All About Reading Level 3 {Review}

1/15/2014

All About Learning Press has been such a blessing to our homeschool.  I get a lot of questions asking why I am using All About Reading and All About Spelling in lieu of the Language Arts that comes with our main curriculum and the answer is simple: It's a better program!

I've written about why I think it is a better program:

The program is clear.  The lessons are scripted and you know exactly what to do every step of the way.  It is easy to teach and easy to learn.

All About Reading is logical. Reading concepts are taught in a logical, understandable order and there are no gaps. And the program includes all the necessary elements to teach and learn reading.

All About Reading is multisensory. The lessons appeal to all learning styles and engage the child using sight, sound and touch.

All About Reading has continual review. While the child learns new material, there is still continual review of previously-taught concepts.

For my review of All About Reading Level 3, I'd like to share a little about the program, how we are using it, my "set-up," and how the program, overall, has made a difference in our homeschool.


 

To teach Level 3, I need:

  • Reading Interactive Kit $28.95

  • Level 3 Materials $119.95

  • Additional Student Packet (if teaching more than one student)

Because, this is truly an open and go program, I'll jump right in to both what I think of level 3 and how we are using it.

The charm and friendliness of All About Reading Level 3 continues to be what I have come to love and expect from All About Reading. It follows in the same pattern as level 2, with a practice sheet for each story, pre-reading discussions and activities, comprehension questions that help my child make predictions about what will happen next, post-reading discussions and activities that include discussing the main character or conflict, story sequencing, how the story relates to my child's life and more. It continues to take reading beyond the process of decoding and involves my child on a deeper level.

We do our lessons at a desk in the dining room. I have our white board with letter tiles in front of the desk and a pocket chart on the side to hold phonogram cards. I love this set up for ease of use, but the cards can be filed in a index card box and pulled out, just as easily.

The hands-on component to the program is outstanding and makes this program a lot of fun - to teach and to learn.


Reading the Warm-up Sheet for "Train Cat"

The Warm-Up sheets help prepare the child for the actual reading of a story. This was a brilliant addition to Level 2, and I often wish that they were available in Level 1, which I am using with Eliana, my 1st grader.  I could skip these with Malachi because he can read them without hesitation, but I think it gives him a confidence boost and they have helped to increase his fluency.

Reading "Train Cat," a story set in the 1800s.

The stories are interesting and my child can relate to them.

I love these photos of Malachi reading because he looks so peaceful (and so grown up!) while he reads. He seems to really enjoy the stories.


Reading the readers aloud has been very beneficial to him. I've noticed the more he reads aloud, the less he stutters. In fact, I haven't heard him stutter in awhile. His confidence is soaring!

After he finishes the story, I am prompted to give him encouraging feedback. I naturally do this, but it is good to see the reminder. Then, I am prompted to read aloud to my student for twenty minutes. I love this, too, as well as the read-aloud tips. This day, I am reminded of how "reading is like a conversation between the author and the reader." I teach Malachi to think about what he is reading and make sense of the information.

The lessons really engage my child. Here he is creating a floor plan for Lesson 5. He spent a lot of time thinking about his floor plan and rearranging the "furniture" to make his room cozy and functional. This activity sets the stage for the story "Houseboat Summer."


Malachi's Floor Plan

I tuck the pieces into an envelope for safe keeping and slide the activity into a plastic page protector to store in his binder.

As he reads "Houseboat Summer," his floor plan activity makes sense, and the story comes alive! He understands the need for a practical floor plan for such a small place as a houseboat.

I place removable transparent dot stickers on the corners of select pages that have discussion prompts in the teacher manual. When he sees the red dot, he knows to pause so I can ask him comprehension questions. I am not only prompted to model these comprehension strategies, but I also got the awesome tip to mark the pages from the manual, so I remember to pause after these pages are read.

My Set-Up:

I put Malachi's completed activity pages, charts, read aloud record, and word cards into a binder. If he needs to review a concept I can easily pull the lesson's activities out and use them again if needed!  I'm really bad about losing game pieces and activity sheets, so this keeps them organized and handy.


I'm using removable green transparent stickers to mark words Malachi misses.

Here he missed one word: mow. He rhymed it with cow. So, at the end of our lesson, I know to review the word.



I have accidentally dumped the whole set of Word Cards out and painstakingly put them back in order more than once, so I decided to not separate the Word Cards this time. Instead, I slipped them into a plastic page protector!

I use a green transparent dot sticker to mark where we leave off at the end of a lesson and this has become such an easy method to use.
I love this program!

With All About Reading my child is not only learning the process of decoding, he is learning to understand the world around him. 


And we are both enjoying the process!

Malachi has literally taken off in his reading since beginning All About Reading. Each level  has increased his confidence so much that Malachi read a school years worth of reading (3rd grade readers) over the summer before 3rd grade and by the time Level 3 came out, I thought that it might be too easy for him.

And so far it is. Which, to me, means that All About Reading has done a good job of teaching him to read!

I've said before that All About Learning Press programs make me feel most like a real teacher and that is because of all of the above.

I feel smart because it is a smart program! And my child feels smart, because with this program, he is!

More All About Reading on Delightful Learning:

All About Spelling

Spelling with letter tiles and labeling syllables.

