We love using"All About Reading" in our homeschool days! We are currently teaching our third child to read, and this is the best program I've tried!

I view potty training and teaching reading in about the same light. In other words, I dread it. Thankfully though, the third time around has been so much easier with the “All About Reading” program!

With our oldest son I tried several different reading programs. I always grew up hearing stories of how I was reading the Little House books when I was 6 and I sort of expected the same out of my children. My son was going on 8 by the time he started reading really fluently. Now I can’t keep him out of books!

Our second son basically taught himself how to read. I started him on the basics and he took off by himself. There are pluses and minuses to that. We didn’t keep going with a phonics based program as long as we should have, so he doesn’t have some of the phonics rules in his head to go back and rely on.

When it was time to teach our third child to read, I was really dreading it. I was hoping that teaching a girl would be easier. Honestly, I haven’t found that gender makes a difference here. : )

My preschool age child loves to use the Pre-Reading level with All About Reading!

Olivia doing an activity from All About Reading Pre-Reading

The curriculum that I’m using, however, has made a considerable difference. It’s helped my attitude as a teacher and made our reading lesson time go a lot smoother.

All About Reading has an extremely solid program that is so incredibly teacher friendly! I couldn’t be happier with the program and plan on using it to teach the rest of our children how to read.

As a busy homeschool mom I don’t want an elaborate $300 reading program that comes with a huge kit I have to keep together and use. I’ve also tried the highly recommended basic reading programs (like “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”) and they just don’t work well for us. This has the perfect mixture of learning and fun activities, plus the price is affordable.

Some Reasons I Love “All About Reading”

1. It tells the teacher exactly what to say. This is huge for me. With five children there is a lot of activity going on during the day. We might be doing our reading lesson on the couch together, but the younger two girls are playing on the floor right by us, and the older two have their grammar DVD going on in the other room. I need a program that is super easy and very clearly laid out. I never struggle with knowing what I’m supposed to do or say with All About Reading. I feel confident as a teacher using this program.

2. The lessons build on each other slowly. For the most part I think the lessons don’t move too fast. In the middle of Level 1 we had to stop for a few months and just focus on readers and reviewing words, as she wasn’t ready to keep going. Once we picked it back up she was more than ready to keep going. Every child is unique, just being sensitive to the struggles and strengths of your child is important.

3. I love the flash cards and tiles that go along with the series – and who can forget the activity pages! I think the combination of all three of these things makes the program very unique. Carrianna loves it when I let her use chocolate chips to mark letters on certain activity pages. It makes the program even more fun! 🙂

4. The curriculum is not foolish. I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again – finding curriculum that is not full of silly illustrations and foolish text is vitally important to our family. This curriculum can be funny, and it grabs the attention of the child (Ziggy the Puppet is wonderful!) but it doesn’t cross over into foolish nonsense.

5. Writing is not included in reading. I love this aspect of it! I’ve found that your ability to write and your ability to read does not always come at the same time. I’d rather add in my own writing program, and the amount I want my child to do separately. We use A Reason for Handwriting and love it!

6. There is no teacher prep time needed each day. When you receive the set in the mail you have to tear the flash cards apart along the perforated line and put in the box that holds the cards. Other than that you can just open the book and start the program! Some days you have to cut apart little word cards and staple them together, but I do that while my child is reading to me.

We love using All About Reading in our homeschool days! After trying several different programs this is my favorite!

7. It does not take a huge chunk of time out of our day! With soon to be six children, I don’t have an hour to devote to a reading program for one child. It takes us about 15-20 minutes to do a lesson, sometimes 30 if she is struggling with new words.

We have just a few lessons left with All About Reading Level 1 and will be moving right along to Level 2. Marie Ripple, the creator of these amazing programs has also written a spelling program to go along with the reading program (I wrote a review about it here). She suggests getting through the level 1 reading, and then starting the All About Spelling level 1 with the All About Reading level 2. So we will be doing that next week!

