I want to start out by saying that I'm not a Reading Resource expert. I'm a mom who wants to teach her children the best way that I can. When I find that something isn't working, I do whatever I can to find something that will.
Our second daughter, age 8, is very bright. Lots of energy, lots of ideas, and lots of talking! But I noticed early on when we started formally schooling her at home that she seemed to have a few struggles. She would switch letters around, she didn't catch on to reading very well, her number would be backwards. A little part of me wondered if she had a learning disability, but I didn't really say anything.
Time went on and she improved, but those signs were still there. A few months ago I went online and did a bit more research and found a checklist. You know, something like “Your child might have dyslexia if...”. Our Emily had 6 out of 10 of the signs. By this time she was reading on her own, but still have difficulty with difference aspects of it, enough that I felt like it needed to be addressed. I knew that with the right tools she could manage whatever learning difficulty she might have.
In came All About Reading.
As I researched the best way to teach a child with mild dyslexia to read, I kept reading that a multi-sensory approach was best. I also knew from another homeschooler that the Orton-Gillingham method was excellent. Because I like to learn about curriculum, I knew that All About Reading was based on the Orton-Gillingham method, so I went over to the All About Learning website and read everything they had on their approach to teaching reading. I watched all the videos and read the reviews. I really believed that this was what we needed, but I paused at the price. I'll be honest, it's not cheap. But compared to the cost of other therapies and the fact that parts of it are reusable, I went ahead and bought it.
And we haven't looked back.
- It's easy to use, coming with complete instructions on how to prepare the materials for use.
- It's completely scripted so the parent knows exactly what to say.
- It's fun and engaging so the child loves to use it!
It works! We started on Level 1 simply so we made sure we had the foundations down before progressing. Even though she was already reading at a third grade level we felt that this was important. She has learned how to break things into syllables in order to sound out words that she doesn't know. She is constantly practicing all the sounds that letters make and I can sometimes hear her talking to herself while she reads, decoding an unknown word.
And one added benefit is that my daughter loves having one on one time with Mom. We combine children for a lot of subjects so this is one time a day that she sits alone with me, after everyone else has started quiet time.
We have been very, very pleased with All About Reading and plan to continue with the program. The company did not ask me to write this review, I just wanted to share with you something that our family uses and loves!