Bear Necessities Book A1 + Bear Necessities Book A2
ISBN 9781905174249 + ISBN 9781905174218
Bear Necessities is designed for children who need extra support with the basics of learning to read; children who are learning letter-sound correspondences but are struggling with starting to read.
The books starts by teaching blending in small, easily-mastered steps, beginning with oral blending with simple picture cues. At the same time, flashcards teach children instantaneous recognition of single letter sounds and unambiguous digraphs (e.g., ee, ar, sh).When basic blending skills are securely in place, high-frequency irregular words are gradually introduced in simple sentences with the additional reinforcement of tracing exercises.
Our innovative ‘Bear Markets’, mini-scripts for two or three voices, are very popular with pupils eager to show off their newly-acquired reading skills.
In Book A2 more di- and trigraphs are introduced along with consonant blends and a range of high-frequency irregular words. Cloze exercises encourage pupils to pay attention to meaning and build vocabulary, while timed exercises improve fluency.
Children who need more help with reading when they have completed this book should progress to Dancing Bears B.