"No Baby Books for Teens"
That’s the concept behind the 24-book, three-level TERL (teen emergent reader libraries) Decode phonics system
from Saddleback Educational Publishing
, and it’s brilliant. Usually, helping Caribbean teens catch up on reading skills means using Kindergarten books—which serve to further humiliate and turn teens off of reading.Saddleback says, “The Decode
series has been developed specifically for emerging teen readers who are developing decoding skills. Written at emergent and beginning reader levels, the books have been carefully controlled to showcase phonics skills, beginning with CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and progressing through long vowels, r-controlled vowels, diagraphs, and multisyllabic words. Accompanied by dynamic full-color photos, the engaging storylines are teen-centric and represent a variety of genres.”