FAQs

We understand you’ll have a lot of questions about Decodable Readers Australia. Below are some of our frequently asked questions.

If you can’t find the answer to your question and you would like to know more about our phonics based approach, please feel free to contact us. We’ll happily answer your queries.

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How do I purchase resources?

You can order directly through our online shop on this website and pay using your credit/debit card.If you are a school wishing to pay for your order once you receive your goods, please download our order form and email it to: orders@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au along with your purchase order. An invoice will be emailed to you and your order dispatched.

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Can my school be invoiced?

If you are a school wishing to pay for your order once you receive your goods, please download our order form and email it to: orders@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au along with your purchase order. An invoice will be emailed to you and your order dispatched. Alternatively you can create a purchase order directly in our online shop. Please add what you wish to order in your shopping cart. Create an account and instead of ticking payment, please tick ‘Purchase Order’.

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Can I order if I live outside of Australia?

We send our readers worldwide. Please add what you wish to order in your shopping cart. Create an account and instead of ticking payment, please tick ‘Purchase Order’. We will calculate your shipping costs and email you an invoice, once payment is made your order will be dispatched immediately.

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Can you give advice on which books are suitable for my class or child?

We are always on hand to offer advice and support to you. Please feel free to contact us via email or phone and our team will be more than happy to assist you.

Please download our reading guidelines below.

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Can I use decodable readers with PM readers?

We understand that the PM levelled system provides an easy reference point to assist teachers in selecting reading material for their students.

However, the ways in which this system levels books is based on elements such as length of words, sentence structure, use of punctuation, amount of text and size of font. This approach was developed during the ‘whole language’ era of teaching reading.

Our readers are levelled very differently to this system. We have created these readers to support the implementation of high-quality phonics programs that teach systematic synthetic phonics. Our books are fully decodable to match the letter-sound correspondences that children have learnt in order that they can read independently and with confidence.

Children’s prior phonic knowledge is not considered when using the PM levelled readers but instead relies on repetitive, predictable text and multi-cueing reading strategies.

Consequently, as the two types of beginner readers have been created using contrasting pedagogical philosophies there is no way to mould the two together.

Our suggestion would be to use our decodable readers as your primary source to complement the implementation of an explicit phonics program and provide children with opportunities to have early success and build confidence. The Reading Recovery and PM texts could be used to read to, or with children, in shared experiences as they develop their love of reading, until such time that they have been explicitly taught the whole English code.

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How do these decodable readers align with the Australian Curriculum?

Our readers have been designed to align with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. According to the Australian Curriculum the term ‘decodable texts’ refers to texts that can be read using decoding skills a student has acquired. Decodable text is usually associated with beginning readers or phonic books.

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Can you replace a lost book?

Our readers come directly to us from our printer as a complete set, however please contact us to request a quote for your lost and damaged readers and we will make arrangements for a replacement.

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What are your contact details?

Decodable Readers Australia – ABN: 35 615 570 342 ACN: 615 570 342

Phone: 07 5514 0729

Email: info@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au

Address: P.O Box 635, Helensvale 4212, QLD

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How will my order be shipped?

You can be confident that your order will be handled efficiently and dispatched in a prompt and timely matter. In the rare event of a parcel going missing, a replacement will be issued, assuming the correct shipping information was provided when you completed your order.

We send all of our orders using StarShipIt and Sendle. We are able to track our parcels in transit to ensure that they have been delivered safely.

  • Shipping in Australia is a flat rate of $15.95
  • International destinations will incur a shipping charge and will be invoiced once we have your full shipping address.

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have a question about the delivery of your order.

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Do you offer a refund if I change my mind?

Unfortunately there are no refunds if you change your mind, so please carefully research the items before purchasing them.

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What do I do if my order arrives damaged?

We take great care to package our parcels well, however we realise that damage sometimes may occur during shipping. In this unlikely event, we are able to put in a claim with the courier company that delivered your parcel. For us to be able to do this we require you to retain all of the original packaging and report the damage as soon as the parcel is received. Due to insurance limitations, we can only accept returns on damaged goods within 7 days so please contact us immediately if your parcel arrives damaged.

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What if I’m missing a book?

We take great care in ensuring our orders are packed correctly. All orders are checked twice and are recorded before being dispatched. In the unlikely event that you receive an incomplete order please report any shortages within 48 hours of delivery.

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What are the sequence of sounds introduced in your readers?

Our sequence of sounds are as follows:

Level 1 – s, a, t, p, i, n, nn

Level 2 – m, d, g (goat), o, c (cat), k, ck, e, u, r, ss

Level 3 – b, h, f, l, j, v, w, x, y, z, ll, ff, zz

Level 4 – sh, ch, th (them), th (thin), qu, ng, wh, ph, g (gem), c (city), gg, bb, tt, rr, pp, dd, mm

Level 5 – ay, ai, ee, ea, igh, ie, ow, oa, ew, ue

Level 6 – oi, oy, oo, oo, ou, ow, er, ir, ur, ar, or

Level 7 – a_e, e_e, I_e, o_e, u_e, a (baby), e (we), y (funny), i (find), y (sky), o (go)

Level 8 – air, are, ear, eer, ore, aw, ou, ew, dge, tch

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