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Real Moms, Real Kids: Dyslexia and Hope

Every once in a while, I receive a note from a customer that takes my breath away. This is one of those stories. As I read Raquel’s testimonial* about how All About Reading helped her daughter, I couldn’t help but remember my own son’s struggle with dyslexia. I knew exactly what Raquel was feeling—the sadness, the fear, and ultimately the incredible hope—as she walked with Katie through her journey to reading. I knew I had to share their story with you.

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Here’s Raquel:

I just had to take a moment to tell you what the All About Reading program has meant to my daughter Katie and me. My precious daughter was almost in third grade and not progressing with reading at all. We had homeschooled her from the beginning and had an older son who was a very late reader. Once he hit second grade, his reading exploded, and he was reading sixth grade level books by the end of that year. We thought our daughter would follow a similar path.

Unfortunately, by the end of second grade, Katie was still struggling despite wanting to be able to read. My husband is dyslexic, so we began researching symptoms of dyslexia regarding our little girl. I cried when I realized we could check off every single indicator for her. I felt like an utter failure! My heart broke in two seeing how all the signs had been in front of me, but I hadn’t recognized them. As a homeschool parent, you bend over backward to give your children the very best education possible, and in front of me was proof that we had let Katie down.

mom and teenager working on word cards

We immediately scheduled an appointment for Katie to be tested for dyslexia and any other learning challenges she might possess. We felt lucky that there was a local private school strictly dedicated to helping children with reading challenges. We were willing to do whatever it took to send our little girl there if it meant that she would get the help she needed. We had her tested and the results were dismal. She was in the lowest range for both the visual and auditory aspects of dyslexia. The school asked us to have Katie take a more in-depth test to see precisely how negatively the visual dyslexia component was affecting her.

mom teaching all about reading

I still remember sitting in the office with my husband while we awaited the final information. The head of a school specifically created for dyslexic children looked at us and told us it was hopeless. He told us that there was no clinically effective treatment currently available for Katie’s form of dyslexia. They informed us that they would not admit her into the school because they did not believe they could help her, and that we needed to accept that she would likely never read beyond a first-grade level. I was furious! How dare this man tell me my daughter was a lost cause. We knew Katie was bright, creative, and capable. He had NO idea who he was talking to, and I was determined that my girl would have anything she needed to succeed.

teen using letter tiles

We immediately ordered All About Reading Level 1. It was slow going at first. Truthfully, it was slow going for the first two years. It took us a school year and a half to complete Level 2. There were lots of tears. Fluency sheets were dreaded! It was so bad that I put a chocolate chip on top of each word that she could eat after she read the word. Every five lessons resulted in a prize marked off on the progress chart. There were lots of hugs and reassurances that this struggle did not mean that she was stupid. Thankfully our girl is a fighter.

teen reading from fluency sheet

Fast forward four and a half years and Katie can read fluently at grade level. I am attaching a picture of her reading a complicated Star Wars book. She was desperate to read it because her big brother had read it. I was doubtful that she would make it through the whole book, but that was silly of me. It took her a while, but she did it.

teen reading a Star Wars book

Thank you for equipping me to do what professionals told me would not be possible. I tell everyone I meet how much we love your program, and if they want to start their kids out on the right foot, then there is no better program than All About Reading.

Katie read a book for fun today for the very first time: The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. I wasn’t sure if this day would ever arrive, but it did! Thank you from the very bottom of my heart! May God richly bless you as you continue this beneficial and necessary work!

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Here’s what I love about how Raquel approached her daughter’s situation:

  • Raquel didn’t quit! Even when the director of a school for dyslexic students said Katie was beyond help, she persisted in trying to reach her daughter.
  • She recognized that Katie had qualities that tests can’t measure such as tenacity and determination.
  • Raquel worked at her daughter’s pace and didn’t compare her to others.

