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Dandelion Launchers Unit 1 'Sam, Tam, Tim'

Enhanced phonics reading books for beginner readers ages 3-6

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


FINALIST FOR BETT (British Education and Training Technology) AWARDS 2015

Dandelion Launchers iBook Unit 1, ‘Sam, Tam, Tim,’ is the first of the Dandelion Launchers enhanced iBook series for beginner readers ages 3-6.   This attractive, engaging iBook introduces the letters and corresponding sounds for: ‘s, a, t, i, m’.  With just five sounds of the alphabet, the reader can read the four short stories in this unit. A real reading experience for beginner readers!  This enhanced iBook has sound files linked to letters and words.  Touch the letter and hear the sound with correct pronunciation!  Touch the word and hear it sounded out!

Special features in this iBook: 

- Letters of the alphabet introduced in step-by-step progression
- Sound files linked to letters model correct pronunciation
- Sound files linked to words model how to sound out words in the text
 -The reader can see the letters enlarge as they are sounded out:  a multisensory method that teaches letter/sound correspondences
- A short animation rewards the reader at the end of each story
- A short reading game allows revision at the end of the iBook

What people are saying about Dandelion Launchers iBooks:

“A superb resource to further boost the impact of the Dandelion Launchers.  Our pupils are loving reading the books interactively and this has increased their motivation and independence.  It is perfect that they can access sounds as and when needed.  Great for teachers and parents to accelerate reading skills in partnership.”  Headteacher, NLE

Customer Reviews

A definite hit!

My son loved these stories, the brief animation at the end was a definite draw. He happily volunteered to read more than one of these at a sitting while is very reluctant to read normally. We have bought later ones in the series - hope they convert more of this series of books to iBooks. Would have been 5 stars except I found some of the controls a bit too sensitive - kept bringing up the menu or skipping pages by accident. Practice might help but if your child needs a finger/ pencil under words it can be a bit tricky.

I can't download it

I know it's not the latest iPad but it was only last years version but I am unable to download this.

Fantastic for bringing phonics alive!

I used this with some beginner readers I teach on a 1:1 basis. They loved the quirky illustrations and the ratio of pictures to text is fantastic for beginner readers. The fact that the children can sound out words they do not know is invaluable for ensuring a positive reading experience, whilst at the same time helping secure sound/letter correspondence. A great resource for beginner readers to use at home or at school. Would definitely recommend.

Dandelion Launchers Unit 1 'Sam, Tam, Tim'
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  • Free
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Education
  • Published: 15 July 2014
  • Publisher: Phonic Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 41 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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