It was January 2020, and my husband started a new job that required us to move not just to a new city but a new state. How exciting right? Then the pandemic hits. Here I am, a stay-at-home mother of two kids, with one I just pulled out of school. How was I going to keep them busy and keep them learning? Luckily, I found the Bob Books® and VersaTiles® Kits. My four-year-old daughter was just beginning to read and write at school. I didn’t want her falling behind, and I wanted a fun way to keep her engaged in reading. Even if you have kids in school or doing virtual learning, the Learn To Read With Bob Books and VersaTiles Kit is a great addition to have.
Bob Books are published by Scholastic Books for Early Readers. They come in a set of 12 and the books are numbered. We typically spend about a week learning to read each book before moving on to the next book. Each book builds on the other.
So, what are VersaTiles? You may be like me and haven’t worked with VersaTiles before. I was so excited when I was introduced to VersaTiles. They are a great addition to use with workbooks because the tiles make learning fun in a puzzle-like way! Children can practice the skills they are learning by using the Answer Case to complete the activities in their VersaTiles workbook. The kit is made for independent work, so now my daughter will grab it and work on her own.
To use the VersaTiles, first open the case and lay it on a workbook page. Place the number tiles in order at the top of the case. Pick up tile #1 and answer the question by placing the tile on the matching answer box in the bottom of the case. Pick up the other tiles in order and repeat the steps. You can easily check your answers by closing the Answer Case and flipping it over to see if the pattern matches the one at the bottom of the page. One of my daughter’s favorite parts is checking her answers at the end of each activity to see if she matched the pattern. If the pattern is incorrect, your child finds the tiles that are incorrect and tries to answer those questions again.
The VersaTiles workbook is a great addition to help with reading the set of 12 Bob Books. This type of skills practice is what helps children comprehend what they are learning and gives them confidence in their reading abilities. Most kids are visual learners, and I like how there are lots of pictures included to match the words and letters.
With the Beginning Readers workbook children explore a variety of skills from matching uppercase and lowercase letters to learning vowels. They also learn to match and identify initial consonant sounds.
Additionally, it helped my daughter:
Identify letter sequence
Learn and match short vowel sounds
Match and recognize rhyming words (which helps them to read along with the Bob Books)
My daughter not only loves the books, but she also enjoys the workbook, which doesn’t feel like work to her. It’s so rewarding when she reads the books to her younger brother or even to me at bedtime. I’m looking forward to sharing this activity when my youngest turns 3!
Hi, I'm Candace from sunny California and a recent transplant from Texas. I have 2 children, a 4 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son. I became a homemaker after having my daughter and I enjoy every moment watching them thrive. I am always looking for new ways to engage and help my little ones learn.