Item description for Explode the Code 1 (Explode The Code #1) by Nancy Hall & Rena Price...
Overview For use in the primary and elementary grades, teaches the basic phonics concepts necessary for beginning through intermediate readers. All the workbooks in the Explode the Code series strengthen visual perception by helping students see the differences between various letters and words that are similar. Exercises throughout the lessons present words with letters that students tend to confuse, reverse, or invert.
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Studio: Educators Pub Service
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 11" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Educators Publishing Service
Grade Level Grade School
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
Series Explode The Code
Series Number 1
ISBN 0838814603 ISBN13 9780838814604
Reviews - What do customers think about Explode the Code 1?
teacher/mom Jul 9, 2007
I have used these products with small reading groups and with my own children. I also like the before the code and beyond the code books.
A great reading instruction resource for student and teacher Dec 6, 2006
I purchased and have used Explode the Code books 1-4 to date. I also bought and am using the Teachers Guides as well. I enjoy the Guides as they take me through the process of introducing a skill, by offering short and effective interactive presentations or exercises. These usually take only minutes each, and with only a small amount of creativity can be extended when needed. Such activities include a short review of previous skill(s), a phonemic awareness activity, fluency, comprehension, writing, and a challenge, as well as the introduction of that unit's skill. The feedback from these is just what I need to know if its time to progress or not. The exercises also allow me to teach objectives from several angles despite my limited experience. Additional exercises are also presented to appeal to various learning styles.
My student enjoys the Student pages in the Explode the Code books. Once a student learns to do each type of exercise they can be completed with a great degree of independence. Some times we spend more time on student pages one day and more time with other activities the other just to mix it up a bit.
The ETC 1/2 numbered series offers more practice on the same skills taught in the whole numbered books.
For those on a budget, or who are not ready to commit to purchasing an entire phonics system, as well as others who only need to remediate certain objectives, the fact that these books are sold separately is nice.
While I use these as part of our home schooling day, I feel these books would be well suited for parents who wish to challenge a reader who is not being challenged in early grades at school, or who wishes to help remediate a slow or struggling reader. Explode the code is actually written for use in a class setting but well designed and lends to any student to teacher ratio.
Topnotch Product for Teaching Phonics and Spelling Aug 17, 2006
This product is topnotch for teaching phonics and spelling. Explode the Code Book 1 focuses on the short vowels. For each short vowel there are eight pages of exercises consisting of matching, spelling, writing, and copying. The prerequiste to using this curriculum is to know the consonants which are taught in the primers "Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, Go for the Code." The graphics for Explode the Code are all in black and white with the illustrations having been drawn by children. This would be a good curriculum for those children who are sensitive to color stimuli. Theoretically this is a sound curriculum, however it is not for every child. This was the situation in our homeschool, so we switched to utilizing School Speciality Publishing (formerly McGraw Hill) products which we are very happy with.
Bottom Line ~ It Works! Jun 21, 2005
The progressive phonics introduction, the engaging little drawings, the repetitive tasks, the systematic skill progression, among other educational objectives, all boil down to one fact ~ THIS WORKS! I've tried several other methods to assist my special child in spelling and reading. While these workbooks are marketed more as a supplement to a reading program, nothing has been more influential in my daughter actually GETTING IT! She is always eager to pull out her Explode the Code book first. The publisher of this series also produces the wonderful Wordly Wise 3000 workbooks which are equally successful and well-received by my students.
used by this reading specialist Feb 12, 2005
I'm a children's reading specialist and author ("Teaching Kids To Read for Dummies"). I've reviewed dozens of workbooks but use only a handful of the best. Nancy Hall's workbooks are among my favorites because they make absolute good sense. I could go into a lot of technical hoopla about the systematic and progressive teaching of "phonemic awareness", but really, this is what it boils down to: Nancy Hall knows her stuff and presents it in an easy to follow, attractive way with plenty of repetition and reinforcement. Great books.