Playful Pals  -     By: Nora Gaydos
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Now I'm Reading! / 2003 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Now I'm Reading!
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 5.82 X 5.62 X 1.36 (inches)
ISBN: 1584762039
ISBN-13: 9781584762034
Ages: 4-8
Series: NIR! Leveled Readers

Publisher's Description

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ WHILE HAVING FUN! Simple, patterned stories and strong picture cues help children build essential skills in Level 1 of this award-winning learn-to-read series.

The Now I'm Reading! books offer a comprehensive approach that integrates the best of phonics and storytelling to help little ones take the first steps toward independent reading success.

In LEVEL 1: PLAYFUL PALS, children learn essential phonics skills while reading humorous stories featuring fun animal heroes. The books focus on short-vowel words, consonant blends, and early sight words. Each story uses three- and four-letter words to keep the text age-appropriate, and is "just right" for building self-confidence along with skill!

Inside the CD binder-like package, you'll find:
· 10 story booklets with colorful illustrations and engaging text
· 40 reward stickers to encourage completion and rereading
· "After You Read" extended activity sections
· A Parent/Teacher Guide to help you figure out the best ways to use these books

Perfect for ages 4 and up! Level 1 NIR readers focus on short-vowel sounds,
simple consonant sounds, and beginning sight words.

The concepts and skill progression in the NIR series are aligned to meet Common Core State Standards. This book is Fountas & Pinnell Leveled with a range of D-F; information on individual booklet levels and Lexile Measures is available at the Now I'm Reading website.

Author Bio

Nora Gaydos is an elementary school teacher in Connecticut and has taught for more than 16 years. Her classroom experience includes teaching kindergarten and first, second, third, and fourth grades. She has a broad understanding of how beginning readers develop, from the earliest stage of pre-reading to becoming independent, self-motivated readers. Nora is the author of the award-winning Now I’m Reading! program, as well as many other books focused on the development of children's literacy. Nora has a degree in elementary education from Miami University in Ohio and has two amazing sons, Luke and Owen, both of whom learned to read with Now I’m Reading!

Editorial Reviews

"The greatest success comes from a balance of phonics and literature-based reading. Now I’m Reading!™ successfully combines both to build confident, independent readers." — Carmelita K. Williams, former president, International Reading Association

"Not only do [these] books provide a solid grounding in phonics and sight words, they’re actually fun to read." — bilingualmonkeys.com

"The best thing about these stories is that the illustrations and stories are funny, without being cutesy. They'll appeal to boys and girls, and they'll also appeal to older kids who are working to learn phonics. They have clear story lines (a beginning, middle and end)so kids read to understand the silly story, not just hear the words." — greatkidbooks.blogspot.com

"[The] author does a fantastic job of writing a coherent story using a limited selection of words. The stories and pictures are quite entertaining, and the vocabulary progression is excellent." — blog.montessoriforeveryone.com

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