I have color-coded my copy of Sun Up because it's for young beginners, even though I don't color-code books for children who are beyond primer level. More advanced children can learn their new words in color and make the transition to black words before starting each book.
A young beginner shouldn't be asked to sound the words out off the page. The 32 words should be decoded and well practiced before starting the book. In fact, it usually takes at least six lessons to prepare them. Being able to learn the words gradually and having words that don't all look alike help to make things more automatic. This way the book is not an obstacle course full of consonant-blend words. It's the reward for a job well done.
Before starting on these 32 words, a child should be able to
1 - pronounce the sounds for the 26 letters, including the short vowels. 2 - decode three-letter words. 3 - pronounce the 18 vowels that go with the Color Code.
To prepare the words for this book, you need
2 - Home-made go-fish games. 3 - Home-made word cards for the 32 words.
Both the Color Code and the Transition Packets come with manuals and can be used for other books as well. I can e-mail you the numbers for the packets that prepare for this book. I can also e-mail you the words for the fish games and the word cards that are coordinated with the packets. Making your own fish games and word cards can save you money, but if you want me to make them for you, I'll have to charge for ink and shipping.