Red Train Readers {Review & Giveaway}

red train readers review

This set of 10 Red Train Readers was sent over some time back by the kind folks at JLB Educational Technology (more commonly known for their PenPal Whizz – read the review of the PenPal Whizz here).

While the two sets of Chinese readers I reviewed in an earlier post had flashcards to go with the readers, these English readers do not. I figured it’s pretty simple to do up our own and with so many Dolch list printables floating around on the Internet, we don’t really need those flashcards to go with the books.

These readers are vibrantly coloured, eye catching and not intimidating for young kids who have just begun their journey on sight words.

The font is large enough and the story lines are interesting and easy to relate to so it’s impossible for my boy to stop at just one book each time.

Reading these books on his own is made possible with the PenPal Whizz as he can ‘read’ the story with the talking pen when I’m busy with chores or coaching my girl.

Super love his serious look ๐Ÿ˜€

And reading these books always puts a smile on his face!!

There are less than ten words per page – most pages have an average ofย four words so it’s really manageable for young readers. My boy has just started on sight words so he can’t read them independently without the PenPal Whizz but I’m guessingย he should be able to do so perhaps by the end of the year *cross fingers*

Here’s the good news for my readers. The good people from JLB Educational Technology are giving ONE lucky reader a set of these readers (worth $42)!

You can win by simply leaving a comment on this blog post and remembering to click ‘I Commented’ in the Rafflecopter widget to qualify. The rest of the options are optional, but would render you more chances to win!

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This set of books is available on the JLB Educational Technology website.

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42 Responses to Red Train Readers {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Summerbabies says:

    Love the big and simple words!

  2. Adeline says:

    I love to use flash cards to educate my boys. It helps them to Remember things faster.

  3. theresa tay says:

    We listen to the phonics cd – alphabet zoo from julia gabriel to help him pick up sounds of the letters and read to him every night ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jingxian says:

    Early readers. Simple words in the stories for them to read on their own.

  5. Sharon Ng says:

    My boy favorite is leapfrog! He learnt all his phonics sounds from the video and would request to watch it again and again~

  6. Ezeikel says:

    Would love to use this for my 3 yr old. We’re using the Peter and Jane series at the moment at now at book 4 but it’s getting a little too difficult!

  7. Celine says:

    I prefer to use phonics to teach my kids as it helps them greatly in reading and pronouncing the words better!

  8. joeline ang says:

    Love to have this set!

  9. Lyn Teo says:

    I borrowed those library books with big pictures and little words to start them reading.

  10. Juliana Toh says:

    I like using story books, pop up and texture books for my younger boy. Ladybird story books for my older girl.

  11. Tan Bee Chin Joyce says:

    I like to use the Penpal whizz. It is interesting for my son to use it with me around d or by himself. Through it had allows him to gain his knowledge and interest in learning.

  12. Jennifer Sea says:

    Love the pictures in the book.

  13. Joanne Ho says:

    Youtube and the library are great places to source for good and interesting materials to initiate the interests of young readers.

  14. Ang Siew Tiang says:

    Youtube and library books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Wong Siew Siew says:

    I love and hope I can win this set for my princezzmonster who will love to have it too!!!

  16. qs says:

    We love the Julia Donaldson Songbirds phonics series. Big font size and nicely illustrated. Thanks!

  17. Shiroi says:

    Flashcards and YouTube!

  18. Chancl Xgg says:

    I love those “Step into Reading” books. For preschooler, can try step 1 and 2. There are lots of them in the library. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Yee Teng says:

    Love it, this series of story very simple sentence and easy to understand~ Hope i could win this for my lovely boys~~ Thanks!

  20. Veron says:

    We used those early reader and Alphabet cards to teach my pre schoolers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Carol Lim says:

    Peter & Jane series.

  22. Caroline Ho says:

    My daughter is learning to read but finds Peter & Jane series a little boring. I think she will enjoy this series.

  23. Sarah says:

    Right now just lots of reading to him. Would love to give this a try!

  24. annie tan says:

    Oxford series ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Robert Sim says:

    Youtube videos, picture books, readers, Pen Pal Whizz etc.

  26. lyn says:

    My son loves the zoo-phonics decodable mini-books ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Tan says:

    We go to the library weekly to do reading! Back at home, we read daily before bed time ๐Ÿ™‚ – any books! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. JingRong says:

    Some simple books with little words and read the same book everyday.

  29. Lynn says:

    I’m sure my girl would love to read this enjoyable series.

  30. Teo Yee Long says:

    Read books to them daily

  31. Joeanne Shim says:

    I have tried Phonics VCD set and also phonic songs on youtube too

  32. Tan Hui Khee says:

    Would love to win this set of books to encourage my son to self read.

  33. Teo Chin Long says:

    flash cards, story books, children songs

  34. Teo Kiali says:

    I will use flash card & read story book to my kid.

  35. Sharon Tan says:

    The pen pal whizz is cool. My son will live it.

  36. Alan Tan says:

    books with lots of pictures will attract the kiddo

  37. New Siaw Hoon says:

    Lots of colourful pictures with a few wordings to attract my children’s attraction.
    They will get very excited & happy. (Picture paints a thousand word)

  38. PeiRong says:

    start with books with one sentence per page and repeat the same book every other day.

  39. Teo Han Choo says:

    children books from library.

  40. Jolin says:

    We read books from the library, books by Eric Carle, Chinese books, Phonics books such as Letterland, Alphatales.

  41. Eileen says:

    love to have this set of books.

  42. Winnie says:

    Big font size with stories that they enjoy

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