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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.
Talisman 1 Book Series
Written by Tami Reis-Frankfort and Illustrated by Drew Wilson
When Zak’s grandpa gives him a talisman with special powers, his life is never the same again.
This series shares the same phonic progression as both the Island Adventure and Rescue Series and can be used in parallel. Talisman 1 is a 10 book series aimed towards helping older students learn to read and spell the difficult alternative spellings for the vowel sounds. Starting with the sound ‘ae’, each of the 10 books introduces one phoneme and its alternative spellings. This action-packed series features one continuous story when read in sequence, with the conclusion in the final book.
Interest Level: Grades 2-8
Books: 10 Decodable Books Sold Together as a Complete Series
Phonic/Spelling Skills Taught
Talisman 1 Series Workbook (sold separately)
Catch-up reader workbooks are integral to the reading program as they include activities to support the learner.
This 150 page, photocopiable workbook has 10 chapters of activities designed for older students, ages 8-14. This workbook corresponds directly to the 10 books in the Talisman 1 series, and includes activities for reading, spelling, and comprehension based on the characters and adventures in the books.
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.