Products Raquel has used with Katie:

Additional Resources Raquel used with Katie:

Raquel loved using our Chapter Book Review posts and Library Lists. These resources helped her find engaging, age-appropriate reading material that motivated Katie and helped her enjoy reading.

Did you enjoy Raquel’s story? Read more stories from Real Moms and Real Kids.

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*To preserve the privacy of the child featured in this story, we did not use the family’s real names.

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Letitia

says:

Thanks for sharing. Very encouraging!

Tabitha

says:

This was an encouraging story for me!
I am dyslexic and am teaching my three kids and all have dyslexia. This is our fisrt year with all about spelling and it has been a relief …what a blessing!

Robin E.

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Tabitha,
I’m so glad this is encouraging for you and that All About Spelling is working well for your family!

Roxanna

says:

This brought tears to my eyes and hope for my struggling reader. Thanks for sharing!!

Kristin

says:

Such an encouraging story!

Kelly

says:

The story is all too familiar. Thank you for sharing.

Ashley P

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So glad she is doing so well! It gives me hope.

Beth Mortensen

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Thank you for sharing your story. I needed to hear it THIS WEEK.

Robin E.

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I’m happy that this encouraged you this week, Beth. But let me know if you have concerns or need some personal encouragement or just to need to vent. It’s what I’m here for.

Adriana Hook

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We withdrew our son last October from public school because the reading interventionist could only spend 5-10 minutes a day helping him. His self-esteem was dropping quickly. I decided to leave my work and became a Homeschool mom. All we knew was that he had Orthographic Dyslexia. I read about the OG process and then read about AAR. He was in 4th grade but we had to revert back to 2nd grade. It was a blow to his little ego but that made him more determined to keep at it. He insisted on reading and would ask that I give him 2 chances to “figure” a word out before I stepped in. Soon, he was reading 50% accurately. We then ordered AAS and started at 1. He knew we had to start from scratch there too so he worked at that too. I’m happy to say that he is close to reading to grade. We are still working on spelling but he doesn’t feel pressured so he is enjoying the process and he likes the materials because they don’t look like “baby” books. Every time I hear about a parent struggling with a dyslexic child, I step in and tell them about the AAR and AAS line of products. I love that he is rebuilding his own self-esteem and is making himself accountable. There is no greater gift to a parent than a true smile of joy from their child. My husband and I are blessed! Thank you to everyone on the All About team…I appreciate all your help in selecting the right products and the regular emails that come in handy to keep me motivated.

Robin E.

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Thank you for sharing your son’s story, Adriana. I was excited to read about his progress in just a year! Keep up the wonderful work!

Janet K

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Thank you for sharing this story.

Conny Crappell

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We have been using AAS for the last 2 years now. We love it

Jenny Farrell

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We are in the process of having our son diagnosed with Dyslexia and AAR has so far been a blessing to help us navigate this slow going road. This blog post gives me hope <3 We have not tried AAS yet but would love to win the giveaway!

Linda Undernehr

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My kids were adopted from the foster system & struggled with learning issues. All About Spelling & All About Reading helped them make progress we hadn’t seen before. I’d love to win the next level of either AAR or AAS to help keep them progressing.

Robin E.

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Linda,
It’s wonderful All About Reading and All About Spelling are helping your kids make progress with reading and spelling. Thank you for sharing this.

Amanda Pelletier

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My 9 year old daughter is a great reader, but can’t grasp spelling patterns. I’ve been thinking of going back to basics and using All About Spelling level 1 or 2. Every homeschool mom whom I’ve discussed our progress with has recommended All About Spelling to help her reset and get where she needs to be.

Robin E.

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Amanda,
We have a Spelling Placement Guide to help you decide which level would be best for your daughter. In All About Spelling, most students do start in Level 1, but older students will go quickly through the first level or two. My own daughter was 10 when we began with All About Spelling 1. It took her only a month to finish level 1, but her spelling improved notably in that month!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything.

