This is the first book in the Kraft & Kraft Interactive Reading Program. It’s the ideal place for a young reader to begin. It’s perfect for preschool, kindergarten, or home schooling. Book 2 is in development!
The husband-and-wife team of Kraft & Kraft has developed reading materials for many educational publishers, including Houghton Mifflin, Amsco, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, Pearson Longman, and New Readers Press.
Every page of this book invites the user to interact with the text. Every page offers a pop-up response to a tap.
Unlike most beginning reading books, this book does not emphasize sight words. Instead, it teaches “sound-symbol correspondences” or “phonics patterns.” Your child doesn’t just learn a handful of words. Your child learns how to read. The instructional technique emphasizes
repeated spelling patterns
repeated sentence patterns
interaction with the text
Words are always presented in sentence context, never in isolation. Pictures supplement the text, but the emphasis is always on words, sentences, and meaning. In other words, the emphasis is on reading.
This book focuses on the “short vowel sound” spelled by the letter a in hat. It introduces 34 “short a” pattern words, 12 essential sight words, and 5 sight words just for fun.
Pattern Words: Al, bad, bag, bat, cab, can, cap, cat, Dad, Dan, fan, gas, ham, has, hat, jam, Jan, man, map, mat, Max, Nan, nap, Pam, pan, Pat, sad, Sal, Sam, sax, tag, tan, van, yak
Essential Sight Words: a, get, he, I, in, is, not, in, she, that, the, this
Fun Words: alligator, baby, banana, parrot, pretzel
In addition, the text and pictures work together to teach a first set of comprehension skills:
using context to distinguish between words
understanding words with two meanings
understanding statements and questions with is