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 πŸ‘€ 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.

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? πŸ˜‰ 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.
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!

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.