{Blog} Teaching Reading with Bob Books

I mentioned the other day how I’ve been hunting all over the internet, half-crazed, for the best (and cheapest) curriculum for Nicole’s kindergarten year. Nicole is ready for more than just another year of preschool, but I also don’t want to overwhelm her with a full kindergarten load. I’m aiming for a “K4.5″ program, because I like to make my life extra hard.

One thing I ordered already was a set of Mormon Little Books and the lesson plans. I hope to give a full review once I’ve had a chance to start the program, but looking over the materials, I could not be more impressed. The creator of the program stresses that it is not meant to be a full phonics curriculum, but a supplement. I’ve decided to do 10 to 15 minutes of the program about twice a week.

Complete set of MormonLittleBooks

I conundrumed (I just verbed that word, y’all) what to do for the rest of her phonics. She has had great success with a combination of Walk Beside Me and Bob Books. I have loved using Bob Books. The simple style combined with repetition and preschool-humor has been a perfect fit. Nicole is reading the first half of the second set. (We got our combined set from Costco- available in late April and May only!)

Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners

There were a few problems with my relaxed approach to the Bob Books, and phonics in general: I’m ADHD, which means that school is *ahem* a bit sporadic, and usually inconsistent. I’m not so deluded as to think this is a good approach to phonics. It doesn’t help that, bottom line, I don’t know how to teach a kid how to read!

After hemming and hawing about whether or not to buy a full reading program for Nicole’s K4.5 year, I finally decided to stick with the Bob Books for now. I started wondering if anyone online had made a reading program based on the books. And there is!

This amazing blog, called, appropriately enough, Teaching Reading {With Bob Books.} Brandy is a former reading tutor as well as homeschooling parent. She has posted, week by week, lesson plans for each and every book! Here’s a sample lesson plan for Book 1 from Set 1 (Beginning Readers). I’m painstakingly copying (for my own use of course!) her lesson plans so I can print them out. Her approach is simple, well thought out, free, and utilizes an inexpensive resource I already own. Actually I only own the first set from Costco, I’ll be snagging the rest next week! I can’t complain.

I feel like this is a great start for Nicole. We’ll formally start ‘Kindergarten’ after the summer is over, but it’s such a relief to get some of these things taken care of now.

Question: Is there any interest in the curriculum I’m using for a child who is ready for Kindergarten, but can’t yet go to Kindergarten? I’m planning on homeschooling, but let me know if you want ideas on what to do with that precocious 4 year old of yours!

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20 Responses to {Blog} Teaching Reading with Bob Books

  1. Teddie says:

    I’d love to see what you are doing with your 4 year old. My son is in the same boat and I love seeing what everyone else on the internet is doing. Its so helpful! Thanks! I used some of your printables for General Conference and they worked like a charm!

  2. Thyme says:

    I printed off Brandy’s lesson plans and put them into a binder :) I LOVE her blog, it is so helpful!!

    Oh, I will so be looking into the Mormon Little Books!!!

    My Sydney is almost finished with the 3rd set of Bob Books, we took this set VERY slowly.

  3. Stina says:

    Thanks for these resources. I wish there was a Costco here…we only have Sam’s. Bummer! Guess I’ll be looking on Amazon. :) Also, I would LOVE to hear what else you have up your sleeves for your daughter.

    • Thanks! I’ll post more about that soon. Sam’s Club has a great selection of educational resources in April and May too. I don’t remember if I’ve seen the Bob Books there. Hopefully!

  4. Liz Higgs says:

    Can I just say how much I LOVED reading this! My K-grader is learning to read and it’s painstaking! He catches on quick, but like you, I’m a bit ADD and can’t always dedicate myself to sitting down with him for a full day of kindergarten–it’s enough on some days to just get the dishes done. It is such a relief sometimes to read that I’m not the only one! lol! Thanks for brightening my day!

  5. JessK says:

    I taught my five-year-old to read using the book “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.” It’s like $20 on Amazon. I LOVE it. There are 100 15-minutes lessons, and they are completely scripted (ie, you read the words in black, your child’s response is in pink, etc.) So easy and even though we are only 2/3 through the lessons, she is reading huge words already.

    • I’ve heard some people love 100 Lessons, but I’ve also heard a lot of people find them boring… what’s your take?

      • Alicia says:

        We used 100 Easy Lessons with our oldest and didn’t find it boring at all. You have to make it appropriate for you, that’s all. I skipped all the writing assignments because my son was not able to do the fine motor yet. But he was so ready to read. We hit a snag (frustration, tantrums, etc) at about lesson 40 so we took a week off and went back 10 lessons and did them over again. Then we sailed easily to lesson 60 or so and had another snag so we took another break and went back 10 lessons again. We never had any other problems. It took a while to get through it (like almost a year) because I was not super consistent, but my son and I both liked it. He is now five and reads at a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level. Love it!

    • I’m going to have to give it a second look, thank you!

  6. Thanks for the shout-out to Bob Books, and to Brandy at Teaching Reading with Bob Books.

    I loved your comment about ADHD. I, too, am not a deeply consistent person. I always thought Bob Books were less intimidating than those programs that arrive in a giant box with dozens of pieces. Yikes! Starting with one little box of 12 is the right speed for me personally.

    And by the way, I love your title of Slacker Mom – but no home schooler is a slacker! You (and all home schoolers) have my deepest respect for the love, time and commitment you give your kids. I can’t think of anything better, or harder, to do. Congrats.

  7. Karyn Tripp says:

    I loved this post- I have never heard of the Mormon Little books- I just ordered them- so excited about them! Also, the Bob lessons are great!
    Thanks so much!

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  9. Claudean Burke says:

    I love your idea of teaching reading with the bob books. I’m a brand new first grade teacher and was wondering if you had an idea of how I could incorporate this with a whole class? I also used to be a reading tutor and loved the bob books for that. I wish I would’ve had your info when I was a tutor! Whole class instruction is different, yet I want to be able to differentiate too. Any ideas?

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