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How Much Time Should You Spend On Reading?

“How much time should I spend teaching reading?” It’s a common question with a somewhat surprising answer.

Here’s Rachel to explain …

How Much Time Should You Spend on Reading?

All About Reading lessons are designed so that you can work at your student’s pace. Here are three simple guidelines to follow.

  1. Spend 20 minutes per day teaching reading.

    We recommend spending about 20 minutes per day, five days a week, on reading instruction, but you can adjust this for early readers or for older remedial students if necessary. Short daily lessons are much more effective than longer, less frequent lessons.

    It can be helpful to set a timer. When 20 minutes are up, mark the spot in the lesson where you stopped. When you begin teaching the next day, briefly review some of the daily review cards and then begin in the Teacher’s Manual wherever you left off.

    What if you can’t finish a whole lesson in one sitting? No worries–this next tip is for you.

  2. Lessons often take more than one day to complete.

    It’s important to note that the lessons in All About Reading are not meant to be completed in one day. In fact, some lessons may take a week or more to finish.

    A number of variables including your student’s age, attention span, prior experience, the difficulty of the concept being taught, and the length of the stories all play a part in how quickly a lesson can be completed.

    After your formal lesson time is up, it’s time for some great read-alouds!

  3. Read aloud to your student for 20 minutes per day.

    Reading aloud to your student is one of the most important things you can do to promote future reading ability. In fact, it is so important that we’ve added a reminder at the end of every lesson.

    Reading aloud for 20 minutes a day may not seem like a lot, but the cumulative effect cannot be overstated. By reading aloud for just 20 minutes a day over a five-year period, your student will have the advantage of 600 hours of read-alouds. That equates to huge gains in vocabulary, comprehension, and background information.

20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, equals 600 hours

When you combine 20 minutes of direct reading instruction with 20 minutes of read-aloud time, you are providing your student with the very best opportunity for long-term reading success.

20 minutes of reading instruction plus 20 minutes of reading aloud equals reading success

How much time do you spend on reading instruction each day? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Linda Cox

says:

This is a great thought to help those new to homeschooling. Parents often want to keep going and going . . . and then the child becomes frustrated. Better to teach quality in a short amount of time than to drag it out for long periods of time.

Robin E.

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Linda,
I think it’s just a human tendency to want to finish something completely before quitting; I know I’ve seen my kids beg to keep going even when they are making mistakes from obvious tiredness. Little by little, inch by inch, I remind my children!

Suzy

says:

I’m excited to share this information with parents!

Amy A

says:

My son has had speech and language delays, and was working with a speech therapist. She tested him in the spring prior to entering kindergarten, and his vocabulary was in the 93%. Their brains really does soak up words, but they need exposure to them!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

It sounds like your son is going great, Amy!

Nicki

says:

My kids love read aloud time. I try to read at least 20 minutes. Some days we dont get that much read aloud time in. Other days, we have books stacked up in front of the couch and read aloud for about an hour!

Kiki

says:

We always have 3 read-alouds going… one inspiring historical biography during the school morning, one classic after lunch, and another entertaining book before bed. Our kids have asked to do more chores since we started allowing them to listen to an audio book or podcast while working.

Robin E.

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What a great way to provide a well-rounded exposure to literature, Kiki! And I love how audiobooks are encouraging more chores in your house. 😊

Belinda Dube

says:

Informative. I like it.

Barb

says:

We love the quick lessons and great instruction found in All About Reading and All About Spelling!

Sarah

says:

So helpful! Thank you!

Melinda

says:

Thank you for confirming that it’s better to go slowly through the lessons and take longer to finish than to rush to finish a lesson every day.

Kristy

says:

Simple and true.

Katy Lineberry

says:

Happy to see that I’m not doing too little, to be effective

Christi

says:

Should there be specific “read aloud” time that is just for a book for that time…or can all reading that is done aloud count? (Bible, history, etc. )

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

All reading aloud counts, Christi! It’s even better if you read from a wide variety of books and genres, such as history, Bible, science, and such as well as novels and/or picture books. This was a great question, though. Thanks for asking.

KBB

says:

These are all great reminders!

Erika

says:

So helpful to read through. I have always heard a lot of great things about this curriculum. I’m finally looking into it!

B Kolanek

says:

Great information

Crystal

says:

Very good advice! Excited to learn more about the all about reading products!

Heather

says:

My children are early readers. We practice 10-15 minutes each day, Monday through Friday. Sometimes we even get extra practice on Saturdays or Sundays. They enjoy listening to read-alouds, and I have been reading to them regularly since they were born. We usually get much more than 20 minutes a day for read-alouds because we all enjoy it so much. One thing I appreciate most about technology is audiobooks. They are a game-changer!

