Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

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Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

Post by Elizabeth » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:14 am

“Decodable books” are books the reader can decode. The term is usually used to mean the books in a reading scheme where the levels are structured according to how easy it is to decode the words, using a phonic approach.

The terms “Look and Say” and “Whole Word” are usually used to mean a method of teaching reading where children memorise or deduce words as wholes, without phonics. The levels in reading schemes based on this approach are structured according to the number of words in the books, the ease of guessing the words from pictures and the amount of repetition.

I have read that “decodable” books are dull and restrictive and that a “whole word” or “Look and Say” approach allows children to read for meaning and enjoyment. Here are two examples of books, one based on “Look and Say” and one “decodable” . I leave the reader to decide which one is more dull and restrictive and which one is more enjoyable.

This one is based on a “Look and Say” approach. It is one of the first level of Peter and Jane readers:
Here is Peter and here is Jane. Here is Pat the dog.
Peter is here. Jane is here and Pat is here. Here they are.
Here they are in the water.
They like the water. Pat likes the water. Pat likes fun.
Come in Pat. It is fun. It is fun in the water.
Come in the water. Come come come.
This one is based on a phonic approach. It is one of the first level of Jolly Readers and is designed to be decodable for children who have been learning through a phonic approach for about ten weeks.
The Wind and the Sun argued.
"I am the strongest!" shouted the Wind.
"I am!" glinted the Sun.
"I bet I can get that man's coat off!" boasted the Wind.
He tried hard, but the man just shivered and held onto his coat.
The Wind stormed off and the Sun just glittered.
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Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:32 pm

The International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction has produced a statement as a pdf with the topic of 'Book Bands and Levelled Readers'.

This might be of interest for people to print off or tweet:

http://www.iferi.org/news/
Why Book Bands and Levelled Reading Books Should Be Abandoned

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Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

Post by Elizabeth » Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:09 am

The new website will include more about Book Bands.
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Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

Post by FEtutor » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:05 am

Sadly my 6 year old grandson is still sent home with 20 yr old ORT books to read. I've tried to access the new RRF statement on book bands that is mentioned on the home page, but can't get to it- any advice on how to do that?
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Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

Post by Elizabeth » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:41 am

I was looking for something else and came across the previous message from a year ago. I am sorry I did not respond to it at the time.

"An Alternative to Book Bands for Beginner Readers" can be found here:

http://rrf.org.uk/2017/03/28/an-alterna ... r-readers/
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