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    Where Do We Go From Here? There’s Life After Bob!

    June 27, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    If you didn’t notice, the Teaching Reading with Bob Books curriculum is done. Over the years, I have taught my way through the Bob Books series again and again. The question is what to do when you reach the end.

    So, are we done?

    Well, no.

    Most children who get through the Bob Books series are still only beginning to flex their reading muscles.

    Where do I go? How do I continue teaching reading? Some children will take off on their own and hardly need a lesson — which is what my oldest child did — but my little girls still need daily, incremental coaching.

    After Bob Books, I move on to the Treadwell Readers. I’ve mentioned this before, and this is where the post-Bob-Books lessons will come from. I know a lot of people like to transition into the more modern Easy Readers. I use those for free reading. But for lessons, I prefer the structure of old-fashioned readers, which are designed to increase in difficulty, introduce all the phonics sounds, and also cultivate a love of good literature. These readers even incorporate poetry, which takes special skill and art to learn to read well.

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  • Reply Brandy Vencel January 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm


    I'm sorry that I missed this comment before! I am so happy that you have been able to launch your child into reading like this! ♥

  • Reply shellatte December 13, 2013 at 2:35 am

    So, it's me again. My son is about to finish the treadwell primer. I did debate following your suggestion, but went with it and you were dead on. We don't do any "teaching" any more. I just either tell him what the sight word is or the rule is, and move on. The other day, he read the word "heard" in a different context without a problem because of one of the stories in that book that repeated it over and over. That was several weeks before and we never reviewed it. I love that your method is not gimicky and it has totally worked well for us.

  • Reply shellatte August 24, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Thank you!

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