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 All About Reading Pre-reading, 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 Deluxe Package includes:
My Book of Letters and Sounds Activity Book (part of Student Packet)
(NOTE: The above samples are PDF files and can be opened with the most current version of Adobe Reader. Click here for a free copy of the most recent version.)
Click the graphic below for a free Pre-reading Progress Chart!
Posted by Heather on 18th Jun 2015
My son was so nervous about reading. He saw his older sister's books and worksheets and was too afraid to try anything. I bought this and he started crying when I pulled it out today and then I started to have Ziggy do the first lessons and within seconds the tears were gone and the laughing began. I started with Ziggy saying, "I am going to kiss your mommy's holder." and he looked up as he was crying and said, "That's not right it's shoulder." and the rhyming and effortless learning began! My son loves it and Mommy does too! Super simple for mom's to follow and the materials are of the highest quality. I have really high standards about what I like to use with my children. I typically make everything because I want things to look a certain way and I am super impressed and thrilled with the quality of the drawings and the stories and the worksheets and Ziggy!! I LOVE everything about this program. Can not recommend it enough! Thank you!
Posted by Michelle B on 11th Oct 2012
We just got our pre-reading and Level 1 kits yesterday...and they LOVE school now! We've tried a couple other curriculums with limited success...they would learn, but it was not a fun process for mom or the kiddos! This morning, we had fun with the games and Ziggy!! Ziggy makes school fun...and they told me they LOVE school!! That is so refreshing to hear! Thanks!!
Posted by Genny Upton- In Lieu of Preschool on 4th Jun 2012
We have just started using All About Reading Level Pre-1 and my two preschool-aged children are LOVING it. They BEG for Ziggy to come out and play, and they really love the letter craft page, too. Nothing beats learning while having fun!! Thanks for such a simple-to-use program!
Posted by Kel Pederson on 23rd Nov 2011
I’ve had many “aha” moments while using AAR. For example, there have been times when I’m not sure why we’re working on a certain skill, such as rhyming, or counting the words in a sentence, and then we’ll get further down the road and I'll suddenly realize that counting those words has blazed the trail to learning how to segment words into their phonological parts. The addition of the Ziggy the Zebra puppet is wonderful. Ziggy is my son’s “reading buddy” and we both look forward to our lessons each day.
Posted by Joy Stott on 17th Jul 2011
My son Elijah struggled with letter knowledge and phonological awareness. He knew the letters but constantly mixed them up and put them out of order. Since receiving All About Reading, it has guided me and held my hand as I try to help an unnatural reader become more fluent and comfortable with the idea of learning how to read. My little guy has low self-esteem and gives up if he feels that he can’t do it. I love the step-by-step instructions in the teacher manual. We love the intricate pictures in the books. They are so beautifully drawn with such incredible detail! And Ziggy the Zebra has revolutionized our home by motivating the children to do their schoolwork without grumbling. Elijah LOVES doing his lessons with me for All About Reading because Ziggy helps him out.
I love this program and I can’t wait for my younger son to start school so I can do this with him! My older two kids retorted: “No fair! Elijah gets to learn how to read the fun way!” :)
Posted by Erin Ulrich on 17th Jul 2011
I have a five year old who wants to read but is just a bit too busy to put in the time to learn. All About Reading Level Pre-1 has been the very thing we needed to meet her needs! The quality of everything I received is excellent, and I think the Deluxe package is definitely worth the price! I am including this one in my “top picks” for the year!
Posted by Jesse Lovelady on 17th Jul 2011
I am really impressed with the quality of the materials. They are expertly done, the illustrations in the books are adorable, and I'm a sucker for tote bags and cute boxes ;-), so from a purely aesthetic point of view, All About Reading gets an A+++. The quality doesn't stop with the content, either. All About Reading introduces skills in sneaky and unsuspecting ways that are crucial to learning to read, especially in the "Language Exploration" activities. My daughter’s favorite activity is "Get Out of the Wagon" where we place three picture cards in the wagon, and she would say the name of each. After determining which didn't fit, she would toss the misplaced card out of the wagon, squealing "Get out of the wagon!" I have also included my six- and nine-year-old sons in some of the language exploration activities, because they are the best I've seen in teaching children to really *listen* and *hear* sounds and how those sounds work in words.
