The Vula Bula graded reading programme is unique in that each series originates from the respective indigenous South African language - as opposed to being translated from English - and is carefully designed in accordance with the natural phonic progression of that language.
The learner must be able to competently read all the readers at the 1-star level before moving on to the readers at the 2-star level. It is recommended that all Grade 1 learners begin with the 1-star (*) books. At their own individual pace, they will then move on to the 2-star books, etc. Grade 1 learners who are progressing rapidly should be allowed to continue further.
Most Grade 2 learners can begin with the 3-star (***) books. At their own individual pace, they will then move on to the 4-star books, etc. It may however be necessary for some Grade 2 learners to begin with the 2-star readers or even the 1-star readers if they are in need of remediation.
Learners are required to read two readers per term. Each pair of readers (A and B) is at the same level so it does not matter which one is read first. It is therefore recommended that a class of 40 learners is provided with 20 copies of each reader in the pack (160 books altogether) so that every child is able to begin the year with either a 1A or 1B reader.
Grade 1 and 2
You will need to order enough copies of each title so that learners can all begin at the correct level. For example:
The Grade 3 series is currently available in four languages, namely isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi and Setswana. Learners are required to read two readers per term. To ensure that there are enough copies available for all learners to have access to the right resource, the following quantities are recommended as a guide: