All About Decodables - Series 1

Episode 1: What are Decodable Readers? Are they a necessity for your classroom? Our new Director of Education, Camilla, explains how decodable readers work and why they are so important when teaching students to read.
Episode 2: Busting The Myths of Decodable Readers! Our Director of Education, Camilla, is busting 3 common myths about decodable readers. Not all readers are boring, have poor vocabulary and no storylines! Tune in to find out why!
Episode 3: 7 Uses for Decodable Readers Did you know that Decodable Readers can be used in multiple ways to support a structured literacy approach? Learn 7 different uses for decodable readers and how Decodable Readers Australia is here to support you.
Episode 4: When Should I Stop Using Decodable Readers? Decodable Readers are a necessity for the learning to read process. We often get asked when should a child stop using decodable readers. This video addresses this common question.
Episode 5: Sight Words - What Are They and How Do I Teach Them? Discover the evidence based methodology for teaching new high frequency words to young learners. Learn the 4 step teaching process leading to successful orthographic mapping of words.
Episode 6: When Should I Introduce Decodable Readers? It is important that students have all the necessary skills before embarking on the reading process. Learn about 4 key considerations when introducing Decodable Readers.
Episode 7: How To Support a Beginner Reader using the Early Reader Set Beginner readers require cumulative practice at reading VC and CVC words (Vowel Consonant). Learn how the Early Reader Set can support students embarking on the 'learning to read' journey.
Episode 8: A New Look at Assessment - SPARKLE Kit It is OUT with the old and IN with the new when we look at collecting data on our students. We need to make sure we are collecting informative data aligned to the 'Science of Reading' that will help teachers support students in the right areas of their reading knowledge. This video will take you through our SPARKLE Kit (Systematic Phonics And Reading Knowledge Levelled Evaluation).
Episode 9: Reading Strategies: What's In and What's Out There's only one way to work out words.....decoding! Gone are the days of guessing words, picture cues and context cues. We need to teach and support students to use their letter/sound knowledge and blending skills. Learn how to use strategies that promote decoding and keep the 👀 on the words. 🚨 FREEBIE ALERT! Download the poster on the Free Resources Page
Episode 10: How Do I Align Decodable Readers With Levelled Readers? One of the most common questions that we get here at Decodable Readers Australia is how to align decodable readers to levelled texts. The simple answer is.... 'Don't' and 'you shouldn't'. The two types of books are very different and one is far more effective than the other. This video will explain the differences and shed some light on why it is important to invest in decodable readers for our young learners.
The Importance of Decodable Readers - Interview With Professor Pamela Snow Decodable Readers have an important role and purpose in teaching students to read. In this episode we are privileged to hear the insightful understanding of Professor Pamela Snow, PhD, MAPS Life Member, Speech Pathology Australia, Professor of Cognitive Psychology & Co-Director Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab, La Trobe University. If interested in learning more from Professor Snow and the SOLAR Lab click here:
Episode 12: Early Readers Level 1-8 Sneak Peek Take a look through our NEW Early Readers Series! This new series has 10 readers per level/sound set. So what's different about this series? 👌Lower word count (for vulnerable learners or students in foundation) 👌Words with just 3-4 sounds (predominantly single syllable words) 👌Larger font 👌10 books per level 👌Level 4-8 have phonics focus readers (digraphs and vowel sound/spelling focus. The text contains multiple words with the letter/sound correspondence focus) 👌More fun Australian adventures with our much loved Aussie characters
Episode 13: A Quick Placement Test Using the SPARKLE Screener Our SPARKLE Kit (Systematic Phonics And Reading Knowledge Levelled Evaluation) can be used as a quick placement test to determine what level to start your students on. This video will show you how to use the screener section to determine this.
Episode 14: A New Look at the Pause, Prompt, Praise Strategy Pause Prompt, Praise is a strategy that has been around for many years but unfortunately it was caught up in the 'balanced literacy' approach. It's now time to give it a makeover and see how we can use it in a way that is evidence based and promotes decoding in beginner readers.

SOR Snippets and Teaching Tips - Series 2

An Introduction to The Science of Reading This is a very basic introduction to the Science of Reading and we encourage you to journey with us as we dive deeper into these concepts. Explore instructional approaches aligned to research.
Episode 1: 10 Multisensory Blending Activities For Beginner Readers These 10 activities can add an element of fun and engagement to the practising of blending sounds to read words. The ultimate goal is to develop confident readers that can orthographically map words. Try some of these blending activities at word level for extra practise!
Episode 2: How Words Work - The Importance of 'Part To Whole' Did you know that Mr Potato Head can teach us something about how words work? 😉 Synthetic Phonics is crucial when teaching students to read. It is imperative that we teach the parts (letter/sound correspondences) to whole (blending to make words).
Episode 3: Decoding and Encoding - What's the difference? It is so important that we know the difference between decoding and encoding and how integrated they must be when first learning to read and spell. Don't forget to download your free infographic poster explaining the difference between the two. This can be found in our 'Free Resources' page on our website.
Episode 4: What is Orthographic Mapping? There's often confusion around this very important cognitive process that is required to become a skilled reader. ORTHOGRAPHIC MAPPING is not a teaching strategy in itself but a process of the brain that is brought to us by the research of Dr. Linnea Ehri. Learn some important teaching strategies for your classroom practise that will strengthen the orthographic mapping development of your young learners.
Episode 5: How To Start Your 'Science of Reading' Journey - 3 Key Strategies Are you interested in the 'Science of Reading' but not sure where to start? This video will give you the 3 key steps to help you begin your 'Science of Reading' journey.
Episode 6: The Truth About BLENDS 'Blends' should be considered a VERB rather than a NOUN. Discover how teaching the traditional understanding of 'Blends' can be problematic when learning to read. Learn an effective approach to teaching students to decode all words including consonant clusters.
Episode 7: The Truth About DIGRAPHS Too often the concept of 'Digraphs' is confused or taught ineffectively. This video will bring clarity to the concept and give effective strategies for teaching it. It will also make you a more informed consumer when looking for the right resources to use.
Episode 8: Supporting Beginner Spellers Whole word memorisation has been proven to be an ineffective method of learning to read or spell. This one little activity will support your beginner spellers using the effective method of 'Sound to Print'. Students need to investigate words and understand that words are made up of sounds and those sounds are represented by letters. Download your freebie in our 'Free Resources' page.
Episode 9: Aligning Your Books to The Reading Rope Episode 9: Dr Scarborough's theoretical model of the Reading Rope can help us determine what books are best for supporting students learning to read. Dive deeper in your understanding of the reading rope through great resources listed on the YouTube description!
Episode 10: How to Take Your Parent Community on Your 'SoR' Journey Parents play an important role in a child's learning journey and it is important that they have the knowledge to best support their child. It is also important that children are receiving a consistent message between school and home. This video takes you through 5 key considerations in taking your parent community on your SoR journey. Example Links in YouTube description.
Episode 11: How A Principal Can Be A SoR Change Maker This wonderful interview with principal Greg Clements gives us valuable insight in how change can happen at school level. Mr Clements tells us about the practical strategies that he used in his school.
Episode 12: Your Checklist For Reading Success This video will take you through 8 core components to add to your reading program for reading success.... and we will suggest resources to support them!
The 'Science of Reading' Pop Quiz! Test Your SoR Knowledge For a Bit of Fun! Whether you've just heard about the Science of Reading or you've been on the journey for a little while, this POP Quiz is a bit of fun (and learning) for your staff. It covers some of the beginner concepts around reading research. Download your Answer Sheet from our 'Free Resources' page on our website.

The Benefits of an Online Library - Series 3

Episode 1: Interactive Features of the Student Portal When you combine interactive features with a decodable Online Library, you get more than digital books! Learn how you can support learning with research based strategies through this incredible online library. Part 1 takes you through the interactive features of the student portal.
Episode 2: SOR Squad Learning Videos (Sounds Of Reading) Discover an online library with more than just books! Take a look at our SOR Squad (Sounds Of Reading) learning videos. Our Online Library has 43 videos across 9 levels that explicitly teach letter/sound correspondences, tracking of sounds and the blending process and the teaching of high frequency words, all in a fun and engaging way!
Episode 3: The Teacher Portal Take a look at our teacher portal and how it can be used in the classroom. Our Online Library has 130 decodable texts (and growing with new series on its way), 43 learning videos that explicitly teach letter/sound correspondences, tracking of sounds and the blending process and the teaching of high frequency words, and, many resources for educators!
Episode 4: Daily Review Lessons This video will take you through the daily review lessons. Daily review of content and skills is extremely important for beginner readers. It allows them to practise and consolidate skills to achieve mastery and automaticity in incremental stages.
Episode 5: Sneak Peek - Early Readers Level 7 -Book 6 (Phonics Focus i_e, i, y) in our Online Library Take a look at one of our Early Reader decodable books through our Online Library! These books can even be projected up on class interactive whiteboards for choral reads, word hunts, modelled reading, fluency work or even dictation (you can hide words by zooming in and then zoom out for the text reveal).

Tune Into The Sounds Of Reading - Series 4

Episode 1: How Can We Maximise Instructional Time To Develop Phonological Awareness Skills? It is important that we maximise instructional time when it comes to adding Phonological Awareness to our programs. Learn how 5-7 minute oral drills, that use targeted skills and a flexible resource, can set a strong foundation and also allow time in a schedule to progress these skills alongside grapheme/phonics. Also learn why spending more time on the sub skill of Phonemic Awareness will maximise results. In the video I refer to the following research report:
Episode 2: What is Phonological Awareness? Why Is It Important? How Do You Teach It? Do you know the difference between Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness? Do you know how these are connected? Do you know why they are important in the process of learning to read? Most importantly, do you know which skills are most crucial and where to spend instructional time to maximise success? This video will help educators get an understanding of the most crucial skills in the 'learning to read' process and also show you how our 'Tune Into The Sounds of Reading' Kit supports the development of these skills.

