Phonic Progression of Our Books

In line with explicit systematic phonics and the Science of Reading, our books offer stair-step phonics progression starting from the simple to the more complex parts of the alphabetic code.

Our Beginner Readers start by introducing only a few sounds and letters at a time (Stage 1 introduces only five sounds: s, a, t, i, m), so that the reader can experience success from the outset.

All our books have cumulative progression which allows for previous learning to be included as the reader progresses. This ensures what has been learned is included and practiced along the way.

Each of our Catch-Up series has a different starting point and educators should assess the student to determine where any intervention should begin.  Parallel series offer further practice for students who need to consolidate new learning before progressing to the next level.  Our workbooks offer comprehensive pre-reading and post-reading activities to ensure the student has sufficient practice and rehearsal to embed learning.

Every book has the target phonics listed on it so the teacher can identify this with ease.  A ‘Reading Practice’ page in our hi-lo, Catch-Up series help prepare students for a successful reading experience.  As the students learn to decode more and more words, they learn new vocabulary.  This is listed and explained on the Vocabulary Page.

This chart shows the phonic progression of our range of books.

Series Teaching Focus Who is it aimed at? Workbook
Tell a Story Develop language and communication Pre-K and K children with language difficulties No
Dandelion Launchers
Stages 1-7
Gradual introduction of the sounds/letters of the alphabet. Reading CVC words within decodable stories.

Stage 1: s, a, t, i, m
Stage 2: n, o, p
Stage 3: b, c, g, h
Stage 4: d, e, f, v
Stage 5: k, l, r, u
Stage 6: j, w, a
Stage 7: x, y, ff, ss, zz

Younger beginner readers
Age 3-6
Yes

Dandelion Launchers
Stages 8-15

Reading words with adjacent consonants (consonant blends – CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC) and with consonant digraphs (consonant teams).

Stage 11: ch
Stage 12: sh
Stage 13: th
Stage 14: ck, wh
Stage 15: ng, qu

Younger beginner readers
Age 3-6
Yes
Moon Dogs
Set 1
Gradual introduction of the sounds/letters of the alphabet. Reading CVC words within decodable stories.

This series follows the same phonic progression as the Dandelion Launchers, Stages 1-7.

Older struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Moon Dogs
Set 2
Reading words with adjacent consonants (consonant blends – CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC) and with consonant digraphs (consonant teams).

This set follows the same phonic progression as Dandelion Launchers, Stages 8-15.

Older struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Moon Dogs
Vowel Spelling Series
A gradual introduction of one and two alternative vowel teams.

Book 1: ay, ai
Book 2: ee, ea
Book 3: ao, ow
Book 4: ue, er
Book 5: e, ea
Book 6: ow, ou
Book 7: oo, ue
Book 8: igh, i
Book 9: oo, oul
Book 10: aw
Book 11: oy, oi
Book 12: ar
Book 13: air, are
Book 14: ear, eer

Older struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Magic Belt Series

That Dog! Series
Reading words with adjacent consonants (consonant blends – CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC) and with consonant digraphs.

These two series follow the same progression and can be used in parallel.

Older, struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Alba Series

Totem Series

A catch-up series with adjacent consonants (consonant blends – CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC) and with consonant digraphs ch, sh, ck,th, ng, wh, qu and le. Introduction of alternative vowel spellings (vowel teams) for the sounds ae, ee, oe, er, ow, igh and oo.

These two series follow the same progression and can be used in parallel.

Older, struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Rescue Series

Talisman 1 Series

Island Adventure Series

More alternative vowel spellings (vowel teams) for the sounds ae, ee, oe, er, ow/oi, oo, igh, aw, air, ar.

These two series follow the same progression and can be used in parallel.

Older, struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Titan’s Gauntlets Series Vowel and consonant spellings (vowel and consonant teams) for the sounds ue, o, s, l, j, f and suffixes -ture, -tion, -cial/-tial, -sion.

This series has more text per page.

Older, struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Talisman 2 Series More alternative vowel and consonant spellings (vowel and consonant teams) for the sounds ue, o, s, l, j, f and suffixies -ture, -tion, -cial/-tial,
-sion.This series follow the same phonic progression as Titan’s Gauntlets but introduces additional spellings and suffixes.
Older, struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes
Amber Guardians Series An introduction to morphology: common suffixes, prefixes and base/root words. This series has been created for students who need to build reading stamina. It has a higher ratio of text to illustration and is designed to bridge the gap between a structured reading series and mainstream reading. Older, struggling readers
Age 8-14
Yes