Understanding the unique
Anyone who has been following my work for the past decade has seen me talking about the benefits of using Code Level texts and 'readers' so that the children have a wide range of fun, meaningful ways to blend the high frequency, predictable graphemes (Sound Pics) they have been learning using the Coding Poster videos and Coding Poster work.
So if working at the Purple Code Level they use PCL readers. The words ONLY have s a t p i n m d g o c ck e u r h b f l le ll ss graphemes.
Children are also learning high frequency words using the same 'Code Mapping' technique, so that they can SPELL these words while writing, as well as recognise them with automaticity.
Here is Maya, from the pilot group, with Duck Level 1.
You will have seen this approach in SSP (Speech Sound Pics Approach) classrooms also.
Why not subscribe to the Training+ Membership? New readers will be added each week. Each has a video of the book, with Miss Emma mapping the phonemes to graphemes so that the children can then start each book with confidence.
They can start these when they’ve moved through our phase 1 (SSP orange) and can confidently read green code level texts, and have been exploring the monsters using the free SSP Monster Sounds app.
We are tackling the underlying issues struggling readers face, using a preventative approach - overcoming phonemic awareness deficits so that all children can map those phonemes to graphemes with fluency. Do you have a child with dyslexia? This creates new pathways in the brain - new connections are made because we are overcoming those phonemic awareness deficits.
Children can't learn 'phonics' without this work.
These readers are used alongside the scaffolded Code Level readers, which mean they continue to
look at high frequency (predictable) graphemes and blend them (print to speech) within the four
So while using Code Level ('decodable') readers to reinforce and consolidate high frequency graphemes the children ALSO read books set up like F&P and PM readers - repetitive, predictable and 'sight word-heavy', but we Code Map them!! They are able to see segmented ‘sight words’ and use ENCODING skills as they know the words and can work backwards, understanding how those sounds are mapping (speech to print)
By exploring the mapping of phonemes to graphemes in this manner children are able to read (and spell) far more quickly and easily. I explained that to Lara's Mummy here. Lara is now ready for the ICRWY readers, after around 8 weeks of the project pilot .
She can continue to read the Code Level texts, but ALSO explore Sound Pics (graphemes) that are
not explicitly taught within the 4 Code Levels
Here she is reading and spelling using the Green Code Level graphemes (s a t p i n)
They learn this within the first few weeks of the ICRWY Project.
The ICRWY readers are unique, and 'just make sense' to children in preschool. Ask children like Spencer, who just turned 4 when he started the ICRWY Pilot 9 weeks ago.
The books enable children to learn 'sight words' quickly and easily; not only to recognise them with automaticity but to be able to SPELL them within their writing- even with little ones who aren't really ready to be writing! Cognitive skills are often at odds with motor control skills.
Decodable readers have to limit the graphemes, in line with the explicit teaching order - but then children are stuck when reading 'real' books as they see words like 'after' or 'said' or 'because' or 'any'' etc.
ICRWY readers are a break-through in teaching even the youngest children to read - without help. Miss Emma's dyslexic students are now using these.
First 10 or so are already in the Bookshelf Membership, and new ones added daily - there is a video to watch, so they HEAR the phonemes while LOOKING at the graphemes, and then they can have a go themselves.
Village' is a good word as the children can see that there are two Sound Pics for the same speech sound, by looking at the Speech Sound Monsters.
Still learning the Speech Sound Monsters? Get the SSP Monster Sounds app! Quickly check the sounds.
This is a snippet from a clip to members explaining 'sight words' within the readers, but also the concept of the Naughty Speech Sound Frog.