Spelling on paper.

We are still using All About Spelling, however, I am not correlating it for Level 3. Level 3 does not correlate as well as Levels 1 and 2.  So we are just plugging along in both. Please note: I teach the same level in reading as I do in spelling and it makes sense to me to do so. But, I have always shared that Marie doesn’t recommend this. The article doesn’t change my mind ~ I don’t believe that one or the other have been sacrificed at all. My children will write whether they know how to spell or not, so I feel right in giving them the tools they need to be good spellers and writers. I’m on my 3rd level of teaching AAR/AAS levels together and I am happy with the results! My 3rd grader’s reading level has advanced way beyond level 3 and his spelling is on target with level 3.

While my child is ready to work in the same spelling level that he is reading at, not all children are, so please take that into consideration when choosing for your child. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of All About Reading Level 3 from All About Learning Press in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions expressed are my own, or those of my family. Affiliate links are included in this post ~ if you order using one of my links, I receive a commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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Amber Hockman said...

Oh, how I would just be OVER THE MOON to win this give away! We are almost finished with Level 1, and it would be an answer to our financial prayers to win Level 2!

Shecki said...

This looks like it would be a good program for my son, Jack.

laura said...

I am using AAR 1 and 2 and love the program too! would love to try level three next year :)

Ally said...

I'd like to use AAR and AAS for my two kiddos. W would start at level 1. Your review has shown me a lot more is exactly what comes with the program and the type of activities involved. I think my kids would get a lot out of it.

Tonia Jeffery said...

I would probably need pre-reading or level 1 for my girls.

Summer Olson said...

I just ordered level one. I have a struggling reader i really think this will be a huge help to him!!

Sarah said...

This looks awesome! We are currently looking into the future for homeschooling with our preschooler and I have seen this program in action with several of my friends who homeschool their families. We would love the pre-reading level if it were available for the giveaway. Thanks for the review and the inside look at how the program works and the components included, it really helps when you are looking at all of the options out there!

Homeschooling6 Mom said...

Oh, I love the monkey, Lance would love the monkey!!!

Homeschooling6 Mom said...

Lance completed the first two levels so we'd most likely go with the 3rd (monkey love )

Cherie said...

This has always been on my wish list but it was the cost that was putting me off...

Becky Ritchie said...

As new homeschooling mom, I would love to win this!

Shawna Sealing said...

I have always wanted to try this program! Thanks for the chance to win.

Rebecca Ray said...

We haven't used it but I'd probably go with level 2 or 3

Lisa said...

We are loving All About Reading this year! I have my little K'er doing Level 1 and my 2nd grader is working her way pretty quickly through level 2. I need to purchase level 3 soon, so I'd love to win it here! Level 3 is my choice!

Thanks, Michelle, for these posts as they are the reason I ended up trying it out in the first place! THANK YOU!!

Bekah Begg said...

I am STILL looking for a good reading program. My son, who is 6, has tried several but we are still trying to find one that fits us. I have been wanting to try this program but haven't had the funds.

Brenda Oppong said...

We are currently in AAR 2 and AAS 1 and I agree with everything you stated. I love this program.

Caitlin Weaver said...

I'm hoping to start level 1 with my daughter very soon, so it would be awesome to win it! After A LOT of research, All About Reading seems like the perfect fit for us and I'm really excited to start!

Kimberly said...

We started All About Reading last year and we LOVE it. We have levels 1-3 and it has been fabulous. I really like your idea of using the transparent stickers on the practice sheets, I'm going to start doing that! I'd love to win the pre-reading level to use with my youngest child.

Nichole said...

This has been a wonderful program!! My 4-year old just finished level 1 and my 6 year old is just finishing up level 2. Would love to win level 3. :)

Breann said...

We would love to win AAR 3. The progress we have seen with this program has been amazing!

Danielle Coleman said...

I am currently using AAR level 2 with my 1st grader and looking forward to level 3! I couldn't agree with you more. This program makes ME feel successful!

Angela said...

I really want to use this program. We are using The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. It works but my daughter finds it boring. I just don't have the $$ to purchase All About Reading right now or I would have already made the switch. A friend of mine uses this program and swears by it. It is the only thing that has worked for her struggling reader. Since my daughter is in kindergarten, I would get level 1.

Brandy said...

We are currently using AAR and AAS products. They are a wonderful fit for my children. Would love to win!

Shannon said...

We used level 1 AAR last year and have continued with level 2 this year. It's an amazing program and we've seen amazing results. We'll absolutely continue on to level 3!

Mary Beth said...

We are currently using AAR2 and AAS1. We started with the Pre Level 1 a little over a year ago and I have been astounded with my nearly 6 year old son's progress. I could not be happier with this program! And as someone else has stated, Delightful Learning is the first place I learned about All About Learning Press.

Kristi E said...

We are currently using AAR with our second grader and love it. We feel it is the best program that we have found for the same reason as you. My husband and I switch days of teaching, and it is so easy for one of us to pick up where the other left off and teach.

Jacque Gilmore said...

Would be thrilled to win Level 3! Love this program!

Vanessa said...

We love AAR!!! It would be such a blessing to win the next level (2).

