Author(s): Jill Eggleton
Bud-e is a first steps to literacy program and the first steps a child takes for themselves into the reading world should not be overly challenging. It is vital that they gain confidence and an 'I can do it' attitude. Bud-e books are very simple at the early reading levels and gradually increase in difficulty. Reading is all about getting meaning. Meaning depends on quick, automatic and effortless recognition of words. Young readers rely on the illustrations to tell the story a great deal, and at the same time they should begin to build a bank of words that they can recognise quickly. These are called 'high-frequency' or 'sight' words - they are the linking words that appear most often in print. In order to read and write fluently (with comprehension), children need to be able to automatically read and spell these high-frequency words. In Bud-e word and letter knowledge are integrated into the books to help your child make sense of the stories. Listening to and responding to playful and engaging poems and songs builds phonological awareness by playing with rhymes, word patterns and repetition.
Jill Eggleton is an International Educational Consultant in Literacy, with a wide variety of teaching experiences, spanning over 45 years. For the past 25 years Jill has been an international educational consultant providing training in literacy and classroom management. She has provided professional development, worked in classrooms with teachers, and worked with administrators, reading specialists and consultants in school districts, implementing practical literacy programmes. This work has been in many countries globally - United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Scotland, Dubai, South Africa and the Czech Republic. It was because of Jill's avid interest in providing practical help for teachers that she has written many teachers' books on the implementation, organization and management of reading and writing programmes and assessment and evaluation. One of these titles 'Linking the Language Strands' has sold over 80 000 copies in English and French. This book was updated and re-titled, 'Lighting the Literacy Fire'. It continues to be a popular title among educators. The home school link is also a passion of Jill's. Assisting parents in giving their children a solid beginning on their literacy journey is important. This has recently resulted in the development of a new series of books and e-books with a digital game app. called Bud-e. Bud-e is a fun way to get preschool children and early readers talking, thinking, reading and writing. In 2010 Jill's work in literacy and education globally, was recognised, and she was awarded a Queen's Service Order from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2011 Jill was a finalist in the Woman of the Year, Education Award, for New Zealand women.