If your child attends primary school in the UK then it is likely that he or she is being taught how to read with the aid of phonics. Phonic teaching is now the recognised method of teaching literacy in our schools and it works by teaching the child the individual sounds each letter of the alphabet makes. As the child progresses he / she will begin to decode words by breaking down the letters, associating sounds with the letters and piecing them back together again to form the word.
If you choose the right decodable books you will find children are actually excited to learn and are motivated to read on so this selection process is important.
Marlene Greenwood is an established author of high quality phonic books and has written and published over 100 books in her Jelly and Bean and Follifoot Farm collections. All her books adhere to Department of Education guidelines and are taught not only in UK schools but also schools throughout Japan, where English is taught as a second language.
Book Four in the Combining Consonants series is called “The Red Spotty Cloth” and it is in this book where we meet up with Greenwood’s most popular characters, Jelly and Bean the cats. The cats spot a red cloth on the ground and are curious as to what is underneath it. After imagining what it could be one of the cats tries to move the cloth, but realises it is stuck. They eventually manage to move it and discover a hedgehog underneath. The hedgehog is relieved that he can see again and goes on his way. Jelly and Bean carry on their journey and take the red, spotty cloth with them. This charming tale is simplistic yet engaging and as with all books in the series will surely encourage further reading.
The vocabulary used within this book includes:
Phase 2 phonics: red, rat, get, cats
Phase 3 phonics: then, them, will
Phase 4 phonics: glad, cloth, past
Vowel digraphs used include:
“ay”: way, “ee”: sees, “oo”: cool
Words with consonants combined to make one sounds:
“sh”: she, “ng”: going, “wh”: what