All About Reading Pre-Reading Basic Package

All About Reading Pre-Reading Basic Package

# 049561

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Item #: 049561
Grades: PK-K

Product Description:

Includes Teacher Manual, Student Packet w/ Activity Book (progress chart, picture cards, letter sound cards, certificate of achievement, capital and lowercase alphabet charts, stickers), Zigzag Zebra reader, and Lizard Lou reader, Letter Sounds A-Z app, and Pre-reading divider cards. The CD that previously was included is now available as a free app at All About Learning's site.

Category Description for All About Reading:

Homeschool reading that is actually fun!

All About Reading is an Orton-Gillingham-based phonics program incorporating five key components of reading: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Decoding, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Course components include a Teachers Manual, a Student Packet (which includes an activity book, review cards, and stickers), and hard-backed readers. The complete program consists of five levels: Pre-Reading (PK or K) and Levels 1 4 (grades K 3rd/4th). All teaching and lesson activities are multisensory with a strong emphasis on mastery learning based on reinforcement (games) and review. With its 2019 edition, all materials are in full color and although the stories and activity books are essentially the same, the Teachers Manuals have been expanded with additional teaching tips and hands-on learning activities. The new color materials all correlate with the most recent black and white materials (2nd edition of Level 1; 3rd edition of Level 2; 1st edition of all other levels).

In general, the organization of this program is similar to its sister/companion program All About Spelling. The easy-to-use Teachers Manual provides the path (detailed and lightly scripted lessons) for the teacher-student interaction that is central to the program. Each lesson starts with telling you what you will do and what you will need; then follows review, new teaching, reinforcement and a read aloud time. Lessons can be done at whatever pace is comfortable for both parent and student. Reinforcement and review are provided through games (at least your child will think theyre games). A key component to all levels is the designated Read Aloud Time and suggestions for agegrade appropriate read-alouds are provided.

All About Reading is a well-constructed, thorough, and serious reading program that is devoted to the idea that learning to read can be pleasurable.

Lessons follow a typical pattern and are multi-sensory; starting with a preview of the letter sounds (for the teacher) and review (for the student). New Teaching segments are easy to follow and illustrated. The general role of the Teachers Manual is to provide the teacher with all background information, procedures (Hold up the Phonogram Card and say the sound), the plan (what to do, when), and methodologies (use of letter tiles). New Teaching also includes activity sheets, reading practice (using word cards), and fluency practice. Helpful Teacher Tips are provided at all relevant points. Each lesson ends with a designated Read-Aloud Time and a reminder to Track Your Progress (putting stickers onto the progress chart). Every other lesson (typically) is centered around the childs reading a story from one of the three readers. Since all words in the story have been previously introduced, the focus of the lesson is on fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension.

Activity Books are packed with reinforcement activities as well as the reading sheets. Activities include games, Word Flippers, and matching activities. Fluency Practice sheets (2 pages each) include new words, mixed review, and phrases and sentences.

Student Activity Packets for each level provide the specific items needed by the student. In Pre-Reading there is an activity book, picture cards, letter sound cards, capital alphabet chart, lowercase alphabet chart and a Certificate of Completion (cardstock). Levels 1-4 include an activity book, phonogram cards, word cards, syllable tags, stickers, and additional tiles needed at that level. Cards for each level (2.75x 4.25) are printed on heavy cardstock, perforated for easy separation, color-coded, and clearly marked as to type of card and lesson used. Readers for each level are hardcover with poems and stories designed to capture and hold a childs interest. Divider Cards provide the divisions specific to each level and used to keep track of what to review when. There are two free apps that are used in conjunction with the program. Letter Sounds A-Z accompanies the Pre-Reading program and Phonogram Sounds is used with the other levels.

Review Boxes are specifically sized and well-constructed; designed to hold the All About Reading cards for each level (you can use an ordinary file box, if you choose). The Tote Bag is a handy place to keep everything so you can do reading on the sofa, at the kitchen table, on the deck, or wherever your day takes you.

