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Reading Intervention for Struggling Readers: CVC Words: Book 1

Reading Intervention for Struggling Readers: CVC Words: Book 1
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This is the first in a series of books written for struggling readers.

This is a series of decodable phonic books written for struggling readers.

Struggling readers often have gaps in their phonic knowledge or have started to guess. These books help to retrain the child. They start back at the beginning with CVC words to ensure the child can read fluently at this level and to build shattered confidence. Sometimes children think they can read the easy books, but find that they have learnt to guess words which interrupts fluency and excludes them from comprehending what has been read.

They build up, from CVC words, through consonant blends words with a short vowel sound, to ck, oo words. More are coming!

They are useful for reading intervention for older pupils, maybe even of 11+ who are struggling to read fluently.

Pupils should be able to blend fluently and have some phonic knowledge, though it may not be secure.

Who is this book for?

Older pupils who can read, but who have a reading age well below their chronological age. Such children may struggle to read simple text with accuracy/fluency and thereby lack comprehension.

It is not for pupils who are just beginning to read with phonics. Please see my CVC decodable readers for books for such pupils.

It is convenient enough for parents to use with their children, as well as for use by teachers and private tutors.

Outline and steps

This book begins at the beginning, with CVC words with a short vowel sound. In my remedial work with older struggling readers, I often find that it is here that difficulties arise, as the child may not have properly learnt to blend, and have started to guess. Therefore, this book gives confidence in reading passages that are totally decodable.

I find that often these children need help to distinguish between similar words, either due to not looking at the initial or final sound and by retraining the child to read accurately using these simple texts - that do not look babyish - and then rebuilding from the bottom up, much progress can be made.

Please find the next book in the series, Consonant Blends Words here.

I thought that my pupils would look with disdain on these books. I found the opposite; they were so relieved that at last somebody had actually given them a book they could read!


These books have been written and tried and tested on some of my older pupils (mainly boys I admit), and they have proved very helpful. Most of my pupils have a dyslexic type problem, involving poor processing skills. It is crucial that they build a secure foundation for reading ability to build upon. This book, used as described will help to build that foundation.

I am finding more and more such pupils desperate for help. You can help too! It is not hard but just needs a little understanding of the problem.


While using this book, use the exercise on the included PowerPoint to strengthen the child's phonic blending skills and to re-train the child not to guess but look at all sounds in a word.

Do have the child recite the vowel sounds at every lesson as these are often weak.

Also do much practice of reading parts of words with a vowel and a consent, e.g.; ma/me/mi/ mo/ mu or at/et/it/ot/ut etc...

There is a PowerPoint included with this book for this purpose, but you can easily make your own resources.

What is included?

1 book with 12 reading passages and fluency charts.

1 PowerPoint with instructions under each slide.

This is a growing series of books. Find more here:

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4

Book 5

Book 6

Resource Tags

reading catch up reading intervention phonic readin gbooks phonics reading books decodable reading book special needs reading for older readers struggling readers special needs

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