G1-3. The 300 words most commonly used by primary school children, arranged in order of difficulty, in lists. Great for building up a sight vocabulary and for spelling – versatile and useful, plenty you can do with these.
"G3-6. There are 4 of these popular workbooks, each with 30 pages (most of the other Ant Books have 20 pages). Each page contains a ‘mix’ of English: reading, comprehension, language, grammar, spelling, punctuation…Levels 1 and 2 (G3 and 4) focus on the teaching of reading; Levels 3 and 4 (G5 and 6) turn the attention to the written output.
G2-7. We have 9 Language workbooks to cover the whole of the primary school. They start with simple sentence-writing in Level 1 and move right up to complex grammar, language and vocabulary extension by Level 6.
G3-7. These 5 workbooks cover all the punctuation a child will need, carefully graded with revision of the work of the year before to start each one. From Book 1 to 5 they will cover capital letters, full stops, exclamation and question marks, colons, semi-colons, the dash, the comma, apostrophe, speech marks.
G1-4. More comprehension exercises – read, write and draw! Three levels. The children think they are merely drawing a pretty picture, but they are forced to read, skim and scan the text constantly, thus practising these techniques.
G4-7. Once your child reaches grade 4, it is time to formally teach spelling. These 4 workbooks attack spelling with a 3-pronged effect: high frequency words; phonics; rules. Must be used in conjunction with the related PHONICS, WORD SKILLS and SPELLING RULES workbooks for a comprehensive programme.
I believe in teaching reading right up to grade 5 – and even beyond, if necessary. There is no ‘cut-off’ age by which a child should be a competent reader; it’s up to the child. Be sure to include reading in your daily English programme until you have covered all the Ant Books Reader Programmes.
I’m often asked how to stimulate creative writing. Here is a wonderful aid I’ve been using for decades: PIPA. That stands for the subjects: Person, Item, Place and Animal. For each subject there are 20 small picture discs, and, for example, your child/ren take one from each subject at random and use those seemingly unrelated pictures to form a story. So she may have picked out a GRANNY, a RING, a VOLCANO and a SPIDER. Now comes the fun part: making a story that involves all four! The results are often hilarious! The point is, because one is not able to make a ‘sensible’ story, the imagination is set free – and really creative thinking can take place. Use them to develop little skits to act out, too. Can be used in the teaching of any language. I have found that with repeated ‘playing’, children become more and more adept at creating and writing good stories.
The set comes in its own container with a guide giving plenty of ideas for usage.