What are levelled readers and why are they important?
Levelled books are specially designed to increase very gradually in difficulty. They are used by teachers everywhere to teach reading in a highly controlled and standardized way. You don’t have to be a teacher, parents can use them, too.
Picture books are terrific books to read to your child but levelled books are best when it comes to teaching your child how to read.
Teachers also use levelled readers to test your child and determine your child’s reading level. The right level will be “just right” – not too hard and not too easy for your child. Your child will think and learn.
I wrote these Super Hammy books to be levelled books. That means I carefully controlled the vocabulary, the sight words – words such as “the”, “it”, “me”, the sentence structures, the way the letters are formed, the punctuation, and even the lay-out of the words on the page. All this is done to optimize the teaching and learning of reading which means more success for your child.
It’s very simple: you start with Level 1 or Level A and move up slowly. Once one level is mastered, you move up to the next level.
The Super Hammy books have now been levelled by Fountas and Pinnell which is the gold standard for levelling in the education market. A Fountas and Pinnell chart which shows reading levels and the corresponding grade level can be downloaded from Heinemann publishers.
Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell are professors of early literacy at Ohio State University. They are the gurus of early literacy! Their work is based on the teachings of Marie Clay who developed the Reading Recovery program. Reading Recovery is a powerful program that turns struggling readers into successful ones.
I had the privilege of being a Reading Recovery teacher and worked with grade one students who were having the most reading difficulties. There was nothing more gratifying than to see the change in a child’s self-esteem when they learned to read as well as their classmates, or sometimes, even better!
Fountas and Pinnell levelled books will have the official Fountas and Pinnell level usually on the back of the book.
“Matching books to readers provides opportunities to process texts that are not too difficult or too easy, allowing the reader to learn from the text.” – Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Super Hammy books are for preschool, kindergarten and grade one. They can also be used to teach English as a Second Language.