Moon Dogs reviewed by SNIP

Special Needs Information Press has just published a review of the Moon Dogs series in theTam has a Nap pages 2 and 5 June newsletter. Here is a summary for busy teachers:

“The Moon Dog series consists of two sets of eight books, all with modern storylines involving a group of teenage friends. There are excellent illustrations to bring the stories to life and so engage the readers…

This reading series, like its predecessors, has been well produced and will help to support struggling readers to regain their confidence in the acquisition of reading skills.”

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Phonic Books have produced a new series of reading books containing short stories that are aimed at older pupils who would benefit from a phonic approach in order to build up their reading skills.

This series extends the range of readers produced by Phonic Books following their earlier series, such as Magic Belt, Alba, Totem and Talisman.

The Moon Dog series consists of two sets of eight books, all with modern storylines involving a group of teenage friends. There are excellent illustrations to bring the stories to life and so engage the readers.

Set 1 is aimed at absolute beginners and introduces the sounds as well as reinforcing them with the use of CVC words. The text is limited to one line in these books and all the letter/sound are catered for.
Set 2 begins at CVC level and quickly moves on to words with adjacent consonants before tackling ch, sh, th, ck, ng, qu and wh. The aim is that by the end of Set 2, readers will be confidently decoding words such as strong, cloth, along etc. The books in both series start by introducing the sound patterns to expect in order to ensure that the reader will not be fazed by the text within the book. At the end of the books is a simple game to play to provide an assessment of the learning that has taken place.

Both sets of readers have supplementary workbooks which follow the phonic progression of the series. Each of these consist of 100 pages of activities to try. These allow extra practice of reading , spelling and comprehension, so helping the reader to recognise and further use words which have been previously learned. There are also photocopiable games sand reading cards to enhance the multi-sensory approach to learning.

This reading series, like its predecessors, has been well produced and will help to support struggling readers to regain their confidence in the acquisition of reading skills.

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