by Mary Humpal Bain Illustrated by Lorna Humpal
Reading Placement Guide, Level One
The following story covers almost all of the concepts in Level One. If the student can read this story easily, he, or she, is ready for Level Two. If the student has difficulty reading this story, I recommend Level One, Great Beginnings for the reading lessons. If you feel that the student does not need lessons in these concepts, but could benefit from more practice, the reading and activity book, More Great Beginnings, might be just what you need.
You may copy and print this story to make it easier for your child to read.
Fun at the Cool Creek
Daddy, Mommy, Teddy, and Patty went to the creek. They sat in the weeds and saw the fish.
The fish went, “Splash, splash, splash” in the cool creek.
Patty had a hat with red spots on it. She got her feet wet in the creek. “My feet are so cool!” she
said. “I can sit here and put my feet in the wet sand. I can see the fish swim, too. This is grand!”
“I do not want my feet in that creek!” said Teddy. “I see a big rat! I can stand here at this big
green tree. That big rat can not get me if I stand at this tree.”
“That is a baby rat, Teddy,” said Daddy. “It can not get you. You can sit in the creek. You can get
cool, and splash, and have lots of fun.”
“I do not want to have fun,” said Teddy. “I do not want to get in the creek. I do not want to get
wet. I want to be on the land so the rat can not get me!”
“Too bad!” said Mommy. “It is lots of fun to splash in the creek. I have gum in this bag. Do you
want to chew gum?”
“I like gum!” said Patty. “Gum is yummy! I want to chew gum.”
“I wish Jimmy were here with me,” said Teddy. “He went to the zoo with his Mom and Dad. I bet
he is glad that he went to the zoo.”
“The sun is too hot!” said Daddy. “I need my hat, but I do not have it.”
“Here, Daddy,” said Patty. “You can have my new hat with the red spots. It can keep you cool.”
“I am glad Mommy got you that hat,” said Daddy. “I wish I had a hat with red spots! I like red
spots and dots on my hat!” Daddy had a big grin.
“I do not want to be here with these bugs and bees,” said Teddy. “Bugs, and bees, and rats, and
fish! This is no fun. I want to run on the path with the dog. I want to go to see the baby piggy. The
piggy is in the shed with the mama pig.”
“You are in a bad mood,” said Patty. “I wish you were not in a bad mood. I see a frog!”
“Where?” said Teddy. “Where is the frog?”
“There. In the weeds!” said Patty. “There is a log in the creek. Do you see the log? A big, fat,
green frog is on the log.”
“I have figs in this bag,” said Mommy. “I have sweet plums, and nuts, too. Do you want this plum,
“Can I feed the plum to the frog?” said Teddy.
“No, Teddy,” said Daddy. “That plum is not for the frog. It is for you.”
“But, if I have a plum, I can get that frog. I wish I had that frog. Then I can put it in the bathtub.
The frog can be my new pet.”
“I do not want a frog in my bathtub!” said Mommy. “I can not have a bath with a frog in the
“A frog in the bathtub is so funny!” said Patty.
“Yes,” said Daddy, “that is funny. Teddy can swim in the bathtub with the frog!”
“Ha, ha, ha!” said Teddy. “I like that. I can swim with the frog. What fun!”
“Where is your bad mood?” said Patty.
“I threw it in the creek!” said Teddy. “Ha, ha, ha!”
Is Your Child Ready for Level Two?
This Reading Guide covers almost all of the concepts in Level One, Great Beginnings.
WHAT IS COVERED? Reading Logically Level One, Great Beginnings
Reading Logically Level One, Great Beginnings begins slowly and builds a strong foundation in the short vowel sounds. Fourteen of the eighteen lessons concentrate on short vowels. Lesson fourteen is about “ee” making the long “e” sound, and Lesson Seventeen teaches that “oo” and “ew” make the sound heard in “boo hoo”. Several consonant combinations are introduced, both at the beginnings and ends of words, as in shed, wish, green, sand, chew, plan, bloom, Beth, and others. The “question” words, what, when, where, who, why, are introduced, as are words beginning with “th” as them, they, there, this, that. Several two-syllable words are broken into syllables in the lessons to assist the student. In lesson seventeen, time, like, make, and made, are introduced in order to make the story more interesting. There are also several sight words, such as baby, have, you, yes, saw, and said, that are used to make the stories more enjoyable.