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If you have a struggling reader, a child with Dyslexia, a student who slipped through the phonics cracks in Public School, a child who thinks they can't read, or, if you want the BEST curriculum to give your child the greatest success in reading, All About Reading is for you. While 2 of my children took to reading naturally and easily, 1 has struggled severely. Her dyslexia, speech issues, and short attention span made reading so frustrating that by 2nd grade she was convinced she couldn't read. Enter All About Reading 2. In a few short weeks, she was confident in the rules and rule breakers (leap words) she had learned. By the end of AAR 2 she was reading Level 2 and 3 readers with ease, confidence and fluency, having previously struggle to read a simple sentence. With AAR 3 she has moved on to chapter books, and her love of reading is flourishing.

The combination of the short, clear, focused lessons, the magnetic tiles that cross over with All About Spelling, the flash cards, worksheets, activities and FUN stories makes this curriculum the best. When I was at my lowest point (2 weeks into AAR 2), I consulted a reading specialist who told me to stick with this Orton-Gillingham based curriculum; she said I was giving my daughter the very best tools and it would all click soon. She was right!

I have used nearly every learn to read curriculum out there, and this by far surpasses them all.
Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
It REALLY works!, easy to follow format, fun activities that cement learning, great stories
Cons
Requires daily teaching by the parent (not an independent learning curriculum)
Do you recommend?
100%, without reservation
CR
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I cannot stress how much I ADORE All About Reading!!! Starting with their amazing customer service, they will draw something special on your order box for your children if you request it. Second, I have tried so many different methods/curriculums for my now 8-year-old (with special needs) to learn how to read. I finally stumbled across AAR and our lives changed. Within the first week, she was reading!!! Hallelujah, cue the choir!!!!

