In order to teach Level 1 to a single student, you will need these items:
All About Reading Level 1 Materials
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.
Physical Letter Tiles or Letter Tiles App
The Reading Interactive Kit contains everything you need, including the physical letter tiles, but there are two additional items to consider. If you plan to teach mainly with the physical letter tiles, you'll need to purchase a 2' x 3' magnetic white board from a store such as Walmart or Staples. For an easy-to-use, portable alternative, our Letter Tiles App is available as a separate purchase.
Teaching Multiple Students?
All About Reading makes it easy to teach multiple students! If you're teaching more than one child, you'll need to purchase a few individual products for each child.
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. The Ziggy puppet can be purchased separately.
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
Level 1 has 53 lessons. Please know that the lessons in All About Reading are not meant to be completed in one day.
In fact, some lessons may take a week or more to finish. A number of variables contribute to how quickly a lesson can be completed: your student’s age, attention span, prior experience, the difficulty of the concept being taught, and the length of the stories.
What if I have more than one student?
If you are teaching more than one student at a time, you will need to order additional Student Packets for each student. The Level 1 Materials contain enough for teaching one student.
If you will be reusing your Level 1 Materials for future students, you can reuse the Student Packets. Download extra consumable components of the Level 1 Student Packet here:
Does the Color Edition of Level 1 contain any new lesson content?
No. The main difference is that the new materials are all in color now.
Can I mix and match First Edition materials with the Second Edition or Color Edition of Level 1?
No, the First Edition of Level 1 cannot be mixed and matched with other editions. Since so much new content was added to the Second and Color Editions of Level 1, it would be very difficult to use part of the newer versions 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 or Color Edition readers.
All Editions of Level 1 (First, Second, and Color) will blend seamlessly into All About Reading Level 2.
What's the difference between the First Edition of Level 1 and the later editions?
The Second Edition and Color Edition both have hundreds of new pages throughout the materials:
The Teacher’s Manuals in each includes 4 new lessons and over 100 additional pages of material.
The Blast Off to Reading activity book has 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.
Can I still buy First and Second Edition materials?