A Pre-Reading Curriculum for Preschool

In the past two months or so, I have researched LOTS of different options for teaching letters, sounds, rhyme, etc. to my children, including making my own lessons.  Oh, I’ve always been teaching them about these things, but as Luke (age 4) goes into his final year before kindergarten and is at the point of beginning to read, I want something a little more “formal” since we are doing “home preschool.”  I also want to make sure I’m covering all the bases with Lilah (age 2-3/4), who is at the beginning of learning all these things.  After considering all the options, All About Reading was my top choice!  

As a former reading teacher, I really feel that All About Reading Level Pre-1 has ALL the components needed to get children ready to read (see the information about the Big Five below…they really are BIG!), AND as a busy mom, I love that everything is already laid out for me.  This is really as easy as it gets in terms of prep time; it’s basically open and go! 🙂  

I honestly don’t think I’d be able to put together as well-rounded of a curriculum if I tried to do this myself, and I’d certainly spend a ton of time (and printer ink!) doing it!  I feel really positive about my choice to use All About Reading, and I am ecstatic that they have partnered with me to share their program with YOU!

So far, L&L have completed 5 lessons and I already know there are sooooo many things I want to share with you about the program, so instead of one BIG review at the end, I thought I’d give you glimpses of the program as we use it, followed by my overall thoughts and reflections in a final review at the end of the program.

On a very basic level, All About Reading Level Pre-1 is a letter of the day or week type of program, but it’s really so much more than that!!!  Let’s start with an introduction!!

From Their Website:
All About Reading Level Pre-1 is our pre-reading program for preschoolers and kindergarteners.  Your child will enjoy the special games, crafts, and storytime read alouds, while as the parent and teacher, you will love how your child effortlessly learns the five essential pre-reading skills that we call the Big Five Skills.

Our new All About Reading program is unique because it begins with Level Pre-1 for preschoolers and kindergarteners, and it focuses on what we call the Big Five Skills.  These five fundamental pre-reading skills include letter knowledge, phonological awareness, print awareness, listening comprehension, and motivation to read.  It is this specific set of skills that helps pre-readers understand the basics of language and how it works, preparing them to learn to read.

With All About Reading Pre-1, your child will play special games, enjoy little crafts, and engage in charming storytime activities, all the while absorbing these all-important Big Five Skills.

Here’s what’s included in the Deluxe All About Reading Pre-1 Package: (components are also available for individual purchase)


…including My Book of Letters and Sounds Activity Book (192 pages), picture cards, letter sound cards, capital letter alphabet chart, lowercase letter alphabet chart, progress chart
Letter Craft pages taken from My Book of Letters and Sounds Activity Book
(pages are perforated for easy removal)
This is the only consumable part of the program,
and the only part you’d need to purchase for additional students.
Picture Cards
(cards are perforated for easy assembly)
Letter Sound Cards
(cards are perforated for easy assembly)
Capital letter alphabet chart

Divider cards (to keep your Picture Cards and Letter Sound Cards organized)
Activity Box to hold your student’s learning cards
Activity Box, Dividers, and Picture Cards

**For a limited time, all DELUXE Packages will come with the following two free audio CD’s: Lizard Lou audio book and The ZigZag Zebra audio book


My son was THRILLED I asked him to hold Ziggy for pictures…
This is saying A LOT.  He *hates* to have his picture taken!!
Both kids LOVE Ziggy and ask for him every day.
They even hug and kiss him hello and goodbye.

Animal Stickers for the progress chart 
(the progress chart is also a free printable on the All About Reading website)

All About Reading tote bag to keep your components organized

Everything really does fit in the bag.
I even store our extra books for read aloud in there usually.

For a little bit cheaper than the Deluxe package, there is a Basic package which includes all of the above except Ziggy Zebra puppet, Tote bag, and activity box.  You also have the option to buy each component of the program individually as well.  

Basic Overview:
The program has 78 lessons which you can do daily, weekly, or however you choose to fit them in.  We’ve been doing a lesson a day, though not every day of the week.  The first 26 lessons are on the uppercase alphabet, the second 26 lessons are on the lowercase alphabet, and the last 26 lessons are on the letter sounds.  Each lesson focuses on only one letter/sound.

Reflections and Suggestions:
My initial thoughts were to purchase the Basic package, but I have to say I’m glad I have the Deluxe because my kids literally BEG for Ziggy.  I’ve never done much with puppets before, but Ziggy is really high quality and I am amazed how into him both L&L really are!  I also thought the tote bag was unnecessary at first, but it is so convenient that everything I need to teach the lesson is right there, ready to go, and completely portable.  So my final thoughts on the matter are that if you want to save money, go with the Basic package, but if you have the option, I do have to say the Deluxe makes the program special!

Stay tuned!
…for my next All About Reading Level Pre-1 post where I will walk you through a day’s lesson!  (Update: here’s the post: A Day with All About Reading!)  If you are looking for (pre)reading curriculum to use with your preschooler or kindergartener for the next school year in your homeschool, definitely keep this one in mind.  Even if your child attends preschool, day care, or kindergarten, this would make a great supplement you could do at home.  Remember, you are your child’s first and best teacher!!  This is also worth checking out if you’re a preschool teacher or run an in-home daycare. 🙂  

Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were given to me by All About Learning Press.  I only accept and review products on my blog that interest me, my family, and that I think would truly interest and benefit you, my readers.  All posts on this blog reflect my personal opinions and are not swayed by compensation and/or free products.  Links in the post are affiliate links, which means if you choose to purchase from this company using one of the provided links, the price you pay will not change, but  my family will gratefully receive a small portion of the proceeds.  

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Thanks for giving us a grear review, we’ve been very curious about this program. Just added to our Reading Board. http://pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/reading-activities/

  • Shonda says:

    I would love to use this with my son, but I can’t afford it! Great looking program.

  • sounds comprehensive – thanks for the info.

  • Oooh, I’m excited to read more about it! I’m using All About Spelling with my big kid next year. Their product line looks fantastic!

  • I have seen this program all over the Web and have been curious to know how it works. I will look forward to reading what you think.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just bought this 4 my 5 yr old 3 weeks ago. I also have a 3 yr and 19 month old. I have a 14 and 12 yr old also. I have different style learners and have many beginning reading programs. None were working w my 5 yr old and so we started the pre-reading level. He LOVES it and is retaining all of it. He’s excited and is actually moving faster thru it. They all love Ziggy! I wasn’t going 2 spend the extra, but it has really made a difference w them listening. I highly recommend the deluxe edition also. My 12 yr old is using All About Spelling and I had just gotten the basic kit. It’s a hassle not having it all 2gether. I saved my money over a couple weeks and took the plunge and it was totally worth it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Can you elaborate on what you do with the activity box and the letter sounds cd rom? This curriculum looks awesome! I’m *thisclose* to buying it. Thanks for your review!

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