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.

 

 

Exploring Llamas with Ivy Kids Kits

Ivy Kids Kits are incredible! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent Is Your Mama a Llama? for this review!

This kit features the heart-warming book Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino. This classic children’s book about a llama looking for his mama has humorous rhymes and riddles that children will enjoy. This kit contains over 10 science, math, art, literacy, and engineering activities inspired by the story.

Some Activities From Our Box…

If you’ve been following along, you know I am teaching two young students right now. Read all about that adventure here! My two students also have two siblings who joined in on our Ivy Kids Kit fun! Since my own youngest child is getting too old for Ivy Kids Kits {sniff sniff}, I will be featuring future kits with this awesome family, with kids ages 4, 5, 6, and a sweet baby who tags along!

 

Crafts are a BIG hit with these kids, they each chose one from the box to complete!

 

Learning all about llamas together…

 

Playing games is a great way to get some fun learning in and Ivy Kids Kits provide awesome and simple to use games for kids this age!

 

 

Teamwork is something to work on and these sweet siblings used teamwork to work on the llama wreath together!

 

 

Not everything from this kit is pictured, they enjoyed more of it and are still enjoying some of it! 

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

OR

Buy any 3 past kits and save $10 plus free shipping with code: 10OFF

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!

 

Exploring Dolphins with Ivy Kids Kits

Ivy Kids Kits are incredible! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent If a Dolphin Were a Fish for this review!

This kit features the book If a Dolphin Were a Fish by Loran Wlodarski which is a funny and delightful story of a dolphin who imagines that she is a fish, a turtle, a bird, octopus, shark, and manatee. Children will enjoy the humorous illustrations and also learn lots of interesting facts about dolphins.

This kit contains over 10 science, math, art, literacy, and engineering activities inspired by the story.

Some Activities From Our Box…

Again, we decided to share our kit with my mom’s sweet neighbor who is 5. My daughter adores him and he was more than willing to enjoy the kit with her!

 

They enjoyed the Dolphin Pod game together, it’s always more fun when you have another kid to play with! She’s such a great helper to him!

 

The Letter Race game was perfect for our little friend!

 

They shared the crafts and had a great time together!

 

They enjoyed the echolocation activity and playing with the toy dolphin in the water!

One of my favorite activities is always the fact board! Such a great way to have lots of information all in one place for kids!

Not everything from this kit is pictured, they enjoyed more of it and are still enjoying some of it! 

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

  Rainforest--Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids[1] Ladybug-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1]  Three-Snow-Bears-Ivy-Kids-Kit62222  Fish-is-Fish-ivy-Kids-Kit-Review3122 A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w Dogs-Colorful-Day-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1]Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1] Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-IvPenguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with[1] Rainbow-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1] Ivy-Kids-Kit-The-Snail-and-the-Whale When-it-Starts-to-Snow-Ivy-Kids-Kit3[1]Garden Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits Exploring-Bees-with-Ivy-Kids-Kits4 Bird-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-kits3

20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

OR

Buy any 3 past kits and save $10 plus free shipping with code: 10OFF

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!

Support Reading Skills at Home with Reading Eggs

{disclaimer – this post is sponsored by Reading Eggs}

I have loved Reading Eggs for many years now and my daughter, who is in 5th grade, has been using it this year! You can see our post here about Reading Eggspress, which is created for kids ages 7-13. Today I want to share a bit more about the portions for younger kids and why I believe Reading Eggs would be a fabulous addition to your homeschool – since many of you are now schooling at home when you least expected it! Finding a quality educational program online that is also super fun and engaging for kids can be difficult. I highly recommend Reading Eggs, and you can try FREE for 30 days

In case you aren’t familiar with Reading Eggs, below you can see a graphic describing the different areas. 

 

When you sign up, your child can take a placement test to help you assess where s/he should begin.

 

Once your child is ready to begin there are many ways for your child to learn and play. Here is a peek at the Reading Eggs dashboard your child will see. 

As you can see, there are many different areas of the program in addition to the main lessons {in the center}. My daughter has always loved earning eggs and “buying” things for her “house” in the program. 

As a parent, you may wish to do more without the screen and Reading Eggs is a solution for this too! Many who are familiar with Reading Eggs don’t realize that with your membership you get access to printable resources also! Once you are logged in and viewing the parent dashboard, you’ll click on the Bonus Material tab {see screenshot below} and you’ll find lesson plans, worksheets and many more printables!

