All About Reading Level 1
All About Reading Level 1 will gently take your child from not knowing how to read, to skillfully reading the included fun chapter books. Using dozens of activities and games, plus 52 integrated and fully decodable phonics-based stories, All About Reading Level 1 takes the guesswork out of beginning to read. Children will learn letter sounds for A-Z, plus some consonant teams such as TH, NG, and more. Stories start very simple, “Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap the jam,” with illustrations providing explanation and humor. They systematically build to more complex words and plots, “‘Gumpdrops? Pop? The list had buns and milk,’ said Mom in shock. ‘I lost the list, but I got lots of stuff,’ said Finn.”
All About Reading
All About Reading (AAR) is the multisensory, mastery-based program that you’ve been hearing so much about. Suitable for all ages, and with activities that benefit all learning styles, AAR teaches phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way. Moving at a gentler pace than other more intense reading programs, with AAR only one new concept is taught at a time. Their precept upon precept program works with all kids and AAR’s built-in review system helps learning to stick. The progressive introduction of letters introduces vowels with consonants in a way that will allow your child to begin reading almost immediately. We particularly like how AAR integrates phonics instruction and phonics readers into a single comprehensive program, so they correlate directly with each other.
And you will be thrilled to know that no prior training is needed; AAR has lightly-scripted and illustrated “open and go” lessons that make your job easy and stress-free. Lessons are taught in short, manageable chunks, as the author recommends students spend no more than 20 minutes a day learning to read, plus another 20 listening to a read-aloud. Based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach, 97% of English words can be learned according to phonetic rules, leaving only 3% to be learned as sight words. The student activity books add a lot of variety to the lessons and provide additional support. The phonetic readers are the best we have ever seen – beautifully illustrated hardcover books with finely detailed black-and-white drawings. The complete AAR program consists of five levels from PreK through third grade.
Our Level 1 Standard Set:
All About Reading Level 1 Standard Set is our recommended All About Reading system, containing all the components required for teaching Level 1 except the Letter Tiles app, which is not included. The Letter Tiles app, available on various app stores, is an innovative, phenomenally effective, and incredibly convenient way to implement hands-on learning and practice with All About Reading. However, for families who prefer a less technological approach, we also offer the AAR Level 1 Deluxe (With Tiles) set that includes physical, magnetic letter tiles in place of the Letter Tiles app. Find more information and comparisons below.
The Level 1 Standard Set includes the Level 1 Teacher's Manual, Student Packet with Activity Book, three readers, the Reader Divider Cards, and the Reading Review Box. You’ll also need to add the Letter Tiles app, available on iTunes, Google Play, and the Kindle app store.
Our Level 1 Deluxe (with Tiles) Set:
The All About Reading Level 1 Deluxe kit is our standard Level 1 set, with letter tiles and magnets added, as well as a sturdy reading tote bag. These physical letter tiles and magnets can take the place of the Letter Tiles app that we recommend for users of our standard kit. For families who prefer a less technological, more tactile approach, the AAR Level 1 with Tiles Set may be the perfect choice. Find more information and comparisons below.
The All About Reading Level 1 Deluxe includes everything in our Standard Kit, plus Letter Tiles, Magnets, Tote Bag, and the supplementary Phonograms Sounds App. You may also want to add a magnetic whiteboard, which is recommended but not required.
App-Based vs. Magnetic Tiles
For our Timberdoodle curriculum kits, we’ve opted for the Standard Set, which requires the Letter Tiles app, because we are enthused about the ease of use and storage. However, we know that some families will thrive on the hands-on aspect of real, physical tiles. Here is a brief comparison of the two options:
With the Letter Tiles app (required for the Standard Kit):
The Letter Tiles app has been All About Learning’s most requested product of all time, but the physical letter tiles have devoted fans as well.
With the physical letter tiles (Deluxe):
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If you purchased the Deluxe Set, you will also receive:
Not sure if this is the right level for your student? Download the placement test.
What will my student learn in Level 1?
Your student will learn exciting new concepts, including letter sounds, phonograms, consonant teams, blending, syllables, sight words, consonant blends, plurals, compound words, and much more. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Below is a sampling in each area.
Teaching Multiple Students?
Each additional student will need an Extra Student Set, which includes:
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