For Parents

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Our levels are designed to teach phonics and reading systematically

Every parent can do their best to teach their child to read, but without the right resources it can be a struggle. Decodable Readers Australia uses the proven decodable method, along with engaging stories and beautiful imagery to support the explicit teaching of reading.

How can I help my child to read?

A parent never considers the process of learning to read until they start teaching their own children at home. Learning to read is not a simple process and is one that requires proper teaching of various skills and strategies. For your child to become a successful reader, as a parent you will need to ensure that the sounds of the English language are taught explicitly and are practised.

How do I choose the right level for my child?

The level of your child’s reading and their age will determine which books are suitable. These guidelines are applicable if children have been taught using explicit phonics. We have a general guideline:

Book Level School Year/Grade Chronological Age
Development of Phonological Awareness Skills Prep/Kindergarten Term 1 4 years 7 months - 5 years 7 months
Level 1 Readers Prep/Kindergarten Term 2 4 years 10 months - 5 years 10 months
Level 2 Readers Prep/Kindergarten Term 3 5 years 1 month - 6 years 1 month
Level 3 Readers Prep/Kindergarten Term 4 5 years 4 months - 6 years 4 months
Level 4 Readers Year/Grade 1 Term 1 5 years 7 months - 6 years 7 months
Level 5 Readers Year/Grade 1 Term 2 5 years 10 months - 6 years 10 months
Level 6 Readers Year/Grade 1 Term 3 6 years 1 month - 7 years 1 month
Level 7 Readers Year/Grade 1 Term 4 6 years 4 months - 7 years 4 months
Level 8 Readers Year/Grade 2 Term 1 6 years 7 months - 7 years 7 months

Why Decodable Readers Australia?

Our books are fun, engaging, written using Aussie themes and help to ensure that home reading can be enjoyed by both children and parents

  • Our books systematically introduce new groups of sounds to help teachers and parents ensure that children can be successful when reading at home
  • The pre-reading and post-reading activities in each of our books provides parents and care-givers with additional information which they can use to support children in their learning journey
  • Each level comes with a complimentary teacher guide. Learn more about phonics, phonemic awareness, activating prior knowledge, guided reading and fluency and the impact these have on a child’s ability to read.

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Level 1 – App

Level 1 books introduce the sounds s, a, t, p, i, n. All the words in each of the 20 books in Level 1 are made up of only these sounds and minimal sight words. This small number of sounds and the opportunity to practice using 20 different fun and engaging stories about Nat and her bush friends, allows children to master the beginnings of the basic code as well as blending and tracking.

Level 2 – App

The Decodable Readers Australia – Level 2 books introduce the sounds m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e u and r. All the words in each of the 20 books in Level 2 are made up of these sounds and those introduced in Level 1, along with minimal sight words. After having mastered the Level 1 sounds and the basic reading skills of blending and tracking, children should have gained the confidence to read Australian stories with new words and more text on each page.

Level 3 – App

Level 3 books introduce the sounds b, h, f, l, j, v, w, x, y and z. All the words in each of the 20 books in Level 3 are made up of these sounds and those introduced in Level 1 and 2 along with minimal sight words. After having mastered the Level 1 and 2 sounds and the reading skills of blending and tracking, children should have gained the confidence to read Australian stories with new words and more text on each page.

Level 4 – App

Level 4 books introduce the sounds sh, ch, th (them) th (thin), qu, ng, wh, g (gent) and c (circle). All the words in each of the 20 books in Level 4 are made up of these sounds and those introduced in Level 1, 2 and 3 along with minimal sight words. After having mastered the Level 1, 2 and 3 sounds and the reading skills of blending and tracking, children should have gained the confidence to read Australian stories with new words and more text on each page.