I’ve already mentioned how great I think All About Reading’s Level 1 is, in an post detailing its pros and cons. I somewhat reluctantly began it after stalling out with the original program I tried to use to teach my 5-year old. It ended up being a big hit with both of us – G loved it because it’s fun and rewarding, and I loved how easy it was for me to use, even when pregnant and exhausted with caring for a 3-year old as well.
If anything, after completing Level 2 I’m even more of a fan.
Unsurprisingly, the programs are similar. Level 2 picks up where Level 1 leaves off. One significant difference is that Level 2 adds fluency sheets called “warm-up sheets” for lessons where they read a story, while in Level 1 there were no fluency sheets included with those lessons. While initially I was hesitant about this (the fluency sheets were my son’s least favorite part of the program in Level 1), they turned out to be very helpful. They were great at helping my son gain confidence before reading the stories, and that led him to feel more successful at it and want to continue.
The only thing I didn’t like so much about this level was the way the student activity book was arranged. The activity sheets are all in the front half of the book, and the fluency sheets are all together in the second half. It’s a minor point, but I preferred how Level 1 had it all go in lesson order, activity sheets followed by fluency sheets and on and on. Turns out Level 3 goes back to that arrangement as well, so maybe I wasn’t alone in that preference?
That minor quibble aside, I’m thrilled with this program. It is so incredibly easy to use, and it’s been so successful at teaching my son. He’s reading well, and enjoys it. He was insistent that I order Level 3 so he could get started with it as well, and he’s already talking about when he gets to Level 4.
It is expensive, yes, but it’s been an amazing success for us and I consider it money well spent.
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