Decodable books, also known as phonic readers, are books that contain words only using a range of phonemes that children have learnt and known tricky words. These phonemes are gradually introduced (starting with s, a, t, p) using a week-by-week progression. Decodable books also use a small number of common exception words (or tricky words) also introduced gradually. The first books in phases 2 and 3 have simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant words) e.g. hat, bat tip. As children progress, they encounter more complex words with the full range of phonemes that children have learnt.
What are decodable books?
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