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How to Organize All About Reading…or Not!

You’ve probably heard that we make it easy to customize our programs to suit your student’s needs, but did you know that All About Reading can meet your needs too? Watch the video below to see how!

Which Type of Organizer Are You?

Did you watch the video? Can you relate to Simple Samantha? Or are you more of a Weekly Wendy or Detailed Dorothy? Read on…and then leave us a comment and let us know what your style is!

  1. Do You Love to Just “Open and Go”?

    Simple Samantha believes the entire point of an open-and-go program is, well, just that…opening and going. And she’s pretty open about it.

    Um…what? Organize? I just open my Teacher’s Manual and start teaching. If there’s an activity, I cut it out while my kid reads to me. Or better yet, I have her cut it!”

    girl cutting all about reading activity sheet

    Samantha knows that All About Reading is easy to teach right out of the box. All you have to do is take a minute or two to preview the lesson and gather the necessary activity pages, flashcards, and letter tiles. Then simply follow the script to teach like a pro! Gently scripted lesson plans ensure that you’ll know exactly how to teach every single lesson with no advanced preparation needed. Yep, you heard that right…none. Zilch. Zero.

    If you prefer to keep things simple like Samantha, you’re in good company. This is the way All About Reading was actually designed to be used. We’ve done all the research and prep work so you can devote your time to teaching your child.

  2. Are You a “Plan Ahead” Kind of Person?

    Although Weekly Wendy knows she doesn’t have to do major prep, she likes to take it up a notch. She prefers to prep things ahead, but in bite-size chunks, a week at a time.

    I prep my lessons a week in advance. I look through the teacher’s manual to see what I’ll need for the week, then I cut out the activities and zip-bag it all. You can never be too prepared.”

    organizing all about reading activities in zip bags

    If you’re like Wendy, you like to be prepared, but you don’t want to spend all summer doing it! A little bit of planning ahead helps you feel prepared and ready to face the week. And that’s definitely not a bad thing!

  3. Are You Happiest When You’re Organizing “All the Things”?

    Detailed Dorothy loves to get it all done ahead of time…way ahead of time. Her favorite part of teaching is preparing and organizing her curriculum months in advance. It’s incredibly fun and supremely satisfying to know that everything is ready to go when she needs it. And when she’s all done prepping, she lets out a big sigh of satisfaction…

    Ahhh…all ready for lesson one!”

    As part of her detailed preparations, Dorothy laminates everything—activity pages, fluency practice sheets, and flashcards—and organizes it all in a great big binder. (Dorothy’s laminator is by far her favorite homeschool organizational item!)

    woman laminating and organizing all about reading flash cards

    By the way, Dorothy is teaching multiple kids and just loves knowing that everything is prepped and organized in a way that makes it easy to juggle all the levels and lessons every day, all year long. And we totally get that!

What’s the Right Way to Organize All About Reading?

If you’ve ever spent time over at our All About Reading and All About Spelling Facebook Support Group, you likely discovered a wide range of ways to prep and organize your AAR materials, and a lot of lighthearted discussion about which method is “best.”

But you know what? There is no best way! All the organizing styles above fit perfectly with All About Reading. While AAR is a scripted, open-and-go program that doesn’t need to be prepped in advance, you’re free to be you. And if that means laminating everything, go for it! But if not, that’s fine too.

The Bottom Line

All About Reading is an adaptable, approachable, and adjustable program…no matter how it’s prepped. So organize (or not!) to your heart’s content. Because no matter how you prepare and organize your lessons, All About Reading will do exactly what it was designed to do…make reading easy to teach and easy to learn. And that’s the most important thing!

Are you a Simple Samantha, a Weekly Wendy, or a Detailed Dorothy? We would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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julia v

says:

I use binders and page protectors!! I also have a special “Reading Room” where all the books, letter tiles, and binders are kept…its my bedroom!! Makes the kiddos feel extra comfortable while they learn to read.

Robin

says: Customer Service

I love the idea of a “reading room,” Julia!

Lucinda

says:

I like prepping at the beginning of the year and then just open and go from day to day!

Amy D.

says:

I love how versatile this program is. Slow down, speed up, prep, don’t prep. As a homeschool parent, I am thriving as much as our kids are.