I appreciate that Marie Ripple does not stress grade levels. Carrianna is in first grade and will turn seven next month. I know some children have already gotten through level one by now, but she really needed to take this pace and I’m ok with where we are at! If she is anything like her older brother, she is on the verge of just taking off in reading and will spend her afternoons curled up on the couch reading. 🙂

All About Reading Readers

If you are looking for a new reading program I highly recommend giving this a try! This company has an unbelievable return policy – they give you a full year to return the material for your full purchase price, excluding shipping. What outstanding customer service!

Are you overwhelmed with what level to start at? Every level has a free placement test, plus they also offer downloads of each book (teacher guide, student activity book, and readers) so you can get a better idea of how the books are laid out!

*My disclaimer…because you just have to put it in! I received All About Reading Level 2 to review, but all thoughts are my own and I was not paid to write this review!*


125 Comments on Why We Love the “All About Reading” Program!

  1. I would love to try out this program. My eldest is just getting past letter recognition and into sounds and sight words………. I am a bit nervous on doing this ‘right’ and this sounds like a great program 🙂

  2. I’ve been researching reading curriculum for 6 months and this is the one I think is the best fit to start in the fall with my kindergartener. I think she is past the pre-reading level so we will be starting with level 1.

  3. I have just purchased All About Spelling and would be so excited to win the All About Reading program!!! It’s next on my list of purchases and a win would be a HUGE financial blessing!!!
    Prayers going up for a healthy labor & delivery! 🙂

  4. Thank you for this gift. I would love to win this for my two young children. I am stay at home mommy and every little helps. Blessings to you and your growing family.

  5. This program looks great. I really like the fact that it doesn’t have a ton of writing. My pumpkins are going to be frustrated with all the writing our current reading program will have. I’ll take a good look at this.

  6. I haven’t tried All About Reading and would be interested in getting a look at Level 1. I find the early reading stage difficult.

    I tried All About Spelling, and it just didn’t work well for our oldest three children due to one having various developmental issues (flashcards and copying works best), another learning very easily just by reading (so no need to spend the time), and another having a personality that worked better with a more basic approach.

  7. I haven’t tried this program, but I definitely would love to see it! My first just picked up on reading and hasn’t slowed down since. He’ll be 1st grade next year and I know I need to find something that will encourage him to continue to learn those phonics rules and my 2nd child will just be starting phonics since she’ll be 4. This looks like a great program since we’ll also have a toddler and a new baby so the whole idea of little teacher prep sounds awesome!

  8. I would love to try this program. After teaching 4 children to read, I still haven’t come across a program that I really like! I’m working with the 5th right now and we are stumbling our way through our current program but this one sounds wonderful!

  9. This looks great! My 4-year-old daughter and I are just started doing a Hooked on Phonics program, and I can see what you mean by silly illustrations! She wants to read so badly, and I would love to try this program.

  10. I feel exactly the same way when it comes to teaching reading. It was such a struggle with my oldest two. I really appreciate your curriculum reviews. I am also a mom of many trying to run a business from home and dealling with adrenal fatigue. Finding curriculum that works well for our situation has been a struggle. I’d love to give Level 1 a try since I have another fast approaching this stage. Or the Pre-reading level, she could use that now.

  11. I will begin teaching my son to read soon and I have looked at this program so many times! I would love to start with the pre reading!

  12. I use started this program with my 4th.. and Everyone has went back and done the spelling.. I love it.. it is so simple and they are all doing wonderful with it..

  13. We have just started using AAR Level 1 for my Kinder this year and we are really enjoying it, so would love to win Level 2!!!

  14. I love AAR and AAS! And so does my son. We just started Level 2 in reading and 1 in spelling and we are enjoying it. It would be great to win level 3 and have it ready to go when we are done with 2.

  15. I think I would like to try the pre-k level! I have never tried this program and I also dread teaching my children to read!

  16. We have never tried All About Reading. I like the fact that writing isn’t included in the reading. This would be a big help for my son. He struggles with writing, so the reading curriculum we currently use leaves him quite frustrated. I am not sure about the level we would use. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. This program looks great. I am just starting to teach my 4th child how to read. She is so eager at 4.5 and I want to make sure I lay a good foundation for her.

