I am finally getting around to my review of All About Reading’s Pre-Reading level, so here it is!
This past year, Magnolia and I decided to go back to the Pre-Reading level to start our formal reading and phonics lessons even though she knew most of her letters and letter sounds. I wanted an easy, low stress introduction to phonics for her and she was having trouble grasping the concept of rhyme. I looked at the All About Reading website where they offered some good advice on figuring out where to start! So we gave it a whirl.
Application: The program was easy and truly ready to go straight out of the box. I read the script, read out loud the stories assigned, detached and prepared the activity sheets for the lessons and put all the phonogram cards in a file box. The only thing I needed to gather was some markers and paints occasionally. Everything else was pretty easy to just find on the fly.
Lessons: Each lesson consisted of an alphabet review, a new letter introduction or phonogram sound, a read aloud story or poem, and a game or activity to reinforce the lesson. We moved pretty quickly through the letters as she already knew the letter names and spent about one day per each of the letter sound section.
FUN: Magnolia loved doing her “letter work” and would often get me up early to go down to the school room to have her own quiet “letter work” time. She almost always wanted to do more than one a lesson a day. Here is a picture of Magnolia completing one of her letter craft sheets and showing off the gallery of work from that week.
Here is a photo of Magnolia reviewing the alphabet. This was a truly great part of the program. The way Marie teaches the alphabet song is stresses each letter of the song, so that lmnop doesn’t become its own letter.
Here is a picture of Magnolia looking through one of the fun read aloud books.
Here Magnolia is playing the game “Get in the Wagon”, which was a great tool for teaching rhyming sounds!
My conclusion is that it was a great way to start. We are looking forward to All About Reading Level 1 this year!
For more info on All About Reading go to http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/