Reading Elephant offers step-by-step phonics books that gently teach K-2 struggling readers how to decode. Our books are printable, and therefore easily accessible.
Our method is designed for k-2 kids with reading difficulties, including kids with dyslexia, auditory-processing disorders, memory-deficits and kids who need research-based instruction.
Our step-by-step phonics books were designed for kids like Daniel. In 2nd grade, Daniel couldn’t read. He dreaded school, acted out in class, and broke down in tears when his mom tried to read with him. “I’m stupid!” he said. His mom was overwhelmed. Daniel had received every intervention available at school–he’d worked with a school psychologist, a speech language pathologist, a special education teacher and still nothing worked!
Daniel’s mom desperately began looking for programs for kids that have profound reading difficulties. She discovered that struggling readers learn best with a gentle approach. Kids that fall behind need to learn phonics sounds one at a time. Struggling readers need to build their knowledge of English orthography (spelling) incrementally. Daniel’s mom used our books to help her child learn to read.
Too often, we expect struggling readers to “catch on” to reading. However, many kids simply won’t “catch on.” Learning to read is hard. It requires massive cognitive changes in a child’s brain. Kids who struggle with decoding are bright. They need research-based instruction. They need a program that helps them acquire these changes gently and methodically.
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Step-by-Step Phonics Books
“I’ve checked out every book from the library. My student can’t even read those.”
Reading Elephant offers step-by-step printable phonics books that ease kids into reading. Our printable phonics books:
- Introduce phonics sounds gradually
- Are easy-to-use
- Allow students to practice sounds extensively
- Help students gain reading confidence
- Are carefully designed to meet each reading stage
- Build a strong reading foundation
- Are excellent for beginning readers & struggling readers
Why does Reading Elephant offer printable phonics books?
After I started a reading clinic, I was dumbfounded by how few resources are available to educators and parents with struggling readers. I had trouble accessing quality reading materials for my students. To help my students, I began designing systematic printable phonics books. I 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.
What types of students can learn to read using Reading Elephant phonics books?
Reading Elephant books are carefully designed for struggling readers, including kids with dyslexia, auditory-processing disorders, ADHD, autism and language delays. As a result, the printable decodable books allow students to learn phonetic units incrementally, meaning one at a time. Since the series is extensive, students can gain ample practice with each new phonics sound; they can develop accuracy and fluency. Many parents and educators use Reading Elephant books with students experiencing reading difficulties.
How are Reading Elephant phonics books different from other phonics stories?
I spent eight years of trial and error creating the systematic phonics 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 I work with, I tested each book on a great variety of kids at the K-2 reading level. After years of tampering, I am confident that our phonics books can help struggling readers learn to read. Here are some ways the books are unique:
1) Reading Elephant books are not guessable, repetitive or designed so the pictures cue the student.
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, Reading Elephant pictures are fun, but don’t cue the student. Thus, kids develop decoding skills.
2) 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. The books build a strong reading foundation and set kids on the path of independent reading.
3) 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.