Green Crocodile: set 1-4
“Easy Books” is a series of books for children who are beginning to read in the Russian language and are proficient in other languages.
“Easy Books” by Nina Romanova is a series of books written based on the principle of gradual text complexity. These are simple and amusing stories that captivate both adults and children alike. These books are perfectly suited for reading one per week, as is the practice in primary English schools. They can also be an excellent solution for weekend school programs as part of reading assignments.
Let’s delve into how exactly the progression of learning tasks occurs within the “Easy Books” series.
In the first five books of the set, “Ginger Cat”:
- We guide the child to read syllables. In these initial five books, words are printed with syllable divisions.
- Words are composed of simple syllables in terms of structure and phonetic composition.
- Step by step, we introduce combinations of soft consonants with iotized vowels (я, ю, е, ё), which present the greatest challenge for bilingual children when learning to read in Russian. This occurs in the texts of books 2 to 5, and we continue to reinforce these combinations throughout the series.
Children experience sheer delight in the fact that with knowledge of just 22 letters, they can read the first book of the “Ginger Cat” series; 23 letters enable them to read the second book; 24 letters open up the third, and so on. This generates indescribable emotions and an incredible sense of accomplishment, exclaiming, “I can now read a real book all by myself!”
Starting from the sixth book in the “Easy Books” series:
- Words are printed without syllable divisions (we will explain separately how to assist a child if they still find it challenging to read words without syllable divisions).
- We teach the child to read words with consonant clusters. Carefully selected vocabulary is used to develop this skill (consonant clusters are consecutive consonants as seen in the beginning of the word “construction”).
- We instruct the child in reading words with consonant clusters, highlighting how the meaning of verbs changes without introducing the concepts of “perfective” and “imperfective” aspects. Instead, we discuss what’s happening, showcasing the beauty of prefix-based word formation in Russian verbs. For example, “вили, вили и свили”. This aspect of learning to read words with consonant clusters provides a truly wonderful opportunity.
- We teach the child to read long words, drawing attention to their endings and how these endings alter the meaning of the entire phrase.
- We teach the child to correctly emphasise words without using special markers. We explain that there are “крУжки” (circles) and “кружкИ” (clubs), and within the books, there’s a special twist in the plot, along with illustrations and vocabulary material, to address this.
- We instruct the child to read words attentively – not guessing but reading carefully. To facilitate this, we introduce characters with names that differ by only one letter.
- We consistently reinforce reading words with combinations of soft consonants and iotized vowels.
However, the most important aspect is that we do all of this without haste or pressure, discussing the wonderful illustrations, inventing our own twists in the storyline. We approach this with a sense of fun, asking each other questions, laughing, smiling, and genuinely enjoying our encounters with the lazy rabbit, the clever and organised crocodile, and the students at an unusual school for animals. We learn about the hobbies of Sanya and Senya, our old acquaintances, and the nanny Yana’s interests. We discover extraordinary birds that fly to distant lands and peculiar fish living in tropical seas. And all of this we discover by reading independently! Although we are still in the process of learning to read. As a result of all this ease, smiles, and laughter, these simple stories become a part of our lives alongside the books. And we begin to truly enjoy reading!
Wishing you a delightful journey into the world of simple stories!
|Kristina, Krosha and Kroha
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Vika Tyazhelnikova graduated from M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and subsequently completed her postgraduate studies there. After moving to the United Kingdom, she taught the Russian language to children in London. In 2008, she founded the company LinguaPlay, which currently unites ten Russian language schools in London. Vika continues to lead speech and reading development classes, preparatory classes following the Russian school curriculum, as well as classes for preparing for the GCSE and A-level exams in Russian language. Under the pseudonym Nina Romanova, she writes books for children who are beginning to read in Russian.
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