After a child learns all the sounds of the alphabet, they are ready to learn to read. Typically, they would start with basic decodable books.
Decodable means each word is can be broken down by sound and syllables. A beginner reader should be able to sound out each word in a decodable book since they know the alphabet sounds.
When a child is ready to read and tackle a decodable book, they start with basic decodable books. These books will have a strong focus on CVC words like c-a-t, b-a-t, and s-u-n.
So, as long as the young reader knows the sounds of the alphabet, these words are easily decodable.
There is an emphasis on repetition and images to give the child a clue of what they will be reading. Typically, each page stands alone and there is rarely an actual story or message.
After a young reader succeeds at these basic decodable books, they can begin with our advanced decodable books.
Our books teach words that have these multi-letter phonograms (reading codes). Each book has a meaningful story and they don’t rely solely on image cues.
The young reader learns to decode words with those special multi-letter phonogram sounds.
We do not label our books with a level. Instead, we made them into a full series that progresses in difficulty.
We encourage all readers to start with book 1 to get a good handle on the reading code and then progress when they are ready for more words on a line, with more vocabulary and more of a challenge.
No! Our books differ completely from other decodable books. They are full of colour with meaningful stories for each book.
We designed them so the first book has repetition and they progress with difficulty through to book 5.
Yes! They work on tablets and IPads. You can also read them up on computers and iPhones.
The books have colourful and vibrant images that are included on each page - but not all pages give away what the sentence is saying.
This is key because a good reader will assess the word first before looking at the pictures.
Where a basic decodable book will have 8-10 pages, our advanced decodable books have about 20 pages in each of our books.
Extensions, Games and Activities
With each book, comes 5 printable extension activities that correlate with the book. This is the key and what solidifies learning for young readers.
These activities range from comprehension questions to sequences, math, cutting/pasting and story recap.
If a young reader needs more help with a reading code, we offer games and activities on each reading code. This helps with increased exposure, and the games make it fun. All games and activities are printable.
Teaching The Reading Codes
We use the term ‘Reading Codes’ for multi-letter combinations, also known as phonograms. These multi-letter phonograms can be difficult to teach, because they can have multiple sounds. (th, ir, sh, ea, etc.)
By calling these phonograms reading codes, we make it fun for young learners to look for them in books and make their sounds.
This is one of the most common questions we get asked. To answer this, we've created a 5 Day e-course that shows you how you can introduce the reading codes in just 5 minutes a day.
This course gives you a process and offers video instruction and lays out each day so all you have to do is follow it.
Teachers, Tutors, Schools
We purposely don't level our books. However, there are 5 books in each series and they progress in difficulty as students move forward in the series.
It sets students up for success as they can start with easier text and only move on when they are ready for the challenge.
Should students struggle, they can stay at the book they’re at until they have mastered their decoding skills and strengthened their fluency.
We offer classroom/library bundles that come in packs of 5 and 10 paperback copies.
It was extremely important for Lisa, an elementary school teacher, that we created activities that align with each series. We offer a wide range of games and activities for small group literacy activities and independent work.
Small group literacy activities: board games, memory, go fish cards, bingo cards.
Independent activities: word sort, word work, I spy, and flash cards.
We certainly do! We currently offer 20% discount for teachers/tutors/librarians when they purchase a classroom bundle or a bundle of books for the class or library. Use TEACHER20 at checkout.
You certainly can and we highly recommend doing so. You can project the digital books on your SMARTBoard or projectors to do whole group / small group reading. Whatever is best for your classroom.
The beauty of our design is that you can start anywhere!
If you see your students are struggling with vowels, you may want to start with the Benji the Beaver Series that focuses on ea.
If they are struggling with controlled R, grab the Dirk the Bird Series that focuses on: er, ir, ur.
You get to choose where to start and where to stop based on what your class needs because we all know there is not one class alike.
Yes! Your ELL students will benefit tremendously from reading these books. The power will come with the extension activities that come with the books.
For more practice, the games and activities will solidify students' understanding of the English language.
It's important for students to know ALL the sounds of the alphabet, have a good understanding of long and short vowels sounds.
If your ELL students haven't built that foundation yet, check out The Foundations Kit in our free Member's Hub.