Sight and Sound Level 2
Perfect for beginning readers who need more phonics practice before independent reading.
Using Charlotte Mason’s methods of teaching reading, students will progress through lessons in sight words, advanced phonics, sequencing, and more. Picking up where Level 1 left off, students will initially use nursery rhymes and poetry as a delightful context for their sight and sound lessons. As students progress through the packet, they will be able to read more advanced stories and decode multisyllabic words. These stories will inspire your child’s imagination and motivate a desire for reading. Using short, hands-on lessons, students will joyfully master the art of reading by the end of this level.
Is my child ready for Level 2?
If your child hasn’t completed Level 1, they should know about 100 sight words and be able to read short words. They should know a few long vowel sounds like silent e, ee, and ay. If your child hasn’t completed Level 1, I recommend looking through the sample to see if this is a good fit for your child. SAMPLE
You will receive the following in the Sight and Sound Level 2 Kit:
- 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound Level 2 Lesson Plan Book: Over 200 pages of open and go lessons filled with rhymes, stories, copywork, and activities
- Sight Word Flashcards: 35 cardstock pages of cards to cut and use for the lessons
- Word Building Mat: Color, glossy cardstock mat to use for word building
- Letter Tiles: Color, glossy cardstock letter tiles to use for word building
- Words I Can Read Blank Book: this is where your child will copy the sight words
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.” – Charlotte Mason, Home Education, pg. 215-216
Your child will delight in the following activities:
- Learning sight words through nursery rhymes
- Word building and phoneme manipulation with letter tiles
- Sequencing rhymes
- Reading prose stories with confidence based on the words they have already learned through sight and sound lessons
- Games and more…
The 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound Level 2 kit comes either as a digital download or you can get a printed copy with a digital download. Printed copies are only available in the continental United States.