  18. I would love to try this with my littles just learning to read. My oldest graduated last year and has taken over the homeschooling of two of her young siblings and I believe this would be a great program for her to use with them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I have never used All About Reading but I have heard a lot of great things about it. I think we would be on level 2. My oldest was the same he would struggle with reading them one day it clicked and he took off. He always has a book in his hand. Thanks for the giveaway

  20. I do use All About Spelling with my 7 year old son. Would love to try AAR Level 2 with him. He really enjoys AAS. I like how it’s teacher friendly, and how it engages him through different ways of learning with the tiles, cards and writing the “spelling” words.

  21. I have never used All About Reading but have certainly thought about it. I would have to do the placement tests with my 6 year old to see what level he would need. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  22. We are currently working Level 1 with my son and I am so glad I found this program. We also tried “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lesssons” and it did not work well for us at all. My son enjoys the All About Reading activities, and it is so easy for me to teach! I really need level 2 so we can continue on since we are almost done with level 1.

  23. I’ve been doing a lot of research to figure out what I want to use next year and this looks like something I would be interested in.

  24. All about reading is on our list for 2015! I didn’t know about it when my older two were just starting out. But I’m hoping to use level 1 next year with our youngest. It would be awesome on the budget to win it!

  25. We absolutely LOVE AAR and it would be a huge blessing to win a free level! My son, who was originally dreading it, absolutely loves it! Thanks for doing this giveaway!!! 😀

  26. We love All About Reading and All About Spelling! This program is amazing for children with learning difficulties. We are going to be buying level 3 soon, but winning it would be even better.

  27. We have used All About Spelling and All About Reading. My son and daughter have enjoyed it and All About Spelling. We are ready for our son to move up to level 4. It would be wonderful if we won it.

  28. I have been looking at this curriculum for a couple months and trying to make a decision about whether to purchase it or not. I have read several very positive reviews about All About Reading and would love to give it a try.

  29. I have not had the opportunity to try All About Reading yet, but would love to use it with my ld daughter. I would guess she would need level 3 or 4. Thanks for the giveaway and review!

  30. We are currently using AAR level 1 and I can tell it is making a difference in my daughter’s reading already. Can’t wait to keep going and get to the other levels.

  31. I’d love to win for my newly adopted daughter who is trying so hard to learn these skills after living her first 10 years in an orphanage with no education at all. She’s a trooper but it is HARD!

  32. We haven’t used AAR yet, but plan to for both pre-reading (with our soon to be kindergartener) and Level 1 (with our 6 year old). We have started using AAS level 1 and really like it!

  33. We have not used the program. I plan on buying the pre reading level for my son next fall. We are very excited about this program!

  34. I love All About Reading! I am currently using it with my 9 year old who has dyslexia and my 7 year old who might have dyslexia. I have seen so much improvement with my 9 yr old through using this program. It is fantastic!

  35. We haven’t tried All About Reading. My middle child is 6 almost 7 and she has had no interest in reading till a few months ago and she has really took off. We would love to try level 1. I have heard about All About Reading and All About Spelling but due to tight finances we have not been able to purchase either program. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  36. After teaching 3 children to read, I still haven’t found a program that I’m happy with. This sounds like a great program to try with children 4, 5 and 6 🙂

  37. I have not used the All About Reading but do enjoy All About Spelling. I would love to try the All About Reading pre-reading.

  38. I would love to try this out with my daughter who is three-and-a-half, so I would probably try the pre-reading level. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Love that everything is included and the only “prep” is the initial tearing of perforated cards and cutting out the games for certain lessons. I have two children who loved the games and wanted to “collect” them for art projects later. lol

  40. I just recently ordered all about spelling and have been looking at all about reading. I really like what I have seen. Now you have blogged about it making me sure this is something we want to try. Still not really sure which level but probably a beginning level.

