I have to put this in writing. I bought some small books that use all the Dolche words within the stories for Pete. We are working on fluency and these will do just that.
Today, I had him read the first few stories in the first book and he actually said, "These are kind of fun."
"Gasp, gasp, sputter, sputter," said I.
THEN, Pete said, "I think I will take this book with me to DisneyWorld so I'll have something to read on the way there."
More gasping and more sputtering from me.
I'm in heaven, y'all.
ps There are four books in that series and they cover primer through grade three dolche words and the nouns. Not too babyish for older readers.