Elizabeth said...

We are using AAR2 and I love it! I've heard good things about pre reading too and I'm considering getting it for my 3 year old. I look forward to reading your review!

Laura Stephenson said...

We are loving this program. It has really helped teach reading to our children. We are finished with level 1 and it would be a blessing to receive level 2. Soon we will also be getting the all about spelling program as well!

Jenna said...

I am really looking into this program for my kindergarten age daughter next year. It really looks like fabulous reading program:)

Kate D said...

I am using All About Reading level 1 with 2 of my kiddos (8.5 and 5.5) right now, they are each going at their own pace. I LOVE this program and will be needing level 2 very soon, funds permitting. Winning would be stellar!!!!! We also love All About Spelling level 1.

Rhonda said...

I love, love, love this program!! I use the spelling as well and have seen so much improvement on my sons spelling and reading. It would be great to win a level!!

stack bullock said...

We would love All about reading level 3! We did level one and are working on level two now. We love it!

Mindy said...

Thank you for this giveaway. I've always wanted to try out All about reading as we love AAS at our house.

Katie said...

What a comprehensive review! I agree with so much you mentioned! Thanks for offering a giveaway. I can't wait to add level 3 to my curriculum.

Michele F said...

My 3rd grade daughter uses AAS and I want to try AAR Level 1 from my 5 year old. We need a better fit for a hands on boy.

Holly said...

I would start with level 2. I have one student who is a struggling reader.

Tawnya said...

We have been using AAR for our younger 2 girls ( 4 and 7) They are finishing up Pre Level and Level 1. I have bought Level 2 so we are ready as soon as Level 1 is done. If I won, we would LOVE level 3. This program has made a world of difference for our family!

Leah said...

I've been wanting to try the Reading and Spelling! This is our first year homeschooling, but the program looks even more thorough than those used in districts I previously taught in.

Leanne said...

just this week I ordered AAS 1, looking forward to it arriving, I would love AAReading 1 to go with it.

Beth said...

We have used AAR Pre-1 and Level 1 but have not been able to purchase Level 2 yet so I would pick that one I think. She may be ready for level 3 by now, I would consult with Marie to find out. I LOVE the way you have organized your materials, makes me want to go re-do all of my own AAR items right now. I MUST get one of those wall charts! This post has been so helpful, thanks for sharing so much detail :)

Tabitha said...

My daughter is using level 2 right now and is LOVING it! We want to use level 3 next year with her, so that would be my choice.

Kim Courville said...

We love AAR as well. We are also on level 3.

Andrea saunders said...

I have used all about spelling, but not the reading program yet. Thanks for your review! It definitely sounds like something I want to use with my boys!

Traci Nygren said...

I just got all about spelling and I LOVE it. I wish I had purchased it before now. I would love to get All about Reading level 3 too.

Polly said...

It looks really fun. I love trying new things, but, with six children, we use whatever we have first. However, winning it would be awesome.

Vicky said...

Just started level 1. Totally loving it!!!

Tammy bird said...

We use levels pre reading, 1 and 2, and in a couple weeks we will need level 3. I would be thrilled to win!!!

jacquie said...

we have tried AAS 1 and will be coming back to it for the next school year. Have not tried AAR but it looks great!

Amanda C said...

I am soooo tempted by AAR. Every review makes me that much closer to making the jump. The only thing that is holding me back is we are part of a virtual learning school and that requires us to use their curriculum - including regular testing. I think next year we are going to go independent so AAR will be a definite at that point, but I am considering starting with Level 1 right now to supplement our current curriculum because it does seem far superior.

Sandy mills said...

I am going to be using all about reading level one with my kindergartener and I would like to begin level two with my first grader as I am noticing some signs of reading difficulty or possibly dyslexia. I am excited about their potential with this program. I am praying it will help foster a love for reading. Loved your post.

Becky said...

I would love to win this! Thanks for the great review! I love it when people post lots of pictures of using the curriculum.

Jessica said...

I use AAS and AAR with my daughter, she was struggling with reading but AAR and AAS has really helped her. I have AAR 1 and 2 and I'd love to win AAR 3.

Debbie said...

I am looking for a great reading program for my pre-K guy. He's my number 4 - everyone else went to pre-school 5 days a week and mostly learned to read in that environment. He's home with me and ready to start. I have heard great things about All About Reading and would love to win it!

Amy Al said...

We are almost done with Level 1! It's time to purchase again - it would be awesome to win!!

Elizabeth@Warrior Wives said...

I am currently finishing up Level 1 of aar and getting ready for Level 2 while adding in AAS. I
totally inspires by your binder system and I think I am going to have to incorporate that as we move on!

Alexis said...

We just finished Level 1 today. Love love love AAR and AAS. This program clicks with my kids and me.

Hannah D. said...

I have used levels 1 and 2 with my son who is not a natural reader and it is an excellent program that teaches phonics very logically thoroughly in an up painful way. Love it!

Amy said...

We love AAR and would LOVE to get level 3 for next semester!

Christine Lee said...

I used AAR and AAS1, and they were so effective! But for whatever reason (which I kind of regret) I thought is try another curriculum for my son. I with 2 terms to go, I'm going back to AAR2 and AAS2.

