Podcast

Decodable Text: Training Wheels for Reading

By Reading Horizons Last updated 2024/05/27
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Description

This podcast episode explores decodable text as training wheels for early readers. These texts feature phonetically regular words and consistent spelling patterns, providing a structured approach to learning to read. Kemeny emphasizes their importance in building strong phonics and decoding skills, boosting reading fluency and confidence. Decodable texts are introduced in the early stages of reading instruction and gradually phased out as students become proficient in decoding and sight words. Educators can make the process engaging through interactive activities and relatable stories. The goal is for students to transition to authentic texts when they have developed solid decoding skills and a growing sight word vocabulary. Effective use of decodable texts ensures a smooth and enjoyable journey towards reading fluency for young learners.

Curriculum Connection

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
Language Foundations in Reading and Writing, Word-Level Reading and Spelling: Applying Phonics, Orthographic, and Morphological Knowledge Grade 1: B2.4, B2.5, B2.6; Grades 2–3: B2.1, B2.2, B2.3; Grade 4: B2.1.  Reading and spelling CVC, CCVC, CVCC, CCVCC, and CVCe words made of phonics patterns they have learned;  Consolidating phonics knowledge in word reading and spelling increasingly complex multisyllabic words, with developing automaticity; applying word reading and spelling skills to complex multisyllabic words, with increasing automaticity; Applying developing phonological, grapheme-phoneme correspondence, orthographic, and morphological knowledge to decode and spell words with irregularities; Memorizing irregular grapheme-phoneme correspondences for instances where phonological, orthographic, and morphological information cannot be used through meaningful practice, multiple exposures  to the word, and explicit instruction, instead of memorizing words as whole units.
Grade(s): K 1
Topic(s): Applying MorphologyApplying OrthographyApplying PhonicsWord-Level Reading and Spelling

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  1. I just loved this podcast episode with Lindsay Kemeny on decodable books- how to use them effectively and how to know when students are ready to move on from them! I share this podcast episode with teachers every time I talk about decodables so teachers understand that they are not intended to replace authentic texts but to complement a comprehensive approach to reading instruction that includes both decodables AND vocabulary rich, authentic texts. Great episode for teachers of emergent readers!!!

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