Tam and Pat (series)
The Tam and Pat decodable books are delightful stories set in regional Australia that children can read by applying their phonics knowledge (sounding out and blending to read the words). The first stage of the series is written using CVC words with only 8 different letters (m s f a p t c i) and three heart words (I my the).
The Tam and Pat series readers feature the same stories as the original Little Learners decodable readers Stage 1 to 4; however, the books have reworked in conjunction with DSF SPELD to create a new series that students in regional Australia can connect to. In the Tam and Pat stories we are introduced to Pat, Tam, Mum and Dad plus their two pets, Sam and Tip. The new illustrations capture the stunning landscape of regional Western Australia, and put a new spin on the original stories.
The Tam and Pat decodable books include notes and activities to support the development of children’s reading comprehension and vocabulary development – with ideas for discussion too. The ‘How to enjoy this book’ section features:
• questions to discuss (including vocabulary)
• Speed sounds and Heart words to practise
• Speed words (decodable words with the focus grapheme/s) to practise. This page can be
photocopied and used as a single-word fluency activity or used to sort words according to the number of graphemes.
The series of 20 books comes with a free set of character cards and teaching notes for retelling the story, writing and other tasks.
Little Learners Love Literacy® is a sequential, explicit literacy program backed by research. Our teaching focuses on phonemic awareness, the alphabetic code (phonics), vocabulary and linking the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. We create resources that support our program (for students and teachers). These resources include readers, games, posters, flashcards, teacher activity books, assessment materials, and more.
Our director Maureen Pollard and the team are based in Melbourne and they support schools across Australia, New Zealand and beyond with their reading and spelling resources. At LLLL, we believe all children can be successful readers, writers and spellers. They just need the right tools, explicit teaching, plenty of practice and support.