Bryana said...

I would love to win this for my five year old!!!

Mariah McGavran said...

I am currently using AAR level 1 with my 2 youngest and level 2 with my autistic 10 year old boy. The break through with reading using this program have been amazing. I would love to win level 3 so I don't have to purchase it.

Bridget said...

I have used levels 1&2 with my 1st grade daughter and we just started level 3 this week. I love this program and wish it were around when my I,dest daughter was learning to read. I would choose the pre-level 1 for my 4.5 year old son if I won.

Bridget said...

I have used levels 1&2 with my 1sr grade daughter and we just stared level 3 this week. I love this program and wished it were around when my oldest was learning to read. If I won, I would choose the pre-reading level for my preschool son!

Stacie said...

I love All About Reading. My son has finished level 2 and I have been wanting to get level 3. I just haven't had the money for it. I love how the book is open and go. My son's reading really took off using this curriculum.

JenRay said...

I use All About Spelling level 3 with my 6.5-yr.-old. She was an early reader (4) and it was pretty painless teaching her to read. it is our third year with AAS, and I love it, because it really gives kids powerful tools for spelling, and improves their reading as well. I am just dabbling with the AAR pre-level with my 4-yr.-old son. He loves Ziggy, so we do a lesson when he asks to, but it is really too easy for him, I think. I am not convinced he is quite ready for blending yet, so we aren't doing anything formal. I would love to get AAR Level 1 for him!

Lauren said...

I just got AAR1 in the mail this week and can't wait to start!!! I'd get level 2 if I won! :) Thanks and God bless

Tristan said...

I tried the yellow level when it first came out as a review item but the child I had in the right age range was already reading. He taught himself at age 3. So it didn't fit us at the time. We do own all the blue and green readers and while I have 4 reading children I also have 4 little boys who still need to learn to read. I think AAR would be a great fit for my current 4 turning 5 year old. He's got the letter sounds down but isn't blending yet. I would also love to add the level 3 readers to my collection!

Elisha Sommerfeldt said...

Was just looking at this for my children today!! Then a link to your blog popped up on my newsfeed! Crossing my fingers to win a great product!

Susana said...

This review is wonderful, Michelle! You answered several questions that have been on my mind about AAR and solidified my decision to continue using it with Jack. We just finished Pre-1 and I'm working through the code primers before beginning AAR 1. I'm super anxious to move on and tempted to skip ETC primers, but thought a little letter review and more solid foundation might be helpful before starting AAR 1? I hope I'm making the right decision. Thank you for this review and giveaway too!!

Kristen said...

I would LOVE to try AAR with my youngest...my older two use AAS with much success.

Thanks for the opportunity!

aurie said...

We haven't found a reading program we love yet - but I have to admit that your review makes it look perfect for us :)

Michelle said...

Hi Susana! In my experience, AAR 1 moves quickly and can be a challenging level. I think it is great that you are doing the ETC primers with Jack! In fact, my advice would be to finish them before starting Level 1. I jumped right into Level 1 with Eliana and about half way through I had to shelve it for a time. At first, I used All About Spelling Level 1 as a review, and we worked up to where we left off with AAR. But she still wasn't ready to move on, so I had her do ETC 1, and then when ETC 1 got to words with ck ending, (where we left off with AAR1), we jumped back into AAR and she is doing fabulous! She just needed a year to mature! (Malachi started Level one in the first grade and it was challenging for him, too, but he really took off in Level 2 and soared through it!)

Kala said...

I would love this!! We have used all about spelling before, and would love level 3 of all about reading!

Sierra said...

My daughter is on level 1 and we love it! We will be finished soon and will be moving up! Thanks for the chance to win!

Rebecca said...

We're just finishing the pre-reading level. It has been such a joy to use--a delightful way to prepare for reading! Would love to win this, but will be buying Level 1 anyway if I don't.

Stefanie said...

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are halfway through Level 2 and this has helped me decide to go ahead with level 3 when we are done.

Ellen said...

This is my 1st year homeschooling and I am using All About Spelling with my 2nd grader. I did not need to do any reading instruction really with her though because she started the year already reading at a 5th grade level. BUT next year I will be homeschooling my son as well for Kindergarten so I am contemplating using All About Reading since we really like AAS. He is actually most of the way through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons now as a preschooler, so I wasn't sure where to go next with him. Thinking that AAR level 2 might work?

Kelli Wood said...

This is our first year to homeschool and the curriculum we are using is just not working for my son (Horizon). He is very hands on. I have been researching other curriculum and this one is on the top of my list! I have heard amazing things about this curriculum and plan to order it (unless I win!) as soon as he is done with what we are using! I am so glad I found this giveaway!

Holly said...

We haven't tried it, but it looks like a fun program.

Amy said...

We are just finishing AAS level 1 and I have decided to start the AAR program as well. AAS has been wonderful for my family. Especially got my daughter who really struggles with reading and spelling. The AAS program has already helped her in spelling and reading. I can't wait to get started on AAR and see her continue to improve!

Laura said...

We are in the early part of AAR 2. Hopeful that it will progress my 9 yr old further in his reading and decoding. Level 3 looks fun. Something to look forward too.

