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All About Reading

All About Reading is a fun and engaging program that has everything your student needs to become a fluent reader for life!

All About Reading

Complete Reading Program

All About Reading consists of Pre-reading and Levels 1-4. It teaches all key components of reading in a fun and engaging way. Choose a level or placement test below to get started!

Pre-reading Program

All About Reading Pre-reading
  • Designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners
  • Builds a solid foundation for learning to read
  • It feels like play, but your child will actually be learning essential pre-reading skills

Level 1

All About Reading Level 1
  • Covers letter sounds for A– Z, plus consonant teams TH, SH, CH, CK, NG, and NK
  • Dozens of activities and games reinforce the lessons
  • Includes 52 fully decodable stories that are sure to delight your child

Level 2

All About Reading Level 2
  • Teaches 12 new phonograms, including EE, ER, AR, OR, OY, AW, and OW
  • Hands-on activities make review time fun
  • Includes 27 decodable short stories, along with comprehension activities

Level 3

All About Reading Level 3
  • Students learn 16 new phonograms, including OA, IR, IGH, EW, KN, and TI
  • Packed with activities and games to keep kids motivated
  • 25 exciting decodable stories help increase comprehension

Level 4

All About Reading Level 4
  • This final level teaches 15 new phonograms, including EY, UI, PH, OUGH, SI, and RH
  • Dozens of interesting activities teach comprehension skills and fluency
  • Includes 29 fully decodable stories that provide practice and build confidence

Download “20 Best Tips for Teaching Reading and Spelling”

20 Best Tips for Teaching Reading and Spelling

Inside this FREE guide, you’ll discover...

  • Why many children have a hard time learning to read and spell, and the powerful approach we use to increase the learning process
  • Our unique color-coded letter tile system which makes learning more fun and effective than traditional learning programs
  • How to break the word-guessing habit using our highly effective blending procedure
  • And much more!

What You Should Know About This Program

First of all, you can do this! All About Reading is a scripted, open-and-go program developed for busy parents, teachers, and tutors who want to teach reading in the most effective way possible. This program doesn’t require long periods of study, you don’t have to develop your own lesson plans, and you don’t have to stress over what to teach next—because everything is laid out for you, step by step. You’ll get solid grounding in how to teach reading without being overwhelmed.

Your student will be actively involved in the learning process. This is a truly multisensory program; your student will learn through sight, sound, and touch. Everything is taught in context, and your student will apply what he has learned right away. Your student will be engaged in thinking, processing, comparing, and learning.

Students who use the All About Reading method tend to feel a sense of excitement in learning. And they should! They are learning how to think, explore, and grow in their abilities. They feel successful as they see continual progress.

There are no gaps in this program. Your student will be taught everything he or she needs to know about reading, so no guessing is required. Each new concept builds upon the previous one, and no steps are skipped.

There are five key components of reading—and our program teaches all of them thoroughly. These five components are:

  1. Phonological Awareness
  2. Phonics and Decoding
  3. Fluency
  4. Vocabulary
  5. Comprehension

You get free lifetime support. You don’t have to do it alone! If you ever have a question as you are teaching reading, we are just a phone call or email away.

Most importantly, All About Reading is committed to results. The All About Reading program has a very focused mission: to enable you to teach your student to read while guaranteeing retention and enjoyment. Our approach to reading focuses on enabling students to become confident, fluent readers who can absorb and retain new information.

Homeschoolers and Teachers Love Us

Susan Wise Bauer

"The most age-appropriate and parent-friendly Orton-Gillingham program on the market."

Susan Wise Bauer The Well-Trained Mind
Marianne Sunderland

"...our favorite curriculum for teaching reading to our kids with dyslexia."

Marianne Sunderland Homeschooling with Dyslexia
Cathy Duffy

"...uniquely incorporates multi-sensory learning all the way through high school."

Cathy Duffy 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Academics Choice Award
102 Top Picks
Practical Homeschooling Award
TOS Excellence in Education Award
Mom's Choice Award
Well-Trained Mind Recommended

Try It for an Entire Year before Deciding!

Check out all of the step-by-step lesson plans and reading tips for ONE FULL YEAR. Treat the program like your own, and learn everything the program has to offer. If it’s not for you…simply send the package back (in any condition)…and we’ll refund your purchase price immediately. No questions asked.

This return policy applies to anything purchased through All About Learning Press. Purchases made through other websites and stores may be subject to different return policies.

