In our house, we are all about reading. I have always been a reader and monkey see monkey do….the girls are turning into BIG readers as well (and it makes my heart so happy to see).
I tried different phonics curriculums when I was first beginning to teach Avery to read but I really didn’t like any of them. So I went rogue and just taught her to read in the most basic way…we did what we always did and we just kept reading. It worked. She can read. She just got a booklight for her 8th birthday and when I walk past her room at night, I just smile when I see her snuggled up with her stack of books.
But learning to read and becoming more fluent in reading has made her HUNGRY! She is voracious, she wants more. I didn’t jive with those first reading curriculums I tried so I was very happy to find All About Reading now. Avery loves it and I love it!
All About Reading is such a great curriculum that comes with everything that you need! Seriously, so much BANG for your buck! Avery is in 2nd/3rd grade and the level 3 set is included in the Timberdoodle Second Grade Curriculum Kit. If you aren’t sure what level your child needs (because us homeschoolers are never sure what grade they are in, lol), they have a placement test and plenty of PDF samples of the materials so you can find the level best for your kiddo. The level 3 set includes a student activity book, a teacher’s manual, 2 readers (collections of short stories), a reading review box, phonogram cards, word cards, and letter tiles. Of course, momma’s favorite part of the set is the carry all tote! We frequently take our work outside or even to the park so I love having the tote to keep all of our AAR stuff together and ready to go wherever we take our school!
The tiles and the cards are great manipulatives to make the concepts more concrete. Even though the name says All About READING, this program is much more than that. In addition to reading, the program also teaches decoding, fluency, comprehension, and more.
Avery is loving it. As I said before, now that she can read, she is hungry for more. She loves learning new rules and finding words that break the rules. The readers are great for her…easy enough that she doesn’t get frustrated but enough new words and material that she is working and learning. There is an activity page in each lesson that keeps them engaged and using their hands while they use their brains. We are only on lesson 5 but already, Avery has mastered new skills and is learning new rules. Before, she might have known how to pronounce certain words but now she knows WHY they are pronounced that way.
Momma loves that this is an open and go curriculum. Everything is laid out for me lesson by lesson. I don’t have to prepare or plan. This is so helpful because many of our other subjects do require a lot of prepping…it is great to have something that is done for me.
In a family of readers, it was hard for me to find a reading curriculum that kept the love alive and didn’t dull down reading into a boring requirement. I have now found it! All About Reading teaches in a way that keeps kids engaged and excited about reading.
*Timberdoodle Review: Timberdoodle sent me this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own.