The Pre-Reading program has a Basic Package (Teacher Manual, Student Packet, divider cards, readers, animal stickers, and Letter Sounds A-Z app) and a Deluxe Package (same as Basic Package plus activity box and tote bag). Other levels have Level Kits which include Teacher Manuals and Student Packets. These levels require either a Basic Interactive Kit (letter tiles, magnets, reading divider cards, phonogram app) or a Deluxe Interactive Kit (same as Basic Kit plus a review box and tote bag).

At the start of each level its assumed that the student has either completed the previous level of All About Reading or has mastered comparable skills. If you start at Level 2 or higher, you will also need either a Basic or Deluxe Interactive Kit in addition to the Materials Kit for the level. Additional items needed include common craft materials (scissors, glue, etc.), a 2 x 3 magnetic white board (optional but highly recommended), and a few optional items sticky notes, globe or world map, candies/raisins, etc.

All About Reading Pre-reading Program (PK-K)

Pre-Reading (PK-K) program covers letter recognition (capitals first, then lowercase) and letter sounds (capitals and short vowels). Lessons feature Ziggy, a fun-loving young zebra with a tendency to say the wrong word and drop sounds from words. In addition to Ziggys games and antics, lessons include an introduction to the letter or sounds, poem-reading, craft/activity sheets, games, and read-aloud time. Alphabet Charts (21.5x 33) are heavy, glossy paper and obviously designed for hanging on the wall. The activity book for this level is My Book of Letters. Readers are Zigzag Zebra and Lizard Lou. Activities include coloring, dot-to-dots, mini craft projects, games, sound match-ups, and hidden pictures. Common craft materials that are needed include crayons, markers, scissors, glue, tape, and a miscellaneous assortment of optional craft materials.

All About Reading Level 1 (K-1)

Level 1 starts out with a review of letter sounds from the Pre-Reading program but with a difference. From the beginning (letters m, s, p, and a) the letters become words and the student is off and reading. After all letters and short vowels have been re-introduced, lessons cover consonant teams (th, sh, ch, and then later, ck, ng, and nk), final and initial blends, double consonants, a few sight words, compound words, and plural words. The level ends with six lessons covering the additional sounds of several letters (a, i, c, o, g, e, u, y, and ch) and open/closed syllables. Activity Book is Blast Off to Reading. Readers for this level are Run, Bug, Run!, The Runt Pig, and Cobweb the Cat.

All About Reading Level 2 (3rd Ed.) (1-2)

Level 2 continues the pattern set in the first two levels. Previous material is reviewed; new phonograms including ee, er, ar, or, oy, aw, ow, silent e, and three-letter blends are introduced. Methods for decoding multi-syllabic words are taught. The methodology is essentially the same, user-friendly, multi-sensory approach emphasizing mastery that is found in the other levels. Activity book is Leap Into Reading. Readers for this level are What Am I? and Queen Bee.

All About Reading Level 3 (2-3)

The 54 lessons of Level 3 alternate between phonics teaching and story reading. Phonics lessons include a review of Level 2 concepts and coverage of ai, ay, oa, ow, fourth sound of y, consonant suffixes, vowel suffixes, drop the e rule, change y to i rule, ir, ur, or, oo, ea, igh, tch, dge, prefixes, ew, ea, wr, kn, o, eigh, oe, ea, and ti. Every second or third lesson is centered on reading a new story from the reader. These lessons include review, a warm-up sheet for the story (words and phrases from the story), vocabulary, an introductory literary analysis section (i.e. compare and contrast characters), and suggestions for a read-aloud time. The activity book is Swing Into Reading. Readers are Chasing Henry and Shipwreck! Chasing Henrys stories range from 8-17 half-pages of text. Shipwrecks stories are each about fifteen pages but there is slightly more text (2/3 page) on each page.

