All About Reading Pre-Reading Deluxe Package

All About Reading Pre-Reading Deluxe Package

# 049562

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Item #: 049562
Grades: PK-K

Product Description:

Includes Teacher Manual, Student Packet w/ Activity Book, Divider Cards, Zigzag Zebra book, Lizard Lou book, Ziggy the Zebra puppet, Activity Box (for learning cards), Animal Stickers, and Tote Bag. A download link for the Letter Sounds A to Z app is included.

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

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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Recommended by parents with children with signs of dyslexia. We'll see how it goes.
Renee D on Jan 4, 2021
have enjoyed all about reading level 1 for my older daughter
Katherine R on Aug 11, 2020
Recommended by parents with children with signs of dyslexia. We'll see how it goes.
Renee D on Jan 4, 2021
I have a little one having a hard time learning his ABCs.
Sarah B on Nov 5, 2020
have enjoyed all about reading level 1 for my older daughter
Katherine R on Aug 11, 2020
I think my kinaesthetic learner will really enjoy this approach!
Caitlin N on Jul 30, 2020
Recommended by many homeschool mamas. I have seen it in person now and the illustrations are beautiful.
Nancy P on Jul 29, 2020
because of good reviews
Anya Kristina D on Jul 11, 2020
To have a thorough, phonics based reading program for our Preschool level learner
Monica M on Jun 21, 2020
After going back and forth over many phonics options, I am going with AAR because it teaches the fewest sightwords
Nadia W on Jun 9, 2020
Have had success with higher levels and wanted to try this with my preschooler.
Lindsey D on May 11, 2020
Program has been successful for my older reluctant reader, so I am continuing for younger sibling.
Jillian H on Apr 29, 2020
It was recommended by a friend
Mary S on Apr 5, 2020
I have heard nothing but good things about this product!
Michelle T on Feb 4, 2020
I heard that it is laid out and easy to understand and has helped kids learn to read very easily.
Deborah W on Jan 17, 2020
heard really good things about this curriculum
Elizabeth D on Aug 23, 2019
I am using this curriculum (AAR1) for my twin Kindergartners for home school. It is outstanding. I plan to get my 3 year old a head start now that I know about this system by starting in the pre-reader.
Angela O on May 23, 2019
highly recommended by all homeschool moms whether they teach classical or traditional method. I have used it in a classical setting for my oldest level 4 and it was wonderful.
Alison A on May 1, 2019
I am needing something hands on for my active son. He loves the zebra and the flashcards are helpful.
User on Apr 9, 2019
recommended by friend
Amanda P on Mar 30, 2019
My daughter is starting her first year of homeschooling. This program had great reviews as a complete package for reading. We read a lot at home but do not specifically cover phonics. I did not want to rush into Level 1 without ensuring we had the basics covered.
Erica on Mar 3, 2019
This program has helped my 1st grader become confident in his reading skills. His younger sibling is very interested in learning and I have heard great reviews on this program.
Rachael A on Oct 27, 2018
To teach my 3.5 year old pre-reading. We LOVE All About Reading!
Caryn D on Aug 23, 2018
I read many good reviews online.
Fiona C on Jul 18, 2018
great reviews and word of mouth that it is a super easy program.
Michael D on Jul 3, 2018
My dyslexic daughter and I are using Level 1 and I would like to start teaching my 4 year old phonics. The books are easy to use and understand how I need to teach them.
Darcie b on Jun 22, 2018
Hopefully this helps get my child ready for reading.
Brittany D on Jun 12, 2018
we were using Teaching Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and it was just too much for my daughter. A friend of mine has been using All About Reading, and has loved it, so after hearing so many good things about it, I have decided that it looks like a wonderful fit for my daughter. I am excited to try it out!
Amber G on Jun 7, 2018
I believe that this curriculum is a great beginning start for my preschoolers.
Sheena H on Apr 26, 2018
I chose this to give my 5 year old a good foundation for reading.
Kellie T on Mar 17, 2018
I've heard great things about this product.
Kim M on Mar 12, 2018
Recommended by friend who homeschools her daughters.
Jacqueline M on Mar 4, 2018
Recommended by sister
Tiffanie W on Jan 13, 2018
My daughter is dyslexic and All About Reading was highly suggested for her. :)
Sarah H on Nov 16, 2017
I love their other products and need something for my preschooler
Laura P on Nov 13, 2017
My friend told me it is the best
Chelsi B on Sep 29, 2017
I have heard great things and he is very interested in his letters currently.
Ila L on Sep 21, 2017
Simple, engaging lessons for my busy kindergartner!
Megan S on Sep 19, 2017
I have All About Spelling and love it. I'm hoping to have the same success with this.
rosa o on Sep 14, 2017
My kindergardener loves the Level 1 of this series and is making excellent progress, so we thought we would try the pre-k with our four year old. I have found Level 1 of All About Reading to be clear for both the student and parent, relatively engaging, and I have high hopes for the pre-reading curriculum.
Kristen W on Aug 22, 2017
I've heard wonderful things about the product and I'm just starting preschool with my daughter.
Catherine H on Aug 20, 2017
Recommended by friends and I use All About Spelling and love it.
Kristy C on Aug 18, 2017
I've heard it's a great curriculum for children with dyslexia and/or Auditory Processing Disorder.
John on Jul 31, 2017
Because of the video we watched of it.
Christopher B on Jul 14, 2017
recommended by another home schooling mom
Tracie W on Jul 7, 2017
for my 3yr old to do school along side her older sister.
D T on Jun 30, 2017
seems like a fun program
Patricia H on Jun 28, 2017
I have been researching different curriculums for beginner readers and I always seem to come back to this one. My son has been asking me to teach him how to read and so I figured it was time to choose one.
Sarah W on Apr 8, 2017
My son is currently using All About Reading Level and has finished .
Wendy T on Mar 28, 2017