Nishad Shaikh

says:

Emotional story but also tells us never accept defeat. You can conquer. It really boosts my energy as a tutor of dyslexia children. God bless u

Jessica Drew Barnes

says:

Thank you for the encouragement!

Kristin G

says:

Thank you for sharing this story of hope! AAR has also been a huge blessing in our family. I’ve seen my kiddo with dyslexia make significant strides.

Andrea

says:

This gives me so much hope. My 12 year old reads at an 11th grade level but struggles with spelling and my 9 year old is Autistic and I suspect has Dyslexia. Holding out hope for the best outcome!

Jean

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Dedication and a willingness to try each day can overcome many obstacles. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story to give others hope!

Carolyn

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What an inspiring story! Standarized tests do not reach all students and what they are truly capable of doing. My youngest has loved AAR and I wish I had found it for my older son. My older son has had such difficulty with spelling and I tried so many programs. I found All about Spelling and I was very nervous about needing to start back at level one, but it was the best thing I ever did. He is understanding spelling now and using in his writing as well. He would spell words correctly for me before, but it wouldn’t translate to his writing. Now I am seeing him spell words correctly not just in spelling, but across the curriculum:). My youngest is using it as well and doing great!

Robin E.

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I’m so pleased to hear this, Carolyn! It’s wonderful that All About Spelling is working so well for your older son. Thank you for sharing this.

SusanCK

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Our son who is 11 years old reads at 1st grade level. But he is improving.

Charissa

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Love All About Spelling! Have used it for several years now. Very interested in All About Reading

Margaret

says:

So encouraging!

Jessica

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This is so encouraging to read. My 2nd grader is a struggling reader. We have tried endless books and tips before we tried All About Reading. She is finally picking it up. We are slow going right now but it feels wonderful to know we are moving in the right direction. I have carried so much guilt about failing her. So many other parents brag that their 1st graders are reading novels and we were still working on pre-readers. Now I know others struggle too and I will hang in there.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hugs, Jessica! I know how it feels to have a struggling reader. But you know what? When your child is 15 and reading Treasure Island and enjoying it, no one will care how old she was when she mastered reading. She’ll get there! If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.

Manjiri Deepak

says:

Very helpful to have the information about the learning press products and how they are useful for dyslexic children. Thanks 😊

Thank you for this story. I’ve just started to suspect that one of my children may be dyslexic. It’s nice to see stories of hope!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, Elizabeth. We have a Symptoms of Dyslexia Checklist you may find helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Linda Undernehr

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Thanks for sharing this. It encourages me to keep going, & not give up on my daughter.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m very happy to hear you have been encouraged, Linda! If you ever feel like your daughter isn’t making progress or if you have questions or concerns, just ask.

carissa

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This story was so beautiful and encouraging in so many ways. My daughter is dyslexic. We had tried numerous approaches and every single one had failed. Then we stumbled across AAR, we were desperate, and wanted so bad to help our daughter who we home school. It was the magic key, the miracle, the answer to our prayers. It has been slow, but it worked where nothing else had!!! A whole new world has opened up for her. Not only is she reading books, but I hear her everywhere we go deciphering words and reading signs. She has a new self confidence about her. it is a beautiful thing to witness. We are so grateful to AAR.

Colleen

says:

What an encouraging story! Thank you for sharing.

Cassandra

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This is an amazing story!! It fills me with hope. I have been fearing my six year old shows signs of dyslexia I struggle with it myself on a small scale Thank you for sharing your story

Karlee

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The is for the inspiration

Stefani

says:

What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

Sherri Morgan

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I am passionate about struggling readers. My son had reading difficulties and I should have had him evaluated for dyslexia. I did the best I could with the resources I had. I am spent years learning more about why kids struggle to read. As a public school teacher, what is difficult for me is that even if I suspect dyslexia, I have to be careful about sharing that with a parent. Our district is small and we don’t have a lot of resources to support our most disabled readers. We do our best, but our children need more!