All About Reading Level 4 (3-4)

Level 4 provides 63 lessons that alternate between phonics lessons and reading lessons. Phonics instruction includes a review of previous levels, multi-syllable words, double suffixes, additional phonograms (ear, ey, ui, ie, ph, gu, gn, augh, ough, si, mb, our, ci, rh), and suffixes (able, ible, ance, ence, sion, ice, ile, ine, ite, ive, ace, ate, age, ic, al, ous, ist, ism, ity, ize, ary, ery, ain, ture, and sure). Reading instruction includes summarizing, homonyms, poetry (limericks, rhyme scheme, hyperbole, rhythm), making predictions, common idioms, collective nouns, meaningful expression, literary devices (alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, character transformation, and point of view), identifying the narrator, antonyms, compare and contrast, inferences, difference between fiction and nonfiction, and conflict). Theres some additional instruction on using references, word origins, dialects, and other miscellaneous information. The activity book is Soar With Reading. Readers are Heirloom Antics and The Voyage. The 15 short stories in Heirloom Antics range from 12-20 partial pages of text. The Voyages 14 short stories average 16-18 pages.

It might seem a little presumptuous to label your products All About . . . but when you can deliver a comprehensive, thorough learning program like this author/company does, youve earned the right. ~ Janice

Category Description for Other Programs:

Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.

Category Description for All About Reading Pre-reading:

The Pre-reading program covers letter recognition (capitals first, then lowercase) and letter sounds (consonants and short vowels). The author has identified the Big Five Skills which are foundational to the educational mission of this course. Print Awareness (text carries meaning and is related to spoken language specific tips in lessons), Phonological Awareness (the ability to hear and identify parts of words), Letter Knowledge (recognizing the letters and knowing the letter names and sounds), Listening Comprehension (precursor to reading comprehension), and Motivation to Read (no parenthetical clarification needed). Were obviously talking more than simple ABCs here, arent we? And Ziggy is eager to illustrate the difference. Ziggy is a personable, strokeable, fun-loving young zebra (puppet) with a tendency to say the wrong word, drop sounds from words, and distract your child away with game-playing (wink-wink). Lessons are written around Ziggys participation. I suppose you could do "work arounds" and cover the same material, but Ziggy will win your childs heart and youll be off and learning before you even know it. In addition to Ziggys games and antics, lessons include an introduction to the letter or sound, poem-reading from either the Zigzag Zebra or the Lizard Lou book, completion of a craft sheet, additional activities (chosen from a list in the appendix), games, and the read aloud time. The two hardbound books Zigzag Zebra and Lizard Lou (each a collection of poems for letters or letter sounds; also available as optional audio-books) are used daily (one or the other) to introduce or reinforce sounds.

The Pre-reading Activity Book (My Book of Letters) contains the craft sheets for the lessons; each of which have supplies needed and instructions on the back. These perforated activity sheets include coloring, dot-to-dots, mini craft projects involving adding construction or tissue paper accents or various types of sparkleees, games like "Circle the Letter t", sound match-ups, and hidden pictures. Common craft materials needed include crayons, markers, scissors, glue, tape, and a miscellaneous assortment of optional craft materials.

