100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound Level 1


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100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound Level 1 teaches phonics and sight words to beginning readers through popular nursery rhymes. Following Miss Mason’s philosophy on teaching reading, the students learn interesting words by sight and sound out word families related to the poetry.

Students will learn over 100 sight words including high frequency words such as “little” and “where,” along with unique words, such as “frightened” in Little Miss Muffet. Students will engage in hands-on activities like writing words in sand, building words with letter tiles, and moving a car to blend the letters. Based on the public domain book, The Natural Method Reader: Primer, students will apply the sight words they learned in the poem to read prose stories. In the sound lessons, students will explore short and long vowel combinations, consonant blends, and diphthongs.

The lessons are short and designed for you to work at your child’s pace.

These lessons are recommended for beginning readers in first grade and up.

You can try the first 10 lessons free HERE and get the sample flash cards HERE.

Watch sample sight and sound lessons.

You will receive the following in the Sight and Sound Kit:

  1. 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound Lesson Plan Book: Over 200 pages of open and go lessons filled with rhymes, stories, copywork, and activities
  2. Sight Word Flashcards: 25 cardstock pages of cards to cut and use for the lessons
  3. Word Building Mat: Color, glossy cardstock mat to use for word building
  4. Letter Tiles: Color, glossy cardstock letter tiles to use for word building

Why “sight and sound”?

“In the first place, let us bear in mind that reading is not a science nor an art. Even if it were, the children must still be the first consideration with the educator; but it is not. Learning to read is no more than picking up, how we can, a knowledge of certain arbitrary symbols for objects and ideas. There are absolutely no right and necessary ‘steps’ to reading, each of which leads to the next; there is no true beginning, middle, or end. For the arbitrary symbols we must know in order to read are not letters, but words. By way of illustration, consider the delicate differences of sound represented by the letter ‘o’ in the last sentence; to analyze and classify the sounds of ‘o’ in ‘for,’ ‘symbols,’ ‘know,’ ‘order,’ ‘to,’ ‘not,’ and ‘words,’ is a curious, not especially useful, study for a philologist, but a laborious and inappropriate one for a child. It is time we faced the fact that the letters which compose an English word are full of philological interest, and that their study will be a valuable part of education by-and-by; but meantime, sound and letter-sign are so loosely wedded in English, that to base the teaching of reading on the sounds of the letters only, is to lay up for the child much analytic labour, much mental confusion, due to the irregularities of the language; and some little moral strain in making the sound of a letter in a given word fall under any of the ‘sounds’ he has been taught.

Definitely, what is it we propose in teaching a child to read? (a) that he shall know at sight, say, some thousand words; (b) That he shall be able to build up new words with the elements of these. Let him learn ten new words a day, and in twenty weeks he will be to some extent able to read, without any question as to the number of letters in a word. For the second, and less important, part of our task, the child must know the sounds of the letters, and acquire power to throw given sounds into new combinations.

What we want is a bridge between the child’s natural interests and those arbitrary symbols with which he must become acquainted, and which, as we have seen, are words, and not letters.” – Home Education, pg. 215-216


Your child will delight in the following activities:

  1. Learning sight words through nursery rhymes
  2. Word building and phoneme manipulation with letter tiles
  3. Sequencing rhymes
  4. Reading prose stories with confidence based on the words they have already learned through sight and sound lessons
  5. Copywork
  6. Games                           and more…

The 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound Level 1 kit comes either as a digital download or you can get a printed copy with a digital download. The printed lesson book has a color copy and b/w pages. The word building mat and letter tiles are printed in color on glossy cardstock. Print orders take 7-10 business days.

“This is a gentle and easy to use early reading program that uses well-known nursery rhymes to teach reading with a combination of both phonics and sight words.  The lessons are short, effective, and enjoyable. They are the perfect fit for a Charlotte Mason based education.” – Amber

“Yes, we are enjoying The Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound very much. It is easy to do and accomplishes a lot in short lessons. On a personal side note our daughter that we are using this with is adopted from China. She has a repaired cleft lip and palate and has been in speech for several years. This has been working wonderfully for her and she is gaining a lot of confidence in a very short time, which makes us happy for her. She has said phonics is her favorite subject! (It’s really her only one for now other than sitting in with her brother in Form 1).” – Carrie W.


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