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Practice Readers Books | FAQs

How do I print my booklets?

Booklet fold pdfs are designed for double sided printing, flipping on the short edge. Fold in half and staple on the folded side to secure the pages in place.

How to fold your books.

I ordered a book set.  Why did I only receive a single pdf file?

When booklet sets are sold together, they may be bundled sequentially in a single digital file for convenience. You can print the entire file at once, or select an individual book’s pages as you prefer.

How should I choose a book?  

A good place to start is by reading our post on the phases of reading and spelling development. These will give you a good idea of the book series that will be most relevant to your child. Your child’s teacher may give you guidance on your child’s specific practice needs, or you may choose a book because you notice your child needs practice with a particular short vowel sound or letter combination. Don’t be afraid of practicing something your child has already learned, or to try something new. The important thing is to enjoy reading practice together while getting some practice in with key skills.

What is the skill sequence for your books?

Our book series are aligned with the phases of reading and spelling development.  Unlike many decodable book series, however, the books avoid a sequential progression within the series and can be read in any order. The goal is to make them easy to use with a variety of effective instructional sequences and provide multiple options to practice target skills. Topic selection is intended to provide curricular relevant and intrinsically rewarding books to read, in addition to focused practice with specific phonics skills/spelling patterns (We’ve started with the earliest ones, but more books are on the way!). Check out our product guide to learn more.

Some of your books have challenging vocabulary compared to similar books I’ve seen.

Vocabulary selection was based both on word spelling and topic relevance, which means that some highly decodable words of longer length are included earlier than you may find in some book series for beginning readers.

Developing understanding: If you encounter a word your child may not understand, take the opportunity to ask them what they think it means and have a conversation about it. This is also a great opportunity to find another book on the topic to learn more, or model how to look up the meaning of a word in a dictionary or online for your child.

Sounding out longer words: As children transition from the full- to consolidated- alphabetic phase, developing the ability to read word ‘chunks,’ these longer words will become easier for them to read. In the meantime, you can support your child by covering parts of the word to help them sound out one syllable at a time. If your child is not yet ready for some of these longer words, books from the First Readers: Minis, Vowel Mysteries, or Fast Flips may be a better fit for the time being.

I’m looking for a print version of one of your books / a book focused on a spelling pattern I cannot find.

We’re just getting started. We would love to hear your requests!

 

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