FAQs for All About Reading

Levels and Placement

Placement: which level should my child start with?
Below are placement tests for each level: If you have additional questions about placement, please contact us!
How many levels are there?
There are four levels in the reading program (Levels 1-4), plus a Pre-reading program.
Will there be more levels?
No, the reading program is complete. After Level 4 students have all of the skills they need to decode just about any word.
Can I see samples for each level?
Here’s a link to samples for All About Reading.
Can I see the Scope and Sequence for each level?
Download PDFs of the Scope and Sequences for All About Reading here:
How do I know if my child is ready to start reading instruction?
This checklist can help you decide whether your child is ready to begin the reading program, or if your student would benefit from going through our Pre-reading program first.
I have an older student who needs remedial help. Where do I start?
All About Reading is very effective for struggling learners. The program will help fill in the missing gaps and build a strong foundation. You can use the placement tests to help place your student in the right level. Get in touch with us if you have any questions about placement—we’re glad to help!
What age range can use the reading program?
All About Reading has been used by students of all ages, including pre-readers, teens, and adults.

Details about Teaching Reading

How much time should I spend on reading each day?
We recommend spending about 20 minutes per day on reading lessons, but you can adjust this for early readers or for older remedial students. In addition, we recommend reading aloud to your child for 20 minutes per day. Find out more here.
How does this program help with fluency?
Fluent reading takes practice. Students may need to read a word thirty times before they can read it fluently without having to sound it out. With this in mind, All About Reading uses a variety of methods to help students get the practice they need, including activities and games, tile demonstrations, fluency pages with words, phrases, and sentences, and fully decodable readers. You will also spend a few minutes each day with the word cards, which help you track the words your student has mastered and those for which he needs ongoing practice. We also include a variety of exercises to help students work on reading with accuracy, meaningful expression, and natural phrasing.
Do you teach sight words?
Yes. Find out how we do it in this article on sight words.
Is reading comprehension covered?
Yes, we integrate six different reading comprehension strategies into our program.
My child guesses at words. Can you help?
Yes! All About Reading teaches a word blending procedure that will break the guessing habit. You can read about it in this article, Break the Word Guessing Habit.

Letter Tiles

Where can I find out about the Letter Tiles app?
The Letter Tiles app information page contains more details.
Should I choose the Letter Tiles app or the physical letter tiles?

You can't go wrong with either the Letter Tiles app or the physical tiles. They are both great options! Here are some considerations to help you decide:

letter tiles app

With the Letter Tiles app:

  • It's easy to capitalize words
  • You can hear the sounds of the phonograms as you teach
  • No more worries about lost letter tiles
  • Lessons are easy to teach "on the go"
  • Need to switch between students? No problem! Simply select your current lesson in All About Reading or All About Spelling and you're ready to begin.

The Letter Tiles app has been our most requested product of all time, but the physical letter tiles have devoted fans as well.

physical tiles

With the physical letter tiles:

  • No tablet is required to complete the lessons
  • Larger tiles are easy to read
  • It's easy to incorporate hands-on alphabetizing practice
  • Tricky word parts can be highlighted with markers
  • Timeless and traditional educational tool

As you're deciding between the app and the physical tiles, consider which option would be the most engaging to your child. Which one would your child want to use? Some clues to consider: Does my child prefer colored pencils, or does she like computer games? Is my child used to learning from technology, or is he more comfortable with traditional methods of learning? Does she prefer to read paper books or eBooks?"

And be sure to consider your preferences as well. Do you like the larger format of the magnetic white board? Do you have a place to store the board, or are you attracted to the compact nature of the app?

The bottom line is that teaching and learning will be the same no matter which option you choose. What's most important is that you have a way to teach the concepts and your child has an enjoyable way to practice and experiment. The physical letter tiles and the Letter Tiles app both provide interactive methods that make spelling and reading concepts more concrete for your child.

What size magnetic white board do I need and where can I find one?

We recommend using a 2' by 3' magnetic white board with your Letter Tiles. White boards can be found at places like Walmart or Costco, Michaels (some have gotten a great deal with one of their 40% off coupons), and various office supply stores. When purchasing a white board, be sure that it is magnetic!

A few alternatives to a large white board are baking sheets, metal oil pans, the front of a refrigerator, magnetic paint on a section of wall, or simply lay them on the table without placing them on a magnetic source. The only downfall with this last method is that they will likely need to be put away and resorted for each lesson.

I lost some letter tiles – do you really replace them for free?
Yes, we’ll gladly replace up to five tiles at no charge. Contact us with your mailing address and which tiles you are missing, and we’ll ship them right out to you.
Can I order the syllable tags without ordering a whole student packet?
Yes, you can! Extra syllable tags are available by phone order only; these are $2.50 plus a nominal shipping fee. Call our office at 715-477-1976 to place your order.
My child does not like manipulatives. Do we have to use the letter tiles?
You can still use our method without the letter tiles. Instead of the tiles, use paper and pencil or a dry erase board to write out the demonstration words for the student to see. Any time you are supposed to use a blank tile, draw a short underline. The instruction will be just as effective and will be presented in a way that is more palatable to your student.

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