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All About Reading Pre-1 is a pre-reading program designed for preschool children that includes each of the Big Five Skills:
- Print Awareness, the most basic of the Big Five Skills, teaches children how print is used. They learn that the characters on a page are actually words that have meaning and are related to spoken language. They develop a concept of how text is “supposed” to look and that it is read left to right and top to bottom. And, through lessons and a variety of reading activities, children learn that text is all around them in various forms. They begin to feel comfortable with what text is and how it is used.
- Letter Knowledge is learning and understanding the alphabet. Our program teaches children all the letters of the alphabet in capital and lowercase forms, as well as the names and sounds of each letter. Children learn to recognize the letters individually and out of order, as well as embedded in text. And they learn that the letters will look different in different text fonts and in handwriting. This knowledge teaches a child that the purpose of letters and sounds is to create words, and that words allow us to communicate. Familiarity with letters, sounds, and words also prepares children for learning decoding skills once they start to read.
- Phonological Awareness teaches children to hear and identify the different sounds in words. They discover that they can create new words by manipulating and changing sounds, and that each word has a distinct meaning. They also learn that sounds create syllables, that syllables create words, and that words create sentences. Letter-sound knowledge will help children decode and build words once they start learning to read. Moreover, research shows that success in early reading depends on achieving a certain level of phonological awareness.
- Listening Comprehension is the ability for children to understand the meaning of the words they hear and relate to them in some way. Learning to listen carefully helps children remember and retain what they have heard. In All About Reading Level Pre-1, we foster children’s listening comprehension by reading and discussing poems and stories, expanding their vocabulary, and introducing them to a wide variety of listening experiences. Listening comprehension is an important skill to develop even at an early age, because good listeners grow up to become good communicators.
- Motivation to Read is an important skill demonstrated by a child’s eagerness and willingness to read. To develop this skill, our lessons offer lots of fun and engaging reading experiences. We also encourage you to spend at least twenty minutes a day reading to your child as part of each lesson. Research shows that motivation to read is linked to four key factors in a child’s life: access to books, choice of books, familiarity with words, books, and reading, and exposure to others who exhibit a love of reading. By teaming up with you to provide these experiences, we can help your child grow up to become a motivated and skillful reader.
The program was created by Marie Rippel, a homeschooling mother of two. Her son was having a difficult time learning to read and she couldn’t find any program or curriculum that presented the material in a way that he was successful in learning it. So she made her own!
“All About Reading is a groundbreaking new program that teaches reading in a way it has never been taught before—beginning with the preschool and kindergarten age when children first become interested in learning to read.
With Pre-1 children do not learn how to read, instead they learn what language is and how it is used to prepare them to learn to read. Children learn these concepts by being taught the “Big Five Skills” of print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, listening comprehension, and motivation to read.
The beauty of this program is that while you are spending quality time with your child, engaging them in simple, fun, and creative activities, your child is effortlessly absorbing these essential pre-reading skills. It is the single most important step you can take to insure your child’s success in learning to read.” -Marie Rippel, Creator of All About Reading
We’ve had the opportunity to review this preschool reading program for the last couple weeks. The ” teacher’s guide” is divided into three sections: Capital letters, lowercase letters, and letter sounds. Here is what a typical “lesson” looks like (for the first section):
- Sing the “Alphabet Song” and pointing to the letters on the letters on the alphabet chart.
- Read the letter of the day story from The Zigzag Zebra: Rhyming Alphabet Book.
- Play a rhyming game using the Ziggy the Zebra puppet and/or learning cards. This is BY FAR Big Brother’s favorite activity…he loves playing the games with Ziggy. :)
- Complete the letter of the day activity from the activity book (which is typically similar to an alphabet craft).
- Complete another hands-on activity from the suggested list at the back of the teacher’s manual (forming the letter with playdough, writing them in shaving cream, etc).
- Read to your child for 20 extra minutes (books of either your or their choosing).
There is no specified timeline that the guide sticks to (which I think is terrific). Just take it at your own pace…whether it’s one lesson a day or one lesson a week. Big Brother is going to be going to a church-based preschool this year 2 mornings a week. I’m planning to supplement on his “off” days with this program.
The Deluxe Package includes:
- Teacher’s Manual (208 pages)
- Student Packet
My Book of Letters and Sounds Activity Book (192 pages)
Letter Sound Cards
Capital Letter Alphabet Chart
Lowercase Letter Alphabet Chart
- The Zigzag Zebra: a rhyming alphabet hardcover book
- Lizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new hardcover book
- Divider Cards (to keep your Picture Cards and Letter Sound Cards organized)
- “Letter Sounds A to Z” CD-ROM
- Ziggy the Zebra puppet
- Activity Box to hold your student’s learning cards
- All About Reading tote bag to keep your components organized
I was very impressed with All About Reading‘s preschool program. Nearly everything you need is included and the teacher’s manual is laid out to where anyone can pick it up and start teaching, whether you have a background in education or not. There is very little “planning” involved, which is excellent for disorganized people like me!
The material is presented in a way that aligns with research-based best practices for teaching reading. I especially appreciate the creator acknowledging the importance of reading aloud, especially books of your child’s choosing. Finally, I love the incorporation of multiple senses in learning with the extra activities.
The only thing that I wasn’t crazy about was the fact that the books and picture cards are in black-and-white. The books are beautifully illustrated, but I think they might be more captivating to young children if they were fully-colored. The rhyming alphabet book stories are super-short (which is great for short-attention spans), but parents/teachers need to make sure that they are supplementing with the extra 20-minutes of reading each day.
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