Pre-reading Readiness Checklist

Are you wondering if your child is ready to start the All About Reading Pre-reading program?

This program is designed mainly for use with preschool and kindergarten students, yet is very adaptable to fit a wide range of learning needs. Older students who are not yet reading and need to work on phonological awareness skills or other pre-reading skills may also benefit from using the program. Children who have fine motor delays or speech issues can use the program as well.

With AAR Pre-reading, your student will develop these five fundamental pre-reading skills:

  • Print Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Letter Knowledge
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Motivation to Read

Check the applicable boxes in the questions below to determine whether your child is ready to start the Pre-reading program.

Your child:

Can play a preschool board game such as Candyland or Hi Ho! Cherry-O!

Has an attention span of at least 10 minutes. Can focus to play a game, build with blocks, work on a puzzle, color, or engage in a similar activity for at least 10 minutes.

Enjoys and understands picture books when read aloud, such as Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Are You My Mother?

Is familiar with rhyming language through rhyming picture books, rhyming games, poetry, and songs. Note: It’s okay if your child does not yet know how to rhyme, because the Pre-reading program covers this skill. However, familiarity with rhyming language will help students as they learn to rhyme.

Can speak or communicate clearly enough to be understood by the person teaching the program.

Engages in imaginative and pretend play.

Is able to correct someone who misnames something. For example, if someone says “This is my foot” while pointing to their arm, the child will correct them.

Can follow simple directions such as “Please put on your shoes.”

Can tell a simple story, repeating an event that took place or retelling a book. “Yesterday, Mom took us to the park. We played on the curly slide. Kyle was scared at the top and Mom had to help him down.""

Can identify an object based on a line drawing, such as a goat, map, or zipper.

Is comfortable using crayons, markers, paintbrushes, and other art supplies.

Assessment Results

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If you checked nine or more of the boxes, your child is ready to try the Pre-reading program. If you checked eight or fewer boxes, you may want to provide additional practice in the skills your student struggled with before beginning the pre-reading program.

Note: If you are considering the Pre-reading program for a very young child, an interest in learning letters is also important.

If you have any questions about the program or would like to learn how to adapt certain aspects of the program to accommodate your child’s needs, feel free to call us at 715-477-1976 or email us at And if you need ideas on how to help your child build pre-reading skills, just let us know—we are always happy to help!

Ready to Start? Here's What You'll Need!

All About Reading Pre-Reading Program

Includes Teacher's Manual, Student Packet, Ziggy Zebra puppet, The Zigzag Zebra book, Lizard Lou book, Review Box, and Adorable Animal Stickers.

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Optional Add-ons

Uppercase Letter Crafts

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This supplemental activity book features cut-and-paste animal crafts, poems, and activity ideas for each letter.

Lowercase Letter Crafts

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This supplemental activity book features cut-and-paste animal crafts, facts, and activity ideas for each lowercase letter.

Additional Student Packet

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Needed to teach an additional student.(Includes Activity Book, Cards, and Adorable Animal Stickers.)

Reading Tote Bag

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Store your All About Reading books and supplies in this sturdy tote bag.

Look Inside All About Reading Pre-Reading

See What's Taught

Table of Contents

Scope and Sequence

Pre-Reading Teacher's Manual

Pre-Reading Activity Book

The Zigzag Zebra Reader

Lizard Lou Reader