Letter A Learning in Action

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this new adventure here. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for week 1 here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

I am excited to share all about our first week together, with a focus on the LETTER A! In addition to a letter focus each week I am using All About Reading Pre-Reading with them. Since I only have my students two days a week, we cram a lot into a short time! I also provide their parents with activities to do at home also.

All About Reading Lessons

This past week we enjoyed lessons 1-5 in AAR Pre-Reading. I am not doing the letter crafts from AAR in the order of the lessons, but am going to use those with our letter of the week focus. We are moving quickly through the activities that focus on other pre-reading skills and right now the emphasis is RHYMING! The kids loved all of the fun games and Ziggy the Zebra! We also completed the A is for Alligator craft page!

One of our weekly activities is a freebie from All About Reading called “Feed the Puppy.”  With this fun, hands-on activity, they will work on identifying upper and lowercase letters. Each week I will go through the cards with them and they can only feed the puppy the letters they can identify, which is highly motivating to them since they want the puppy to get lots of bones! Highly recommend this activity if you have kids working on letter identification.

 

Letter A Fun

We enjoyed several different activities, most from my site! I will link everything we used below!

Everything shown in this collage is included with our Ultimate Kindergarten @ Home Membership – which is the best way to get your hands on everything we offer, see the cost savings here!

Below you can see AK and Ki doing the following activities {clockwise from top left}:

Activities we did that aren’t pictured:

 

I also really love the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle from Crafty Classroom! The kids enjoyed the following activities this week:

  • Listening Skills
  • Letter Path Trace
  • Cuisenaire Letters

 

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter A

I didn’t get any action shots, but we enjoyed the verse bracelets, and tracing pages this week in addition to the items on the display board!

 

Letter A Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here! Here’s our Letter A set-up:

Some of the items pictured below, see even more alphabet toy ideas here!


 

 

Letter A Books

We read tons of books featuring the Letter A! See all of our Letter A book ideas here!

Fun and Free ABC Printables

Fun and Free ABC Printables from All About Learning Press

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We have used and loved All About Reading for years. Did you know that All About Learning Press has a fabulous blog and TONS of free printables?  I have gathered a few of my favorite ABC printables for you in this post to help you find them easily on their amazing blog.

Click on each graphic to see each blog post which not only shares the free printable, but also shows it in action and gives you ideas!

 

Printable ABC Bracelets

 

 

Printable ABC Caterpillar

 

 

Printable ABC Playdough Mats

 

 

Printable Block Building ABC Patterns

 

 

If you are thinking of using All About Reading and aren’t sure which level to use, these placement tests are very helpful!

AAR Placement Tests

 

You can see all of our posts sharing All About Reading here!

How We Organize All About Reading

Organizing All About Reading Curriculum

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It’s no secret that we are big fans of All About Reading and All About Spelling.  Last week I began organizing Level 2 for my daughter and shared this on Instagram

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I was in the middle of getting it all ready and snapped a photo and shared.  As you can see on Instagram, there were a few questions about my method so I decided to make a quick video and blog post for them and for you!

Our method is very simple and stems from the method we used to use which I share here.  Same idea, I just now use a notebook instead of file folders. My life is all about notebooks these days, so it just fits better for me during this season of life.

Minutes into my organization session my daughter found me and begged to peek in the new books.  She is almost done with Level 1 and was so excited to see the Level 2 books sitting out!

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Here’s the video I made to walk you through our notebook!

She will be using All About Spelling Level 1 in the fall also!  We will probably begin All About Reading Level 2 as soon as she finishes Level 1 so there isn’t a big gap.  I normally school my younger learners through the summer as they are learning to read, even just a little bit each day.


Looking for more info about All About Reading or Spelling? 

Here’s some posts I have written…

Helpful articles from the All About Learning Press site…

 

Reviews on other blogs {friends of mine}

Each month the All About Learning blog holds a giveaway!  Be sure to enter to win!

All About Reading Giveaway

All About Reading Giveaway

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I am thrilled to host a giveaway for All About Reading!  You choose the level if you win! 

You can read my recent review of All About Reading Level 2 here…

All About Reading Level 2 Review

If you are the winner, you may choose from any available All About Reading Level…

Pre-Reading

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

You will also receive the Deluxe Interactive Kit along with level 1, 2, or 3. {Pre 1 is already a deluxe package}

Use Rafflecopter to enter below {if you don’t see the widget, be sure you are viewing on a computer and on the actual blog, not email or RSS feed}. 

Giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents and is open until November 11, 2013.

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All About Reading Level 2 Review

All About Reading Level 2 Review

{Disclaimer ~ The product being reviewed, All About Reading Level 2, was given to me free of charge for my honest opinion. Affiliate links are used thanks for your support}

If you have been around my blog for long you probably know that we use All About Learning Press curriculum for reading and spelling.  We purchased All About Spelling Level 1 years ago when my oldest son was struggling with spelling.  We then formed a relationship with All About Learning Press and have been reviewing and using All About Reading also.  We are currently using All About Reading Pre with Ladybug, we completed All About Reading Level 1 with Krash, and are now midway through All About Reading Level 2 with Krash, who is in 2nd grade.  We have been given these programs to review and I am very thankful for that.

We were using All About Reading to supplement his box curriculum since I feel All About Reading is stronger. Recently I made the decision to totally stop using the phonics and spelling portions of our box curriculum and  to use All About Reading and Spelling Level 2 exclusively for Krash.

Here’s a post I wrote last year sharing how these curriculums really helped Krash get over a hump in 1st grade…Homeschool Reading

Why I love All About Reading Level 2

All About Reading Level 2 Review

  • easy prep done at the beginning of the year {or whenever you begin}
  • open and go, once initial prep work is done
  • lots of help so PARENTS understand the phonics rules also
  • wonderful extension of Level 1
  • unique and creative ways to reinforce concepts in a hands on way
  • my son likes it {the best reason}

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It took me awhile to learn this trick, but finally I developed a system to keep myself prepared and organized for each lesson.  For each lesson there are up to 3 different elements to have on hand in addition to the magnetic board with the letter tiles.  I found that I was getting a bit overwhelmed gathering materials {even though it is simple and straightforward I hate shuffling through papers every day}.  At the beginning of level 2 BEFORE we even began, I set up this new folder system.  I got folders for each lesson and loaded any word cards, tiles, fluency sheets, and any activity pages.  The blue bin is from the dollar section at Target.

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Below you can see the inside of the folder for lesson 13,  I already have the materials prepped and ready to go when we get to that lesson.

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Not sure which level is right for your child?  Look for this on their site here to download a free placement test.

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Curious to see samples?  Scroll down on that same page and look for this…

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Other things to consider ~

  • The bulk of the components are non-consumable {the Activity Book cannot be used again}. This means that you will be able to use the program with your younger children or resell the program when you are finished with it.
  • I really love the Go Ahead and Use It One-Year Guarantee’. You and your child have a full year to try out the program! If you find that the curriculum does not meet your needs, simply return the materials at any time within one year of purchase for a full refund of your purchase price {excluding shipping}.

A few of my online friends have also reviewed this program, you can see more from their blog linked below.  I know choosing a curriculum is sometimes difficult and it is definitely costly, I hope their reviews might be helpful to you also!


Be sure you peek at the All About Reading website to decide which level you are interested in, I will be hosting a giveaway for ANY All About Reading level very soon!

While you wait on my giveaway, here’s a $100 Giveaway from All About Learning Press!

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