Why do I need Decodable Readers?
Decode means to crack. That’s exactly what children must learn to do to become successful readers – crack the code! Systematic phonics has been proven time and time again as the most effective way to teach reading. If children can’t decode the words on a page they will fail in their journey to access text.
When ready, children must be taught knowledge of letters and sounds and the skills of sounding and blending. But this is not enough to know how to read. The knowledge and skills must be practised over and over to achieve mastery. Without decodable readers, this practise cannot take place.
Just like teaching a child to swim. Children are taught what kicking, paddling and breathing are, and how to combine these skills. However, without consistent, regular practise they will not become a proficient swimmer.
Decodable readers are the conduit between phonics and reading. Without them, the child may need ‘floaties’ forever!