The reading scheme covers the first 400 functional words an English-speaking child learns to say and to understand, together with the first 200 common words. High frequency words and everyday topic words are revisited frequently in text and games in every book.
The child can easily relate their personal experiences to the story lines in the reading scheme. (The Lost Keys book features a topic on which most of us have spent large amounts of our personal time!) It also illustrates the key point of reading: that we read to understand a story, then think about it and finally relate it to something we ourselves know about.
Each illustration closely relates to the text to be read; also, where possible, Bella the cat is used as an additional reinforcement, mirroring the actions of the main character.
It is a natural language reading programme i.e. no “Once upon a time” or fantasy stories, but firmly grounded in reality. To ensure the child receives a complete set of words to communicate in their environment, the words are grouped into categories. Several books are used to deliver the complete vocabulary for each category, slowing building up the child’s communication levels. The purple oval in each book indicates the targeted categories for that book.
|Sample Categories||Sample Words|
|Dressing||zip, buttons, slippers, swimming costume, gloves|
|Home||bed, fridge, tv, kitchen|
|Family and People||mum, dad, granny, babysitter, man, boy, girl|
|Social Words||please, hello, thank you|
|Describing Words||cold, hot, wet, dirty, hungry, sick|
|Event Words||breakfast, dinner, party, lunch|