What is Level 2?
Level 2 is characterized by repetitive phrases, interrupted by new ideas and words. Whereas many Level 1 books use the same phrase and pattern throughout the entire book, most Level 2 books change the structure throughout the story. This creates a more challenging book for beginning readers, and offers the reader new Spanish words and phrases. The reader will also be introduced to new verb tenses and conjugations.
Champion Goals for Level 2
- I can read a book on my own. (either read aloud, or by using the “talking audio)
- I continue to use words from Level 1 every day around the house.
- I can read all Level 2 Books, five times each.
Reading Age Children (age 4-8)
- Encourage your child to read the entire book by pointing to each word as it is pronounced.
- Ask your child what they think the story may be about, just based on the front cover and the title.
- After reading the book, ask your child, “What was this book about?” “Why did the author write it?”
Pre-Reading Age Children (age 2-4)
- When reading a book, listen to the “talking audio” on a page. Then, try and read those sentences out loud to your child. Ask them to point to what you are talking about.
- Make connections between words within the story and your child’s life.
- Take plenty of time with one book. Rather than reading through quickly and being done. Repeat what seem to be very important words, think about how you can continue to say these words with your child.
- Have your child say out loud the key word (the bolded word) on each page – after your cue. Also have them play the games/learning activities “out loud.”
- After reading “Benny’s In the Dark”, use it as a platform for discussing fear of the darkness. Show your child how certain things can appear different than they really are. And, how certain sounds are created. Point out how creaks and scratches are produced, show how angles from the light or moon can create frightening shadows.
- After reading “Benny Likes TOO Much” talk about how it is important to have self-discipline. You must learn when having too much of something can be a bad thing. This is a great book for a discussion on controlling TV, video games, junk food, or other excessive actions which can be detrimental for your little one.
- After reading “Benny & the Lost Cat”, try and use the words for searching and finding. This can be done around the house, where you and your child look for 3 different items. Once these items are found (and in Spanish), you both get a snack.
- After “Bree & the Bee Can’t Share” launch a discussion on how important it is to share. You can point out how devices such as tablets and computers are not worth fighting for, when friendship is above all.
- As you will notice “When a Cat Meets a Rat” is really designed to teach you introductions in Spanish. Make sure you child gets an opportunity to introduce herself/himself. An idea is to go to a Mexican restaurant, or anywhere that may have Spanish speakers. Your child will gain a great confidence boost and real world practice in this way.
- After “Numbers Here, There, & Everywhere” – work on numbers for the next few days. Make number cut outs, recite the numbers in song, count seeds, blueberries, or whatever works.
- After “Grandma Cooks a Grand Dinner!” – cook a grand dinner! But you and your child will cook together in the kitchen, making your best effort to say cooking utensils and food in Spanish. If you don’t know something, look it up in a dictionary.