Tuesday, February 28, 2012

All About Reading - Review

We've had the opportunity to review some pretty neat things this year, but this is definitely one of my favorites. All About Reading is a fully comprehensive reading curriculum. It's a scripted program developed for busy parents, teachers, and tutors who want to teach reading in the most effective way possible.

There are 5 key components of reading, all of which are thoroughly taught with this program:
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Decoding
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

It was like Christmas when I opened the box and started removing our goodies. All 3 kids came running over, oohing and aahing at the contents. We received All About Reading Level 1 (currently $99.95) and the Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit ($48.95). 

The Level 1 kit includes the following items: 
  • Level 1 Teacher's Manual
  • Level 1 Student Packet
  • Run, Bug, Run! decodable reader
  • The Runt Pig decodable reader
  • Cobweb the Cat decodable reader

Along with the level kit, you'll need either the Basic or Deluxe reading interactive kit. Like I said, we received the Deluxe, which includes the following:
  • Letter Tiles (to be used on a magnetic dry erase board)
  • Magnets for the Letter Tiles
  • The Basic Phonograms CD-ROM
  • Reading Divider Cards
  • Reading Review Box
  • Reading Tote Bag
  • Star stickers for your child's progress chart
This is a phenomenal reading program! It's truly multisensory, teaching the child through sight, sound, and touch. It contains no gaps. And other than a little bit of prep work before starting (separating letter tiles and adding magnets & pulling apart the sound cards), it requires no daily preparation from the teacher. The readers are hardcover, quality books that will last for many, many years. I've been using this program with my soon-to-be-4-year-old. She is loving it! The letter tiles are probably her favorite, though she's a big fan of the workbook pages, too. Since she's still a little young and just recently started blending sounds to make words, we've been taking it slow. Neither one of us has felt overwhelmed, but instead we're enjoying the experience.
All About Learning Press also offers All About Spelling, All About Reading Level Pre-1, and All About Reading Level 2. I've heard rave reviews of all of them. If they're anything like Level 1 (which I fully expect them to be), I can see why everyone loves them. In fact, I plan to check out the spelling kits myself.   

If you're looking for a reading curriculum that is fun for the student, easy for the teacher, completely worth the money, and fully comprehensive, I definitely recommend All About Reading.
For more reviews of this product, check out the TOS Crew blog HERE.
* I was given All About Reading Level 1 and the Deluxe kit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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