Eagle River, Wisconsin (PRWEB) June 05, 2014
A new blog series from All About Learning Press, Inc. highlights the inspiration behind some of the short stories in their decodable readers. The first post in the new series explains the background of the short story “A Haircut for Britches,” which appears in the Shipwreck! reader in Level 3 of All About Reading.
“In this decodable story, readers find out what happens when Britches the sheep manages to hide from the farmer to avoid getting sheared,” says Marie Rippel, curriculum developer at All About Learning Press, Inc. “We wanted readers to be able to see firsthand what sheep shearing is all about, so we visited a local farm during their annual sheep shearing and took a few pictures of the action. Each spring, the itinerant sheep shearer comes to our area to relieve the sheep of their dense wool coats before lambing season begins.”
Like all of the stories in the All About Reading program, “A Haircut for Britches” is fully decodable, meaning that it only contains words with phonetic code that the child has learned at that point in the program. According to Rippel, the term “decodable books” is sometimes used to refer to texts in which at least half the words are decodable, but being able to decode only half the words in a book is very frustrating for most students. “Truly decodable books are 100 percent decodable so the student is able to read every word,” says Rippel. “When a child reads a fully decodable book, he can use his knowledge of phonics and his word analysis skills to decode unfamiliar words. Because the child can figure out every word in the book, he feels successful, which in turn helps him build fluency and develop good reading strategies.”
All About Learning Press, Inc. is the publisher of the award-winning All About Reading program. Based on the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach, the program utilizes a multisensory approach to teach children the way they learn naturally—through sight, sound, and touch. The program includes letter tiles, flashcards, fluency practice, comprehension exercises, and a wide range of activities, while the lightly scripted "open and go" lesson plans do not require any previous teaching experience. The program comes with lifetime support and a 100 percent money-back guarantee.
Additional “story behind the story” blog posts will be released over the next few months.
For more information about the All About Reading program, visit http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com.
Contact: Greg Rippel