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Recently Abdurahman reached a very significant milestone; he completed the last book in the series he has been reading for the past few months. The treetops collection from oxford university press consists of twenty books from varying authors and are of three levels; stage 12, 13, and 14. This translates to an 8-10 year old reading level. When we received the books he was reading at a stage 5. So how did we go from 5 to 14 in a few months?
As with everything we do, we try to emphasize that consistency is such a pivotal factor in a child’s progress in every aspect. For this reason reading is a part of our daily schedule for them. On average we may skip one day a week in reading, but even when we do at the bare minimum we make sure we read to them a bedtime story.
I try to set small consistent goals for them. When Abdurahman first started reading; he was reading a few sentences per day. Gradually I increased the quantity he read while at the same time increasing the level. I try not to keep him on any one level for too long. Once I feel he is able to read books of a certain level without too much difficulty, I move him on to the next level. I think he enjoys the challenge as it allows for him to push his abilities and expand his mind, particularly with regards to vocabulary. For example today was the first time my son came across the term hypothermia.
Whenever Abdurahman completes a book, I make mention of it to my husband in Abdurahman’s presence which helps increase his confidence and allows him to feel proud. In fact even his younger brother joins in too by clapping and cheering. It is important we recognize and celebrate our childrens achievements and successes as a family.
The stories are exciting, comical and moving and were entertaining enough to keep him amused for a long period of time. I think it is a great set for giving young readers a boost. The books are about fifty five to sixty five pages long depending on the level. The following is a list of the books available in the collection and their authors:
- A Kitten in Daisy Street – Pat Belford
- Dads Win Prizes – Debbie White
- Scrapman and Scrapcat – Carolyn Bear
- Cool Clive and the Bubble Trouble – Michaela Morgan
- Scrapman and the Incredible Flying Machine – Carolyn Bear
- Bones! – Paul Shipton
- The Monster in the Wardrobe – Paul Shipton
- The Revenge of Captain Blood – Paul Shipton
- Trapped! – Malachy Doyle
- The Booming Boots of Joey Jones – David Clayton
- Doohickey and the Robot – Jonathan Emmett
- Kid Wonder and the Terrible Truth – Stephen Elbaz
- Doughnut Dilemma – Margaret McAllister
- Kid Wonder and the Half-Hearted Hero – Stephen Elbaz
- Shelly Holmes Animal Trainer – Michaela Morgan
- Spooky! – Michaela Morgan
- The Goalie from Nowhere – Alan MacDonald
- Never Wash your Hair – Margaret McAllister
- Sing For Your Supper – Nick Warburton
- The Terrible Power of House Rabbit – Susan Gates
I think these books are a great for a child that is transitioning into chapter books, or for an older child that is a struggling reader. My only complaint about the series is that I wish there were more books!