She responded beautifully to AAR. We loved that it was easy, beautifully done, and it was an open-and-go. My favorite part was that the guide told me exactly what to say and how to teach. I couldn't give this product enough praise! I cannot wait for level 2! :)
Do you recommend?
YES!
SC
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My son hated this program. He's a very reluctant reader and this was very time consuming. Went to using the Doc and Jane books and he picked it up quicly.
Grade levels used
1
Pros
Very thorough
Cons
Very time consuming
Do you recommend?
Depends on child
B
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This has been such a wonderful reading curriculum for our homeschool! My son has struggled to learn to read and the incremental lessons in All About Reading have made a huge difference for him. He is now able to read independently thanks to the instruction he received.
This program teaches reading through learning phonograms and rules. Each lesson is incremental and teaches a new sound, letter team, or rule. The program includes readers that include only words that the child can decode. There are also fluency pages with lists of words, phrases, and sentences. The lessons have simple paper-based games for practicing the concepts.
The teacher's manual clearly lays out what to do, what parts of the program to use, and how to explain each concept. It is very easy to use and requires no advance planning.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
Pros
Great instructions for teacher, incremental teaching
Cons
Lots of pieces to organize
Do you recommend?
YES
L
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My kids love these readers. I am not the type that can keep track of the letters, a whiteboard on which to use them and follow a lesson, unfortunately. So we ended up using a different phonics book and we do the lesson with them on my lap and then they read.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
Readers, phonics based
Cons
prep and materials to keep track
Do you recommend?
yes
K
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This curriculum has been a hit with my daughter. We have completed levels 1,2, and 3 and are looking forward to using level 4 next year. My daughter has always been a strong reader, but this curriculum helped her to understand WHY words are pronounced the way they are and HOW to read words she didn't know instead of just guessing. (I have learned a lot of things I was never taught in public school about phonics too!) Great program with a lot of hands-on activities and games and great, engaging stories to read!
Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Easy to pick up and go, very little plan ahead time needed, great in-depth approach to phonics, hands-on and fun,
Cons
I wish it covered more comprehension and vocabulary, truly just a "Learn to READ" program
Do you recommend?
YES
BW
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This is a great program, although it may be overkill for most typical learners, Those little tiles were toddler magnets in our house, and once my daughter was really interested in learning to read we switched to something else because the slow pace of the introduction of new sounds was holding her back. I do think it laid a very solid foundation though.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
Scripted, lots of hands on activities
Cons
Price, too many little pieces
Do you recommend?
Yes
CL
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We LOVE this program! It has made a world of difference for my struggling reader.
Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 6
Do you recommend?
Yes! Highly!
K
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We love All About Reading. Open and go, scripted, multi-sensory, and a complete reading program. Both of my boys started at age 4 with AAR, and the oldest is about to finish after 3-1/2 years. It's easy to break up a lesson or slow down if your child needs more help with a specific concept, too.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
Pros
Open and go (except some beginning of level separating and organization)
Do you recommend?
Yes!
S
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Wonderful program. Lots for games to help the kids remember what they are learning.
Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Very easy to use. Little teacher prep
Cons
It is expensive.
Do you recommend?
Yes
C
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I can see every child learning to read with ease comncerning this product.
Marilyn
Grade levels used
12
Pros
Easy to learn from ths product.
Cons
No cons
Do you recommend?
Yes
MC
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Three of my children have dyslexia and struggle with various aspects of reading/spelling. This program is the first program that has been effective for my daughter. She has been through two other Orton-Gillingham programs with little success. All About Reading has given her success and has helped to build confidence. Recommend Highly!!!
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 3
Pros
thorough, easy to implement, effective
Do you recommend?
Yes
DJ
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I've used Pre-reading through Level 3 with my now 9 yr old and he's doing great. We could be farther along but we are taking our time and not rushing. I just finished the Pre-reading level with my struggling 6yr. Old boy and 4 yr. old girl who's ready to start reading soon! They both loved it so now we move on to Level 1.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Excellent for my struggling boys
Cons
Takes a little long but worth every minute!
Do you recommend?
Yes!
AM
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I must say I haven't yet used the curriculum, but I have used the Preschool ideas on the blog site. I love the Alphabet snacks--so creative and easy and helpful for learning the sounds of the letters! I really appreciate all the teaching tips articles on the website also. So, even before I have gotten the curriculum, All About Reading has already been helpful.
Grade levels used
preK
Do you recommend?
Yes
T
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We love AAR and plan to stick with it. Both of my sons excel using this program! They usually keep the games and activities and play them a few times even after our lesson time is over. The teacher's notes in the margins give great explanation of why things are done in a certain way or order. They also include common hiccups to watch for in your emerging reader and how to address an issue if it pops up. This curriculum gives me great confidence!
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
Ease of use, little prep, engages my boys
Cons
None
Do you recommend?
Yes
SK
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We love AAR! This is our first year of using it ( level 1 ). They make learning fun. We will definitely be using it again next year.
Grade levels used
K
Do you recommend?
Yes
SH
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I began AAR level 1 for my oldest at the end of his Kindergarten year. He had previously used another program for reading but did not feel confident in his reading. We tried AAR and he flourished! He used levels 1 through 3 (finished at end of 1st grade). He's now an avid and confident reader thanks to AAR! My youngest son is in level 1 now.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
well laid out, fun
Cons
pricey
Do you recommend?
yes
H
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I really liked All About Reading pre-reading level. But my boys, (ages 4 and 5) didn't care a thing about it! They wouldn't pay attention when I would read to them. They weren't interested in any of it.
It has sort of an old fashioned feel to it, and I think if I had little girls instead of boys it might would've worked fine. lol But I resold it after a week of using it and bought Dr. Seuss charts, pulled out my old hooked on phonics stuff and subscribed to reading eggs and starfall online. This approach is working much better for them! Plus we do letter crafts. I don't really recommend the pre-level, but I can't really say about the other levels. They may be entirely different.
Grade levels used
preK
Pros
easy to teach
Cons
boring
Do you recommend?
no
AF
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My girls love AAR! They ask to do Ziggy School because they want Ziggy the Zebra to join them for more than just the All About Reading Lessons. I like that you can teach multiple students at once if they are at the same level. The lessons are also written short enough that if you have a few students, like I do, that are at different spots in the curriculum you are not spending half of your day doing lessons for one subject.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
Pros
Set up for you with minimal prep. Well laid out.
Do you recommend?
Yes
JB
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My five year old loves AAR! Ziggy the Zebra makes it fun for her. I like that the lessons are short, and there isn't a lot of planning.
Grade levels used
preK
Pros
well laid out and fun
Do you recommend?
Yes
S
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