This year I was even more excited to when I found out I was chosen to review Level 1 because I knew how great Pre Level 1 was. This one had to be great too.
This level did not disappoint. It has just as much thought put into it.
It is an amazing bonding experience to teach your child to All About Reading is written in a way that takes away all the nervousness that comes with teaching your child to read. It really puts you at ease, in turn, putting your child at ease. When you are both at ease, learning to read becomes fun for both of you.
Did you know there are 5 key components of reading?
- Phonological Awareness
- Phonics and Decoding
All About Reading teaches all of them. No gaps are left. Each lesson is also multisensory, adding sight, sound and touch.
The All About Reading level one kit $99.95 comes with
1. Teacher's Manual (sample)
All the instructions you need to teach your child to read. In the 49 lessons you will be amazed at what you and your child can do together. It is so well organized. The organization of the All About Reading program is one of my most favorite things. I am chronically unorganized and this is amazing. Everything you need right at your fingertips.
2. Student Packet (includes Activity Book)(sample)
The student packet has all the flash cards, games and teaching aids you use throughout the course. A viewfinder bookmark- this simple tool helps take away the distractions of other words. A great focusing tool. This also includes a progress chart. Which has been a wonderful tool in our house. My daughter is so proud to be able to put the stickers on after each lesson.
Each of these 3 readers is a collection of FUN short stories written at the child’s level. This makes learning to read rewarding.
The deluxe interactive kit $48.95 comes with:
- Letter Tiles (We recommend that you use the letter tiles on a 2'x3' 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*
The three starred items are only in the deluxe kit. The basic kit is $28.95.
The interactive kits are a one time purchase to be used through all the levels of All About Reading. For me the extra items you get in the deluxe kit add to the organization of it all. I love that it all fits in the tote bag. I love that the Reading Review Box is sized just right that you can fit all the levels of cards and dividers in it.
The price is well worth it for the piece of mind and organization and fun this adds in teaching your child to read.
A few points I want to share with you.
The student book has the reading organized in such a way that your child is reading repetitively. For instance:
The bug went on a
The bug went on a run to the park.
This really helped Katey as to not get overwhelmed with reading a big long sentence. This also majorly helped with her comprehension. She was able to read and understand what she was reading.
The teacher prep time is virtually not there after the first initial set up and checking out all the materials. This is a bonus for any mom I know. Time is so valuable, and wouldn’t you rather use it actually teaching your child to read rather than preparing to teach your child to read. Another reason this is so great is if my child wants to read right now. We can go ahead and do another lesson, without waiting on me. Then the passion isn’t lost on my child’s part.
The letter tiles are color coded. This really helps your child’s memory and it helps with organization of the teaching aids.
This is to be used after your child knows all of their letter sounds. Which are taught in All About Reading Pre-Level 1. It is not necessary to have to have used Pre-Level 1 in order to use Level 1.
If you have more than one child using this then you can just purchase another student kit which is $24.95 then each child will have their own workbook and progress chart.
I really hope that my excitement for this program shines through in this review. It truly is that exciting!!
As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew I review products like this, which I receive for free in order to be able to share my honest opinion.