Cristin

says:

Great advice! And I might add that requiring your student to complete the 20 minutes of reading instruction prior to the 20 minutes of read aloud incentivizes him or her ;-). At least it works that way for my 7-y.o. son.

Robin E.

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Yes! Reading aloud, especially when it’s a continuing story like a chapter book, immediately after completing reading instruction time would be highly motivating for many students. Great idea, Cristin!

Owen

says:

Wow, this is great to introduce at home

Calay Mayo

says:

Reading is so important and the basic block for all education. This is an awesome resource!

Sage Hernandez

says:

This post is wonderfully helpful. With a busy 6-year-old boy, I can never get 20 minutes at once out of him, but I often break it down into smaller chunks. Thank you for this information.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Sage. When my youngest was little, she would get tired very quickly from reading and tiredness would lead to frustration. For the first couple years of her schooling, we did well to get 10 to 15 minutes a time. But those 10 to 15 minutes every day paid off over time!

Courtney B

says:

Good info, good reminder. Esp when one gets weary in the well doing with a struggling reader.

Erin B.

says:

As a homeschool rookie, this was really helpful to read. Also, a little eye opening, as I also have a background in elementary education. Thanks for sharing this information!!

Brittani Holt

says:

This post was definitely eye opening for me. My first son picked up reading by the age of 3, but my middle son is struggling with reading concepts. I have desperately searched for different techniques, but this post seems the most plausible. I know we can put forth a strong effort in 20 minutes. Thank you!

Lindsey Kaufman

says:

Thank you for this! I love the visuals on how many hours it would equal out to in a few years. Just by reading daily the kids learn so much. You read, they ask questions, we go looking for the answers and usually find so much more. My favorite part about homeschooling is the reading for sure. P.S. love the letter animals. So adorable.

Robin E.

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Lindsey,
I know what you mean about going looking for answers and learning so much more! It’s a great way to learn.

Amanda

says:

Love this advice, that seems totally doable, especially with a toddler running around. I like how it really adds up over time! Thank you!

Allie

says:

Great information! I often struggle with how long reading lesson should last.

Tiffany

says:

It’s so encouraging to read you all say that a reading lesson doesn’t have to be 75 minutes of intense, stressful reading activities and worksheets! Yay! Reading can be so interactive, fun and enjoyable! thanks for the support!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Tiffany. And yes, learning to read can be, and maybe even should be, fun!

Kelly

says:

Read aloud time is definitely a highlight of our day! Twenty minutes of instruction time sure seems doable as well. Now to make it happen!

Brooke

says:

This seems like such a great program! I have one reluctant reader who I am really trying to help her fall in love with reading!! Hope to try this soon!

Phenny

says:

Consistency of 20 minutes everyday will eventually add up. Thank you for reminding this.

Joanna Silveira

says:

Love it! In our home, time flies with AAR.

Mary-Margaret Colloms

says:

Thank you! Good information!

Nicole

says:

Great advice!

Amanda

says:

Thank you! I have been trying to find out this very thing! I feel like I’m always falling behind and to add on one more thing is terrible, but we can totally handle 20 mins!

Sharon

says:

This advice has been super helpful with my kindergartener!

Melanie

says:

Great advice!

Joy

says:

Wow, I have been doing this all wrong. I am so glad I read this post. Now I will keep it short and sweet.

Chandi Sanmiguel

says:

Thank you! Good post. I’ve been doing about that, but haven’t really timed ourselves. Maybe I should try a timer. But we definitely almost never finish one lesson a day, and I’m glad that I learned earlier on that that is normal. 😊

Lauren

says:

I feel so much better! I was worried that lessons were taking up to a week to finish. Thank you!

jackie

says:

thank you for this great advice

Heather

says:

I love this emphasis on balance, learn, listen, practice. And not cramming a lesson in if you need to take time to process.

Serena

says:

Reading aloud together is one of my most favorite things :) If only it was a bit easier with little ones in tow! ;) This too shall pass…

Robin E.

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Awww, I remember those days, Serena. I found reading aloud during nap time, or at least requiring the little ones to lay down while I read in the room with them, helpful. But yes, it too passes.

Charlye

says:

Very helpful!! This is encouraging to know that it’s okay to stop after teaching for 20 minutes even if you don’t complete the whole lesson.

Heather Miller

says:

The reading bug is catching in my house! AAR has really boosted my daughter’s reading confidence!!

Jennifer

says:

I am so glad I found AAR and all of the resources it has to offer it has really been a life saver for our family.

Beth King

says:

Thanks for the great outline on how much time to spend reading each day!