Andrea

says:

Thank you for being a public school teacher. Schools need more passionate teachers like you! 💗 Your students are blessed to have you!

Anna Pry

says:

not something we’ve had to deal with but glad this works for them

Amanda Ward

says:

I loved reading this. My brother has dyslexia and never got the help he needed. He is in his 40’s now and is still only at a 3rd grade level. It has been a struggle for him. Now, after doing your quiz, I believe my 7 year old, also, has dyslexia. It has been a real struggle for her to learn the alphabet and how to read. It seems like no matter how much review we do she can never remember words she figured out the previous day. I believe that your program would really help her, but is too much money for us at this time. This is my 5th time entering one of your contests. I am hoping one of these times to get lucky and win. Thank you for this opportunity to enter once again.

Michelle

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Raquel and Katie’s story was so encouraging to me! It is almost identical to the experience I have had with my own dyslexic son. I am dyslexic myself so with my first three sons I was very on the alert for signs of dyslexia. They were all delayed readers but when it eventually clicked for them thy took off and became very good readers even above grade level. So with my fourth son I let my guard down and assumed he would eventually get it and catch up just like his brothers. However when he continued to struggle and evidence of dyslexia began to emerge I started researching and found out that not only was my son dyslexic but he struggled with it even more than I did. That is when I found All About Reading. We have made it to level 3 but it has been slow going. I have definitely seen improvement but he is not yet up to grade level. This post has really inspired me to keep going. Thank you so much for sharing this story!

Lisa

says:

It is refreshing as a mom who has children with Visual Perception Disorder to find resources that can help those children learn more and be more than just what the school system deems okay to continue. I am inspired by this story of the child who cannot becoming the child who can. Thank you for sharing this story of hope.

C Glenn

says:

Can you share more information about visual disorder? I think I have a student struggling with this and I don’t know what to do besides OG type tutoring.

Maggie B.

says:

Thanks for sharing!

Sara

says:

This is so encouraging!

Christina

says:

Wow this experience brought so much back!! I have always home schooled my 2 sons, both with dyslexia (Mom is included). My youngest son mirrored Autism and I had a IEP at the school, where they told me he has Autism and I needed to put in him school. They continued to try to bully me. I made an appointment at a Nationally known testing center for Autism. I lost an entire year researching waiting for this appointment. They told me he did not have Autism but he had Double Defect Dyslexia. They told me he was so smart he could be a Doctor or whatever he wanted to but that was not going to happen if I tried to home school him. They said he needed a professional and that it would be impossible to home school him. I was determined to figure this out. I came across an amazing blog Homeschooling with Dyslexia. On there was All about reading as a tool to teach reading. It took 2 years to do level 1! We had to break up each lesson in to 2 or more days!! Some days we just couldn’t do it! I too used gummies and chocolate chips for each word read correctly! There were sooooo many tears from the both of us. He said he hated reading and would never read!! Glad to say we are in level 3 and he picked up books and reads on his own!!! This program is my miracle!!! I am so grateful. I also love AAS, my older son is now on level 7. His dyslexia effects written expression, math, and spelling. This program helped he to be a grade level speller!!! As a Mother with dyslexia who was pushed through school, graduating without ever reading a book, I was determined to give my children the instruction and love they needed to grow, learn and fly! Dyslexic brains to me are gifts we are creative, bright, imaginative people and we have so many strengths! I always told me boys “we can learn to read but others can never have our amazing dyslexic brains!!!”

Andrea

says:

Wow! I love your story of grit and perseverance! You go mom! 💗

Miranda

says:

Thank you so much for sharing! This story has given me so much hope. About two months ago, I started AAR 1 with my dyslexic son.

Tasha RL

says:

*chanting* “LEVEL 2 LEVEL 2!!!” 🤗

Megan

says:

Problem with most test for such, they test what you know at your age. Like IQ test. It’s on what you been thaught. Not on how well you can learn. Bet that is why she tested like that. Glad you used “all about” products. I have dys too. Finished high school and some collage. Never learned phonics. I am now, as I teach my kid. I spell much better. I really am not dumb like my sibs always called me. I was just not taught phonics. . Amazing what knowing them can do.