The Sounds Of Reading - Evidence Based Resources Series 5

Episode 1: What Is Oral Language and How To Support the Development Of It Oral Language is the foundation of all learning! It is the system through which we use spoken words to express knowledge, ideas, opinions and feelings. Developing oral language, then, means developing the skills and knowledge that go into listening and speaking, all of which have a strong relationship to reading and to writing. It is important as educators that we provide opportunities for students to develop receptive and expressive language, and one way that we can do this is through scaffolded conversation. * If you suspect a language delays, seek professional advice and assessments through speech pathologists.
Episode 2: Why Is It So Important to Get 'Phoneme Pronunciations' Right? The starting point to reading is sound and knowing individual phonemes (speech sounds). This video will teach the importance of explicit instruction for phoneme introductions and what it means for vulnerable students. There's also some hints and tips along the way. Tapping into professional speech pathologists is the key and we highly recommend Alison Clarke from Spelfabet Alison has made a great video outlining the 44 English speech sounds:
Episode 3: Teach Phonemic Awareness In Ways That Will Stick! Phonemic Awareness is a vital component of the reading and spelling process and therefore should be incorporated into an evidence based curriculum. This video will explain Phonemic Awareness skills from beginner to advanced levels and give you some hints and tips to maximise results. It will also share with you how Phonemic Awareness is incorporated in our Sounds of Reading Toolkits. Check out our Sounds Of Reading Toolkits in our shop!
Episode 4: 5 Key Considerations When Introducing Graphemes Phoneme-grapheme relationship are the foundational building blocks of the orthographic code so introducing graphemes (letters) and mapping these to speech sounds is the crucial part of the 'learning to read' process. This video gives you 5 key considerations when implementing this phase of learning in your classrooms.
Episode 5: How Do I Teach Word Blending Effectively? There are some key considerations when explicitly teaching word blending to children first learning to read. This video takes you through these key considerations while giving you some hints and tips for classroom practice. The resources shown in this video are from our Sounds Of Reading Toolkits.
Episode 6: The Importance of Daily Word Work and What Steps To Take Decoding (reading) and Encoding (spelling) go hand in hand in the early stages of learning. This video will take you through the important steps of teaching encoding (word building) and how to implement effect strategies for success.
Episode 7: Pre-Reading Activities- Set Them Up For Success There are a few quick activities that educators can do just before hearing a child read a decodable book. These few little activities can lead a child to reading success so find out what they are.
Episode 8: Supported Reading...the NEW Guided Reading Approach The term 'Guided Reading' has a strong association to a Whole Language/Balanced Literacy approach, which reading science has now proven to have many flaws. Gone are the days of grouping students based on 'benchmarking levels' and a 'Round Robin' pedagogical approach (turn taking). We like the new term 'Supported Reading' and this video will share some key considerations to maximise the instruction and engagement during this crucial time.
Episode 9: The Key Components of Reading Fluency and the Benefits of Repeated Reading Fluency, the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with proper expression, can sometimes be described as the “most neglected” reading skill, yet the close relationship between fluency and reading comprehension makes it so crucial. Learn about the key components of reading fluency, the benefits of repeated reading and strategies that you can use in your classrooms.
Episode 10: Effective Vocabulary Instruction Vocabulary has been identified as one of the core components of reading instruction. Learn the difference between implicit and explicit vocabulary instruction, the types of words to teach and the key considerations to incorporate in your programs.
Episode 11: What Do I Need To Know About Reading Comprehension? Learn why reading comprehension strategies are not the first step in building comprehension. This video gives educators a different perspective on the starting point for building reading comprehension.
Episode 12: The Power of Dictation - What, Why, How Learn about this one powerful lesson inclusion and its benefits. This video unpacks what dictation is, the benefits it can have on student learning and the steps for implementation.
Episode 13: Dictation in Action Incorporating dictation into the literacy block can have many benefits as we learnt in the previous video. This video now shows dictation in action!

Assessment - Data Collection, Analysis, Response - Series 6

Episode 1: Introduction To RTI (Response To Intervention) Guest Presenter, Julie Scali, from Literacy Impact, helps us deepen our knowledge of RTI (Response to Intervention). To find out more visit
Episode 2: When a Running Record Level Just Doesn't Cut It - What Reading Data Should I Really Be Collecting? As educators we need to be collecting data on skills and knowledge, rather than just a running record number. We need to dig down and analyse the skills of beginner readers and identify where the gaps are. This video will take you through some assessment tools that will allow educators to gather and respond to the right data.
Responding to Phonics Data PART 1 - How do I differentiate my instruction to match my data? It is important that we collect early phonics data and differentiate our teaching instruction to respond to the data collected. Learn how to use the SPARKLE data (Systematic Phonics And Reading Knowledge Levelled Evaluation) to then provide learning experiences that meets the needs for all your students.

Celebrating SOR Influencers

There are so many wonderful people making waves in our education system and we need to celebrate their influence on educators. These people are changing the way we teach reading by using evidence based methodologies that science now shows us as best practice.