held the knife over Isaac. Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son.
And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. And she sent them away, and they departed: And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And Joshua did so. Thus shalt thou do six days. And the men went up and viewed Ai. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
THE BOOK OF JOSHUA
So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day. See, I have commanded you. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim. And all the congregation murmured against the princes.
Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
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And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities. And the land rested from war.
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