Posted by Jill Stanish on 17th Jul 2011
I really cannot come up with anything we did not like about All About Reading. This comprehensive program systematically teaches all letters and their sounds and uses games and word cards to work on the skills necessary to begin reading. My daughters loved using the cards for rhyming games and memory games and they of course LOVED the zebra puppet. Some of the games with Ziggy Zebra had my daughter laughing uproariously--the lessons were pure joy to her.
With such a variety of materials (teacher & student books, readers, audio, and puppet), having the tote bag to store it all was marvelous. We can grab it to go in the car, and my daughter can follow along in her reader while listening to the audio CD as I drive. The tote ensures that everything stays together and helps keep the puppet safe, reserved just for our All About Reading lessons. That extra little touch of having a puppet really made lesson time extra special. I plan to purchase the next All About Reading level as soon as it becomes available.
Posted by Amber Hockman on 17th Jul 2011
I can TRULY testify that this program "makes reading a pleasure." I mean, in the FIRST lesson, my son was in a fit of giggles after doing a rhyming game with Ziggy. I believe the Deluxe Package is worth every penny.
Posted by Beth Morris on 17th Jul 2011
My four-year-old daughter Skye LOVES books; she has a book in her hand half the day. When I told her she was going to start learning to read…well let me tell you, I have never seen a more diligent child out there stalking the UPS man until All About Reading finally arrived! We realized that Skye had some difficulty in understanding rhyming words. One of the games in this program is called “Get out of the wagon!” You place three picture cards in the wagon, and the child picks out the word that doesn’t rhyme and tells it to get out of the wagon. At first this game drove Skye crazy; she just didn’t understand the concept of rhyming words. With each lesson we have practiced her listening skills, and it is now her very favorite game to play, with Ziggy Zebra of course!
All About Reading is a very gentle program – my daughter is having so much fun, it doesn’t seem like work at all to her. She asks to do “her school” first thing every morning. All in all, this is the most enjoyable reading program we have ever used. I highly recommend it, and I will be using it with my two-year-old when she is ready to begin reading. More levels will be coming out soon, and we will be continuing with Level 1 as soon as we finish this one!
Posted by Angel Morris on 17th Jul 2011
I love everything about this program. I intend to use it through every level with my three younger children, assuming the levels are ready when we are. The approach is perfect for what I believe my children need. It is simple, fun, and engaging. My children beg to do this; if I am busy, they will talk their fourteen-year-old brother into doing a lesson with them. In fact, the teacher’s manual is so clear and easy to implement that their older brother or their Dad have no problem just picking it up and doing a lesson with the girls. There is no preparation involved at all. I have been so impressed by this program that I will be recommending it every chance I get!
Posted by Michelle Smith on 17th Jul 2011
I am impressed with this program! Not all pre-reading and reading programs cover all the skills that All About Reading does, and this program offers the ability to address every single one of them in a fun, easily implemented manner. The set up for the parent was extremely easy, and the scripted lessons lead the parent easily through every step of the lesson. Really, AAR is that simple in its procedure. Marie Rippel has done a great job coming up with a variety of games to reinforce pre-reading skills. The hardcover books are once again delightful. A short, fun poem and wonderful sepia illustrations bring each daily (or weekly) letter alive. And the best part is that this program can be completed on your child’s timetable. You can spend one day or an entire week on each alphabet letter – it’s up to you and your child. It has truly been a delight to use this program.
