ABC Moonshot

Breakthrough in Reading and soar ahead!

Children - Educational
80 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2023
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Author Biography

Susan Waters is a certified Ontario teacher who has taught students in many grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8, mainly in the Toronto area. She has also been a volunteer tutor for a well known Reading support program in local schools. In 2018, Susan was asked to design and deliver a pilot project for Grade 4 students. As a result of its success, the Reading support program was extended to Grade 4. Then the Covid situation intervened!

As a Special Education Specialist and Drama Specialist, Susan has often used scripts, songs, and poems to encourage shared reading, vocabulary development, practice, and enjoyment in Reading - especially for reluctant or struggling readers.

Baseball has been a very popular theme with these much-loved Baseball Classics. At one time, Susan also played on a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) team at Hanlan's Point in Toronto - where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run.

Susan is a Researcher "at heart", and recalls that Happiness in the Workplace, includes having some control over your work and also, a friend at work (TIME, 2005). With ABC Moonshot, the students have a fun script, poems, and a suspenseful Introduction to the popular novel, "The Boxcar Children", that they can share with others, listen to online, or practice on their own.

Similar to a Baseball player or a team that successfully "pulls out of a slump", Susan has seen her students get a renewed enthusiasm for reading, and the ability to "catch up", with strategies from ABC Moonshot!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Who doesn't like baseball? Treat yourself to baseball tidbits and read some wonderful baseball poems and scripts with ABC Moonshot: Breakthrough in Reading and Soar Ahead! by Susan Waters. But that's not all. This reading guide also provides you with fun and easy ways to learn to read. Waters aims to help students get over their reading difficulties, providing an overview of basic English language skills that will make reading easier and more enjoyable. This handbook showcases practices and exercises for you to learn the fundamentals of the English language, starting with the various combinations of sounds and letters, as well as learning special spellings and sounds. The book also contains a daily workout plan, an introduction to a beloved children's classic called "The Boxcar Children," stories about baseball, and the correct application of consonants and contractions.

Reading is not an easy skill to acquire and children learn in different ways and at different rates. There are ways to circumvent these challenges with books like ABC Moonshot. Susan Waters has found an ingenious way to make reading an exciting activity - by combining it with America's favorite pastime, baseball. You will discover the origins of the words "Moon Shot" as well as some anecdotes about baseball's greatest legends. The baseball poems and stories are for you to share. Some of the verses are catchy, while others tell captivating stories. This is a book that makes you look forward to reading. I found it inspiring, educational, and lively. Highly recommended.

Amy Raines

ABC Moonshot: Breakthrough in Reading and Soar Ahead! by Susan Waters is an educational book that tackles letter sounds that cause many readers and writers problems. The activities and reading passages make learning the differences and similarities in words and letter combinations more illuminating for students. This educational guide is designed for extra practice for those who have difficulty understanding how some letter combinations take the place of a single letter sound and for those who need additional guidance in language arts. What is a moonshot? How does it apply to the English language?

ABC Moonshot by Susan Waters offers educational material and a workbook for those needing help with some of the more complex parts of language. The baseball quotes at the bottom of each page will inspire the student or reader to absorb the information, apply it, and learn from it. I love the reading pages that are baseball themed, especially the stories about Casey that are fun, entertaining, and educational. I also love the opening pages that explain much of what is necessary to understand how English works and the explanations of baseball references and analogies. I recommend it to anyone learning or interested in relearning the ins and outs of English. It is an excellent addition to the educational curriculum that will encourage users to practice and study in a fun way, and it is especially interesting for sports and baseball lovers!

Diana Lopez

Children need to have good reading skills and comprehension to learn better in school and they must also know the basics of phonics. With these tools, they will improve their pronunciation and writing. With this in mind, Susan Waters shares ABC Moonshot: Breakthrough in Reading and Soar Ahead! She uses baseball terms to provide explanations that are easy to understand. She mentions fun facts about this sport, as well as relating anecdotes. Waters also includes activities to assist in the recognition of sounds and words. Exercises and games include various types of text such as poems, stories, and lyrics. The book is motivating and inspiring and will help children develop a love of reading and learning.

I liked ABC Moonshot because it covers topics such as doing your best and not giving up. The baseball stories are interesting and factual. I loved the variety of exercises because, in some, the children can practice using songs to learn how to recognize phonemes. Another fun activity is reading a comedy sketch about baseball called “Who's on First.” There is also a section with tips for young readers to remember new words. Susan Waters is a certified teacher who has had students of all ages and she demonstrates her expertise in compiling this interactive material. She uses resources such as colorful pictures and vocabulary lists. In addition, she motivates a love for sports. This book is ideal for fostering a love of reading and improving children's learning skills.

Diane Ellis

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Diane Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid friendly, and puts fun into learning. Adults can enjoy it too!!
Reviewed in Canada

Carolyn Boutin

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Carolyn Boutin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tool for educators or parents to support learning
Reviewed in Canada