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Why did you choose this?
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It was recommended to me by my older daughter's reading tutor to use with my son.
Arthur H on Jan 14, 2020
This program is tried and true. I have used this many times. I am replacing my old set.
Angie W on Dec 21, 2019
It was recommended to me by my older daughter's reading tutor to use with my son.
Arthur H on Jan 14, 2020
For my two sons (ages 4 and 3) to start to learn how to read. This curriculum comes highly recommended by many mom friends of mine
Melissa E on Dec 27, 2019
This program is tried and true. I have used this many times. I am replacing my old set.
Angie W on Dec 21, 2019
Recommended by friend for struggling learner.
Lori H on Sep 24, 2019
I have a kinder
Sarah D on Sep 11, 2019
I am loving the AAR Level 1 program (I am using it with my son). I chose to ditch our current preschool routine and start using this with my daughter!
Alissa B on Sep 7, 2019
I liked the all about spelling program and thought this would be a good start for my youngest child who is pre-k level.
jessica B on Aug 21, 2019
multiple mommas recommended
Hayley B on Aug 13, 2019
I am REALLY excited for this program, I think it will help my son get a better grasp on the alphabet and letter recognition. Currently, he is struggling and I have heard so many great things about this program, it gives me hope!
Jessica F on Jul 30, 2019
Orton Gillingham Curriculum
Elise R on Jul 29, 2019
On Co-op curriculum list!
Suzanne F on Jul 8, 2019
We absolutely love All About Reading - it has worked so well with all my children, they really enjoy the activities and the readers, and I appreciate the simple way it is explained to the teacher and how it walks us through each lesson!
Rachel M on Jun 4, 2019
Ready to start some pre-reading work with my 4 year. I have used AAR levels 1 and 2 with my older boys and love the program!!!
Adree W on Jan 17, 2019
The customer service at All About Learning far exceeded my wildest expectations. I spoke for almost an hour with a really helpful and informed woman when i first made a purchase plus I also love the product - best in the business! Also Rainbow Resource Center delivers to my home in China - much appreciated!
Roderick D on Dec 13, 2018
Such an excellent program for teaching little ones letter sounds! I sold mine; and just repurchased for my second child!
Emily G on Oct 23, 2018
Cathy Duffy top pick and also recommended by a teacher friend
Sara W on Sep 22, 2018
used this curriculum with older children and excited to start it with my PreK child
Shannon S on Aug 27, 2018
A friend recommended it and I wasn't happy with my present phonics program
Jenna W on Aug 27, 2018
It is a Cathy Duffy top pick for Pre Reading.
Paige S on Aug 9, 2018
I've used the other levels for my big kids, love this company
Melissa D on Aug 9, 2018
Simple, concise, easy to follow program with out a lot of fluff. I am using to re-inforce my apraxic daughter's phonics before moving on to actual reading.
sherri h on Aug 4, 2018
Used this curriculum for my older dyslexic daughter and fell in love with it. Will be using it with my younger children.
Robert G on Jul 29, 2018
Good reviews
JULIA D on Jul 27, 2018
Level of Kids
Jason B on Jul 22, 2018
on list
Ashley C on Jul 20, 2018
help 1st child get ready for 1st grade this year and 2nd child for kindergarten.
Erik E on Jun 5, 2018
We've had such good success with out older son using all about reading that I thought I would start out our next son with all about reading from the beginning.
Molly B on May 16, 2018
This is a great program and same price as listed on their site. I saved shipping when I ordered through Rainbow.
Katharine M on Apr 27, 2018
I've used both the Level 1 and 2 with my other kids and they have learned so much!
Stephanie A on Apr 21, 2018
This sounds like a a very good pre-reading program. I like that there will be little preparation involved for me as a busy parent. I will be able to review lessons ahead of time and then be able to start teaching. I won't have to gather extra materials to use this program.
Sheryl K on Apr 9, 2018
All About Reading has been a blessing for my 8 year old son who struggles with some dyslexia and attention issues. He loves the curriculum. I purchased this for my 4 year old daughter hoping for the same results.
czech12 on Apr 6, 2018
My older sons have had great success with other All About Learning curricula, their little brother is itching to start school! This will be his first exposure to formal reading lessons. We're excited to get started!
Anjanette G on Mar 25, 2018
After several reviews, I felt this company would best suit my families needs.
Debbie W on Mar 11, 2018
I have a granddaughter who has used All About Reading and her mother said this was a wonderful way to teach reading. Therefore I am purchasing this great reading program for more of my grandchildren. 😊 Love the free shipping!
Nancy S on Feb 26, 2018
My eldest daughter is using All About Reading, Level 1, and it has been a blessing. She's learning to read and has really enjoyed the program. Due to our eldest enjoyment and success with the program, we decided to try the pre-reading level for our middle child.
Grace G on Feb 8, 2018
I have used All About Reading, levels 1 and 2, with my other child, and it was amazing. My child, who has severe learning difficulties, has been able to learn to read with this program, and now I am hoping to use it with one of my other children. It takes only a few minutes each day and is very easy prep.
Jennifer D on Dec 26, 2017
I was recommended this program for a homeschooling mom at our Classical Conversations community day.
Lori on Oct 20, 2017
Strongly recommended by a friend. Looks like a great, comprehensive reading program for preschoolers and beyond. I ordered through Rainbow Resources to save on shipping :)
Anna B on Aug 10, 2017
I am a first time homeschool Mom. I didn't know where to start my Kindergartener with reading. I've heard great things about this curriculum. When I called with questions I was able to talk to someone right away. They answered all my questions and concerns. I am very excited and confident that this is the curriculum for us.
Annie C on Aug 9, 2017
Taught my daughter to reading using this program and now using it again for my son.
Julie K on Jun 18, 2017
Curious to try this for my preschooler as her older sisters are in levels 2 & 3 and she'd like to "do school". I feel she is old enough to try.
User on Jun 6, 2017
Supplemental education
Dominic B on May 24, 2017
My older son loves this program. My younger son is ready for it and looking forward to doing it along side his brother.
Josh C on May 1, 2017
I chose this because I am planning to use it as my daughter's preschool at home curriculum
Christina S on Apr 13, 2017
I love the idea of a multi-sensory program with cute animals to teach reading. Also, My kids will feel so much older reading books that read like chapter books instead of the short readers we are used to.
Charissa M on Apr 9, 2017
I didn't use AAR Pre-Reading with my older children but I wish I had. We started using All About Spelling and AAR around level 2 with the older children and they are wonderful. I learned spelling rules that I never learned.
Aimee D on Apr 7, 2017
I love All About Spelling for my older child, so I want to try method this for my preschooler.
Wendy C on Mar 6, 2017
Because I have used All About Spelling and it's great! I know this will be great too.
Jennifer W on Feb 16, 2017
Used All about reading level 1,2, and 3 with my 7 year old. Now starting with pre-reading with my five year old. My seven year old has had great success with this program.
Adele L on Dec 19, 2016
Reviews online are all extremely positive
Kim M on Dec 11, 2016
For my two sons (ages 4 and 3) to start to learn how to read. This curriculum comes highly recommended by many mom friends of mine
Melissa E on Dec 27, 2019
Recommended by friend for struggling learner.
Lori H on Sep 24, 2019
What is the difference between the basic and deluxe packages?
User on Feb 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I’m pretty sure the deluxe kit just adds the tote bag and puppet? It’s accessories only. I bought the puppet in addition because it is a pretty integral part of the program, as well as one of the more entertaining aspects. I never have found a use for the tote.

