by Mary Humpal Bain Illustrated by Lorna Humpal
Reading Placement Guide, Level Two
This story covers almost all of the concepts in Level Two. If the student can read the story in the Reading Placement Guide for Level One, and this story easily, he, or she, is ready for Level Three. If the student has difficulty reading this story, I recommend Level Two, New Adventures 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 New Adventures, might be just what you need.
You may copy and print this story to make it easier for your child to read.
A Good Day, A Bad Day, A Happy Day
Billy went outside to play and run in the grass. He saw the swing that was
hanging in the tall, green tree. “It will be grand to swing on that swing!” he said.
Billy was swinging on the swing. He was happy. He had a big smile.
“Billy! Billy! Come inside, now. It’s time to eat.” Mama was calling him.
“Okay, Mama,” said Billy. “I just wanted to swing and have some fun,” he said.
“Why did Mama have to call me when I was swinging?”
When Billy went inside, he saw Mama cooking something on the stove. “That
smells good, Mama,” he said.
“I just have to finish this,” said Mama. “It cooks fast, so go and wash your
hands.” Mama was smelling the food. Then, she added something to the pot.
"That smells better!" she said.
“Mama, may I go outside and play some more when we finish eating?” Billy
Billy went into the bathroom and began washing his hands. “I better eat fast
so I can swing some more,” he said.
Beth came into the bathroom to wash her hands before dinner. “Yuck!” she
said. “Your hands are so messy! What were you doing?”
“I was just playing outside,” said Billy. He was rushing to finish washing his
“Stop splashing me with that messy water!” said Beth. “Look what you did!
You were going too fast! You got some of that yucky water on my feet! Now I
have to dry my feet so I do not slip and fall.”
“It’s time to eat!” said Mama. “I hope you like it.”
“What are these things?” said Billy.
“Those are mushrooms,” said Mama. “They taste good. Try them. You will like
“Where is Daddy?” said Beth. “I have not seen him, yet.”
He is on his way,” said Mama. “He had to stop at the store. He is bringing
something home. I just got a call from him. He is going to be late.”
“This is good, Mama,” said Beth. “I like mushrooms. I am glad you made this.”
“I like the beef better,” said Billy.
“Well, the name of it is, ‘Beef with Mushrooms.’ I hope your daddy likes it, too,”
said Mama. “Will you pass the butter, Billy?”
Just then, Daddy began hollering outside.
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Mama, Billy, and Beth ran outside to see what was the matter. They saw
Daddy standing with a box in his hands. Daddy was all wet. The box was all wet,
and the gutter was hanging down. Wet, messy stuff was on Daddy.
“That rusty gutter broke,” said Daddy. “I have wanted to fix it for a long time.
Now, I wish I had. It fell and hit me, and made a big mess.”
“Was a bird nest in the gutter?” said Billy. “Look at all the strings and small
“Your cheek is red,” said Mama, “but I do not see a cut. You are not bleeding.”
“I am fine,” said Daddy, “but the box...”
“The box!” said Mama. “Oh, no!”
“Well, we have to look inside sometime,” said Daddy.
Daddy, Mama, and the kids, were all looking inside the box.
“What a big, sloppy mess!” said Billy.
Daddy went to the trash can and threw the box inside. It landed with a big
Mama began to cry.
“There will be more days,” said Daddy. He gave her a hug and a kiss on the
“Not like today,” said Mama. Mama got sadder and sadder.
“Why are you so sad, Mama?” said Billy. “It is just a cake. There are more
cakes at the store.”
“We can still have lots of fun!” said Beth. “Daddy and I can bake a cake for
“Yes!” nodded Daddy. “We can bake a cake, and it will be better than the cake
I got at the store!”
“Yes,” said Beth, “we will fill your cake with love. I can not make frosting, so it
will not be frosted. But, it will still be a good cake!”
“That’s a lot better than a cake you can get in a store!” said Billy.
Mama began to cry some more.
“Why are you crying, Mama?” said Beth.
"It’s okay, Beth,” said Mama. “I’m just so happy! You kids are so sweet!”
“Huh!” said Billy. “You cry when you are sad, and you cry when you are happy.
“Yes, Billy,” said Mama, “sometimes, mamas are goofy! And, sometimes, you
are goofy, too!”
“It’s good to see you smile,” said Daddy. “Let’s go inside and finish eating.
Then, we can bake a cake!”
Is Your Child Ready for Level Three?
This Reading Guide covers almost all of the concepts in Level Two, New Adventures.
WHAT IS COVERED? Reading Logically Level Two, New Adventures
Reading Logically Level Two, New Adventures begins builds on the skills learned in Level One. Introduction of word families follows a similar pattern as Level One, so the sequence is familiar to the students. For example, in Level One, “at” developed into “Pat,” and “Pat” developed into “Patty.” In Level Two, “ell” becomes “smell” and “smelly.” This logical sequencing helps “cement” the concepts firmly in the students’ minds.
Although some word families are introduced in Level Two, the concentration is on “building” two-syllable words with the endings “ed,” “er,” and “ing,” such as landed, better, and digging. There’s also some practice with words ending in “e” that make the vowel before it a long vowel. Another lesson on the sound of double “e” gives additional practice, and reinforces the lesson in Level One. An interesting lesson shows how “y” at the end of a one-syllable word sounds like a long “i,” “ay” sounds like a long “a,” and “ey” sounds like a long “e.” Examples of words are try, play, and key. Three lessons show how two words can be combined to form a compound word, such as “outside,” “before,” and “today.” As in Level One, several two-syllable words are broken into syllables in the lessons to assist the student. There are also several sight words, such as ask, does, felt, much, our, and your, that are used to make the stories more enjoyable.