Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bravo BOB!

Shortly after I began my teaching career, I discovered BOB Books Sets via Scholastic Book Clubs and purchased them to help round out my personal classroom library.
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Students, their parents and I enjoyed the books' detailed illustrations and simple sentences that reinforced sight words and developed phonological awareness.  The stories were interesting, but short enough to not overwhelm students.  The look of surprise when a student read his or her first book with me was quickly followed by lots of "Wow!  I read a book!  I really did it!" or "Did you hear me read those words?  And I pointed to the words too!  I can read!"


I've maintained my collection of BOB Books ever since, adding to my collection each time a new set appears in a book order form.


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Nothing encourages a child to continue to read more than the feeling of pride and self satisfaction she or he feels after making sense of words and sentences.  When the text "fits" the illustrations, children *know* they've GOT IT!


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Mastery of sight words helps students comprehend text and read with fluency.  I'm a fan of the Kindergarten Sight Words pack and the First Grade Sight Words pack since they introduce children to thirty sight words as they read their way through the ten books contained in each set.
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I intended to photograph the kindergarten and first grade BOB Books "in action" in my classroom this week, arranging them on my reading table as my students finished their snacks.  Before I could get the books (and sight word cards, SCORE!) artfully arranged, one of my readers ran over to the table, plopped himself down, and started reading.  Finding the kindergarten set a bit too easy, he dug through the first grade box and read through "Little Bug."
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We then used several of the flash cards as a review of the words he'd read (ate, he, little), though it was a card from another story that made us laugh:
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How would *you* like to win both the Kindergarten AND First Grade Sight Word Sets of BOB Books AND a lunchbox for YOUR little readers?  Each box contains ten books, thirty sight word flash cards and a parent guide.  Helpful tips can also be found on the inside cover of each book!
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Leave a comment ON THIS POST ONLY by Friday, August 27th.  Dear Daughter and I will draw TWO winners' names and notify you via email/winning blog post.  Please make sure I have a valid e-mail address for you.

Participation in this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

Many thanks to Scholastic.com for making this giveaway possible!

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A BOB Books sight word search activity can be found here!





53 comments:

  1. I've never used the Bob books in my classroom. We bought some when my oldest was young (back when I taught 5th grade) because my dad's name is Bob and we thought it was funny. She loved them.

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  2. I love Bob Books...have a set I have had for YEARS...it has been lent out to parents and used by students so much...they are worn out! And the colors have changed since then...and the books look much more colorful!!

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  3. I would love, love, love to have these books. I din't know there were new ones.

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  4. I would love to win a set of Bob Books.

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  5. I HEART Bob Books...as a Kindergarten teacher I use them for those kiddo's that are ready to READ! Oh and that Lunch box is oh so cute!

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  6. These books are AWESOME!! I would love a set. :)

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  7. I would love to own a set of these. Thank you.

    juliecerdas at gmail dot com

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  8. I lov, love love them--so do my kindergartners!! They NEED them!!

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  9. I am moving to K from fifth. These would be a great addition to my class. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Anonymous9:21 PM

    What a great giveaway! I am in my second year teaching and get to loop up with the class I had last year in kindergarten. These books would be great for the kids. I am looking for more readers to reinforce the star words we have learned and will learn!

    hjpaddock at gmail dot com

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  11. I would love to have a set of these books. I've seen them in book orders and was always curious about them.

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  12. My wife would love a set of these books for her class.

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  13. Wow I have never seen these but I would LOVE to use them with my Kindergarten class! Love that pants card! haha!

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  14. I have seen these books for a while but never got around to buying them. They look awesome!!! Gotta LOVE scholastic!!

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  15. melissa11:22 PM

    My girl loves to read these as it is so easy to be successful with just a little knowledge of sounds.

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  16. What a fun give away!

    Please add my name to the drawing as well!

    Thanks for thinking of us and keep up the great work!!
    Heather
    jamesfirst at juno dot com

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  17. Bet my kinders would love these!

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  18. I've never seen BOB Books before, but they look like a perfect thing for my low second graders who already have lost confidence and need to rebuild it!

