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What is a decodable reader?
A decodable reader is a book that only contains words that can be ‘sounded out’ and the letters use their most common sounds. Usually, they are part of a set, where more sounds are added gradually. Children can use their letter-sound knowledge and read a book independently from an early stage (sometimes after only learning the first 6 sounds).
The look of the squares, particularly the multiplication squares, might be familiar to some parents. But it’s not the layout of these that makes Flexitable so unique – it’s the soft, flexible scored plastic material that they are made from. Each table is made from white, flexible plastic that is scored between the gridlines, allowing children to fold and manipulate the table to more easily locate the information they are looking for. This is fantastic for kids who might suffer from information overload, or who struggle to follow lines and grids. Dyslexic children often report that text appears to jump around on the page when they look at large amounts of information, so being able to fold the table and just focus on the key information is massively helpful.
As most of us know, learning to read isn’t always that simple. Many (if not most) children will benefit from using a systematic phonics-based approach when learning to read. As children learn using a phonics based approach, decodable books become a key component of this learning process.