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1. 1 Why do you not use sentences in the early books?
2. Do teachers need training to use the books?
3. Do parents need training to use the books?
4. Can I view sample pages of the books?
5. Are CDs available?
6. How can I use Follifoot Farm with my 2 year old child?
7. The series can be used with children from the age of two, right up to junior high school age. This is a very wide age range - do they all use the same books?
8. Which series should I start with?
9. Is there a discount for purchasing multiple packs?
10.Ifd like to use the Follifoot Farm reading series at home with my child, but Ifve never studied phonics myself. Will I be able to teach my child effectively?
11.I run an English school (Eikaiwa). Some of my classes already have a certain amount of phonics experience, whilst other classes have none. Should I start all of the classes from the Step 1 books?
Q.‚P Why do you not use sentences in the early books?

A. When sentences are used in place of phrases, punctuation is required. Each sentence must begin with a capital letter, and end with a full stop. At this initial stage in a childfs reading development, he or she is only just beginning to link the lower-case letter shapes with their corresponding sounds. To introduce even more characters and symbols serves only to confuse the child and hinder progress. Only once the child is able to confidently read lower-case letters correctly, is it time to move onto upper-case.
For this reason, the following lower-level books do not use capital letters:
First Words Series books 1-5
 A Series books 1-4
 B Series books 1-4
 Pig Family Series book 1
 Books which follow the above are written in sentences and with capital letters
 

Q.2 Do teachers need training to use the books?

A. Professionally qualified teachers and their assistants do not require any special training to use Follifoot Farm products.

Q.3  Do parents need training to use the books?

A. Parents need to know the sound/sight correspondences for all the letters of the alphabet, as well as the common spellings of the other sounds of the English language. It is very important that parents do not call the letters 'ay, bee, see, dee, ee, ef, gee, aich, I, jay, kay, el, em, en, oh, pea, queue, are, es, tee, you, vee, double-you, eks, why, zed' in the early stages when their children are learning the sounds of the letters. These are the names of the letters, not their sounds. Please click here to read more about phonics and listen to the phonetic sounds. 

Q.4 Can I view sample pages of the books?

A. Yes! From each book packfs product description page, scroll down until you find gClick to view sample page". The product description pages are accessed from the Level Chart

Q.5 Are CDs available?

At present, CDs of the books are not available. However, the 26 sounds of the phonetic alphabet, and many words, can be listened to from this link. The remaining 18 of the 44 phonetic sounds are currently being recorded and will be online soon. In contrast to glisten and repeath CDs, Follifoot Farm works with an ganalyse and synthesiseh approach to reading. As a child is able to look at each word and work out by him or herself how to pronounce each letter or letter combination, and then say the entire word, reading becomes very natural and satisfying. Why not use the phonetic sounds page to help your child learn the letter sounds, together with the characters of Follifoot Farm?

Q.6 How can I use Follifoot Farm with my 2 year old child?

A. Some children start to develop an interest in letters from the age of two. Rather than attempting to teach the meaning of whole words or sentences, your child will most likely enjoy learning to match the lower-case letters with their sounds, like a puzzle. The phonetic sounds page can be found here. By focusing on the books in Step 1-A, the books (written entirely in lower-case letters at this level) can be used a little bit like a picture dictionary, as the text is illustrated by the picture on each page. The general level chart can be found here, and the level chart by individual title (which shows which books fall under Step 1-A) is here.

Q.7 The series can be used with children from the age of two, right up to junior high school age. This is a very wide age range ? do they all use the same books?

A. The Japanese school system does not require the teaching of phonics; rather, it is left to the discretion of each individual teacher. This means that regardless of age, the starting point is the time at which the 26 phonetic alphabet letter sounds are taught. The same books can be used in different ways with different age groups ? for example, a very small child might focus on the illustrations, whereas an older child may concentrate on the printed words on the same page. In summary, the choice of starting level should be determined not by age, but by phonics level.

Q.8 Which series should I start with?

A. At present, the Follifoot Farm series is made up of 15 different packs, divided into gCore Readingh and gMore Readingh groups. Within each of these groups, the packs are levelled by difficulty and divided into packs. There are seven levels, Step 1 to Step 7. This means that the fundamental system for progressing through the Follifoot Farm reading series would be to start with the gCore Readingh pack for Step 1, and move up through the steps to Step 7. The gMore Readingh packs offer further phonics reading practice for each level. If, in the opinion of the teacher or parent, the child needs more reading practice at a particular level prior to moving up to the next Step, we recommend that you invest in one of the gMore Readingh packs, which will ensure that your child progresses up the phonics levels with confidence and reading satisfaction. Please refer to the "Level Chart by Series" for full details of the Follifoot Farm pack structure, and to view sample pages from each pack.

Q.9 Is there a discount for purchasing multiple packs?

A. Yes! Each Step (level) has a Special Discount Pack (contents: 2-4 regular packs, making 17-28 books per set). It is more economical to purchase a Special Discount Pack than to buy each individual component pack separately. Additionally, there is the Follifoot Farm Full Set. This mega-pack contains all 19 packs (148 books in total), and is further discounted. Finally, when you purchase Follifoot Farm products from englishbooks.jp, you will receive 5-7% points on your purchase. Please visit www.englishbooks.jp for more details of the points system.

Q.10 Ifd like to use the Follifoot Farm reading series at home with my child, but Ifve never studied phonics myself. Will I be able to teach my child effectively?

A. As long as you have studied English for the three years of junior high school, you will be able to use the Follifoot Farm reading series with your child. By using the phonetic sounds page to familiarise yourself with the 26 sounds of the phonetic alphabet, you will be able to master the other 18 phonetic sounds (from letter combinations) as you enjoy reading together with your child. It is not necessary to study all of the phonetic sounds in one go. The introduction of new phonics rules in each book is very slow and steady, and you can also use the online Teaching Guides and word list inside the back cover of each book to help you as you move through the series. Grow together with your child! Simply by reading through each new book to familiarise yourself with the contents before reading together with your child, you can really enjoy reading and phonics together with the inhabitants of Follifoot Farm.

Q.11 I run an English school (Eikaiwa). Some of my classes already have a certain amount of phonics experience, whilst other classes have none. Should I start all of the classes from the Step 1 books?

A. It would be most effective to start those classes off on different levels, to take advantage of the head-start some students have. Please refer to the "Level Chart by Series" (you can link through this chart to view both sample pages and more details for each pack) to gauge the appropriate level for each of your classes. You can also click here to view the online Teaching Guide for each level.

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