Your student will learn exciting new concepts, including letter sounds, phonograms, consonant teams, blending, syllables, sight words, consonant blends, plurals, compound words, and much more. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Below is a sampling in each area.
Learn techniques for syllable counting
Isolate sounds in three- and four-letter words
Practice phonemic substitution
Learn phonograms A-Z, plus TH, SH, CH, CK, NG, NK
Read short vowel words containing the new phonograms, such as man, set, pup, quack, class, bench, trunk, king, and gasp
Read words ending in FF, LL, and SS, as in hill and kiss
Read words with initial blends, as in step and flag
Read words with final blends, as in next and lost
Decoding (Structural Analysis)
Read plural words with suffix s or es, such as pigs and lunches
Read compound words, such as windmill
Discuss new words in the context of the story and one’s own life
When my daughter was four I started teacher her how to read, but didn't really have a plan or curriculum in place and felt like I was floundering. My son wasn't homeschooled until third grade and already knew how to read, so I knew I needed to find a program that made sense for me and my daughter. I found AAR after a friend mentioned using the SWR curriculum. Before homeschooling, I was a school psychologist for 8 years, and after reading reviews, I was completely intimidated by SWR and the training needed to implement it. Thank God I found a blog about AAR and how much more user friendly it was than SWR. I am an open-the-book-and-go kind of gal...I like everything spelled out for me and I don't want to be running to the library every week to reserve books and downloading and printing a ton of reproducibles. I adore that AAR has EVERYTHING you need in one package. I can prep several days ahead in about fifteen minutes, stick my post-it tab on the page we left off in my teachers manual, and each day I'm good to go. My Kindergartner loved Level 1 and has been begging to me to buy Level 2, which I just did. We could have moved so much faster and I could easily see someone moving through Level 1 and 2 in a years time with a child who is motivated to read. My daughter is so proud of the reading she can do and loves reading to others. The stories are cute and silly and much more engaging that so many of the beginning readers that are out there. The activity pages were creative and game-like, and also allowed for her to color a bit, which she loved. There are lots of practice and review pages of newly learned rules/patterns (we didn't always do all of these if I felt she had mastered a skill). Using AAR made me more confident in my teaching skills, gave us a clear focused plan for the year, and most importantly turned my five-year old into a confident beginning reader! She's tackling one-syllable words with consonant blends in the beginning and end, compound words, and two syllable words with -ing and -ed endings. I can't wait to use it with my youngest son when he's ready to learn how to read!
Dyslexic Son ASKS to do this!
Posted by Angela Y. on 28th Jan 2016
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My homeschooled 2nd grader was struggling with reading throughout first grade. We were using another curriculum that just wasn't cutting it for his learning style. My son and husband are both dyslexic so my husband was completely on board with finding a curriculum that worked to get our little guy comfortable and happy learning how to read.
We are two-thirds the way through Level 1 and my son enjoys our reading lessons, LOVES the workbook activities/games and asks to read the stories from the reader over and over. This is a COMPLETE different reaction to the other approach. My husband, with plenty of learning frustrations and hindsight from his experience, praises the All About Reading Approach. As an adult with dyslexia, he sees all the benefits with this step by step, hands-on approach from that perspective. My sister-in-law who is a Speech Therapist in a local school district is also recommending this approach to her students who are struggling with reading because of our great experience.
I taught music in public school for 10 years prior to homeschooling. I have seen a lot of curriculum and methods in the various schools I worked in over the years. All About Reading is just awesome! Thank you!
A breath of fresh air
Posted by Rachel on 31st Jul 2015
My 9 year old son began All About Reading Level 1 in the summer. We've tried many other programs for the last 3 to 4 years, and he still ended up after them with a not very strong grasp of vowel sounds, letter reversal issues, and just a general poor confidence level. He's been assessed for an IEP due to slow processing speeds, and it was clear we needed to change our approach somehow.
PROS: He already knew most of his letters and sounds, so starting at Level One made him feel like he really knew a lot. I loved the hand gestures that are used with the vowel sounds -- so much easier and less stressful to remind him by doing the gesture than by speaking. The section on how to learn b/d was vital! He knows the difference after only a few weeks of trying, and this one issue we have had for the last 3 years! He loves puppets, and so I ordered Ziggy the Zebra puppet separately (he goes with the preschool program) and he loves doing lessons and games with one of his puppets and Ziggy (Ziggy has trouble with b/d so my son gets to correct him a lot) My other children are older and fluent readers, so that way there's someone to play games with that also is learning the same things and it is fun as well. Most sections take about 30 minutes. I love the feedback, and the tips in the teachers book, and having all of the lessons and topics laid out before hand. The three hard cover books that they read short stories of have the most amazing illustrations and are interesting besides - much nicer than the flimsy easy readers that are his level.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF: The fluency sheets can be a bit overwhelming (pages of word lists for them to read) but we split them up - or the puppet Ziggy reads half of the words, but makes mistakes, so my son has to read along to make sure he's doing a good job - and we usually spread them over the lessons where he is reading a story too. It is hard to find outside books to read that cover only the same lessons, but that will get easier as he goes up in levels. As in any reading program, consistancy is key. I've really focused on doing something every day - even if we are only able to review word cards, or do part of a fluency sheet. When we have to skip a day I can tell that both his attitude and his recall take a step backward. It isn't magical -- he still would prefer not to do reading, but he can see the progress he is making and that encourages him to try even on the boring hard things . . . . Some of the games are a little young for him, but we just skip those, or use one of our games to review word cards with . . .
BOTTOM LINE: Get a level, try it out . . . it can't hurt, and might be a blessing! I have no regrets!
Posted by Dana on 18th May 2015
My son seems to have turned a corner in this. Since starting our homeschool journey last year, he has resisted reading and writing lessons. We switched curriculum and things improved, but he still balked, especially those fluency pages. I would just have him do a few or break up the lesson so that would be the only thing we needed to do to finish.
We are now half way through Level One, and he love the consonant blends. He wanted to the whole fluency sheet yesterday; it blew my mind. I really love your program and the continuing online support and communication. The design, the structure, the activies, and story books really keep it interesting and simple. I want to mention that my son is older. We delayed former reading instruction on purpose, but we are great readers so his vocabulary is huge. Some beginning reading books are too primitive. Your stories are simple, but still engage his interest (probably because you use lots of critters).
Love the guarantee but I'm not returning it
Posted by Andrea on 1st May 2015
I just wanted to thank you for your reading program. My 7-year-old son has had trouble learning to read. He's felt stupid and behind. I tried other programs (which worked for his big sister), but nothing worked. After reading your story, I decided to try AAR level 1, and kept the shipping box ready to return it. After just 5 lessons, he's reading words he used to laboriously sound out. And when a lesson ends, he says, "Is that it?" and grabs a file folder game to continue the fun. Thank you for giving him (and me) his confidence back! P.S. I threw away the shipping box - this is a keeper!