In my last post I mentioned that my eight-year-old had reached a breakthrough in her reading journey. After effortlessly teaching my three older children how to read around the age of six using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, I just assumed I would use the same approach with all of my children. But (as I should know by now) we are all unique, and we all learn differently. What works for one person may not work for another. I went on a search to find something that would help my daughter become a fluent reader.
And I found it in All About Reading.
After only a few lessons, I could tell that we had turned a corner. She was finally getting it! I loved watching her delight as she was able to read the simple stories in the All About Reading readers.
But I really knew she was getting it this past week when she read an email over my shoulder. She had never seen some of these words before, but she was able to sound them out and only needed help with a few of the more difficult words. Considering that we've been taking a summer break from lessons, I was thrilled that she's retaining and even advancing in her reading skills.
I am extremely happy with the All About Reading program. I'm using level one with my eight-year-old, and I went ahead and started the Pre-reading Program with my four-year-old (and as I mentioned in this post, he loves it so much that he begs to do it!).
We bought the complete Interactive Deluxe Kit (plus the Level 1 materials), and I think it was so worth it. I like knowing that I have everything I'll need. I also love the storage bag that comes with it. This program truly is "open and go," which is one of the many things I love about it.
It's very simple to use. Honestly, at first I was hesitant about beginning this program because it looked like it had a lot of components and I was afraid it would be too much work. Right now I need simple. I'm not up to lots of prep time. And I have been so pleasantly surprised that the materials are so easy to use and there hasn't been any prep time. Each day I just open the book and follow the scripted lesson. It's extremely simple and enjoyable!
I love the illustrations in the readers.
Here are a few of the teaching methods utilized in All About Reading:
- Multi-sensory approach
- Built-in review system
- Motivating, hands-on activities
- Mastery-based, building block program
From our experience so far, these methods really work!
I didn't have a white board, which is recommended for the program, so we use this cake pan (found at the Dollar Store several years ago). Since we don't have a dedicated school room, we have reading lessons in my bedroom. It seems to work better if we have a quiet, one-on-one time for reading. This cake pan with the magnetic letters just slides under my bed when it's not in use.
I keep the bag full of materials in my closet and just get it out when I need it. I love having everything all organized in the bag. I also keep our current read-aloud in here for easy access.
I love the emphasis All About Reading places on reading good books to your child (read-aloud time is built into each lesson). My children love that one-on-one time, and I love the chance to cuddle with them and enjoy a good story together. It's a win-win all around!
And now I need your help! Since I'll have regular read-aloud time scheduled with my eight-year-old, I'm going to need a steady supply of good books that she will enjoy! We're reading through the Little House series right now, and those are always favorites.
What are some of your favorite read-aloud books for younger children, particularly girls?
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