The kids are both settled into their new schools (which they both started last year) but I feel like they have the drive to learn more and I would love to teach them in an independent way too so that I can help them through any struggles that they may have with reading. They have great teachers at school, however, no one can teach a child better than their own mother who will invest her heart and soul into helping her child achieve new heights.We were sent The All About Reading Pre-Reading Program to put to use and review.
You can see my video review here:
The activities take at most 20 minutes a day! It takes about 5-10 minutes if you don’t do the craft activity. Children learn important skills that I am sure will help them fly through reading. I assume that’s why it’s their Pre-Reading version. The first few lessons have a lot to do with rhyming which I think will definitely help in terms of fluency when A does start reading. If she can recognize that the ending of certain words are similar she will fly through her reading books instead of having to read through every part of common or rhyming words.
A is in grade 00 (Pre-k) but in her school they do not teach them any letter sounds or writing as they don’t believe they should be pushed at this age. I personally believe that we should follow the child’s lead and A is definitely ready for letter sounds and maybe even some light reading.
A little about the All About Reading Program (Pre-Reading).
The program and activities work on
- Letter recognition
- Phonological Awareness
- Print Awareness
- Listening Comprehension
- and Motivation to read
I received the deluxe package which includes everything you see in the first picture of this post.
My kids absolutely love AAR. They have fallen in love with Ziggy the Zebra and we are creating an even greater love for reading.
Ziggy reads the stories with us and watches the kids color.
I think the All About Reading program would be great to add on to your letter of the week activities. I have only worked with Pre-reading but am sure that the levels above Pre-Reading would be even more magical. I love that there is a ‘script’ for Ziggy during some of the lessons so I don’t have to come up with what to say. The script generally gives me new ideas on how to go ahead with the activities in a more fun way!
My only hesitation is that I think I might have started A a bit late on this program as she seems to be flying through it. I could have definitely started her when she turned 4 but that could also be because she enjoys the program so much!
I have included a short youtube video of us playing with Ziggy so you can see for yourself how wonderful and fun the program is for us
My son D loves to join in on any activity we are doing so he helped me by setting up some of the activities like for rhyming cards we needed to set up 3 cards, 2 that rhymed and 1 that didn’t. He did this part for me which was excellent for his own learning too!
He told me, “Mom you always come up with the best activities. They are always so much fun.”
I am so happy that we are creating these beautiful memories!
Disclaimer: All About Reading Was supplied to us for an honest review.