Here’s a peek at the Activity Sheets from Reading Eggs Lesson 1. There are many options available and you can choose BW or color printables. 

 

Try Reading Eggs for FREE!

If you have never tried Reading Eggs, I HIGHLY recommend it. There is a FREE 30 day  trial, just click here! You will get access to ALL of the levels, plus Mathseeds!

Reading Eggs provides your child with an educationally sound and highly enjoyable program that is not only fun and effective but also easy to integrate into your daily routine.

  • The lessons use colorful animation, fun characters, songs, and rewards to keep children motivated.
  • The program is completely interactive to keep children on task.
  • When children start the program, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.
  • Parents can access detailed progress reports as well as hundreds of downloadable activity sheets that correspond with the lessons in the program.
  • The program includes over 2000 online books for kids – each ending with a comprehension quiz that assesses your child’s understanding.

Looking for a Moose–Ivy Kids Kit

Looking for a Moose Ivy Kids Kit Review

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent Looking for a Moose for this review!

Ivy Kids Kits Moose

This kit features the humorous book Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root. This kit contains over 10 science, math, art, literacy, and engineering activities inspired by the story.

In this kit you will find:

  • The book Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root.
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Plush Moose: You will receive your own plush moose to cuddle and play with.
  • Looking for a Moose: Use your plush moose for a hide-and-seek game.
  • Moose Ornament: Use the wooden tree, moose and paint to create beautiful ornament. 
  • Looking for a Moose frame: Use the wooden frame, moose, paint, and leaf stickers to create a beautiful magnetic frame for your favorite photo.
  • Moose Headband: Pretend to be a moose with this fun headband. 
  • Moose Guessing Game: Without looking, place a picture on your moose headband. Then listen to clues to try and guess the item on your headband. 
  • Moose Craft: Use the foam stickers to create a moose face hanging craft. 
  • Moose Antler Ring Toss: One player wears the inflatable moose antlers while the other players try to throw the rings onto the antlers. See how many points you can score! 
  • I Went Looking for a Moose: Use your hand prints to create moose antlers. Then, on the space provided, write down a place where you might find a moose.
  • Moose Facts: Learn fun and interesting facts about moose
  • Moose Body Parts: Match the words to the corresponding moose body parts
  • Looking for a Moose Board Game: Roll the die and move your moose along the path. Watch out for the kids along the way. The first player to reach the finish wins the game. 
  • Tromp Stomp Tromp Stomp Rhyming Game: Roll the die and move your moose to the closest space that rhymes with the word you rolled. The moose that gets to the end of the path first wins the game.
  • How Many Points of the Antlers?: Create your own addition and subtraction number stories about the moose antlers.

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Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

Some Activities From Our Box…

We decided to share our kit with my mom’s sweet neighbor who is 4. My daughter adores him and he was more than willing to enjoy the kit with her! I just love seeing them together!

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They LOVED the ring toss! How cute are they?!

Moose Antler Ring Toss: One player wears the inflatable moose antlers while the other players try to throw the rings onto the antlers. See how many points you can score! 

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They loved playing the games together.

Tromp Stomp Tromp Stomp Rhyming Game: Roll the die and move your moose to the closest space that rhymes with the word you rolled. The moose that gets to the end of the path first wins the game.

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Looking for a Moose Board Game: Roll the die and move your moose along the path. Watch out for the kids along the way. The first player to reach the finish wins the game. 

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Moose Guessing Game: Without looking, place a picture on your moose headband. Then listen to clues to try and guess the item on your headband. 

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Lots of fun with the crafts!

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Learned all about a moose!

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Not everything from this kit is pictured, they enjoyed more of it and are still enjoying some of it! 

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

  Rainforest--Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids[1] Ladybug-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1]  Three-Snow-Bears-Ivy-Kids-Kit62222  Fish-is-Fish-ivy-Kids-Kit-Review3122 A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w Dogs-Colorful-Day-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1]Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1] Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-IvPenguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with[1] Rainbow-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1] Ivy-Kids-Kit-The-Snail-and-the-Whale When-it-Starts-to-Snow-Ivy-Kids-Kit3[1]Garden Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits Exploring-Bees-with-Ivy-Kids-Kits4 Bird-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-kits3

20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

OR

Buy any 3 past kits and save $10 plus free shipping with code: 10OFF

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!