Happy pre-phonics!
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Perfect for our kindergartener!
It is very user friendly and has great teaching tips. The teachers manual is straight to the point and not to wordy which is great for busy moms. Our five year old is really excited for each lesson.
September 11, 2019
5 months ago
The plans are easy to follow. And we are enjoying working through them. It’s been fun to work on letter recognition together.
January 19, 2019
1 year ago
Not a fan
I bought this to help my 5 yo learn her sounds better and for a start to beginning reading. I'm only half way through the program and I already do not like the order in which this curriculum is being taught. You don't teach the concept of syllables and compound words BEFORE a child can even sound out a three letter word by themselves. It makes no sense to do this when a child doesn't even have basic reading skills. The daily coloring pages seem boring and monotonous. The cards that go along with the rhyming games need to include a lot more variety! Don't use all the same exact pictures 3 or 4 days in a row. Maybe use half of the familiar ones and half new ones. No game is going to be exciting for that long if you're using the same cards every time. Outside of the rhyming games I thought the other games didn't do anything much to advance my child's concept of reading. She either was frustrating because she couldn't grasp the concept or bored. Also, I could have easily produced those letter coloring pages and made my own cards for a lot less than $80. I don't even pick up the teachers manual anymore because the curriculum is that predictable.

I taught my first daughter how to read with the Christian Light Learning to Read and Language Art program. I'm going back to this with my current daughter and will use this program as supplement so I don't feel like I completely wasted my money. The CL curriculum is so much more thorough and fluid. It's teaches reading through a smooth process and is usually not boring. It isn't colorful and full of games though, either. Since I can always incorporate games on my own this isn't a big deal.

September 23, 2017
over 2 years ago
Not what i was expecting.
Was not what i was expecting from a program that get really good reviews all over the internet. Was a huge let down.
June 21, 2017
over 2 years ago
Pretty good
My daughter really enjoys the Ziggy the Zebra interactive parts but tires of the coloring sheets week after week. Maybe a little more variety in the activity sheets would be fun?
October 14, 2015
over 4 years ago

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