Super Seconds

After food shopping today and still with a cascade of good advice from my new friend washing around in my head, we took a trip to Nagoya’s only second-hand foreign book shop. Mondo Books was started to deal with a surplus of inherited second-hand books. They moved from being a shelf to a culture space, and now offer not only a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for adults, but also kids books and quite a few texts for young readers. Today’s find was the first 4 in the Ladybird Key Words C series.

What are key words? They are the most commonly used words in the subject language. The Ladybird Key Word homepage gives a detailed explanation as well as a list of the first 100 key words in English.

“The Key Words with Peter and Jane books are so successful because each of the key words is introduced gradually and repeated frequently. This builds confidence in children when they recognise these key words on sight (also known as the ‘look and say’ method of learning). Examples of key words are: the, one, two, he.”

You can see from my photo that I got the C series which is aimed at phonic reading rather than just sight recognition. I still intend to get those, but will have to go to Amazon where to be honest they are hardly more expensive than those I bought today at 525 yen each.

The key Words series was another suggestion from the new friend I mentioned in the last post. Stay tuned for the next post as I will write about why I’m glad to have made contact with him. It was his suggestion to use these books along with the Jolly Phonics series of the last post. Great stuff, mystery dad!

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