Vanessa said...

Almost finish AAR 1 and would love to win level 2

Shannon Wallace said...

Yes, we use AAR Level 1. I love it too! We've tried so many various reading programs, and we will stick with AAR, and then start AAS. Thank you for the review. I got some good ideas from you, such as building a binder to store review items. :)

Kristin said...

I would love to use this program as soon as my daughter is ready for it!

Stephanie Parnell said...

I'm going to be buying the pre reading level this year so I have no idea what it'll be like, but this program looks like it's the most fun, which is crucial to getting a small one to actually participate lol

Haley said...

We adore AAR and AAS! My first grader is working his way through Level 3 in AAR right now (Level 2 in AAS). His reading has improved dramatically and his confidence in reading. We have a blast with the program as well! I started him on Level 1 at the end of Kindergarten. I'd love to win the Pre-Reading set for my younger son.

Melissa S said...

Thank you for your ENCOURAGEMENT!!! We just started level 1 after the Christmas holidays and I am already seeing my daughter read! So excited to hear that the other levels seem just as wonderful. I really like how you are using the pocket chart. May have to invest in one of those myself. But then I also like how you are keeping the cards together in a page protector. Come on luck!!! Win my level 2!!! :-)

Staci Lynch said...

Thank you for sharing our set up! That is so helpful!

Julie said...

We are on AAR 2 and halfway done so this giveaway is perfect timing. You wrote a wonderful, thorough view. J-Jo absolutely loves it and while his reading has taken off and I think I could continue with just the AAS, I love how Marie's program progresses and now don't want to miss any of the books!

Charis said...

We've been using AAS and I'd love to try AAR! I'd probably start with level 1 with my kindergartener (he's doing AAS 1 right now). My 2nd grader would also love to review with any level!

Sarah C said...

I have not used AAR mostly because of the cost, and my oldest daughter became a fluent reader by age 4 without it. However, I would love to use it with my son, starting with Level 1 or 2. I do use AAS and really enjoy it. Thanks for the Give Away! Malachi is looking so grow up now. So much bigger than the FIAR days. I love your blog. Thanks for all your hard work. It is always so encouraging.

Angie Walters said...

We are in AAR 3 right now and thank you for the great organizing tips! The transparent stickers and binder for each level is brilliant!

Jennifer M said...

We are using AAR level 1 right now and we love it!

Mary (Hyacinth Bouquet) said...

I would love to win this. We are using All About Reading with two children. I feel it is the best reading program available.

Rachel said...

I love the idea of the notebook, what a great idea to leave the word cards in tact and put them in a page protector! I also love the red and green dot stickers, such a simple idea. We have level 1, it looks like they have made a few improvements to the program as the new levels have come out. With level 1 I didn't feel like there was quite enough hand holding, but the samples you showed seem more scripted, something I need! Thanks for the inspirations!

Amy G. said...

We love AAS/AAR! We just started AAS 2 today and completed AAR 2 last year. I would love to add AAR 3 to our lineup this year. The confidence that this program has given my daughter is amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

Christine said...

I would love to win Level 3. My girls are 1st & 3rd. My 3rd grader needs the most help in reading. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christie H. said...

Right now my daughters are working on Pre-Level 1 and Level 1 and I'm hoping to get Level 2 with tax returns. Winning Level 3 would be a great $$ saver!

Michelle said...

I have a 4 & 6 year-old and I KNOW this program would do wonders for them!!

leslie said...

Two of our children are currently using AAR. One in Pre-Reading and one in Level 1. This program works very well for our family. Thanks very much for the opportunity to win another level.

Rhonda said...

Great review! We are finishing up level one and are so very happy with the results so far!!

Lori H said...

I have heard a lot of good things about this program and would love to see it in person. I like that it engages so many sense in the learning. That truly makes a difference.

Excellent to read that it is helping your son with confidence and that he is making great strides. Such a joy!

Danielle said...

I'm not sure if I would choose Level 2 or 3. My daughter is doing well as a 1st grader.

Elizabeth said...

We love All aBout Reading....we are on level 2 and look forward to level 3.

Luke said...

Michelle, you did a great job identifying why our son is going such a great job at reading. I agree that he is no longer stuttering, is enjoying writing, and "mow"s through books.

Jamie S. said...

I use AAS Level 1 with my boys. However, AAR is definitely on my wish list.

Tracy said...

Love All About Spelling and would love to try All About Reading. Level 3 would be the level we would need to. So its great timing.

Brandie said...

I'd absolutely *love* to win this giveaway. I found out about the All About Reading program by finding their website through Facebook, after searching for homeschooling/teaching pages, which brought me to your site. I'm a passionate reader and am trying everything I can think of to motivate my 7 and 9 year olds to be, too, but so far nothing has really clicked for us. The problem might be that I've been trying to piece together my own curriculum from things and ideas that I find interesting, to save money and because I'm hesitant to invest what amounts to a huge chunk of our budget on something that may or may not work. Winning this set would be ideal, and I think I'd go for level 2, since they do have a good basis of skill but lack the essential confidence of which you speak. Your review sounds like precisely what we need, and I adore the how you've set it up. I'm definitely going to be creating a pocket idea for flashcards! :D Anyhow, thank you very much for your review. Even if I don't win, my interest has been piqued, and you have some ideas and tips that I'll be utilizing for sure. Again, thanks so much! :)

dollie said...

