Charge into Reading Decodable Reading System

From best-selling children's book author Brooke Vitale and Orton-Gillingham trained literacy specialist Marisa Ware comes a new kind of decodable reading system.

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Stage 1: Short Vowel Sounds

The Short Vowel Decodable Reader Set is perfect for children who are ready to begin reading. This 5-book, 120-page set is the first installment in Charge into Reading’s Decodable Book Series, a structured series of readers designed to grow with a child’s phonetic learning.

Now on The Reading League's list of Decodable Text Sources!

  • The Short Vowel Decodable Reader Set includes 73 new short vowel words plus 5 high-frequency words: a, oh, the, to, was.

  • 40 pages of short-vowel-specific literacy activities including decoding, phonemic awareness work, and spelling enable small groups or parents to transition seamlessly from reading to practicing literacy skills.

Each book in the short vowel set contains a vowel specific story, a complete word list, and 8 pages of vowel specific literacy activities.

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What the Reading Experts are Saying . . .

"I purchased 6 packs of the CVC set for myself . . . I have to say, I really think these decodables are spot on. I love that they feel like real stories, and there's even some fun activities in the back. They are true decodables and would be the perfect addition to any structured literacy classroom." — Savannah Campbell — K-5 Reading Specialist. See video review directly below.

"These cvc focused decodable books are perfect for our beginning readers. I love that they are truly decodable so that my beginning readers get to experience success with applying their new skills. My students love these books!" —Instagram ReelSarah Paul- Reading Intervention Specialist: K-3 (@snippetsbysarah)

I love that each book comes with 8 pages of vowel specific literacy activities, which include decoding, spelling, and phonemic awareness work. The series follows a quality scope and sequence. . ."The ultimate guide to decodable books- Anna Geiger, CEO ofThe Measured Mom

K-5 Reading Specialist Savannah Campbell's Review

  • Consonant Blend Set

    • Introduces 117 new consonant blend words.
    • New vocabulary includes: clasps, clumps, crams, crept, frets, glob, grunts, preps, rump, skids, slab, snags, sulk, tuft, yelps.
    • This 5-book, 120-page set includes only 8 high-frequency words: he, into, of, onto, saw, she, the, to. All other words in this set build on the short vowel sounds introduced in stage 1.
    • Includes 40 pages of blend-specific literacy activities

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  • Digraph Set

    • Introduces 120 new digraph words.
    • New vocabulary includes: chomps, chug, cling, dock, filth, fleck, flinch, muck, shad, shucks, springs, throb, thrusts, wham.
    • This 6-book, 144-page set includes only 5 high-frequency words: do, for, he, no, and to. All other words in this set build on the short vowel and consonant blends taught in stages 1 and 2.
    • Includes 48 pages of digraph-specific literacy activities.

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  • Long Vowel VCE Set

    • Introduces 109 new long vowel VCE words.
    • New vocabulary includes: compete, concrete, crude, extreme, flake, fumes, glides, grove, muse, scone, sphere, strode, theme, truce, wove.
    • This 5-book, 120-page set includes only 7 high-frequency words: be, for, he, my, to, we, you. All other words in this set build on the spelling patterns introduced in stages 1–3.
    • Includes 40 pages of long-vowel-specific literacy activities.
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Scope and Sequence

At Charge Mommy Books, we believe in transparency and choice. Our scope and sequence contains:

  • Assumed skills for each stage
  • Full word lists for every available book
  • A breakout of high-frequency words
  • Spelling patterns, graphemes, and phonemes
  • Preview of new vocabulary
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Using humor to engage new readers

It has been my experience that many books that strive to teach reading lack consistent and enjoyable plots. As an author of hundreds of published children's books and an editor to thousands, I understand how to prioritize story while following the strict rules required by a decodable reading system. The words that appear in each of our decodable readers adhere to the goals of that stage of books without sacrificing plot, grammar, or early sentence structure. If a story doesn't make sense, or doesn't make us laugh, we scrap it and start again.

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How I Write a Decodable Book

Each book in the Charge into Reading Decodable Reading System begins by finding acceptable words within the book's spelling pattern. I strive to create a compelling story using only these words and those children have learned in previous stages of the decodable reading system. Any high frequency words are called out before the story to prepare parents and teachers for guided reading.

This unique approach to reading enables children to master a single phonetic sound at a time (whether this appears as one spelling pattern or many), gaining the confidence to recognize those same sounds when they later appear in more challenging words and books.

*Note: The only exception to our strict adherence to the cumulative nature of these books is our stage 1 Short Vowel Decodable Reader Set. Because it is impossible to tell a quality story utilizing only CVC words, minimal consonant blends and digraphs are included where they fit the specific short vowel sound. These are noted in a word list at the beginning of each book for guided reading.

An image that shows how author Brooke Vitale writes a decodable book.