Placement & Sign-Up
PRIDE Reading Program is cumulative and each level builds upon the previous one. For this reason, we recommend that most students start somewhere between Beginning Consonants and Level 3. Please look through each of the Level descriptions below to find out which level is the best fit. The level numbers in the program do not correspond to grade levels.
Beginning Consonants is for students who are ready to learn or are struggling with letter recognition. Students should be strong with their beginning consonants before moving up to Level 1.
By the end of Beginning Consonants, your child will read, write and sound out each of these consonants.
b c d f g h j k l m n p r s t v w x y z
Level 1 is for students who have completed Beginning Consonants or are ready to start learning short vowels, digraphs and blends. Students in Level 1 may also have started learning Level 1 concepts and are struggling with their acquisition.
By the end of Level 1, your child will read, write and spell words with short vowels.
lag jig dot hum yet fad rid cod bun men
Digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh).
froth shrill whisk thrush chomp hunch when
FLOSS Rule to words, (ff, ll, ss, zz).
gill jazz chill buzz pill toss cuff
Beginning and ending blends.
blend splint grump draft scant crest tract stunt gland
Level 2 is for students who have completed Level 1 or are ready to start learning long vowels, multisyllabic words and words with welded sounds (ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk). Students in Level 2 may also have started learning Level 2 concepts and are struggling with their acquisition.
By the end of Level 2, your child will read, write and spell words with long vowels (a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, e-e).
daze pile grove fluke theme swine poke rule haste
Multi-syllable words (sudden, mammal, napkin, admit).
blossom hiccup entire common concrete dictate
Welded sounds (ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk).
sprang cling swung prong crank bunk yonk rink
Level 3 is for students who have completed Level 2 or are ready to start learning words with consonant and vowel teams. Students in Level 3 may also have started learning Level 3 concepts and are struggling with their acquisition.
By the end of Level 3, your child will read, write and spell words with consonant and vowel teams of: y long i, qu, ck, tch, y long e, ai, ay, ee, ea, ar, or, oa, er, ur, ir, oe, ow.
sly quest snuck botch sandy claim pail sway creek east dart porch coax loam squirm visitor curl puck ketchup urge raid steel mail dart shepherd
We always recommend placing your student in Beginning Consonants – Level 3 no matter what age they are. If your student has already had PRIDE or Orton-Gillingham tutoring and you believe they might be able to start in Levels 4-7, please look at our Scope and Sequence to determine where you believe your student is best placed. Give us a call and we will be happy to help you order the Level best suited for your student.