Recommended to me by a seasoned educator. I have not used this product. Decided instead to use a simpler program with fewer bells and whistles.
User on Mar 20, 2017
My almost 4-yo son sees his sister doing AAR 2 and wants to be a part of the lessons, they are so enjoyable. He knows a lot of his letters and is trying to read on his own, this will be the perfect curriculum to for him to ease into formal reading instruction.
User on Feb 8, 2017
My almost 4 year old already knows all of his letter sounds and can identify upper and lower case letters. I want to encourage his natural interest in reading. So, there may be a little overlap here, but that I'd rather it be a little easier to begin with. We have had great success with All About Spelling with my older son.
Jodi C on Jan 30, 2017
I have a little one having a hard time learning his ABCs.
Sarah B on Nov 5, 2020
I think my kinaesthetic learner will really enjoy this approach!
Caitlin N on Jul 30, 2020
Is there a list available of needed craft supplies for pre-reading level?
User on Feb 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is a basic list on page 8 of the teachers manual but the sheets often suggest additional items that could be used. These suggestions are totally optional so if it's not an item you have on hand , no big deal!
my daughter already knows her letters and sounds, should I start with the pre reading or the level 1?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If she knows her letters and sounds, in my opinion, she does not need to do pre reading. If I remember right from when my children did pre reading last year, they did also learn some rhyming and clapping out syllables, but they do that off and on in level one as well. If my child knew her letters and sounds, I would definitely skip pre preading.
Is this the newest edition of this kit?
A shopper on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe it is. I am now on level 4 with my first son. AAR is an excellent program & my son is an excellent reader now. This program develops strong readers!
Is the Interactive Kit (magnetic letters) needed for the pre-reading program?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. You will use a box of cards for the Pre-reading program that comes with the program. There are also two posters included. My daughter especially loved Ziggy the Zebra.
Does the Deluxe Pre-Reader kit include the Activity Box?
Danielle H on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does include the box. The deluxe kit has everything you will need for the program including the puppet, Ziggy the Zebra, which is my son's favorite part.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic product!
Oh boy! As soon as my 4 year old saw the Zebra she was super excited to start school! I absolutely LOVE All About Learning products and this is no different. It’s a great introduction for the AAR curriculum and is gentle, but oh so fun for littles. It is highly engaging, and I love how organized it is for parents. There is a small amount of one time setup, like 15 minutes, but then your good to go after that. It’s very open and go, no prep necessary. Highly recommended for parents who want to keep “preschool” simple and stick with the basics. I appreciate that it all fits in the bag and therefore, everything is easily stored. Also, it’s a very good investment as almost everything can be reused for multiple children.
February 10, 2021
4 weeks ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This curriculum is just what I needed for my third child. I could piece together cheaper curriculum components like BOB books to teach my older two girls reading. My third daughter struggled a lot with letter recognition, blending, short attention span issues, etc. This curriculum is so thorough and methodic, that it helped my daughter immensely. We are 75% through level 1 and I could not be happier. Even though my fourth daughter seems excited to read, I will continue using this curriculum because it is excellent. You can go as fast or slow as your child needs, and know that every letter sounds, blend, even things like comprehension questions are covered. I can open the book and skim the lesson in five minutes and be ready to teach reading that day. It is worth the investment.
November 28, 2020
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very happy homeschooling mama!!!
So far my daughter that is starting Kinder this year. We are very happy with this program.
September 29, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
You get what you pay for! It's wonderful!
We are just a few lessons in, but my daughter and I are loving it! It's gentle, fun, and thorough.
July 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!!
We just love All About Reading! As a homeschool family, we have to learn what works best to teach our little ones and this is it!! It is fun and my girls love it!! We will be continuing with more levels!!
June 13, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Straight forward and fun
This curriculum has been good so far for my 4 year old son. My 2 year old even enjoys the activities and the puppet "Ziggy."
October 22, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a very user friendly guide to reading. The lessons aren’t too long and keep the kids engaged.
October 19, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Loving It!
My five year old LOVES Ziggy! This is an engaging, well written, straightforward and easy to use prereading program. Much of it seems pretty easy to pull together yourself, but I especially appreciate the games written to play with words and sounds, developing phonemic awareness.
October 8, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good beginning reading package
I do like this package and the nice box for the cards, however as I just started using it I can't give a complete review. I do wonder why they separated the capital letters and lowercase letters, instead of teaching them together, Aa, Bb, Cc, etc. I guess I will see how it goes!
September 18, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Pre reading
I'm using this program for my 4 year old so she will know all her letters, sounds, and the basics towards reading. We homeschool so I want her to have a head start towards kindergarten
July 25, 2017
over 3 years ago

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