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  19. This will be my 9th year teaching Kindergarten and I am always looking for resources for young readers. These look perfect for my little kiddos. Love for website!

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  20. I am a paraprofessional in a Kindergarten classroom and would love to add these to our collection!

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  21. I've not seen these before. With another reader in the making, they look like they'd be right up our alley!!

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  22. I have used several of the scholastic books over the years and for the most part they have all been great.

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  23. I have never used these books in my classroom, but am placing a huge emphasis on sight word mastery with my all day K's this year! I would love a set of these to use with my Title I kiddos!

    thecrazykindergartenteacher@gmail.com

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  24. this would be aweasome!

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  25. I'd love to win the sets of bob books for my 4 year old she would love learning to read with them

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  26. I would love to win these Bob books for my classroom!

    Jamielr1987 at aol dot com

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  27. I would love these books. I am moving from 8th grade algebra to a brand new kindergarten room with a very small classroom library. These would be a wonderful addition for my students.

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  28. Anonymous10:21 PM

    I'll have to check these out on the next book order. Thanks for the recommendation!
    MMartinez@everettsd.org

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  29. I would love to win this set! I'm starting out in Kindergarten this year, and I'm thinking that this would be perfect for the transition :) I have used BOB books in Pre-K and had great success! Thank you for all of your inspiration!

    reagankenwell@gmail.com

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  30. I have 1 set of BOB Books I use with my daughter, they are great!
    adarnold76 at gmail dot com

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  31. What a great give away... I wouldn't need them for myself, but my best friend is in her first year of teaching and has an almost non-existent supply of leveled readers, I would love to give them to her as a special treat!!

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  32. I would love to win a set of these books. I will also be on the look out for them through Scholastic.

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  33. Michele4:44 PM

    Would love to have these books to use with both my Kindergarten students and my son who is also going to be in Kindergarten this year.


    msnyder@btboe.org

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  34. I would love to have those BOB books! Going back to K this year and I don't know what happened to my set from the last time I taught K. ???? I hate how things get cannibalized in the move sometimes.

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  35. Thank you for sharing! My Pre-K and K kiddos would love to have these! Hope your year is off to a good start

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  36. I would love these! Being a first year teacher means spending money to get all the wonderful things that I want.

    So this would be great!

    Me, me! Pick me!

    thankrtroops@gmail.com

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  37. I love BOB books! schance@hotmail.com

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  38. These books look great, and I was not familiar with them! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. These books look great! I have been a Kindergarten teacher for 8 years....and these would be a great addition to my classroom library! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. My baby is now four and we would love a set of BOB books!

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  41. me, me...pick me!
    My current BOB books have been taped over, and over, and over....and over.

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  42. I would love to win! By the way, that picture of the fox wearing those little pants is tooooooo funny! Thanks for a giggle on the second day of school!

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  43. Oh my gosh! I would LOVE to win BOB books for my classroom! I have never had them, but have heard all about them and how successful they are. I would love to use these in my Kindergarten classroom. I am at a TITLE 1 school, so we don't have excellent materials like these. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

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  44. I would love to add these books to my classroom. This will be a great tool to add to the room.

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  45. I keep seeing things about the Bob Books and they look really good! I would love to win them!

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  46. I have seen these books in the book orders and have often thought of getting them! I love to read your blog, it has given me inspiration and helped recharge my love of little ones!

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  47. These Bob books look great!
    sleepygrl79 at hotmail dot com

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  48. I would love to win these books also! Can't wait to see them one way or another!

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  49. Just realized I didn't leave my email...its "Nanu57v AT aol.com"

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  50. Maybe I can win these sooner than my school can order them for me? Maybe? carolcobb23 @ gmail.com

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  51. I didn't know that they had updated the collection. Wow, I'd love to get some sticky fingers poring over those pages. Great idea for a give-away!

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  52. I would love to share these with my class!

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  53. Thanks so much for sharing these great books! I'm in the process of getting my teaching credential in the state of CA and your blog is a great resource. I look forward to finding out more details about these books and look forward to using them in my classroom in the future!

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As always, thank you for your comments, tips, suggestions and questions!