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.

Publisher Description:

Our All About Reading program is unique because it begins with a Pre-reading level for preschoolers and kindergarteners, and it focuses on what we call the Big Five Skills. These five fundamental pre-reading skills include letter knowledge, phonological awareness, print awareness, listening comprehension, and motivation to read. It is this specific set of skills that helps pre-readers understand the basics of language and how it works, preparing them to learn to read.

With the All About Reading Pre-reading program, your child will play special games, enjoy little crafts, and engage in charming storytime activities, all the while absorbing these all-important Big Five Skills.

The All About Reading Pre-reading Basic Package includes:

  • Teacher's Manual (208 pages)
  • Student Packet
    • My Book of Letters and Sounds Activity Book (192 pages)
    • Picture Cards
    • Letter Sound Cards
    • Capital Letter Alphabet Chart
    • Lowercase Letter Alphabet Chart
    • Progress Chart
    • Adorable Animal Stickers
  • The Zigzag Zebra: a rhyming alphabet hardcover book
  • Lizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new hardcover book
  • Divider Cards (to keep your Picture Cards and Letter Sound Cards organized)
  • Letter Sounds A to Z" app

The Basic set does not include the Ziggy Zebra puppet, Tote Bag, or Activity Box. Feel free to supply your own puppet and index card box. These items are also available separately or with the Deluxe set.

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.

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

Note: if you prefer the letter app to the letter tiles, that is a separate purchase from All About Learning Press and not included in these materials.
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.

