My daughter has started All About Reading Level 1 a few weeks ago. She is 7 and struggles with severe ADHD and dyslexia. We have been struggling with reading for a long time, it was the reason the public school held her back. Every day she would cry and beg not to read. I asked for advice from homeschooling moms and All About Reading was recommended to us. I got it and we are taking our time each day working hard on learning the words. We have only read a few stories (that build on the skills that have already been talked about in the lessons) and she is doing it. We are on lesson 8. She read the first two stories fluently, she didn't even need to sound out the words all choppy because we worked hard on the words and patterns in the words for days, and she didn't cry, She didn't beg not to do it. In fact it was fun to her and she wanted to play the games and stuff. I was amazed. We practiced that lesson for a few days (she needs this extra time) before we moved on to the next lesson. She read the AAR story to her dad and felt pretty confident with that story. I was not expecting what came next. A few nights ago I sit down and here she comes and sits next to me. She is holding a chapter book that is way above her reading level. She then opens the book to a page with a map on it and starts sounding out (CORRECTLY) all the places on the map. I literally could not hide my shock. I wish I could really express how out of character this is for her. The next day she sits next to me again and brings another book (level 2 reader) and reads every word she knows while I help her with the ones shes not quite comfortable with yet. I can't believe it. I am so proud of her and I can't believe we are FINALLY excited about reading! All About Reading has changed her life. She has had so much trouble and it has worn her down and taken her confidence and AAR has given it back to her. I am so thankful.
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little prep work, works well with struggling learners, in depth
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.
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It REALLY works!, easy to follow format, fun activities that cement learning, great stories
Requires daily teaching by the parent (not an independent learning curriculum)