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Wild Reading Level 2 is expected to be released by June 1st, 2022. Make sure you join our email list at the bottom of the page to get notified!

Looking for a fun, nature-inspired, and hands-on curriculum to give your child a strong foundation in reading and writing skills?

By integrating multisensory and nature-based learning activities with a sequential, phonics sequence based on the Orton-Gillingham method Wild Reading Level 2 will help your child become a proficient reader without being dry or boring.

Wild Reading Level 2 helps children progress from reading short vowel words to reading words with long vowels, two-syllables, vowel teams, and R-controlled vowels!

Students learn each phonic skill at the word level, then work with these words at the sentence level, before finally reading them in longer texts. Each week includes two hands-on word activities, a sentence activity, fluency review, and multisensory dictation.

The Wild Reader is a new feature in Level 2. It includes 22 original nature-inspired decodable stories for independent reading.

Another new feature of Level 2 is the Fluency Word Cards, which are perfect for quickly reviewing phonics skills and when laminated are great for throwing in your day pack for outdoor adventuring!

Activities are designed to offer families flexibility in the amount of outdoor instruction incorporated. Two weekly nature enrichment activities make learning fun and help children learn more about the natural world. Choose to do one, two, or skip altogether if desired.

Reading comprehension skills are introduced through reading quality picture books, relaxed discussions, and activities.  Extensive book lists are included.

In addition, there are five assessments that help you track your child’s progress and target skills that need further review.

Check out the full scope and sequence for Wild Reading Level 2 below.

Wild Reading Level 2 is recommended for children who have completed Wild Reading Level 1 or are ready to read words beyond short vowels.

Your child is ready for Wild Reading Level 2 if:

  • They can read short vowel words and simple sentences.
  • They can read digraphs and blends.
  • They can read open syllable words such as: me, sky, go, and my.
  • They know the sight words included in Wild Reading Level 1
  • They can write a sentence containing short vowel words and basic sight words.

Read my post about readiness for level 2 (including an assessment) HERE.

  • Sequential phonics instruction based on the Orton-Gillingham method.
  • High frequency words are introduced based on the week’s phonics skill or appearance in texts. This approach supports children’s orthographic mapping development. 
  • Weekly nature-inspired writing activities.
  • Hands-on, nature inspired reading and writing activities support a variety of learning styles.
  • Independent reading skills are developed by reading decodable stories in the Wild Reader, as well as through decodable books.
  • Fluency word cards make it easy to quickly review each phonics skill inside or outside!
  • Reading comprehension skills are taught using quality picture books and interactive activities.
  • Nature enrichment activities allow your child to dive deeper into nature, science, and survival skills.
  • Explicit instruction is provided on how to break words into their components to help children develop solid decoding and orthographic mapping skills. 
  • Each week follows a familiar rhythm, which alongside weekly plans and material lists, makes planning easy.
  • Assessments are given throughout the year to monitor progress before moving on to new material. The fluency rate may also be monitored monthly using the Wild Reader.
  • Most activities are flexible and can be done indoors or outdoors.

No. While Wild Reading Level 2 picks up where Level 1 left off in terms of reading and writing skills development, it is a completely separate program and can be used independently. Wild Reading Level 2 is appropriate for any child meeting the readiness criteria discussed above under target ages.

Below is a list of essential supplies used in many of the activities in Wild Reading Level 2. Each week contains a list of specific materials and books needed. Additional materials for the chosen nature enrichment activities are listed alongside each activity. 

List of Materials Used All Year

• Two folders with the middle section that holds hole-punched paper or thin three-ring binders

• Blank paper

The Alphabet Series Volume 2 by Frances Bloom and Mary Geiger (Books 19-29) 

• Index cards

• Binder ring

• 3 ring hole puncher 

• Sticky notes

• Chalk: chalkboard chalk and sidewalk chalk

• Chalkboard: I have a 12 x 20 inch one that works well outdoors.

• Movable alphabet (purchased or DIY)

• Permanent marker

• Highlighter

• Variety of nature field guides local to your area

• Library access for suggested read aloud books. There is a complete book list in Appendix.

• Colored pencils or markers

• Playdough or clay

• Three folders to store book pages

• Salt tray or a DIY salt tray (a small shallow box filled with salt)

• Field guides local to your area

Print and Prepare These Materials

• Wild Reader (print and bind/staple)

• Printable Resources (worksheets)

• Fluency Cards (print, cut, laminate, single hole punch, add binder ring)

Many of these materials can be found on the Wild Math Amazon Store at: www.amazon.com/shop/wildmathcurriculum

Wild Reading Level 2 is a digital curriculum. You will receive four PDF files with your purchase: the main curriculum and appendices (308 pages); the Wild Reader (56 pages), the fluency cards (34 pages); and the printable resources/worksheets (74 pages). You can print it at home, at a print shop (online or brick and mortar), or use it digitally (only printing the printable resources). 

Shops such as Hardcopy HQ specialize in printing for homeschoolers and typically are less expensive than print shops/office stores.

While the color version of the curriculum is lovely, printing in black and white is a great way to stretch you budget.

  • Print the main curriculum double-sided
  • Print the printable resources and Fluency cards single-sided
  • See included instructions on how to print the Wild Reader

You may also choose to print off one chapter each week (about 6-10 pages). This can be a great strategy to print at home while not overworking your printer!

The main focus of Wild Reading Level 2 is on developing students’ reading and writing skills.

Wild Reading Level 2 does not continue the Matilda the Mouse read aloud story from Level 1. Instead, Level 2 includes 22 nature-based decodable stories in the Wild Reader and decodable books by Francis Bloom and Mary Geiger that students read each week.

Weekly nature-themed writing activities help beginning writers gain confidence.

Reading comprehension skills are supported through reading quality picture books.

Level 2 contains two nature enrichment activities each week. This provides enrichment activity choices for families, while not being overwhelming!