In terms of making an app selection, we suggest that you refer to the Scheduling Early Literacy Apps information sheet

The Reading Race apps develop early decoding (but also will have a positive impact on early spelling).

The Spell Star apps (although with a spelling focus) also should assist decoding too.

Option 1: Start with the 1a versions, and progress to 1b, 1c and finally to 1d. This is particularly if students are in the junior primary and only starting to acquire reading and spelling skills.

Option 2: Conduct a quick reading assessment found here: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-reading-profile-foundation-year/ The results from this screen will direct you specifically app 1a, b, c, or d.

Option 3: Conduct a short spelling test found here: https://pld-literacy.org/product/the-2018-19-phonic-sight-word-sequence-placement-test/ The results from this screen will direct you specifically app 1a, b, c, or d.

The apps follow the PLD ‘Stage 1’ sequence:
Reading Race 1a and Spell Star 1a – focus upon Stage 1 Target 1 e.g. words such as sun, wet, had and sit.
Reading Race 1b and Spell Star 1b – focus upon Stage 1 Target 2 e.g. words such as ship, such, that, look, duck and feet.
Reading Race 1c and Spell Star 1c – focus upon Stage 1 Target 1 e.g. words such as swim, flag, went and camp.
Reading Race 1d and Spell Star 1d – focus upon Stage 1 Target 1 e.g. words such as stay, paint, coin, north and chart.

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