Why We’re Loving All About Reading Level 1

If you’re looking for an awesome reading program for your little learners, then you’re definitely going to want to check out All About Reading Level 1. It’s a hands-on, multi-sensory program that will for sure make a wonderful addition to your homeschool! 

collage of children reading with text: 5 Reasons Why We're Loving All About ReadingI have seriously loved every minute of watching the little guy learn to read. It’s nothing less than magical to see him loving books just as much as I did as a kid and of course reading to his little sister as well. It definitely fills my mama heart with joy! 

And let’s not forget how wonderful it is when your kindergartner is begging to do reading. That’s a serious win, don’t you think?

Did I mention that baby girl is ecstatic about the idea of being just like her big brother, which is both awesome and hilarious at the same time?

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The little guy and I had the opportunity to review All About Reading – Pre-Reading from All About Learning Press a while back and that program was nothing less than amazing, so when they agreed to send us the level 1 program, we were overjoyed. After all, there’s no sense in reinventing the wheel.

If you’re interested in checking out our original review, you can find it here. Today’s post is going to focus on level 1, which we’re using for kindergarten homeschool this year. 

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What is the All About Reading Level 1 Program?

All About Reading Level 1 is a fun, multi-sensory approach to learning exciting new concepts, including letter sounds, phonograms, consonant teams, blending, syllables, sight words, consonant blends, plurals, compound words, and much more.

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Decoding (Phonics)
  • Decoding (Structural Analysis)
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension

You can take a look at the All About Reading website for more information about what your little kids will learn in Level 1. 

When we started level 1, the little guy could identify both capital and lowercase letters, tell me what sounds each letter makes, and he also had quite a bit of experience with rhyming. It’s hard to believe that at this point he’s reading.  

preschooler reading a book
What’s Included with All About Reading – Level 1?

We received the following items: 

  • Level 1 Teacher’s Manual
  • Level 1 Student Packet, which includes the Activity Book
  • Run, Bug, Run! 
  • The Runt Pig
  • Cobweb the Cat

I also highly recommend the Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit as well as the Reading Games with Ziggy the Zebra, which we already had.

If you didn’t do the pre-reading level, you might want to grab Ziggy too! I assure you that he’s a helpful addition to even the level 1 curriculum. Little kids love the adorable zebra puppet and he makes a wonderful reading buddy too! 

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What Does a Typical All About Reading – Level 1 Lesson Look Like?

All About Reading Level 1 includes 53 comprehensive lessons covering everything that your little learner needs to know about reading. 

There are two types of lessons. “New concept lessons,” which teach kiddos new phonograms and words and “read a story” lessons to practice the skills they’ve learned. 

Each lesson consists of five parts: 

  • Before You Begin. This is an overview of the lesson and is meant for you. 
  • Review. A quick review of previously taught concepts. 
  • New Teaching. This is the hands-on portion of the lesson. 
  • Read-Aloud Time. Here’s your reminder to read aloud to your student for 20 minutes. 
  • Track Your Progress. Record your student’s progress on the progress chart.

preschooler scribbling with marker
How Much Time Should I Spend on Reading? 

I think answering this question is really important, especially if you’re a homeschool mama who is just getting started with teaching your little learners to read for the very first time. 

  • Limit formal reading instruction to no more than 20 minutes per day. You don’t want to frustrate your little learner or yourself. Learning to read is not a race. If you and/or your kiddos need it, don’t be afraid to take a break.
  • It will sometimes take more than one day to get through an entire lesson. Be prepared for that possibility and don’t let it discourage you. Use the provided tools to keep track of your progress and celebrate every success with your little kids. 
  • This program encourages you to read aloud to your kiddos for 20 minutes each day. This one single thing is so important to your little learners’ reading success that there’s a reminder at the end of each and every lesson. 

We’ve always read a lot. I love reading and so does the little guy. At this point, we read everything from board books to chapter books. Really, anything goes. And of course these days listening to him read is one of my favorite things to do. I wouldn’t trade those special moments together for anything. 

child spelling on magnet board with letter tiles
What Should I Do If My Child Is Struggling with Reading?

The little guy was really young when we started the pre-reading level. He knew all of the letters and letter sounds by the time that he was two years old. Needless to say, we zipped through pre-reading with Ziggy by the time that he was four and excitedly jumped into level 1.

Little did I know that we were going to hit a few speed bumps along the way. My pre-k kiddo started to get frustrated and so did I. Neither one of us could figure out why this was so hard and why we weren’t making more progress than we were.

It got to the point where we both truly dreaded everything about it. And remember, this was a kiddo who a few months earlier was begging to learn to read. 

At that point, I decided that it made more sense to just shelf the entire thing for about six months and then try it again. There’s a huge difference between a child’s ability to memorize things and their ability to apply that knowledge. 

If you’re curious, our story of course has a happy ending. We did lots of other fun things to finish up the little guy’s pre-k year and then I pulled out this program again at the beginning of the school year when he started kindergarten. 

At this point, he’s doing an excellent job with reading and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s been smooth sailing ever since!

My reason for sharing our experience is just to remind you to take a step back if needed. Sometimes that’s the best thing that you can do for both your kiddo and yourself. 

preschooler sitting on the floor with a book
Why Do We Love All About Reading – Level 1?

The new Color Edition is absolutely gorgeous. 

Just think, your little kids will learn to read using the gorgeous new color edition of this amazing, multi-sensory curriculum. The little guy loves the wonderful illustrations in each of the decodable readers and the full color activity sheets are just a lot more fun. Even baby girl loves to flip through these wonderful hardcover books and admire the “pretty pictures.” 

It’s easy to teach, even for homeschool mamas. 

The Teacher Guide tells you exactly what to say, which means that it’s impossible to mess up.  Each lesson includes objectives as well as a list of what you’ll need. If I can do it, then you totally can too! 

There are lots of fun ways to learn and review. 

According to the All About Learning Press Blog, there are lots of fun ways to practice reading with the reading word cards. One of our favorites has been writing the words on a dry erase surface and erasing them as the little guy reads each one. He seriously loves doing this! 

Multi-sensory approach to reading instruction. 

Between the letter tiles, reading word cards, and even the activity sheets, this fun hands-on program appeals to even the most kinesthetic of little learners. We’ve had a blast practicing all of the key reading skills that are necessary for little kids. 

The little guy is starting to read all by himself.  

And more important than just about anything else is the fact that the little guy is starting to read fluently. Did I mention that he’s thoroughly enjoying it too? You know, because that’s what really matters. Reading is far from a quick win. It’s something that takes time and patience to master. 

All About Reading Level 1 really is a great mastery-based solution to teaching reading and I totally recommend trying it out with your little learners. This curriculum gets kiddos excited about learning to read! And as a homeschool mama, you really can’t ask for anything more than that! 

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