Munchkin loves reading. He was confident with CVC words when he started in nursery so his lovely teacher started sending home books from The Oxford Reading Tree to consolidate his love of reading. He has just complete his first term in full time education and he really is enjoying every moment of learning.
In case you are unfamiliar with the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT), the books are based on a family of 5; Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip and Kipper and their adorable dog, Floppy. As the series progresses, their extended family (Gran), friends (Wilf and Wilma), school teacher (Mrs May) and general people in the community are also introduced.
These books have been around for many years and I enjoyed reading these with our eldest, who is getting ready to leave for university. They are gentle humoured and often end up with Dad causing a minor disaster, resulting in great hilarity. But now they are available as an interactive app for iPad, available in single levels, groups of levels (1-3 and 4-6) or as a complete set.
In the first level, Roderick Hunt’s stories are very simple; Alex Brychta’s beautiful illustrations also portray the story and children can pick up clues from the pictures.
But by level 6, the stories are far more well rounded, with lots of details and the illustrations purely to fuel the imagination.
Children are invited to talk about the story – with questions such as “What did Dad do to the paddling pool?” ensuring that children are absorbing and understanding the story rather than just saying the words.
The bonus of the app is that at the end of each story there is a little game that children can complete, with an appropriate difficulty level.
We absolutely LOVED this app and Munchkin has used it almost every night. His reading is something that he has been praised for at school – and I’m sure that this app has definitely contributed.
*DISCLAIMER – we were kindly sent levels 4-6 free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are mine though, as is the genuine love*