Megan

says:

We suspect that our second grader is struggling with dyslexia. We have tried 3 other read programs and he’s still struggling to even sound out CVC words.

Dawn

says:

Such an inspiring story. Kudos to Katie for the hard work and her mom for not giving up.

Courtney

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While I do like your program and it helped my mildly dyslexic child, my severely dyslexic child needed more. She needed in depth phonemic awareness restructuring of neural pathways. This had nothing at all to do with letters on a page. AAR is not fully equipped to do that. I support AAR for mildly dyslexic or typical learners, and there are not enough details to understand this child’s story completely. However, I think it is false hope to say AAR will help every dyslexic child. Parents of children with dyslexia spend years and years of time and money trying to find the best way to help their children. We tried AAR an Logic of English and the only thing that helped was to hire a professional with years of research studies backing their results. As an advocate of children with dyslexia, get as educated as you can and choose programs that have been proven with studies to work.

Donald Errol Knight

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Inspiring!

Sara

says:

Dyslexia runs in my family. As I’m teaching my own kiddos, I feel confident this is the best choice for us.

MARY SCHUH

says:

This was so interesting! If I ever have a child wit dyslexia, this will definitely come to mind.

Amanda King

says:

I love that working at your own pace is so easy when you homeschool!

Brenda Johnson

says:

I have heard good things about All About Spelling and would love to win the giveaway and try it out.

Danielle Garcia

says:

I really enjoyed seeing that I am not the only homeschooler struggling with a student with a learning disorder.

Judith Martinez

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I have a 10 year old that almost lost his eye right when he was learning to read so he’s still struggling. It’s nice to read about an older child going through AAR successfully.

Shelby

says:

Interesting read!

Halina Rose

says:

Reading about Katie’s struggle and success brings so much encouragement. I teach in a small school without a Resource department so the teachers simply do their best to support each child. Dyslexia often feels overwhelming with little hope on the horizon. Katie’s journey brings the big picture back in to perspective. Thank you for sharing her story!

Mary

says:

All about Spelling is new to me. The reading program is so well put together I am excited to enter this contest. Good luck to all that enter!

Jessica

says:

Thank you for the article! I am currently working with a child who needs all the help I can give him. Your article was perfect!

Sharnita Henderson

says:

I haven’t used All About Reading or Spelling but I’ve heard of it so I’d like to give it a try

Mariah

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I understand completely how you feel!! My daughter has a type of epilepsy, that if she has too many seizures in a day, it causes memory loss. This makes learning hard things like reading, writing, and math exceptionally hard to learn! We have not had success yet in teaching her, but she is only just 7 years old, so there is still hope on the horizon. I have not yet used anything from All About Learning, but I have heard nothing but wonderful things about their Reading and Spelling programs. How they approach reading and spelling, if you research around, is the correct way to do it!! Unfortunately, our circumstances won’t allow us to purchase/afford their products. As soon as we can, however, I would love to purchase their “All About Reading” and their “All About Spelling” for my 3 kids!

Tina Wright

says:

So glad you found tools to help her succeed

krysten

says:

thank you for this great information!

Lacey Norstrand

says:

Thank you for sharing.

Mary

says:

So thankful for All About Reading!!!

Sarah

says:

Thanks for this, we at at the entrance of this journey.

Sally Chancellor

says:

Thanks for sharing!

Patty Caseley

says:

Really interested in learning more about this program!

Amber Pool

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I have suspected for some time now that my son might be dyslexic. I’m thinking I should get this and try it out. Plus I have a4 year old and twin 2 year olds who could use it as well in the coming years!

Tracie

says:

This is so encouraging! Thanks for sharing your story!

Spirit

says:

That is amazing!! I can’t imagine the frustration you felt when that school turned you down. Great job not giving up, Mama! And great job to your daughter for all her hard work!!!

