Beginner’s Guide to Talking about Literacy

A Quick Start Guide to Teaching Reading

3 terms to know before you select a reading program


Phonics is a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables (source: Merriam-Webster).

The SuperBooks program offers over 80 different phonics readers in Kit 1 and Kit 2. Each kit is thoughtfully sequenced to incorporate the right words at the right time for optimal success.





Decodable text is a type of text used in beginning reading. These types of texts are carefully sequenced to progressively incorporate words that are consistent with the letter–sound relationships that have been taught to the new reader. (source: The Reading League)

SuperBooks is proud to be listed as a trusted decodable text source for all ages by The Reading League.





Blending is the process by which new readers sound out words. The beginning reader will say the individual sounds in the word; then they will put the sounds together to form the whole word. For example, readers may see r-a-n and blend them to make ‘ran’.


The SuperBooks program encourages blending practice through the repetition of core sounds and the careful introduction of new words.