  41. I’ve never used it but I’m searching for something to begin my 4 year old with! I’d probably get one of the first ones. Thank you!

  42. My youngest is 4 and I am looking for something different. This sounds fun and I love that it is planned out. Not lots of time over here so that’s great.

  43. We love All About Reading! I have taught 5 children to read and with number 6 I needed something different and good. I chose AAR and haven’t regretted it once. My 6 year old loves to have reading time and is doing awesome! I would love to try level 2.

  44. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I love the all about spelling program, and I’ve been wanting to give all about reading a try 🙂

  45. Not sure why my comment ended up as a reply to someone else. Let’s try this again…We have a 4 year old and I have been looking at reading programs. I appreciate the review. Awesome giveaway!

  46. We don’t have the complete program but I bought two of the level One readers after Rusten loved them so much when you were here! They are really nice. I am interested in trying the Spelling program for the boys, too.

  47. I am so excited about this because our son, who will be 3 in April, is already showing interest in reading. I would definatly like the preschool reading program! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  48. I have not used this program, but I have heard amazing things about it. I think my son is between Level 1 and Level 2 because he can read CVC words, but is working on blends.

  49. I used AAR Level 1 this year with my son for the first time. It made a world of difference on how he was reading.I truly love the program and would love to continue with it next year. Winning this would be a blessing!

  50. I’ve been looking into this program for a while now. I’m wanting to get the level 4 but I’d love to win the pre-reading for my youngest!

  51. I have been interested in AAR for a while, but my oldest isn’t ready for it yet. I’d probably get the pre-reading set.

  52. I didn’t use AAR with my first child, but I think it would work great for my 2nd kiddo. 100 Easy Lessons worked great for the first but doesn’t appeal to the second’s learning style. I would start her with Level 1.

  53. When you said that you dreaded potty training and teaching reading I can totally relate. I would love to try this program with my youngest children. I am expecting as well and trying to simplify our homeschool curriculum.

  54. Thanks for offering this review and giveaway! I am working on re-evaluating our approach to reading right now, so this was super helpful!

  55. Whoops, didn’t read the directions! We have not tried this before, and am not sure what level we would start at, maybe at the first to just do more foundation work!

  56. I am currently on level 2 of AAS with my daughter and I can’t wait to get started on AAR with my son next year! It’s great to see such wonderful comments about the program!

  57. I used Phonics Pathways for #1 and Abeka for #2 and #3. Both were effective but miserable. I would love to try AAR 1 with our newest K’er. 🙂

  58. You mentioned a grammar dvd. Do you mind sharing what it is? Also I would love to try the All About Reading. I am looking for something new to try. We would start with level 1.

  59. We have just decided to try All About Reading with my middle son because of some dyslexia issues. It would be amazing to win it!!

  60. I have never used the program but would love to try it. I am not sure which level. I would have to give my son an assessment test.

  61. We are currently finishing up Level 3 of AAR. We are looking at buying Level 4 soon so this would be a great blessing. Thanks for the review and giveaway opportunity!

  62. I have heard so much about AAR and would love to try it out. I have an 8 year old who is a struggling reader. We have tried many different things, most of which have been free or very low cost, it would be such a blessing to win this!

  63. I would love to try this curriculum! I’m not sure what level I would start with but I’d like to have all the levels eventually.

  64. I’ve never used AAR, but am interested in trying it. I’m a mother of six, and my first two and my fourth learned to read very easily. My third, however, is struggling. I’m thinking that AAR might be right up her alley. I’d probably start with Level 1.

  65. I would like to try Level 1 for our child. We recently got the All About Spelling for our family. I’ve heard wonderful reviews about the “All About Reading.” Thank you!! 🙂

  66. What a blessing to win this. We love AAR in our home. We’ve used levels 1 and 2 and we are ready for 3! AAR helped with our struggling learner and mild dyslexic dc. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

  67. I have never tried “All About Reading” I only recently heard about it! If I were to win this giveaway, I would be using it for my kindergartener. 🙂

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