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Erin R on Sep 8, 2022
My son has autism and is 11 and cannot read. I am not convinced the current school has an instructional plan in place to teach him to read. He can write letters out as they sound, but cannot read yet. We live overseas so I don't have access to high quality, evidenced based practices for autism. Several US based educators recommended using an Orton-Gillingham Approach to teach reading for him.
L O on Feb 21, 2022
Erin R on Sep 8, 2022
Used Levels 2 and higher with my older daughter to great success. Am starting my younger ones out right in Pre-K so she won't struggle in the first year or two of school like my older daughter did before we landed on AAR.
Robyn S on Jul 14, 2022
My son has autism and is 11 and cannot read. I am not convinced the current school has an instructional plan in place to teach him to read. He can write letters out as they sound, but cannot read yet. We live overseas so I don't have access to high quality, evidenced based practices for autism. Several US based educators recommended using an Orton-Gillingham Approach to teach reading for him.
L O on Feb 21, 2022
Hoping to get my littlest excited about learning!
Megan M on Nov 8, 2021
After a lot of research I chose this reading package to teach my preschooler.
Julia Z on Oct 15, 2021
This program was recommended to me by several parents with children with disabilities. After, several years trying to teach our son with cerebral palsy using materials that I used for his siblings, and having no success, I decided to try this.
Genna B on Oct 13, 2021
recommendation from a friend as a good choice for dyslexic children
Audrey M on Oct 10, 2021
My older son is having great success with the All About Spelling program, that we decided to go ahead and start my youngest with All About Reading.
Shelley H on Sep 16, 2021
recommended by family/ other programs did not meet hopes
Tim S on Aug 17, 2021
I needed a simple, planned out, hands on reading/phonics program. This has all of that and works with their spelling program too so you only have to purchase the manipulatives once.
Lindsay H on Jun 13, 2021
I have been using another method of teaching reading, and I find it cumbersome and awkward. I will be switching my younger learners to this.
Larrissa G on May 15, 2021
I have multiple kids whom struggle with reading and one with severe dyslexia. Hoping this is the right fit!
Brianna V on Mar 10, 2021
Amazing program. Great success with the higher levels.
Stacey V on Mar 9, 2021
Great program all the way through each level
Alanna G on Feb 10, 2021
I've heard so many moms share how much they love it and I have a recent 6 year old who is struggling! Love the phonics based program and excited to implement it into our day!
Brittany H on Aug 15, 2020
ease of use and letter crafts.
Christiana s on Aug 13, 2020
A friend is using this and she is very excited about it. I like what I have read about this program. Fingers crossed I will love it too...
Mary N on Aug 12, 2020
Orton Gillingham based, secular
Amanda O on Aug 2, 2020
This program has been recommended by several and I look forward to trying it with my girls.
Vanessa P on Jul 29, 2020
the best phonics program I researched
Domine P on Jul 28, 2020
I have used this with my son and I am familiar with it
Ashly C on Jul 21, 2020
I started on All About Reading level 2 with my son and we went all the way through 4 and it worked great so now that I have two more younger children I am getting this to start on kindergarden type stuff and move into reading. My child is super excited to do school like her older brother :)
Chasya G on Jul 21, 2020
I used this curriculum with my other 2 children and they love it!
Beth O on Jul 15, 2020
I cannot wait to start my youngest off with a strong foundation in reading!
Carrie M on Jun 9, 2020
Decided to purchase Pre-reading to make sure we are building a solid foundation on letters, sounds and rhyming before introducing more difficult reading concepts.
Samantha E on Jun 9, 2020
We began AAR with my son last year and it really made things click for him, so we are starting my daughter on this curriculum for kindergarten.
Jennifer B on May 27, 2020
Plan on using this package with my preschooler while homeschooling their older sibling.
User on Apr 16, 2020
All About Reading has helped my three oldest kids so much so we're excited to try out their pre-reading level for my little man who has been begging for reading lessons for months now. :)
Rachel T on Apr 6, 2020
To help my pre-k student learn to read!
Kathleen W on Mar 9, 2020
Absolutely love AAR and AAS! I have 3 older children who have used other products and I love her style and how she breaks down skills into small chunks and builds upon the skills. Hoping my 5 year old will be motivated to complete her own reading lesson book just like her older siblings.<br /><br />Plus, I love the authors creativity with all her stories in her readers. She is fun, interesting, and includes a wide variety of topics/ideas to present to the children.
Michelle P on Feb 12, 2020
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
Used Levels 2 and higher with my older daughter to great success. Am starting my younger ones out right in Pre-K so she won't struggle in the first year or two of school like my older daughter did before we landed on AAR.
Robyn S on Jul 14, 2022
Hoping to get my littlest excited about learning!
Megan M on Nov 8, 2021
What is the author, publisher, ISBN, publication date?
K A on Jul 12, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Marie Rippel is the author of the series All About Reading. This is the current edition. The teacher edition has a copyright date 2011.
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!
3.8 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great quality. Solid program
While I haven't started using this with my children yet, I have had a good look through the materials. The quality is great! I thought it was the colour version but it is black and white. Maybe the pre-reading doesn't have a colour version yet or I may have misread the description. Either way, it's still fantastic.
October 14, 2022
4 months ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Initially Underwhelmed
We are only two weeks in but so far I am underwhelmed especially with the high price point. The activity cards are repetitive feels like they could have been reused instead of reprinted with 1-2 minor changes considering the corresponding game is the really same. Maybe the read aloud will improve but currently it’s about 3 sentences in a story per lesson, also feels like it doesn’t need its own hardback book but could’ve just been part of the workbook. Same for the coloring page. Feels very basic and not worth the money.
September 7, 2022
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic fun with a good amount of learning.
Got this pre reader after reading so many wonderful reviews. It has delivered. The kiddos enjoy their school time and are excited everyday to talk to Ziggy and catch her up on their day. Each day there is plenty of hands on learning, funny poems to help re-enforce the letter. It’s not overwhelming on their little hearts and the lessons are short to keep their attention without lose of excellent learning. Will be purchasing the next level next year.
November 27, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 2 out of 5
I wanted to love this program. Unfortunately it didn't work for my daughter.This is my 7th child that I have homeschooled. The letter introduction was a very slow process compared to other curriculum and She never understood the Language Exploration pages.She enjoyed the crafts and the zebra puppet.
July 8, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Just right for my four year old.
February 19, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Not a Fan
This program was a huge let down. We have used other levels of this program and loved it but this level was not what we were used to. It seems like an overpriced coloring book. The daily stories/poems are so short my son finds them boring. Not happy to have spent so much on this.
August 6, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This really helped boost and support my child’s love of wanting to read. Thank you!
April 25, 2020
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Price was less than buying direct from the manufacturer, shippimg was fast, and materials were as ordered.
March 30, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago

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