Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Ladybird Tuesday - The Farm

This week on Ladybird Tuesday I'm looking at a book from Series 563 - Learning to Read. I recently looked at another book in the series - Going to School - and now it is the turn of The Farm. The Farm was published in 1958, although this copy has a handwritten date on the inside of 1974.

Vintage Ladybird book The Farm

The book might date from some years ago, but I would think that a farm today is probably pretty similar. The book visits each animal in turn, first looking at a home and then at the animal that lives there. The typical farm animals are represented - cows, horses, pigs, ducks. The final pages introduce us to the farmer and all his animals together.

Vintage Ladybird book The Farm

This type of learning to read book is very different to the ones that my son is currently bringing home from school, which at the moment are very much based around the words that can be spelled out phonetically. I think, although I'm not entirely sure, that the Ladybird system concentrates more on frequently used words words rather than those which are easiest to sound out. There is plenty of repetition to help young children become familiar with the words.

Vintage Ladybird book The Farm

I'm joining in with Ladybird Tuesday at Being Mrs C. I've been taking part for a few weeks now, and you can see all my previous Ladybird Tuesday posts here.

4 comments:

  1. Culturebaby seems to really like Ladybird books - old and new. I think it is the size of them and how easy and simple they are to handle. Puppies and Kittens (an old one of mine) was a first favourite...

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    1. They are the perfect size for little ones!

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  2. You're spot on there about Ladybird books being based on frequently used words, or Key Words, hence the Keywords reading scheme. It's an interesting approach based on some research which said that if you looked at how frequently words were used you could find the ones that were most commonly used and if children learnt those words first then they'd be able to read a large proportion of written stuff much more quickly, and therefore feel more satisfied with the reading experience.

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    1. I think that makes a lot of sense, and it also makes the reading a lot more interesting!

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