Posted by Amanda Bowen on 17th Jul 2011
My daughter is only two, so I wasn’t sure she’d be quite ready for All About Reading. Well, Miss Priss once again proved her mettle when she decided to take it upon herself to bring me the activity box so we can go through the alphabet sounds. Having never taught this level before, I’ve found AAR to be a great way to introduce gentle, formal lesson time. Laid-back, simple, fun lessons invite the child to repeat the same lesson over and over just because, and it progresses in steps, with each level building on the last, so pre-readers can go at their own pace. I love how low-prep it is (more like zero prep once the cards are separated and put into the box) and how easy it is to use – just grab the bag and go. The step-by-step Teacher’s Manual is very easy to understand. And of course the plush puppet is already a treasured friend here! I am very pleased with this curriculum and can’t wait until we start flying with it full speed ahead!
Posted by Trish Rock on 17th Jul 2011
I have tried a number of different teach-to-read programs that are "bells and whistle type," and this was one of very few that I am impressed with. This a great program for children who still need to learn their letters and sounds or for children who need more work in this area. It is a fun and very sweet introduction to pre-reading that all children will delight in – and parents and teachers will enjoy the ease of lessons and the layout of the program.
Posted by Briana Jeffers on 17th Jul 2011
My son was delighted with this program! He loved everything we did each day and quickly caught on to the alphabet song and letter names. He enjoyed his daily craft page. I thought the crafts had a nice variety of activities and turned out great. I also appreciated that they were simple and used items most people with children have at home. There wasn't any teacher prep for me which is always a plus. The whole package is color coordinated in black and yellow. It has a sophisticated look that is appealing to children and their instructors.
I think this program would work for most children since each lesson uses so many teaching strategies. It appeals to the child's imagination by using the puppet and stories. There are hands-on activities to be completed with each lesson for children who learn by doing. The auditory learner will listen to a story to go along with each letter that also contains rhyming words to find. The visual learner will be able to point out the letters on the chart as the alphabet song is sung and look for the new letter in the book. All of the components are well thought out without any extra fluff to waste your precious teaching time. Our lessons take 15-30 minutes per day depending on how much my son works on his craft page. The word games the child plays with Ziggy are easy to learn and reinforce those important pre-reading skills. They train the child's ear and mind to get him ready to learn phonics successfully and without struggle. I think All About Reading Pre-1 sets a strong foundation on which to build a positive phonics experience.
Posted by Michelle, homeschool mom to 3 on 17th Jul 2011
This is the perfect pre-reading program for those looking for a gentle, easy approach. It is a very easy, open-and-go type of curriculum that does not require a lot of prep time and also takes very little time to teach. The activities are fun, engaging, and they actually teach kids the letters and their sounds! My daughter knows most of her letters already but really needed to review them all and make sure she could recognize them. So, this program was perfect for her to go through the letters quickly. On the days that I knew she knew the letter, we would do two or three letters if she wanted to. The program is so flexible! I really enjoyed the All About Reading Pre-1 program and having something for my young daughter to do to help her get used to "school work" – and she enjoyed her own special time with Mommy.
Posted by Kristi Winings on 17th Jul 2011
I think All About Reading Level Pre-1 is a BEAUTIFUL program. I think the lessons of rhyming and beginning and ending sounds are ones that my other programs have been weak in, and I think both my boys could benefit from the super silly Zebra. :)
Posted by Homeschool mom of 4 on 17th Jul 2011
Here’s why I love this program:
-It is so organized.
-It is pretty much prep free, just grab the bag and learn.
-It is so organized.
-It really appeals to children.
-It is so fun, for both of us.
-Everything is planned out and right there for you.
-It is so organized.
-It is designed to go at your child’s pace. I never felt rushed to get through a lesson, or like a lesson took longer than needed.
My favorite thing is the organization. Everything fits in the tote bag. The box, with the lesson cards are divided into lesson numbers. The books are easy to read and find your way around in. I struggle with organizing things on my own. So this is such a breath of fresh air.