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A Problem with Decodable Books and a Solution from Lexile

      One of the problems with decodable books is that what is decodable for one student or classroom isn't yet decodable for another student or classroom. You must match a decodable book to the scope and sequence of instruction. Struggling readers especially need to be matched with a decodable book according to the skills they have and what they need to practice. This isn't easy. There have been barriers to finding the right decodable books for students at the various stages of reading instruction.  The easiest thing to do is to use only books and passages that are provided with reading curriculum, but the choices are often limited. You can get your hands on the actual book and look through each page while thinking through what skills are covered and when the book will fit your scope and sequence. That requires the funds to purchase books, often in sets, that you may never use and lots of time to carefully analyze books.  You can also obtain scope and sequences from publishers

FREE! KidsRead2Kids Magazine Vol. II

Decodable Adventures has an advertisement in the new edition of KidsRead2Kids Magazine . If you aren't familiar with KidsRead2Kids, this short description from their website describes their purpose: "KidsRead2Kids was founded by Dyslexic and ADHD siblings to bring the joy and confidence back to the struggling reader."   I recommend you check them out. A great way to start is to use this code to access KidsRead2Kids Magazine Volume II for FREE ! (Thank you KidsRead2Kids.) BW532Q3Q  

Companion Book to The Black Silk Path

 It has been a busy year. I've been working on several projects in addition to getting my CERI SLDS (Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist) Certification. I'm excited to share these projects with my readers over the next several months. One of these projects has been a companion book to The Black Silk Path . Over the last year and a half, it has taken several forms. After several notebooks, writing, letting it sit, rewriting, reinventing, writing, rewriting, creating fonts, formatting, and editing, the final form (for now) is off to the editor. Whew! Writing is definitely a process. Learning to read is also a process which can take a lot of practice.  The companion book brings the fictional story into our reality or suspends our reality as we enter Ed and Mel's world. The book is a "used textbook."  This book IS the book that Ed and Mel used to fight the communication stealing spell in The Black Silk Path . Students can hold Ed and Mel's book in their hands

Using Decodable Texts - Webinar from The Reading League

If you haven't seen it yet, The Reading League produced a great video explaining how to use decodable texts for beginning readers. The Decodable Adventures book, The Hunt for R. L. Nox , joined many other amazing decodable books in the video's backdrop.     "Decodability is determined by the reader, not the text."  The Reading League