Tuesday, February 28, 2012

All About Reading Level 1 Review

As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Team, I was very excited to be able to review All About Reading Level 1 Program.   This is a very popular reading program and I was eager to see it and use it firsthand.

What is All About Reading?
All About Reading is reading program that covers 5 key components:
*Phonological Awareness
*Phonics and Decoding

How Does it Work?
The 49 lessons are scripted and ready to go with no prep needed, which can be very beneficial for busy educators.  This program is a multisensory reading program that can be used by parents, teachers, tutors and anyone else who wants to teach reading in a comprehensive method.  As a former teacher, I can see how parents can feel both comfortable and confident teaching with this curriculum.   

The program provides color coded letter tiles that are excellent for hands-on learning.  Students use the tiles to read new words as they manipulate/slide the tiles.  

The Decodable books are beautifully illustrated!  Audrey LOVED these books and I caught her reading them throughout the week.   

The activities in the program are both fun and engaging.  First, Audrey colored her little "creature" and cut out all of the words.  

After reading the words, she fed the bones (the words) into the creatures mouth.  How cute is that?
This was a great review activity for us...

What I really like about this program is that they offer you 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.  That means you have a FULL year to try their program.  If the program does not fit your students needs, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked!  In my opinion, that is an amazing return policy!!  

How Much Does it Cost?
The Level 1 Reading Kit cost $99.95 and includes:
*Level 1 Teachers Manuel (non-consumable)
*Student Packet (consumable)
*3 Hardback Decodable Readers

The Program also offers a Pre-Reading Program and a Level 2 program which will be released this year.

In addition to the Level 1 Reading Kit, you will also need to purchase either the Basic or Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit.  
*Basic Kit cost $28.95 or
*The Deluxe Reading Interactive Kits cost $48.95

I really like the Phonogram CD-ROM, which is included in both kits.  This helpful CD contains all of the basic phonogram pronunciations.  This is especially helpful for parents who may be unsure as to correct pronunciations.  The resources in the program are very user friendly, which makes the learning process accessible to everyone, struggling readers and new readers.

How do you know if your child is ready to read?  You can read the Checklist {HERE}.
There are many FREE samples available to download and see if this program is right for you.

My Thoughts
I think that this is an excellent reading program.  Since we are currently using our own reading program, this level proved to be too easy.  However, I also felt as though this was an excellent way to review what we have already learned.  Audrey enjoyed the hands-on activities, which made the experience a joy.

I will say that I am strongly considering using their All About Spelling Program this coming Fall.  In fact, I have pretty much made up my mind to use their spelling program in conjunction with our own reading program.  If you choose to use All About Reading and All About Spelling simultaneously, the letter tiles need only be purchased once, since they work for both programs.

You can also read what my other fellow TOS Crew members thought of this product by clicking {HERE}.

Disclaimer:  I received this product free of charge in exchange for a review on my blog.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the free product or the company.

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