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What are Catch-up Readers?
Catch-up readers are decodable, systematic phonic reading books for older readers
Interest Age: 8 to 14+
80% of struggling readers have a gap in phonics knowledge. Phonics books fill in these missing gaps. They are designed for older students who may have already experienced reading failure. Since many of these students also experience loss of confidence and low self-esteem, Phonics Books develop confident, independent reading strategies.
Included in each series:
Each of the series engage students in action-packed stories, while introducing step-by-step decodable phonics skills. Each series is supported by a photocopiable workbook (sold separately) that provides a variety of skill based activities.
Magic Belt Book Series
Written by Tami Reis-Frankfort and Illustrated by Drew Wilson
Zak goes on a journey to find 10 magical gems to help cure his ill grandfather.
This series shares the same phonic progression as the That Dog! Series and can be used in parallel. Magic Belt is a 12 book series, which takes students from CVC and CVCC word level text, and continues to build reading skills in a step-by step phonic progression. This action-packed journey will appeal to older readers who struggle with reading and would benefit from a beginning phonics program. This series features one continuous story when read in sequence, with the conclusion in the final book.
Books: 12 Decodable Books Sold Together as a Complete Series
Phonic Skills Taught
Magic Belt Series Workbook (sold separately)
Catch-up reader workbooks are integral to the reading program as they include activities to support the learner.
This 190 page, photocopiable workbook has 12 chapters of activities designed for older students, ages 8-14, who already know the sounds of the alphabet and can read simple CVC words. This workbook corresponds directly to the 12 books in the Magic Belt series. This workbook follows the same phonic progression as the Magic Belt book series and includes activities for word building, blending, segmenting, comprehension, and vocabulary.
Talisman Cards (sold separately)
Talisman Cards are two collections of 10 beautifully illustrated playing card decks that offer students an exciting and fast-paced game that provides students with plenty of practice to sharpen their phonic skills. Starting at the CVC word level, the decks introduce consonant digraphs and alternative spellings for vowel sounds. Each card deck corresponds to a phonics lesson contained in the phonics reading book series.
Although titled Talisman Cards, these cards are designed to be used in conjunction with all Phonics Books reading series.