The McOmber Readers offer a sequential progression of phonetic sounds, blends and sight words for beginning readers, always reviewing what has been learned previously. This deliberate progression not only facilitates learning to read, but to write and spell decodable words. This special curriculum is presented in an appealing format of cumulative stories featuring the same interesting characters.
Each McOmber Reader focuses on specific skills and is based on character development and values.
This series builds a firm foundation for beginning and remedial reading. Because of this focus on basic skills, the series of McOmber Readers is a successful tool for remedial students and a vehicle to teach English as a second language. This program is an easy way for students to learn phonics with meaningful, sequential and connected text.
The 52 full color reading books are beautifully illustrated, humorous and enjoyable. The illustrations spark story interest and enhance the pleasure of reading. The interesting stories describe the adventures of an ethnically diverse group of young friends with their pets and their families. They have been written so that young students using them can relate these storybook friends to their everyday activities and language.
A Preview Page is included in the front of each book which outlines the skills necessary to read the book and how to teach them. The program combines phonics and sight words to cover all aspects of the English language. The text of the books is carefully selected to develop these skills sequentially, using a precisely controlled decodable vocabulary. A Review Page is located at the back of each reader which presents questions designed to build comprehension and confidence. These tools help students discover the joy of reading without stress.
Teaching with the McOmber Readers can begin at the earliest comprehension level and invites parent involvement. Early phonics training enables the student to form accurate spelling patterns and thus eliminates guessing.
Reading is a process involving the discovery of new words by the reader. In the first 25 books of the McOmber Readers, the short vowels (aeiou) are introduced along with vital sight words. Students increase their word skills by beginning with the simplest word patterns in the English language and gradually progress through the skills needed to become a successful, independent reader.
The reading process is heightened by the Writing Activities for McOmber Readers. Each McOmber Reader has a 12 page corresponding Writing Activities Booklet. These activities give the student an introduction to the new sounds, letters and words and give the student writing practice and word meaning that reinforce the matching McOmber Reader.
I was hired by Rachel years as a young college student years ago to teach pre-school children. I knew nothing about teaching reading, and wondered why she would hire me. Turns out that these readers practically work on their own. I taught dozens of kids using this methodology–some as young as 3 or 4–and they all picked up on it. This stuff really works and if you want your child to gain an early love of reading, then you definitely need to check this out.