Amber Wood

says:

What an awesome testimony. We too love Aar

Candy

says:

We love AAR! The gentle fun OG approach was so helpful for all our learners.

Carrie Conner

says:

I have been homeschooling for quite awhile, but over 3 years ago, we discovered our fourth child had severe learning issues & a possible lapse in his brain development. After the past few years, many changes, many more tests & evaluations, we have discovered he has a chromosome deletion, childhood epilepsy, auditory processing disorders, among other things. I’ve had professionals tell me to prepare him for a very simple life, however, I know my son better than they do. He’s ambitious & is already making strides they said he couldn’t.
I’ve used AAS in the past for my older children & now will be using it for my son, but am very interested in trying the AAR program for his specific needs as well as teaching his younger brother to read, since it uses the Ortho-Gillingham method.
Homeschooling is a journey, thank you for sharing part of your story. I’m sure it will encourage many. ❤️

Marina

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It’s so hard when your little ones are not so little anymore and they start to realize everyone else can read!

Allison

says:

Great information ☺️

Loreen G

says:

Heartwarming indeed! I used AAS before AAR was created and we loved it. I called it spelling without tears because for the first time we were able to do a spelling lesson without tears. He is dyslexic, too. Wish AAR would have been around for us!

Emmy

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Love All About Learning! It’s been perfect for my son! Learn at your own pace….

Nicole Fink

says:

This looks amazing!

Tiffany Stout

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Needing immediate intervention with my 7yo struggling reader and praying this program will finally be THE ONE that works for her! 🙏 Would love to be a success story like this one day!

Hester

says:

This is encouraging. Thank you for sharing!

Penny Ditmer

says:

I love the story and thank you for sharing.

Tiffany

says:

I love Aar and would really love to win!!

Michelle Rowe

says:

I can totally relate! Although my daughter isn’t quite at grade level yet, she mad made incredible progress! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Natalie V

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My son reads with me without crying. This is the first reading program that’s been able to do that!!!

Jess

says:

Awe, I love this story! Way to go Raquel!

Carrie

says:

This is very encouraging!

Sam

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This is such a testament to Katie and her dedicated parents and sadly, too typical an experience concerning “specialists” and their misleading or incorrect diagnosises or prescriptions. This is so encouraging for all the parents of struggling readers !

Shannon S Barnes

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I think my 9yo may have dyslexia. We just ordered level 2 to start this program and see if it fits her good!

Brittany Beldham

says:

That sounds like a great strategy!

Brandee

says:

Thank you!! Such great help!

Angela

says:

This is so encouraging- thank you

Cheeise

says:

Such an amazing testimony, thank you for your products!

Kassi

says:

Very inspirational! Thank you for your program!

Katie

says:

Yay Katie! I love this story and that AAR can work for anyone. Way to work hard Katie and Mama!!!

Anita

says:

Thank you for sharing 💞

Rachel Kozell

says:

Thank you for this

Holly

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Always helpful!

Lacy

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I have two brothers with dyslexia

Becky

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Thanks for sharing your story. This is our second year with at all about reading. We enjoy it.

Jessica

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This is beautiful and so encouraging to Moms, and to me, to just keep working with our kids and they will get there!

Talitha

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Such a rewarding story to hear. I have a middle son who is dyslexic and 11 years old. We started the program in January 2019 when he was 10 yrs old. We are currently on AAR level 3 and AAS level 2. He has so much confidence in his reading now.💗 So thankful for this multi-sensory program.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, Talitha, what great progress your son has made this year! I was so excited to read this. Keep up the excellent work!

Angie

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That is Awesome Katie !!!!! My son has never read for fun my daughter is another story. We started doing chapter read -aloud and its going good . Even though my son is 11, I am going to use the level 4 with him and my 4th grader. He is one grade behind reading level but I’m hopeful this will help his fluency.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angie,
Did you use the placement tests with your students? All About Reading level 4 is not “4th grade”. At the end of level 4, students have the phonics and word attack skills necessary to sound out high school level words, though they may not know the meaning of all higher-level words yet. My daughter was 11 when she finished level 4, and she used All About Reading from the beginning.

