First off the kids all attacked me when they saw Zigzag Zebra (My kids immediately changed his name to Ziggy). I mean who doesn’t love a fluffy zebra puppet, and it is a genius way to make reading more fun! So fun in fact that my 2nd grader offered to read to my preschooler just so she could play with it!
So What’s it All About?
The All About Reading Level Pre-1 is a reading program for preschool and kindergarten age children. They focus on what they call the “Big Five Skills” that are important for preparing children to read. What are the “Big Five”?
- Letter Knowledge
- Phonological Awareness
- Print Awareness
- Listening Comprehension
- Motivation to Read
For the Teacher, All About Reading Level Pre-1 includes an in-depth Teacher’s Guide much like the All About Spelling program offers. Lesson activities include tips for each lesson along with crafts, games and activity cards that go along with the lessons.
Want to See a Sample Lesson?
Click on the All About Reading Level Pre-1 link and scroll to the bottom. There you’ll find samples of the Teacher’s Manual, student materials, Zigzag Zebra book and Lizard Lou Rhymes book.
What Did We Think? Of course its no secret that we love Zigzag Zebra around here! He has the pleasure of sleeping with one kid per night, he’s on a rotating schedule ;o) We also liked the cute stories included in the reading, the fun games, and the activities.
Even though it says it’s for preschool to kindergarten, for us it was a little too easy for kindergarten level. So in my opinion I’d suggest it more for preschool level kids. It really focuses on introducing the alphabet and letter sounds to kids, so if your students already know their letters and sounds you’ll probably want to move on to All About Spelling Level 1.
We didn’t complete all of the alphabet activities as we’ve gone through most of that already with my Letter of the Week. But they do have some fun additional rhymes, poems and activities that we had fun with. We liked the food suggestions, riddles, and games. That said, I think it’s a great addition to my Letter of the Week and K4 Curriculum program. It is a fun enhancement to the reading preparation and phonics side of preschool with fun activities, reading, and games.
What’s The Cost?
- Basic Package: $79.95
- Deluxe Package: $119.95
- Additional Student Materials: $24.95
Honestly, I think you are probably good with the Basic package. You can also purchase items separately so you can just get what you need if you are on a budget.
I hope you enjoyed our review of All About Reading Level Pre-1! If you use it please comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
If you want more info, feel free to visit All About Spelling here:
- All About Spelling Facebook (Be sure to let them know Erica @ Confessions sent you over!)
- All About Spelling
- All About Reading
Disclosure: I was provided me with a free copy of All About Reading to review on my blog. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.