All About Reading Pre-Reading Review

All About Reading Level Pre-Reading Review

We have used All About Reading for many years so it was an obvious choice when I began teaching young children again this past fall. These are not my kids, they are the kids of a great friend of mine who has allowed me to share their journey with you. I teach them two days a week for 3 hours a day, you can see all of my posts featuring their learning time with me by clicking here! In this post I will share much more about All About Reading Level Pre-reading with you, so you can decide if it is a good fit for your young learner. This is not a sponsored post, however, affiliate links are used.

When to Begin All About Reading?

If you are wondering where your child falls on the “reading readiness” spectrum, download the All About Reading Pre-reading Readiness Checklist here. If you think your child might be beyond that, you can find the Level 1 Readiness Checklist here. This is a simple way to assess where your child needs to start.

 

What Will My Child Learn?

All About Reading Pre-reading program is designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners who are ready to learn five very important pre-reading skills. These skills lay the foundation for learning to read. If you are unfamiliar with the Big Five Skills, click on the links to read detailed posts about each!

 

A Peek Inside…

One of my favorite features is the teacher guide, The lessons are scripted, making it very easy for you to follow. This is especially wonderful for someone who isn’t confident teaching young kids, the scripts tell you exactly what to say and do.

Through fun crafts, activities, and stories, your child will learn to identify capital and lowercase letters. Teaching the alphabet is very important and All About Reading makes it simple and fun! See many free printables and games here to help teach the alphabet!

 

Rhyming is a huge part of phonological awareness and you will find MANY fun games included to help your child master rhyming. One of my favorite games is called Get out of the Wagon, which you can actually download for FREE here!

 

Counting syllables in a word is another important skill. You can see my students sorting words by syllables below!

 

The progression through pre-reading skills is laid out for you as your child begins to identify sounds heard in words. Beginning sounds, ending sounds, and eventually blending sounds orally to make words. There are so many hands-on activities included to make this fun for your young child.

There are a total of 78 Lessons. Uppercase letters are the focus of the first 26 lessons, then come the lowercase letters. The final 26 lessons focus on sounds. The Big Five skills mentioned earlier in this post are added into each lesson in many different ways.

 

Ziggy

Ziggy is a HUGE hit with kids. He’s a simple zebra puppet who participates in the lessons! I highly recommend getting the kit that includes Ziggy. Another option is to use a stuffed animal or puppet you have already. The addition of the “friend” is often helpful for young kids.

 

You can download a sample PDF of the teacher’s guide to see how it is all laid out for you. Scroll down on this page until you see the section with the samples! You’ll also find samples of the student books also so you can take a peek.

 

 

How We Print All of the Homeschool Curriculum

Print it all with HP Instant Ink

{Note- this is not a sponsored post, I bought our printer on Amazon and pay full price for Instant Ink. My Instant Ink referral link is used in this post. I have also used affiliate links for the products linked in this post}

Homeschoolers print a lot. We use a lot of ink. For our family, HP Instant Ink has been an incredible solution for our printing needs! We have had this specific printer for over 2 years now and it is still going strong!  It’s an HP Deskjet 8610, it is here on Amazon. I am using HP’s Instant Ink service and love it!

One of the BEST things about Instant Ink – each page counts as 1 page no matter how much ink you use! If you are printing full color pages this makes the subscription a HUGE savings! I wish I had this service back when I was printing loads of Tot School and Preschool printables!

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There are many HP printers that are compatible with Instant Ink, here’s the list from their site. Be sure to double check yourself on their site before purchasing. I copied this list in May 2017.

  • HP ENVY 4500 Series
  • HP ENVY 5530 Series
  • HP ENVY 5660 Series
  • HP ENVY 7640 Series
  • HP Officejet 4630 Series
  • HP Officejet 5740 Series
  • HP Officejet 8040 Series with Neat®
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 Series
  • HP Officejet Pro 8610 Series
  • HP Officejet Pro 8620 Series
  • HP Officejet Pro 8630 Series

The basics of Instant Ink…

You sign up and they send you a starter pack.  When you use my referral link we BOTH get a free month of Instant Ink!!! You wait to install the starter pack until your initial ink runs out.  Your Instant Ink subscription does not begin until you install the first instant ink cartridge.

