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To maximise gains in the early reading phase, students require access to high quality reading books. Quality early reading materials will facilitate the opportunity for students to rehearse their decoding skills in a context that gradually increases in complexity and length. Within the designed book lists, sight words and phonic concepts are progressively introduced.
The PLD book sets are modern and engaging while being decodable. What are decodable readers? Decodable readers present text that can be read using the decoding skills that have been acquired. Hence decodable reading material should be presented in conjunction with a structured synthetic phonics approach. Students are then able to practice in the context of reading, the phonic concepts that have been taught explicitly and systematically. Decodable readers typically should be viewed as a short-term resource, until students develop fluency and word attack skills. Read more on decodable reading material HERE.
The recommended reading books have been organised into sets of take home readers and in-class multiple copy sets to facilitate shared reading and repeated reading. The books have been selected for the junior primary and when students are first learning to read. However, the books can be presented to older students who are slow to progress within other reading schemes.
The books are designed to run alongside an evidence-based structured synthetic phonics program. Research repeatedly reports that the gains are greatest from the initial years of schooling when students are first learning to read. In terms of allocating reading books, tracking the progress within each school term, the Early Reading Profiles are recommended.
- The Foundation version of the screen can be found HERE
- The Year 1 and 2 version of the screen can be found HERE
The books are supplied with identification labels to assist with storage and organization. The books, which are available only in sets and cannot be purchased as individual copies.
These book-lists are provided as cost-effective options for schools to modernise their early reading material and to achieve a positive start to reading for the students in their care.
- Home reader Set 1 and Guided Reading Books Set 1 are ideal for semester one in Foundation (Prep. in QLD,/Vic/Tas, Kindergarten in NSW/ACT, Transition in NT and PrePrimary WA)
- Home reader Set 2 and Guided Reading Books Set 2 are ideal for semester two in Foundation (Prep. in QLD,/Vic/Tas, Kindergarten in NSW/ACT, Transition in NT and PrePrimary WA)
- Home Reader Set 3 is ideal for semester one Year 1.
- Home Reader Set 4 is ideal for semester two Year 1.
If students have read all of Home Readers Set 1 the additional set of 20 Home Reader Further Practise Set 1 may be appropriate. They are also suitable for students who are still acquiring accuracy and automaticity at an Exercise 2 level on the PLD Early Reading Profile.
If students have read all of Home Readers Set 2 the additional set of 20 Home Reader Further Practise Set 2 may be appropriate. They are also suitable for students who are still acquiring accuracy and automaticity at an Exercise 3, 4 and 5 on the PLD Early Reading Profile.
If students have read all of the Home Readers Set 3 and Home Readers Set 4 the additional 20 Home Readers Further Practise Set 3 and 4 may be appropriate. They are also suitable for students who are still acquiring accuracy and automaticity at an Exercise 5 and 6 on the PLD Early Reading Profile.
Or additional reading on the introduction of decodable reading books into the initial years of reading the following recommended readings have been provided:
- Reading 1: Tracking reading progress with decodables. What are the options: Leaders call for running records pm benchmarking to be phased out
- Reading 2: Running Records Must be Abolished in SA
Reading 3: Why SA Schools Must Invest in Decodable Readers in 2018
- Reading 4: Decodable Texts: National Literacy Learning Progression
- Reading 5: Decodable Readers Boost Early Reading/
- Reading 6: Whats the difference between decodable and predictable books and when should they be used?