In order to teach Level 1 to a single student, you will need these items:
All About Reading Level 1 Materials (2nd Edition)
All About Reading Level 1 Materials includes the Teacher’s Manual, one Student Packet (which contains the Activity Book, flashcards, and stickers), and three readers.
Reading Interactive Kit
The Reading Interactive Kit provides the multisensory components for the All About Reading program. This is a one-time purchase, and you will use the same kit for all four levels of All About Reading. It comes in two versions: Basic and Deluxe. Visit Reading Interactive Kits for complete information.
Magnetic White Board
Many customers also like to purchase a 2’ x 3’ magnetic white board to use with the letter tiles, and we highly recommend one. Magnetic white boards are available at stores such as Walmart and Staples.
If you used our Pre-reading program and your child loved Ziggy, you can continue to the fun with this optional book! This full-color book with perforated pages features nine file-folder games that reinforce the skills taught in All About Reading Level 1.
Placement for Level 1
Please note that the Level numbers on our books don’t refer to grade levels. Our lessons are mastery-based, not grade-level-based. This means that students are placed where they are at ability-wise, not according to age or grade level. So just because the books say Level 1 doesn’t meant that it is appropriate for all first graders. Some kids may begin the program in kindergarten, while others may begin at an older age.
Download this placement test to determine if your student is ready for Level 1.
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
Can I mix and match the 1st and 2nd editions of Level 1?
No, the two editions of Level 1 cannot be mixed and matched. Since so much new content was added to the second edition of Level 1, it would be very difficult to use part of it in conjunction with the first edition of Level 1. For example, you can't use the first edition of the Teacher's Manual with the second edition readers.
Both the 1st edition and 2nd edition of Level 1 will blend seamlessly into All About Reading Level 2.
What does the 2nd edition of Level 1 include that the previous edition doesn't?
The 2nd edition Teacher’s Manual includes 4 new lessons and over 100 additional pages of material. The Blast Off to Reading activity book has been expanded to include 30 additional activities, 52 Warm-Up Sheets, and nearly 150 pages of new material. The readers contain a total of 17 brand-new, fully decodable stories and feature expanded page counts. The Student Packet contains 19 new Word Cards.