I think this would be a good program for my grandchildren

JHUANA HALE said...

They look great but it is so beyond our finances, Hope I win,,

Heather A said...

I think I'd like level 3!

Rachel C. said...

I've been looking at this program. I would love to win level 1!

Becky said...

We have never tried the All About Reading program, but my oldest is using the All About Spelling and loves it. Would love to try the Reading program for my youngest, probably Level 1.

Lindsay said...

Loved your idea of putting phonogram cards up on the wall for later review! Brilliant...

Sarah said...

I am currently using AAR Pre-Reading with my four year old, and I've begun using AAR Level 1 with my six year old. We love All about Reading; the lessons are very user friendly and systematically develop the skills needed to learn how to read. I would love to win AAR Level 2.

Wendy said...

We love this program! I've home schooled for thirteen years and this is the best that I have ever seen! We have tried so many different things and when we switched to AAS and AAR the results were tremendous. Thank you, Michelle, for all your hard work. You are an inspiration to us all! God Bless! Wendy

Amy said...

I was just thinking yesterday that I should try AAR for my five year old. We would love to have the first level!

Julie said...

I would love to try this program for my dysgraphia/dyslexic child. The cost has been what is holding me back. Id like to try it first before spending $. If I noticed it works then I wouldnt hesitate.

Lindsay @ BytesofMemory said...

We love this program so much!!! We are about half way through level 2 with my first grader! I would love to win level 3 so we can start on that when level 2 is finished :-)

Peggy said...

My 8 yr old is dyslexic and we started level 2 about 5 months ago....wish i had sooner. Love it!

Rachel Obro said...

I am currently using the Pre-Reading program with my 4 year old and she LOVES it! I love how easy the teacher manual is to follow. Ziggy is amazing......I wasn't sure the puppet was necessary, but it certainly is!!! She gets so excited to do her reading lessons and has made SO much progress since starting the program!

Mariah said...

I have been watching AAR for a long time, as I would love to use it with my son! I think he is about ready to start, so I would either get Pre-R or level 1, depending on if I thought he needed the review in Pre-R. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Angie said...

I have considered using AAS with my son but have never tried it. He is in 4th grade so I'm not sure where to begin with him. This would be a great win, I'm sure we would love it if we started.

Brooke said...

We are almost done with Level 2 right now, and my daughter loves it. We are using AAS as well (also level 2 right now). She's not a fan of spelling and it doesn't come easily for her, but this program has enough going on that she's not completely miserable. The letter tiles really help! I'm going to have to order AAR level 3 soon!

Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays said...

We use AAS, level two and love it! I have heard good things about the reading program as well and would love to try it!

Karen from CO said...

I didn't start using All about Reading 'til my 3rd child was learning to read. She was struggling with the method I was using to teach that had worked with my older 2 children. We're already in AAR Level 2, and she has grown leaps and bounds with her reading and her confidence levels! Your reviews have always been quite thorough. Thank you for the tips you give on how to store/present the phonogram cards. I too have been frustrated by the huge pile of Word Cards and left them in full sheets.

Carrie said...

I couldn't agree more with the ease of use with these products and the success we are heaving with them. I am currently teaching AAR 1 and AAR 2 and my kids look forward to their lesson. Can't wait to get started on level 3 soon!

Elizabeth said...

I have had my eye on AAR for awhile, although I haven't made the final plunge. My child would be ready for level 1. Thank you for sharing your setup. It's nice to see a program in action!

Rebeca said...

We would love to do the program , is been on my "want it list "for so long.

Stacy said...

My boys went to public school this winter but my 2nd grader is still needing help with reading and I think AAR is the way to do it! We're working on finishing level 1 after school.

Katie said...

We have used AAR level 1 and part of level 2, but my son's reading soared and took off faster than it made sense to use these. However, we still use/love AAS. I would love to get AAR for when his siblings get older.

Kristin said...

I'd live to win this! We are using pre-1 for my second child right now so I'd probably get 1.

Nancy said...

I have been eyeing this program and heard many good reviews. I'd love the chance to have it!

Veens @ Our Ordinary Life said...

I so wsh I lived in a country where they could deliver this stuff! I LOVE everything I have heard about AAR, someday we will get ours too. Love your detailed review.

Terra said...

Love this review!!! We just recently started homeschooling, and have had to chip away little by little at our curriculum. We started our youngest with Explode the Code and it was a burden everyday. So we went for All About Reading, and it has been a complete 180!!! He LOVES when I tell him it's time for reading! We JUST started (TODAY!) with Level 2 for my oldest. He was very hesitant, but flew through the lesson and wanted to do more! We've been using All About Spelling for our oldest for about a month, and have loved everything about it! We're definitely hooked on All About Learning products!

And thank you for showing your layout! I was going to get a big plastic box to hold all the activity sheets, but *mind blown* ;-) Page protectors in a binder. Brilliant! :-D

Deana said...

I would love to try this program. I have read nothing but great reviews but it is a bit pricy for our family. We would start out with level 1.

