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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.
Moon Dogs Book Series – Set 2
Written by Tami Reis-Frankfort & Clair Baker and Illustrated by Asha & Drew Wilson
A humorous, three set series following a group of teenage friends who are in the Moon Dog band.
The Moon Dogs Series (set 2) is an 8 book set, designed to appeal to older, catch-up students at the early stages of reading. With both male and female characters, the Moon Dog series will appeal to boys and girls alike. The Moon Dogs Series, Set 2 begins with cvc words, and introduces adjacent consonants and consonant digraphs ch, sh, th, ck, ng, qu and wh. Reading skills are developed through step-by-step progression which allows practice at each level.
Books: 8 Decodable Books Sold Together as a Complete Series
Phonic Skills Taught
Moon Dogs Set 2 Workbook (sold separately)
Catch-up reader workbooks are integral to the reading program as they include activities to support the learner.
This 100 page, photocopiable workbook has 8 chapters of activities designed for older students, ages 8-14, who are beginner readers. This workbook corresponds directly to the 8 books in the Moon Dogs Set 2 reading series, and offers practice reading at CVC level, and continues through the digraphs ch, sh, th, ck, ng, qu, and wh. Activities include word building, reading, spelling and comprehension, and are based on the characters and adventures in the Moon Dogs series.
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.