The Vowel Digraphs FunBook focuses on the following: decoding words with vowel digraphs, sight words, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, fluency, handwriting and self-esteem. (Examples of words with vowel digraphs are "bean," "bee," "coat," "doe" and "glue.") The FunBook keeps kids engaged using stories, activity sheets, games and plays involving a central group of characters—Tiger Tuesday, his family, and his pets. Because they are engaging and fun, the activities in the FunBook reduce anxiety and frustration often encountered in students struggling with reading while also enhancing self-esteem, social skills and higher-order learning.
Each FunBook consists of 7 chapters. Each chapter begins with a Story. However, before the story is read, the child is introduced to words with vowel digraphs, sight words and other special words and phrases that appear in the story.
Each story is followed by Do You Remember to develop strategies for reading comprehension and Do You Know which integrates math, grammar, general knowledge, spelling rules, the ability to recognize and apply simple formulas, and higher order thinking skills.
The next page, About You…, promotes identity development by stimulating thought about what a child might do (or do differently) in situations like those the Tuesday family encounters. With "story starters," students begin to formulate stories of their own, write them down, and illustrate them by drawing a picture.
Next comes a unique type of Word Find, one which makes young readers focus on the new words encountered in the story and distinguish between words with vowel digraphs and those that don’t conform. Word Find is followed by activity sheets which focus on the primary decoding skill while continuing to focus on the story.
The last activity in each chapter is the original story in play form which can be staged in a variety of ways and are very popular. Most children choose to dress and act as the characters themselves in front of the Smartboard in their classroom which has the online scenery that is included when purchasing the Vowel Digraphs Module. (Prop cards are included with each module.)
The last pages of the FunBook consist of pages for the child to write their own stories and plays, and pages for the child to write contractions, compound words and monster words (irregular spelling words) they find in the story. The resulting lists can be used as reviews.
The Student Form of the Tiger Tuesday Reading Inventory is included in the back of the FunBook as an ongoing measure of individual student progress.