Leah said...

I have always been so interested in this program. It looks great.

Jennifer said...

We have used the spelling program and I would love to try the reading one! It's been great for multiple kids at once too!

Michelle T said...

I have AAR 1 and really like it. Would love more levels!

Amanda said...

We are currently using All About Spelling and I LOVE it. This has made me very interested in getting All About Reading. My daughter would be ready for the 3rd level

Jess McCarthy said...

We have used AAR 1 and are currently using AAR 2. We love this program and HIGHLY recommend it!!!!
I'd love to win Level 3. ;)

Cyndi N said...

My dd used AAR Level 1 with MUCH success. I had planned on moving her into Level 2 but we had so many setbacks I could not afford it :( I would love to win so I could keep going forward with the learning to read process!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

Kimberly Driver said...

This looks like a wonderful program. I really appreciate the detailed review. Would love to win Level 2 for my son.

Jessica Hernandez said...

I'm not using All About Reading yet because we have not started homeschooling but I am considering using it when we do start very soon! I would love to get the curriculum for free! =)

Alyson said...

This program looks great! I really think it would be a great curriculum to use with my son who is a struggling reader.

JessicaC said...

I would be so thrilled to win this program. We've been working through a Mennonite program, Beginning Steps to reading, for K and 1st, but have NO idea about what to do next after we finish this spring. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kerri said...

I've been looking at this for my younger kids. We've started their spelling series and are pleased.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the review very helpful breakdown. Would love to win.

Christa said...

We LOVE All About Learning. We use the spelling program and the reading program. It has made reading a spelling go from tear inducing to fun.

lifewithmycowboys said...

We are currently using level 1 and will definitely continue on with this program! The lessons are short and fun and really stick! You are actually one of the blogs I checked out when I was looking for reviews for the program, I'm so glad we decided to go with it.

Christina B. said...

I have four year old twins and we are slowly moving through AAR1. They love the program. I love that I can break it down into small pieces to fit their attention spans and interest. We loved AAR pre level 1 and can't wait to get level 2 of AAR! Ziggy is a celebrity in this house.

Tauna said...

WE've been thinking of switching to this but haven't decided yet. We'd start with level 1.

Erin - The Usual Mayhem said...

Thanks for sharing this, Michelle - I actually am waiting right now for the delivery of level 3 for my youngest son and I can't wait to get started!

carissa said...

It is your posts that encouraged and got us started in the AAS and AAR programs. Since them we have fell in love with them just as much as you. :-) Would love to be able to get level three. Thank you for taking precious time to be so thorough in your description, it has been helpful for me, as I am sure many others also. Always a delight to come visit.

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing, Carissa! {and for entering} but I really wanted to say that I MISS YOUR BLOG!!

carissa said...

Thank you Michelle :-)
I sent an email to you through the email address I had for you in my address book, I hope it is the same one still.
Have a lovely day.

Wendy R said...

My youngest is a struggling reader, as well as a hands-on/kinesthetic learner. This looks like it might be beneficial for him. Not even sure what level he'd need...Maybe level 2.

Lisa M @ Farm Fresh Adventures said...

I am always interested in the AAR or AAS. I am going to be looking for a new English program for next year. I have no idea what level I would use. So I like seeing what Malachi is working on.

Rashelle said...

We have loved AAS level 1 and are half way through level 2 with my dd. Plan to start AAR level 1 with twin boys soon.

Joy C. said...

I would LOVE to win this! I've been eyeing it for a while now (first seen here!), but when I looked into it, it looks so intense. However, I'm thankful for how you've broken it down and shared how you do things. My son lacks confidence and so it sounds like this would be great! I'd have to look harder at the levels...we'd either be a 1 or 2. Thanks for the giveaway!

Heatherly said...

I was already looking at AAR {and AAS} and had asked my co-op friends if I could look through their materials. Your review has really helped solidify that this is a viable option for us, and also that it is "doable."

Emilee said...

I have really wanted to try All about Reading! I do love how your post laid everything out so nicely! I definitely want to try it even more now! I think we would need to start with Level 1.

Monique said...

I've used AAS and would love to try the first level

Sheila said...

I've been debating about trying AAR 1 with my son. I think he'd love it, but I'm not sure if it's worth the money. It looks like a lot of fun, and that it'd be easy for me to use.

Adena F said...

I currently use AAS and have had my eye on AAR for awhile. I would start off with level 1.

Meghan said...

I wasn't planning on using AAR, but your review along with someone else mentioning it, intrigues me!

Cindy said...

We have used Pre Reading and now are onto Level 1.

Karla said...

We do not currently use a packaged curriculum - I create my own! My 6-year-old does a combination of K and 1st grade work but she can't read yet (and my 4-year-old does things alongside us). I've heard a lot of good stuff about this program - guessing level 1 would be good for her? I was just telling my husband that I would hate to spend the money and not really like it, so I love the guarantee on the program.

Misty said...

I'm looking for a level 1 reading curriculum for my daughter. We are new to homeschooling, and I am overwhelmed at all the options. Your post really has me intrigued!

Jill said...