Let me know how your children do with the placement tests or if you have any questions.

Angie

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My daughter has dysgraphia, Do you offer a math curriculum or is it just reading and spelling?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angie,
All About Learning Press focuses on taking the struggle out of learning to read and spell. No, we don’t offer anything for math.

However, I can give you a few math options to get you started looking.

– Math-U-See (My coworker Merry and I have used and enjoyed this multisensory, incremental, mastery-based curriculum. It uses short video teaching for each lesson, which may take one to two weeks.)

– Teaching Textbooks (Marie liked this for her struggling math student. It is also incremental and uses computer-based lessons.)

– Right Start Math (This is a very multisensory program.)

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps you get started finding a math option.

Barbie

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Angie, I join Robin in highly recommending Math-U-See. When my son, who has dyscalculia, was in early 2nd grade, the school Maths & Special Ed. specialist told me (in my son’s hearing!) that he would never move beyond the rudiments of counting. They also refused to place him in a reading recovery program because they did not believe it could make a difference. Certainly, the professional test results seemed to support these statements, but how could I leave it at that? When we began homeschooling, we went back to zero (Zero is a value, after all!) with MUS Primer. My son, now sixteen, has worked diligently on this mastery-based curriculum. As with AAL, we have had excellent support from the Demme Learning team. Maths is still a struggle, but my son begins pre-calculus this month, which is an extraordinary achievement.

If your daughter has dysgraphia, you may find Handwriting Without Tears helpful.

Amber

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This gives me hope for my daughter who has trouble with reading. We are currently loving AAR level 1 with my daughter after struggling for a long time with other programs.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amber,
I am pleased to hear that this blog post has encouraged you. If you have any difficulties, concerns, or just questions, please let me know. We are very interested in helping you help your daughter succeed with reading!

Kathy T

says:

This sounds so much like our story. Our 3rd born child tested as dyslexic and I had no idea what to do or where to turn. My sister, an elementary school teacher, had heard about AAR and recommended it to me. Life changer! My son went through and graduated the program last spring and is now doing grade level reading courses!

We loved AAR so much we began using it for our 4th child with much success. Our 5th born is just beginning her formal schooling and we would love to use AAR for her as well.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kathy,
Thank you for sharing your son’s story! It’s so exciting to hear that he has now finished All About Reading and is reading on grade level!

Natalie Drozdowicz

says:

Thanks for sharing

Michelle Richardson

says:

Thanks for sharing

Elina

says:

What an amazing story and it gives me hope for my son, as he is a struggling reader.

Jill

says:

We need to hear stories like this. Having a child adopted internationally has been quite a challenge. Having a program that is multi-sensory has been very helpful, not just in teaching reading, but also in how it affects how I teach other subjects with her.

Christina Hernandez

says:

So helpful! Thank you.

Michelle

says:

I know All About Reading is the ONLY program that has helped my special needs daughters with fetal alcohol syndrome and dyslexia start to actually grasp reading. We are halfway through level 2

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Michelle,
I love that All About Reading has helped you help your daughters begin to have success with reading. Keep up the wonderful work!

Erin

says:

I’m so impressed that Katie’s first “for fun” book was The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness! In addition to being quite long, it has a decent mix of made-up words. And I wholeheartedly agree with her mom–no child should *ever* be told they are a lost cause for any reason.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Erin,
Yes, The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness isn’t your typical first book, but I have always believed that motivation and interest add to ability!

Sadly, Katie’s story and Marie’s son’s story are not the only times I have heard of experts telling parents that their children will never read and then those parents and children go on to prove the “experts” wrong. But every time I hear of someone being told that I choke up and shed a few tears. What a devastating thing to hear! I love hearing about parents like Raquel that won’t give up, that put in the day-in-day-out hard work to help their child succeed!

