Bear Necessities Book A1

(3 customer reviews)


ISBN 9781905174249

Bear Necessities is designed for children who need extra support with the basics of learning to read; children who are not learning letter-sound correspondences and blending in whole-class teaching.

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Bear Necessities Book A1

ISBN 9781905174249

Bear Necessities is designed for children who need extra support with the basics of learning to read; children who are not learning letter-sound correspondences and blending in whole-class teaching.

The books starts by teaching blending in small, easily-mastered steps, beginning with oral blending with simple picture cues. At the same time, the basic flashcards—which are used at the start and end of each session—teach children instantaneous recognition of single letter sounds and unambiguous digraphs (e.g., ee, ar, sh). The oral blending skills are gradually combined with letter recognition and transferred to print. The transition is gentle enough to ensure that the pupil rarely makes a mistake. Within a few weeks, children are beginning to read simple three-letter words.

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!

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3 reviews for Bear Necessities Book A1

  1. Ruth Walker

    My daughter was diagnosed with Autism and Learning Difficulties and along with her older sister we had home educated her. She really struggled with reading and we tried all the major programmes, Jolly Phonics, Letterland etc. She knew all her letter sounds, but couldn’t ‘hear’ blends. We would sound out a blend and she would guess, not able to hear the sounds. By the time she was nine she could read the first three Jane and Peter ladybird books, but we quickly realised she was memorising the pages, if we took the same words and changed the font, she was no longer able to read them. In despair we spoke to her Psychologist who put us in touch with an Educational Psychologist, long story short, she was diagnosed with Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders. She can see and hear perfectly, but her brain doesn’t process it the same way.
    I researched as much as I could and in my trawls through the internet I found this site. By this time she was nearly ten and still no closer to be able to read. I ordered the Bear Necessities A1 without much hope of success. I was blown away. Within in weeks of starting it, using the flashcards, she was able to blend. Because of the cursor, it was also teaching her to read in the correct direction. She would read backwards so mug would become gum. The joining of the blends and the use of the cursor was the key. Because the pages are black and white with nothing to distract (we cover up pictures with paper) she finds it easier to cope with. The text started big and grew smaller slowly, also making it easier for her to adapt.
    Not only is she now able to sound words out, she can spell them. In the space of six months, she went from only spelling her name, to being able to write and read words like Dark, Shark, Park.
    She is not a fluent reader, but any means, which is why we are moving through the books in order. I have just ordered A2. But now, I can see a future for her where she will be able to independently read and it’s all thanks to this amazing reading system.
    I am so grateful I found this website and your wonderful books and I recommend them every chance I get. Thank you so much.

  2. Sheliza Merchant

    Bear Necessities has been an invaluable resource in accelerating my child’s reading journey, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The structured and systematic approach has played a pivotal role in building a strong foundation for my child’s reading skills. The carefully designed lessons and the focus on phonics and word recognition have contributed significantly to my child’s ability to decode words with confidence. Furthermore, the use of the cursor, the constant reinforcement of previously learned sounds, and the use of scientifically proven learning strategies has helped cement the learning. Although some words and terminology are not commonly used in Canada and may not be easily understood, rather than being a hindrance, this has provoked conversations (and often incorporation into daily life!) At its best, Bear Necessities incorporates creative sentences and stories that continue to keep my child engaged in wanting to learn and progress in his learning. Bear Necessities has been a great investment in my child’s education and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any parent seeking to improve their child’s reading skills.
    S. M.
    Cumberland, Ontario

  3. Judith B

    My Grandson was really struggling to blend letters into words, but I used Bear Necessities and he came on tremendously. I have now moved on to Bear Necessities A2 and have ordered Apples & Pears A to help with his writing and spelling.

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