This product was written for readers who are struggling with decoding. There are a list of nonsense and real words to be used with the story to assist the struggling reader to learn a specific pattern.
The stories rhyme, use repetitive words and were designed to be fun and accessible while concentrating on mastering a specific letter pattern. Each story was written using as many words as possible with the letter pattern of focus. This limited the choice of words used to write each story, but it also limited the skills students need in order to successfully read the story. The stories and the pre-reading activities are designed to help students quickly internalize the pattern they struggle with, master it, and move on to the next pattern.
The pre-reading activities focus on the use of nonsense words. Nonsense words are words with no meaning that are fun to sound out, have predictable patterns, and give insight into the ability of the reader to sound out new letter patterns. There is a nonsense and real word list included in this book that is intended to be practiced prior to reading the story. The list can be read either all at once or worked on one page at a time until the words are read with ease.
Minimizing the skills a reader needs to apply in order to read a book helps reduce frustration. This allows the reader to build specific skills without needing to rely on sight word knowledge and multiple vowel patterns at the same time. Included is a list of other reading and writing activities and a list of enrichment nonsense words.