Tuesday, February 23, 2010

All About Spelling's new Beehive Reader!

I was first introduced to Marie Rippel and All About Spelling last year.  Our family reviewed All About Spelling, as well as All About Homophones last year.  Now she is designing a new series, All About Reading, which includes readers that work with the All About Spelling curriculum.

The first book available from All About Reading is the Beehive Reader 1.  It's a hardback reader with ten illustrated stories inside.  Each of these stories ONLY includes words that the children can sound out themselves.  (This is a pet peeve of mine ... beginning readers that include words my kids can't read yet.  It frustrates the children!)  If you use the All About Spelling curriculum, the stories are cued to correspond with the All About Spelling Level 1 lessons. 

When the Beehive Reader first arrived, I just flipped through it, enjoying the illustrations.  The illustrations are charming sketches by Donna Goeddaeus and  David LaTulippe.  We love them!



Beehive Reader 1 recently earned a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.  It has also earned the approval of my 6 year old son.  He loves sitting down with me to read a story.  When it first arrived, I thought it was going to be too hard for him.  He was so excited about the book, that he wanted to keep trying.  The first story was rough, but with each story he improves in reading skills and in speed.  He brings me the Beehive Reader, and asks me to read with him.

I highly recommend Beehive Reader 1!  Its stories are interesting, easy for early readers to sound out themselves, and the illustrations are wonderful.  The hardcover book is also durable and will be useful for multiple children.  It's an excellent resource, whether your family uses All About Spelling or not.

Beehive Reader 1 is currently available at the All About Spelling website for $19.95.  By the end of this year, there should be four more Beehive Readers and a teacher's manual available.  The new All About Reading website should be available this summer and will include information about the series, as well as free reading tips.

This item was provided free for our review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  We received no other compensation, and this review is our honest opinion.  Click the TOS Homeschool Crew banner at the top to read more reviews on this product by other Homeschool Crew members.

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