Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers are designed to launch children into reading. They introduce new sounds very gradually and provide plenty of opportunity for practising reading the sounds in words.
Dandelion Launchers are ideal for children who are at the very early stages of learning to read and need extra support when blending sounds to read words. Each page has just one line of text with simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words to read, enabling children to gain confidence and build self-esteem.
Dandelion Readers follow the same phonic progression as the Launchers, but offer more text to a page as the series progresses. The length of text in the stories increases very gradually to keep pace with the child’s developing reading skills. The Readers go on to cover more complex parts of the English phonic code.
Dandelion Readers Levels 1, 2 and 3 and the Split Vowel series cover the vowel sounds and introduce the concept that the same sound can have alternative spellings:
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Split Vowel Set|
|ai||ai, ay, a||ai, ay, a, a-e, ea||a – e|
|ee||ee, e, ea||ee, e, ea, y||e – e|
|oa||oa, o, ow||oa, o, ow, oe, o-e||i – i|
|ur||ur, er, ir||ur, er, ir, or, ear||o- e|
|ea||ea, e, ai||‘ea’ as, ae, ee or e||u – e|
|ow||ow, ou||‘ow’ as ow or oe||All spellings|
|oo||oo, ew, ue||oo, ew, ue, u-e|
|igh||igh, i, y||igh, I, y, ie, i-e|
|oo||oo, oul, u||‘oo’ as in boot or look|
|or||or, a, aw||or, a, aw, au, al|
Dandelion Readers Level 1, 2 and 3 books can be used in two ways:
- Children can read all ten books in Level 1, which will introduce them to one spelling of each vowel sound. They can then read Level 2, followed by Level 3, which will offer alternative spellings of the sounds learnt in Level 1.
- Alternatively, children can read Book 1 from Levels 1, 2 and 3, followed by Book 2 in all three levels etc. This will introduce children to alternate spellings for each sound before moving on to the next sound.
The Workbooks that accompany the Launchers and Readers provide fun multisensory activities linked to the stories and characters in the books.
For more information on the sounds covered in the books and discounts available, these books can be found on the website here.