Objectives:Phase 2 is a consolidation period in which the child builds a base for the two great and intrepid adventures that will begin in Phase 3,namely, reading and elementary math operations (addition and subtraction).As with Phase 1, it is possible that your child will not yet be ready for a full-scale schedule of homework sessions, and once again Field Work is heavily emphasized in this Phase.
Here are the objectives of Phase 2:
Continue to reinforce the letters and shapes from Phase 1;
Continue to do Field Work regularly;
Count higher (to 27);
Introduce backward (countdown) counting in the “Blast-Off” game at the end of each session (this lays the groundwork for subtraction, which will come along almost before you know it!);
Introduce the first numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4;
Introduce many new letters, including ones that are important for reading readiness (vowels and letters contributing to the “at” cluster of words).In the case of the Sample Homeworks, the new letters are C, D, a, W, e, R, P, N, L, i, U, o, V, I, Y and c;
Begin introducing the letter sounds, especially for letters that are relevant to early reading work (a, A, S, B, C, T);
Teach recognition (and possibly sounding out) of the Key Word (e.g., “SAM” in the Sample Homeworks);
Continue exposing the child to concrete instances of the important general concepts of Phase 1:included/bounded; definition by list of characteristics; symmetry; nested (hierarchical) sets; and thinking of things in more than one way; and
Introduce the idea of vowels as a special category of letter.