Rainbow Reading Level 2

The books in Level 2 can be used in any grade in the Foundation Phase, but they are best suited to six- and seven-year-old learners in Grade 1 or Grade 2. Many of the learners will be learning English as a First Additional Language. Most children at this level will be starting to read. they will start recognising sight words and start to decode unfamiliar words.

Level 2 Rainbow Reading books are eight or 16 pages long. The stories are based on familiar objects and actions and the characters include children typical of those found in the target age group. The artwork is an important part of each text at this level, as it supports reading and helps the emerging readers to make sense of the stories. The artwork provides clues, which help the readers to decode and recognise words. Text is consistently placed to help learners become confident about reading books.

There are three types of texts at this level:

  • Read Aloud stories (fiction)  100-250 total words
  • Read Alone stories (fiction)  100-250 total words
  • Factual (non-fiction)  100-250 total words

Each boxed set in Level 2 contains a comprehensive teacher's guide, which provides valuable support for teaching reading skills, and includes specific support for each title, including phonics, oral skills, high-frequency words and key oral vocabulary, as well as suggested activities.