PHONICS TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter
Volume 46 ~ May 2011
by Dolores G. Hiskes

 

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MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

THE NEW BOOKS

*COOL*

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MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

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Well OK, this is not about a ship floundering at sea, but it is about a big ship chock full of hugely-discounted Dorbooks' products, heading your way as we speak.

Why would we slash prices on these products so severely? The reason: Two new books are arriving imminently that will upgrade or replace the products listed below, and we need to clear out our current inventory to make way for the new.

The following discounts take effect immediately:

Phonics Pathways (9th ed.) sells for $19.95 (not $29.95)
WordWorks sells for $19.95 (not $34.95)
Blendit! now sells for $19.95 (not $34.95)
The Train Game sells for $5.95 (not $12.95)
Speaking Pathways now sells for $5.95 (not $14.95)

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THE NEW BOOKS

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(1) PHONICS PATHWAYS BOOSTERS is a collection of special,
carefully-selected teaching aids and games that include
The Train Game and prime selections from WordWorks and
Blendit. All pages are on cardstock, ready to tear out and laminate.
A big plus is that the sound being learned is in a different
color, which greatly focuses learning and eases retention.

*Boosters* also includes an all-new and much-requested product:
Sound-Spelling Flash Cards. This set of 46 double-sided
flash cards illustrates all of the sounds and spelling patterns
of English. These cards are unique in that they illustrate
sounds, not spellings, and include all possible spelling
variations of every sound, with sample words. Illustrations
on every card ensure correct pronunciation, and the spelling
of every sound is in a different color to facilitate learning.

Best of all, the Speaking Pathways CD is also included in the
Boosters book -- and the whole package will sell for only $24.95!
A huge savings over having to purchase these items separately.

(2) THE 10TH EDITION OF PHONICS PATHWAYS will soon be here!
It is the same book as before, but is greatly expanded and has
many new features:

1-Pictures now illustrate every sound introduced, not just
the short sounds. (This has been requested for some time, and
will be especially helpful to beginners, those with learning
disabilities, or English language learners.)

2-Completely rewritten and expanded lessons for dividing
multisyllable words clarify this sometimes-tricky issue.

3-New pages of nonsense words are inserted after key lessons
and checkpoints to ensure that students actually use phonics
when reading. There is no better way to ensure that students
have learned the sound or spelling pattern being taught.

4-A unique Short Sheet of Vowels will soon become absolutely
indispensable for teaching or testing students, and you will
find that you use it on a daily basis.

5-The new Phonics Pathways has a beautiful new cover, with a
golden seal commemorating the special 10th edition of this
beloved old classic.

This new 10th edition of Phonics Pathways will sell for $32.95,
our first price increase in 5 years. Expanded pages and increased
production costs have contributed to making this necessary.

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All discounted prices will remain in effect until the current
stock is depleted. After that there will be no more.

We will send out an alert as soon as the new books are in
stock, up on our website, and ready to purchase.

These are exciting times for Dorbooks, indeed!

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*COOL*

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In closing, I would like to share a poem written by a dear
friend who died recently, that simply, beautifully, and
clearly answers a complex question from a five-year old:

*COOL*

*Watching and listening to the magical screen
Until the end comes
The five-year old
Reflects on what he has just seen
How can the huge dog fly? he asks
It's in the boy's mind, the man says
What's mind? the boy asks
Shut your eyes.
Can you see the dog flying?
Yes!
That's mind, the man says.
Cool, the boy says.*

(How often I used to struggle with complex questions
from our own children, such as: *What was the turkey's
name before it was meat?* asked at Thanksgiving dinner
by our three-year old. Or from the same three-year old,
*Where did the first baby come from who was ever born?*)

I found this poem as refreshing and clarifying as a clear
stream of water, and hope that you enjoy it as well.

May we continue to aspire to inspire before we expire!

Warmly,
Dolores

Warmly, Dolores

Copyright Dolores G. Hiskes 2011

 

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