We have been using All About Spelling in our homeschool since I reviewed it last year for TOS Homeschool Review Crew. I have never been too excited about spelling as a subject and even abandoned it for years because I never found an effective program to use. All About Spelling, however, changed my opinion of the importance of a phonetic based spelling program. Published by Marie Rippel, literacy expert, All About Spelling is an enjoyable, multi-sensory program with step by step lesson plans and daily review.
The good news is that All About Spelling is now all about reading. The first reader for the soon to be released All About Reading program, The Beehive Reader 1 is designed to correlate with the word lists of Level 1 of All About Spelling. Our family received a copy of The Beehive Reader 1 for free in exchange for this review. My second grade daughter, Sierra was excited to receive the Beehive Reader 1 and assist me with the review.
The Beehive Reader is a hard back 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" book perfect for little hands. The illustrations are charming pencil line drawings with a soft tone. Making use of words taught and practiced in the All About Spelling program, the Beehive Reader offers instant success for beginning reading students. Unlike other beginning readers, the Beehive Reader 1 does not contain extra sight words which may or may not be familiar to the student.
"I know first hand the importance of having decodable books for young children who are just beginning to read and for older children who are struggling to read", said Rippel. "My son (now
17 years old) was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was younger. We were told that he would never be able to read fluently. The good news is that after teaching him--using the same method I lay out in the All About Spelling program-- he is now a very strong fluent reader, and he actually enjoys reading for pleasure" she continued.
Sierra truly enjoyed Beehive Reader 1 and eagerly shared her enthusiasm after reading the first chapter. "I really liked it! It was full of easy words. I like the pictures because they showed a lot of action. The kids are having fun in the pictures."
The Beehive Reader 1 is available at the All About Spelling website, www.all-about-spelling.com and retails for $19.99. The next reader in the series is scheduled to be released soon with a total of four readers available by the end of 2010. To view the table of contents, samples of the Beehive Reader 1 or read other customer reviews and testimonials visit http://www.all-about-spelling.com/beehive-reader-1.html#lookSee