I am incredibly excited to be responding to the feedback of schools, playgroups and individuals asking for The Rhymers to provide early learning opportunities within the book series. One of the great advantages of being self-published is that I can respond quickly to this feedback and this post sets out these current developments and the learning opportunities for young children, covering alphabet, phonics, number, shape, colours and animals learning.
Released at the end of 2015, the Alphabet Rhymers book has been incredibly well received. Full of vibrant pictures, this book is the ideal introduction to the alphabet. The Rhymers and Rising Rhymers take you through the day, spotting lots of alphabet words along the way.
Each of my Rhymers’ stories has been written with phonetic learning in mind. Discussions with Key Stage One teachers has been incredibly helpful in ensuring that the books can be used as an additional teaching resource to support the children’s phonetic development. The Rhymers’ Kick and Quick is an excellent example of this. Children love the tongue-twisting Vowel Fowl Ducks of “Quack, Queck, Quick, Quock and Quuck”. See them in action in Kick and Quick’s video of their story below.
Colours Learning – Colourful Rhymers
As well as the opportunity to learn all the basic colours with the Colourful Rhymers book there are many other chances for discussions with your child on spelling, counting and spotting different objects of that colour, as the screenshots below show. I believe this is a book that will grow with the child and have far greater longevity than other ‘first colours’ books available in the marketplace.
The Rumbers are my number characters that appear as the page numbers in each of my Rhymers books and now the Rumbers are set to have their own book with the current development of the ‘Rumber Rhymers’ book. Within this book children will learn their numbers from one to ten, as well as how to spell the word through spotting The Rising Rhymer characters in each page and also spotting objects of that number on each page. With each of my books I aim to bring in learning across different levels, with the aspiration of older and younger siblings being able to share together my books and take something different from it.
Shapes and Animals
Also planned are Rhymers books teaching children their basic 2D shapes and common animals and their sounds, building into a comprehensive set of early learning resources for young children.
Feedback always welcome
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I love the incredibly responsive and interactive nature of the self-publishing business model. If you have suggestions for further books in this genre, feedback on the work I have out there or any other comments then please get in touch. You can email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively if you would like to discuss how I could work with your nursery, playgroup or school then please contact me at email@example.com. Further details can also be found at www.andrewbuller.com.