Complete Reading Schemes
We feature the following complete reading schemes:
Red Rocket Readers: A very comprehensive reading scheme from New Zealand with a large number of titles at the early levels, ending at level 30. Individual titles cannot be bought, but it’s excellent either as a basic program or for guided reading sets.
Wings: for years this has been the basic program for many schools in Australia. Many of the titles are quirky and amusing, and familiar characters reappear. Ends at level 26. There is a superb range of traditional tales at various levels, a new science-focussed set and a new phonics set.
Blake Storylands: Blake cleverly created a reading scheme to level 20 based around 6 themes so as to appeal to a wide range of student interests. There are work centre activities to support the texts. Some teachers indicate that students may struggle with the early levels, but otherwise this is a highly engaging scheme beautifully illustrated.
Scholastic Keylinks: A highly structured scheme developed by Jill Eggleton, even down to the order of reading of the titles. Ends at level 30. It has excellent support for the teacher and parent to help the learner.
Little Learners Love Literacy: Maureen Pollard has used her decades of experience in teaching phonics to produce an outstanding, comprehensive Australian phonics scheme, along with games, puppets and other resources to support the learner. This is THE program for learning phonics.
Jolly Phonics: This British program from Chris Jolly and Sue Lloyd is a favourite of many teachers and set the ground for the growing popularity of teaching reading through phonics. Check the following listings:
Jolly Music: a music program for very young children.
Teaching Resources: a wide range of resources, from puppets to wall charts to desk strips to games.
Jolly Grammar: extend the range of Jolly Phonics through the Primary years.
Wings Phonics: Era Publications has produced this set of 26 readers to support the phonics program in your school.
Blake's Funny Photo:Excellent support for learning phonics: 15 small alphabet and 15 blends books, flip books and teacher books.
Blake Novels: 4 sets of titles. Levels 28 to 32.
Brainwaves: 5 sets of non-fiction titles. Levels 17 to 34.
Deep End: 5 sets of fiction titles and 5 sets of non-fiction titles. Not levelled. The non-fiction titles are particularly good.
Gigglers: 13 sets of fiction titles. Level 10 and up.
Laser Beams: 4 sets of fiction titles. Levels 22 to 30.
Sparklers: 19 sets of fiction titles. Level 10 and up.
Wonder Wits: a set of fiction titles. Level 22 to 26.
Hi-Lo Chapter Books
Rex Jones: a set of themed adventure stories for boys. Levels 16-18.
Runway: a set of themed reality tv stories for girls. Levels 16-20.
Starchasers: a set of themed stories.
The Matt Merton mysteries: a set of themed stories for boys.
Treasure Trackers: a set of themed mysteries. Levels 26-27.
Specialist Reading Schemes
On Track Reading: this is probably the oldest of our literacy range, but our best-selling product. On Track Reading features simple titles up to level xx designed to support struggling readers. They are black text on yellow paper with simple illustrations, written and illustrated by Sylvana Foster, and they are a testament to the knowledge and skills she developed in the early childhood classroom.
Quick 60: Quick60 is designed by Sandra Iversen to bring groups of up to five struggling students to year-level in reading and spelling in 60 quick lessons or fewer.
Reading Eggs: a first reading program to get students started.
Go Facts: 29 themed sets of 4 titles per theme on non-fiction subjects. Various levels.
Happy to be me: unlevelled readers with indigenous themes.
Reading Resources for Teachers
Magic 100: 80% of schools now use the MIOOW Magic Words cards and games, and it's no wonder. After all, how many Australians aren't card sharks?