Robin

says: Customer Service

So wonderful to hear you and your students are thriving, Amy! Thank you!

Kim Slease

says:

Long ago I put each lesson into a page protector and I reuse the lessons for all my kids. I love how affordable AAR is for large families.

Robin

says: Customer Service

Yes, such a great benefit of organization, Kim!

Kim Freitas

says:

I put the whole program in a 3 ring binder with protective sheets and organize each day before each lesson. All I have to do is pull the lesson sheets and cut any activities. Takes under 5 minutes. Usually just 2

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I like that your method is a blend of preparing the whole year and preparing each day! Thanks for sharing your approach, Kim.

Laura

says:

I’m definitely a Simple Samantha. I literally love that AAR is open and go!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Laura!

Stephanie Rasmussen

says:

Prepping is key for me. I have every activity and practice page in sheet protectors, with the lesson number printed on top. It takes a bit to get everything cut and organized, but so worth it. I do 20 lessons one day, then finish the next.
I also only have to do it once, so it’s an easy way to store for future kids and easy to show other parents who might be interested in the program.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for sharing All About Reading with others, Stephanie!

Rosa

says:

I’m a weekly Wendy. I prep 3 weeks at a time to correlate with our 3 weeks on 1 week off school schedule. It helps me to feel prepared without a huge prep ahead.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sounds like a great approach, Rosa!

Rachel

says:

Simple Samantha. :)

Abbie

says:

All three depending on the day.

LH

says:

A mix of both open & go with a sprinkle of organization!

Beth C.

says:

Open and go here and AAR and AAS are so great that for that. Makes it so easy and keeps it fun for all of us.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Keeping the lessons fun for everyone involved is so important, Beth!

Amy

says:

Organization is always great :)

Ellen

says:

I try to prepare a few lessons ahead of where we are. Working in batches helps me to not burn out!

Susan McCormick

says:

Awesome!

Katie GINDIN

says:

This is very reassuring. No one right way.

Natalia Rogers

says:

I usually prep the night before. I don’t have a dedicated space, so we use the kitchen/dining table. Everything gets stored back in the tote bag when we’re done. The cut out activities go into a baggie, and the activity sheets into a folder after each lesson.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sounds like great organization for small spaces, Natalia!

Barbara Hilton

says:

This is wonderful…thank you for the organizational tip!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Barbara!

Aimee Dempsey

says:

I want to be a super organizer but alas, I lack the time.

JAYANN GOODMAN

says:

I have been looking for a way to help my Grandson with ADP. I have temporary custody and it would be nice he had gained ground

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Have you seen our blog post on Auditory Processing Disorder: 10 Ways to Help Your Child, Jayann? I think you will find it helpful.

If you have questions about placement or anything else, let me know. I’m happy to help!

Cindy

says:

I’m definitely the non organized type.

Amanda Kidd

says:

Love this! Thank you for the helpful tips!! We’re looking forward to starting this

Amanda Kidd

says:

Love this! Thank you for the helpful tips!!

Adayla

says:

I relate to Dorothy haha! But I see the benefits in each one 😁

Amber Harper

says:

🤣 This cracked me up. I’m somewhere between a weekly Wendy and a detailed Dorothy! I spent the length of an audiobook prepping everything this summer before we started AAR level one. Now every lesson is in its own page protector in a binder and I can grab and go! I love that I can even take a lesson or two on the go if we’re on the road! Just no laminating for me.

Tonja

says:

I’m a Detailed Dorothy! I prepare a full set of curriculum all at once into a giant binder. Not having the prep stress except once a year is very satisfying. Unfortunately, I didn’t start using AAR until the fourth, and final homeschooler. Someone will be getting some organized hand-me downs!

Brittan Hall

says:

Love these suggestions!! I feel the day runs so I’m h smoother when the day (and supplies) are organized!

Brooke Taufaasau

says:

I love open and go! Thanks for the ideas!!

BW

says:

This is amazing! I love organizing!

Hayley Christophersen

says:

I’m somewhere between simple and weekly for planning. I do feel that a little planning goes a long way to make up for those days where everything’s not really going right!