I recently bought AAS and love it so much I am hoping to buy the AAR pre reading for my preschooler and AAR 1 for my kindergartner very soon! I love all the positive things I've read with these programs!

Heather said...

This sounds like a great program. I'm not sure if I would start with a level geared more toward 1st or 2nd grade levels. . . or if I'd try to incorporate it into this year or save it for a fun program next year. But I would love to try it out and see if my boys enjoy it. It's something I'll look into purchasing even if we don't win the raffle thanks to your review :)

Lisa said...

I have used Pre-1, 1, and 2, but have not yet had an opportunity to use 3. I would love to win 3!

Anna said...

We love All about Reading at our house! We are currently using Level 1 and Level 2. It's almost time buy Level 3 as we are nearing the end of Level 3. I'd love it if I were blessed to win this giveaway. Thanks for your great review!

Nancy Heerema said...

I am really intrigued by this as someone who has taught my oldest child with "100 Easy Lessons" (and it just flew by) and we have dabbled in the Spalding method with my second child. At this point, I am having a really hard time swallowing the cost! Oof! Any others want to speak to this??

Michelle said...

Hi Nancy! Considering the guarantee, and the resale value when you are done if you don't have another child to teach using the program, I feel it is worth it. But, the fact that it has made teaching reading a joy and taken all of the struggle out of not only teaching but learning as well, makes it all the more worth while. Plus I will teach 3 with AAR and 6 children with AAS! That takes the cost down considerably! Do you have a spelling program you LOVE? Maybe you could start with All About Spelling first? We did! And fell in love with the program so when AAR came out, I was over the moon! Another idea is to look for a used copy.:)

Nancy said...

Thanks for your thoughts!

Rebekah said...

We are Currently using All About Reading Level 1 and 2! Both of my children are doing really well and I'm enjoying teaching it to them! I would love to get Level 3 move my 2nd grader into once we finish up level 2.

zekesmom10 said...

I've been eyeballing the All About products for a while. I need to stop eyeballing and start ordering. :)

Liz said...

We love All About Reading! It has worked so well for us.

DailyWoman ( Lacey) said...

I have never used this program but I would love to try it. I would pick level 3 if I won.

Pam said...

I would love to win level 3. We have used AAS one and two with other reading programs; I would like to coordinate more.

Natalie said...

I would love to try AAS and AAR. What we are using now isn't making the cut.

Mary V said...

I would love to win this giveaway! We currently use AAS and all of my children love it. I have to admit, I love it, too, because it's planned out for me, thorough, and is hands-on for the kiddos - even my husband has learned a few spelling rules from this program. :)

Kim M. said...

Thank you for posting information about curriculum. We are first year homeschoolers and enjoy the information you share.

Shannon B. said...

I have been wanting to try this program for awhile now but haven't been able to financially invest into the program. I would start my struggling reader with Level 1. I'm also considering AAS for my autistic/dyslexic teen. Our current program just isn't working out well for him. Thank you for the opportunity!

Camille said...

I just discovered AAR and have placed an order for level two through our charter. It looks like an amazing program and I am so excited and happy to start my first grader on this program. If I were so blessed as to win this giveaway, I would choose the Pre Reader program for my son who is begging me to teach him his letters so that he can be like his big sister and "do school!" Thank you for your thoughtful reviews.

Amanda said...

I first started frequenting your blog when working through BFIAR with my son. I'm hoping to start him in AAR level 1 this fall, and I returned to your blog looking for reviews on the AAR program. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you just posted a review AND a giveaway! It would be such a blessing for anyone to win...I hope it's me!! :)

Jenae Tippin said...

I would LOVE to win this!! I have never used it, but would love to get started as I have heard wonderful things about AAR. I would start level 1 with my daughter.

Kristi said...

I have used some of Pre-Reading (was too easy for my son) and we are now using Level 1. I love it, my son really likes it some days, others not so much. We will certainly be going on to the next level when we are done with this one.

Kristina S. said...

AAR interests me but the cost has kept me from purchasing thus far. I am still thinking about it though.

Courtney said...

I love your reviews about this program...so positive and fun! We would love to try it because what we have is confusing and frustrating to me and my son :( The drawing can't come soon enough!!

Melissa Houck said...

Thank you for your review. We are hoping to start level 1 with my daughter in the fall.

Heather said...

I have seen AAR and AAS on a lot of homeschooling blogs and I am so intrigued. I would love the opportunity to try it with my 4 kids!

Teresa said...

I have used the All About Spelling program with my older kids. My youngest is not catching on to reading very well and I am looking at moving her to AAR. Thanks for the contest!

Allison said...

My 6 year old is about half way through AAR2. We love it!

Aaron Schofield said...

We love the set up of this program but haven't tried it because of the cost. We would love to win Level 2! I really appreciate how specific your review is, especially all the tips on how you organize your materials and how the spelling program works for you. As a new homeschooling family, the details and photos of your space are very inspiring! Thanks!

Briana said...

I'd love a chance at this! We have level one and two and it has been so helpful! We were having such a hard time with reading with my son until I got this program.

Meg said...

We finished level 1 in a flash and are ready for level 2 or 3. He really should have been on 2 instead of 1 so we went through it fast. In 15 years of homeschooling it's the first reading program I like!!

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