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).
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)
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.