Crissy Ladd

says:

Love your reading and spelling programs

Polly R.

says:

So helpful!

Laurina

says:

We also have a struggling dyslexic kiddo. After about 2 years in level 2, we have finally progressed to level 3. The struggle is real, but this is the best we have found :)

Niki

says:

Thinking our 9 year old might be struggling with this. Glad to see happy results.

Taryn Gray

says:

Wow!! What an amazing story and it gives me hope for my almost 9 year old struggling reader.

Jennifer Griffin

says:

We are just starting LVL 1 and so far so good!!

Lori

says:

Good for her for persevering! I just wish it was cheaper for Homeschool families to have testing done for dyslexia. There is a chance that DS is dyslexic, but it is over $1000 to test and insurance does not cover it (and the school district is not an option.) He is progressing nicely with AAR, though!

Anne Perry

says:

Very encouraging. Thjank you.

Melissa

says:

This is such an amazing program!

Melanie

says:

4 of my 6 children are dyslexic. It has been a long journey of tears (not happy ones). I remember the day All about reading level 1 came in the mail. I bought it with the money back guarantee if it didn’t work, because I had already used about 3 different reading curriculum and none worked. I figured at least I would get my money back ….. I was so impressed! By the 5th lesson my son was looking forward to reading lessons!!! My son, who would cry and throw fits because he had reading time and felt like a failure because he couldn’t read at a 1st grade level! Thank you all about reading!! You’ve changed my son’s life as well as mine!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, Melanie, thank you for sharing this! I’m going to show this to the entire AALP team as I know they all appreciate hearing how our work is helping children and families.

Mandy

says:

This is so helpful!

Traci

says:

So inspiring! This is an amazing program.

Erica

says:

Thats inspiring

Angela

says:

Love reading stories like this! Gives me hope

Sav B

says:

This has been such a wonderful program for my daughter. She was a struggling reader and now we are working on level 3 towards level 4!! I highly and will always recommend AAR and AAS

Mandy

says:

Great info!

Andi Thomas

says:

This is exactly why I use this program. My son was having a hard time with dyslexia and this help. Yesterday, half way through Level 3, he exclaimed, “I can read!”.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This is wonderful, Andi!

Katie Schulte

says:

Great to read!

Sarah Dupree

says:

I wish I had known about All About Reading when my now 19 year old was struggling.

Kelly Grundhofer

says:

This is awesome!!!

Kathleen

says:

I don’t think my son is dyslexic, but he is on the spectrum. Maybe this program would with for hom.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kathleen,
I think you will find our Teaching Reading and Spelling to Autistic Children blog post helpful. All About Reading has worked for numerous children on the spectrum.

Anna Miller

says:

This gives me so much hope!! I am on level 1 with my 7 year old and we are making progress but the road looks long!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, keep hope, Anna. The road can be long, but it is a completely possible journey! I’m pleased to hear your child is making progress, but let me know if you have any questions or concerns along the way.

Danielle Taylor

says:

This really hits home!! Although my daughter has not been tested yet because she is 7 and they won’t test her until she is 8, we have been suspecting dyslexia for the past year. Nothing has helped my daughter slowly learn to read other than All About Reading and a LOT of patience. Some weeks we only do a lesson one time and play a lot of games to encourage her and get in good practice. She now loves reading (most days :) ). She’ll grab difficult books and follow along with me and say the words she knows.
Thank you for making this curriculum!

Denise

says:

Great info

Eileen

says:

Good read!

Kris

says:

What a blessing! Just finished pre-reading with my son after starting completely over teaching reading. He is a 2nd grader this year and we are excited to start level 1. Praying that in the long run starting over will help him develop a love for reading instead of a fear of it.

Cynthia

says:

Nice content

Jessalyn Jones

says:

Really enjoyed this story thank you!!

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