The printer connects wirelessly to HP and automatically tracks your pages printed and how much ink you have left.

New ink is sent to you before you run out, you don’t even have to think about it! The ink sent to you is “free” as it is included in your monthly cost.

 

Monthly Plan Options…

I am now on the $9.99/month plan for 300 pages. This also means I can roll over up to 300 pages to the next month if I don’t use them. I can go over 300 pages if needed an pay $1 over 25 pages. Below you can see the different monthly options.

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If you are in need of a new printer, I highly recommend getting an HP printer that is compatible with their Instant Ink subscription service.

How We Save Money on Printer Ink

How to save money on printer ink

{Note- this is not a sponsored post, I bought our printer on Amazon and pay full price for our Instant Ink subscription.  I have used affiliate links for the products linked in this post}

I get asked a LOT about what printer we use.  I have never written a post about it because it wasn’t anything special, until now.  Almost a year ago, I bought a new printer and began a new method of ink usage and it is amazing! I finally have a solid recommendation for you!

Want the short version?

It’s an HP Deskjet 8610, get it here on Amazon or here on HP.com.  I am using HP’s Instant Ink service and love it!

Want more details? Keep reading!

 

HP 8610

I bought our printer in January 2015 after our old printer died.  I was pretty bummed about this because I dislike researching new electronics and didn’t want to start over again.  I had no idea how happy I would be with my purchase! Thankfully I was forced into research and turns out I am saving myself money even with a new purchase!

It was through this research that I learned about HP’s Instant Ink subscription service.  I was completely skeptical but I am a number cruncher so I began analyzing and soon realized this would save me a TON of money! I honestly couldn’t believe that this would save me money and be easier.

The printer comes with starter ink, so my Instant Ink subscription box sat unused for many months!  The ink that came with the printer lasted several months for me!

The basics of Instant Ink

You sign up and they send you a starter pack.  You wait to install the starter pack until your initial ink runs out.  Your Instant Ink subscription does not begin until you install the first instant ink cartridge.

The printer connects wirelessly to HP and automatically tracks your pages printed and how much ink you have left.

New ink is sent to you before you run out, you don’t even have to think about it! The ink sent to you is “free” as it is included in your monthly cost. I am still using the initial cartridges almost a year later.

Let’s do the math…

I was buying ink cartridges at least 2-3 times per year {high usage in the early childhood years}. Each set with my old printer cost me around $100 for each set.  I did NOT use generic ink, I always personally had quality issues when I tried, so I stopped and only used brand ink. Let’s say I only used 1 new cartridge set per year at around $100 for the set.

I am now on the $4.99/month plan for 100 pages which is $59.88 a year plus tax. Ummm, see the savings?  Yeah, even with the 9.99/month plan at $120 a year I save!

The cool thing about Instant Ink – each page counts as 1 page no matter how much ink you use! If you are printing full color pages this makes the subscription a HUGE savings! I wish I had this service back when I was printing loads of Tot School and Preschool printables!

 

HP Instant Ink Subscription Plans

 

Here’s a screenshot of our current usage.  You can see we are on the $4.99/month plan which includes 100 pages.  I am barely scratching the surface of this right now!  I have used 21 pages for this month and still have 100 rollover pages! When I have rollover pages like this, I will go on a printing frenzy at the end of the month to get ahead on printing for certain subjects.

Instant Ink Current Use

 

Final thoughts…

If you are in need of a new printer, I highly recommend getting an HP printer that is compatible with their Instant Ink subscription service. The printer itself is reasonably priced and has worked beautifully for me for a year so far.

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