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Dr. Best Learn to Read is a reading program is a set of children's reading books, teacher guides, and student activity books to take a young child from learning the English alphabet to fluent reading. The reading books are all stories about Krishna or related to Vaisnava/Vedic culture. For example, there are stories about simple living and cow protection. The books correspond to 4 international systems of determining the level of difficulty of a reading book. Each book is slightly harder than the one before it, and only contains letter combinations and sounds already taught. Several of the top international experts on teaching reading have been advisors for the program, and have reviewed the story books.


Each story book has the latest sound technology so that upon touching each page with a special pen, the child can hear that page read in English or 26 other languages. In addition, there is a "sound spot" on each page where the child (or anyone else) can record themselves reading the book.

To see all the books and how they work with the MagicPEN, you can watch these videos and to virtually try out the MagicPEN yourself you can try this demo.

 

 

LEARN TO READ ENGLISH  SET A

SET A starts with books that teach the most rudimentary reading behaviors and takes a child through the foundational sound-spelling combinations of English. Children are introduced to Sita’s family who live in a modern city, as well as Ravi and Vikram’s family who live in the village of Govardhana, India. SET A also introduces Krishna and the residents of the village of Vraja, in simplified versions of traditional tales that children and adults have enjoyed for thousands of years.

The alphabet book in this set is fun even for older children and adults, and the guide for Phase One has dozens of ideas for activities to enhance children’s listening skills and sound differentiation.

The Phase One guide and the first four talking books are suitable for between 1-6 months of reading and teaching, with the remaining 10 talking books and corresponding activity books designed to engage children for about one week each. Children will return to the talking books again and again over many years since they are enchanting stories with interactive features. And children as young as 2 years old will love being read to from the books in this set.

 

LEARN TO READ ENGLISH SET B

SET B builds on the skills of SET A, introducing more sound-spelling combinations, more in-depth comprehension, and deeper consideration of themes and morals. Children read stories with the now familiar characters of Sita, Ravi, Vikram, and Krishna. They also meet Matsyavatar, and Garuda, in addition to the characters Nandi, Jack, Yasha, and Jeeva. They learn about ecological living and are exposed to a wider variety of topics, settings, and themes. Five of the talking books in this set are simplified traditional tales which bring well-loved stories to modern readers. The activity books challenge and broaden children’s skills and understanding in a step-by-step easy way.

This set is designed for approximately 14 weeks of instruction. Children will return to the talking books again and again over many years since they are enchanting stories with interactive features. And children as young as 3 years old will love being read to from the books in this set. Older children long past the instructional level of the books will enjoy the interactive features of the MagicPEN that has the characters speak and sing, and allows a child to record his or her own voice into the books.

LEARN TO READ ENGLISH  SET C

In SET C children learn more advanced sound-spelling patterns and explore more complex themes, characters, and plots. Krishna stories and books featuring Sita, Ravi, and Vikram are in this set so children again meet familiar characters. They also meet Siva, Vidura, Bharat, Pariksit, Narada Muni, and other persons whose stories have inspired and thrilled children and adults for many centuries. The moral values learned in the many traditional tales as well as modern stories help children to choose a life of personal satisfaction and meaning, while doing good for others.

The activity books and guides in this SET include many additional stories to extend what is presented in the talking books. The activities and games are both fun and challenging—children will ask for more, and look forward to reading time!

This set is designed for approximately 14 weeks of instruction. Children will return to the talking books again and again over many years since they are enchanting stories with interactive features. And children as young as 3 years old will love being read to from the books in this set. Older children long past the instructional level of the books will enjoy the interactive features of the MagicPEN that has the characters speak and sing, and allows a child to record his or her own voice into the books.

LEARN TO READ FULL SERIES  Full Series

 

An incredible value, worth over twice the price! Volunteers and donations have covered all the production costs—writing, artwork, layout, translation, and audio work. The only costs reflected in the price are printing, warehousing, and the special pen.

SET A
Beginner
Instructional ages: 3-6
Interest ages: 2-7

SET B
Intermediate
Instructional ages: 5 ½ --6 ½
Interest ages: 3-8

SET C
Advanced
Instructional ages: 6-8
Interest ages: 3-10