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I’m a K-3 Reading Interventionist. I’ve catapulted many struggling readers, including students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and language delays, into the next reading level with efficiency, quickness and success.
After working with struggling readers since 2009, I learned that there are not accessible systematic phonics books. Many parents lamented that their child could not read any books from school or the library.
Thus, I decided to offer my systematic phonics books online. My phonics books are designed so all kids can learn how to read, including kids with unique learning challenges. You can find my phonics books in my shop.
My reading clinic is located in the greater San Diego area. My students often come to me years below grade-level. My most common student is a mid-year first grader that can’t read even simple phrases like, “The cat sat.” Another common student I get is a second grader that can only read books he’s memorized, meaning he can’t decode at all! I’ve used my decodable books to help many struggling readers like this learn to read.
I stay up-to-date on reading research and study the history, cognitive science, and psychology of reading instruction. I learned best practices from John Shefelbine, a dyslexia professor and K-3 reading curriculum designer for struggling and dyslexic readers. Consequently, I implement reading interventions with only the best research-based methods.
I have my BA from UC Berkeley, an MA and a Reading Certificate.
Thanks again for visiting my site!
FAQs about Reading Elephant
Why does Reading Elephant offer printable decodable books?
After starting her own reading clinic, Brittany was dumbfounded by how few resources are available to educators with struggling readers. Brittany had trouble accessing quality reading materials for her own students. To help her students, she began designing systematic printable decodable books. She made them leveled, easy-to-use, thorough and systematic. As a result, clients loved them and began asking for more and more…until a whole series was made. Many struggling readers have since learned how to read using Reading Elephant printable decodable books.
What types of students can learn to read using Reading Elephant printable decodable books?
Reading Elephant books are carefully designed for struggling readers. As a result, the printable decodable books allow students to learn phonetic units incrementally (one at a time). Since the series is extensive, students can gain ample practice with each new phonics sound, allowing them to develop accuracy and fluency. Many parents and educators use Reading Elephant books with beginning readers and students experiencing reading difficulties.
How are the Reading Elephant printable decodable books different from other phonics stories?
Brittany spent eight years of trial and error creating the systematic decodable books. As a result, the books are not thrown sloppily together. Nor were they made swiftly. Since they were made for the diverse struggling readers Brittany works with, Brittany tested each book on a great variety of K-3 readers. After years of tampering, Brittany is confident that the printable decodable books can help struggling readers learn to read. Here are some ways the books are unique:
Reading Elephant books are not guessable, repetitive or designed so the pictures give the student the answers.
In sum, they do not encourage a sham form of reading. Students must read sound-by-sound. As a result, their reading progress is transferable to other texts. Students don’t simply memorize the language as in books with the following type of sentences… (I see the big hat. I see the big dog. –this type of text instills bad guessing/memorizing habits!!). Also, the pictures are fun, but don’t cue the student. As a result, kids learn how to read phonetically and independently. Eventually, their eyes light up as they see that their skills are transferable to the real world.
Reading Elephant books are systematic.
Students learn phonics sounds incrementally. Phonics sounds are introduced one at a time. Kids gain significant practice with each new phonics sound, and they always get to review old phonics sounds. This incremental progression allows kids to gain confidence, and develop into accurate readers. Eventually, as kids learn to read each new phonics sound, they can focus on building fluency. Reading Elephant books also slowly introduce sight words. The books build a strong reading foundation to set kids on the path of independent reading.
Reading Elephant books are comprehensive.
Most often, we take reading for granted. Sometimes, we assume reading is something kids acquire spontaneously. Not so. In English, there many phonics sounds, sight words and exceptions. In order to develop into an independent reader, students need exposure and practice with many phonics sounds. Since there are so many phonics sounds, Reading Elephant offers comprehensive books, allowing students to start at the beginning letter sound level and progress through many phonics sounds.
Can reading difficulties cause behavior problems?
Children who are below grade-level in reading typically struggle with the following seemingly periphery issues: low self-esteem, lack of confidence, aggression, inability to focus and overall behavior issues. Can these issues be brought on by reading struggles? Absolutely. Many children “act out” because they believe they cannot succeed in school. If a student is having reading difficulties, he might be bored in class because he cannot do the work (since he cannot read well). If a student comes home from school crying, avoids reading homework, and says startling things like, “I can’t read. I guess I’m stupid,” they are crying out for help.
How did Brittany get started?
Brittany’s first student, Kayla had acquired dyslexia; Kayla was in a severe car accident and completely lost her ability to read. In addition, she lost her ability to articulate certain sounds. Kayla had been in an intervention program for years with little success. After working one semester with Brittany Kayla’s reading improved dramatically and she was finally able to read books independently. Brittany was thrilled to see how powerful excellent reading instruction can be, and she decided she would dedicate her career to helping struggling readers. When working with Kayla, Brittany began developing the printable decodable books offered at Reading Elephant.