Some children come to reading fluency later than others. Pandas and Flyers have proved successful, both in motivating children to read and in teaching literacy skills, particularly to children in the Senior end of Primary school. They are useful for children of all ages in receipt of Resource and Learning Support teaching.
Discovery Challenge provides specialised activity sheets based on these books. The sheets are fun and challenging, and encourage independent research by children.
Developed by primary school resource teachers.
'Children deserve, need and should have access to, real books that support them on their way to becoming able and independent readers. Some of the best of such books are to be found in the O'Brien Panda and Flyer books.'
Finian O'Shea, Lecturer in Education, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin
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Muckeen loves being dirty and muddy. And he loves his food. But when he is taken to market Muckeen does not like it at all! Still, Muckeen is a smart pig too and he finds a way out!
Belzoni the cat and Greta the chicken try to get to grips with a hungry crocodile that has just eaten Granny.
Ed Cooper's life is never dull. He has started to wet his bed and he can't learn his time-tables.
Ed Cooper has a problem with his big toes. Even his DIY foot-straighteners don't work and he has to wear very uncool 'correction shoes'.
Jack MacAnoolie tries to save his family when they eat stew made from a jigsaw!
Lenny and Mad Grandad take their new flying saucer for its first flight. Getting into space is easy: getting home alive might be harder!
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