Zita Rundel

says:

There is nothing more pleasurable, valuable, and profitable than a parent spending time reading daily to your youngster, no matter how young and continue this through all of the elementary grades.

Robin E.

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The elementary ages, and maybe even beyond, Zita! I still read aloud regularly to my teens, addition to all the reading they do themselves.

Julie

says:

I just got a fun new timer for Christmas that will be perfect for making sure our lessons don’t get too long! I’ve found that the lessons have enough sections to them that it’s pretty easy to find a good stopping place each day so we can pick back up the next. Thanks for all the help you give us!

Jenny C

says:

This is what I love about “All About”. Lessons can be done in one sitting or several, depending on the material, my kids, and the day!

Michelle

says:

Read Aloud is our favorite time of the day. My struggling, reluctant reader loves it. It helps him see reading is enjoyable.

Sarah

says:

I love the idea of setting a timer. I’m hoping it will help my son focus better and not overwhelm him by spending too much time on reading!

Erin

says:

I like this idea a lot and have tried off an on to limit our reading lesson times based on time. However, I sometimes have the issue of a kid stalling and whining for the entire 20 minutes without reading a single word…which I don’t want to encourage. We ended up having to go back to an earlier level because I think the emotional readiness wasn’t there even though he’d had the knowledge/skills for a couple of years already.

Robin E.

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How perceptive of you, Erin! Sometimes children will have knowledge of something but not be ready to apply that knowledge. I hope that going back to an earlier level helped your son to be able to have success with reading.

Erin

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Thanks. He was in the second half of Level 2 and things weren’t progressing at all. I gave him the choice to keep moving or go back to the beginning of Level 2 (so jumping back to where we were a full year before), and he opted to go back. He has done much, much better the second time through and I’m finally seeing glimmers of him wanting to read for enjoyment.
This experience is going to inform my plans for my next son. I’ll try to hold back the formal learning while I wait for those readiness signals.

Laura

says:

Great tip to keep reading fun and engaging for busy young listeners.

40 to 80 minutes a day, interspersed throughout the day In a Functional classroom, It is working very well with my current students.

Sonja

says:

Another great reminder that short lessons coupled with consistent and engaged teaching produce wonderful results! Everyone learns at a different pace! There is no “normal” :)

Tara

says:

I really need to read aloud to my kids everyday. We have been very infrequent with this so far this year. I think I need to treat it as a “subject” rather than “if we get to it” bonus. Thanks for the encouragement!

Robin E.

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Great idea, Tara! I’ve done that at times and it worked to make reading aloud to my kids a priority. Another idea is to set aside a time of time when you always read aloud, even putting other school aside for a bit. After lunch, or first thing in the morning, or whenever works well for you.

Heidi Daily

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I like the idea of 20 minutes a day, I think it’s important for them to not be overwhelmed for the most success.

Gaye

says:

We use this program in school for 25 minutes a day, which is always in addition to what they are doing in the classroom.

Debbie Hale, (professionally certified educational therapist)

says:

We use this multi- sensory program with small groups of students who are struggling with the reading task. Some of these students may have dyslexia. They enjoy the books and interactive nature of the lessons and I am confident we are giving these students a good foundation in reading.

Robin E.

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It’s great to hear that All About Reading is working out so well for your small groups of struggling readers, Debbie! Thank you.

Anna McCarthy

says:

This is very encouraging, thank you for sharing all your ideas.

Sabrina Lim

says:

I spend about 15 mins reading to my son s just before bedtime and doing it consistently has really helped increase their vocabulary!

Brianne

says:

Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and information!

Mary

says:

great article!

Jenna

says:

When school is in session, I follow these guidelines!

Veronica

says:

Very informative.

Carrie

says:

We like to use a timer for 20 minutes. Any longer than that seems to make it harder for my 6 year old to pay attention.

Katie Trent

says:

I love the AAR program!

Jolene

says:

Bite size pieces, consistently make such a difference!

Cassandra

says:

Reading aloud has become one of our favorite parts of our school day! Great post, thanks for the tips.

Jamie Garcia

says:

Great advice

Tina White

says:

This is a wonderful reading program. I like how it sequences threading to make sure the child does not have any gaps in their learning.

Debbie Perry

says:

I have been using some of your products for three years now. I am a Reading Intervention Teacher at a small one school district in California. We have a large ELL population. Thanks for your products!

Jennifer Llanos

says:

Such a simple idea that works!

Cherissa Taylor

says:

This program has been a game changer for our family! Thank you so much for this program and your blog. Sticking to 20 minutes of reading instruction with reminders to read for at least 20 minutes per day is definitely doable.

Stephanie

says:

As an Orton-Gillingham practitioner we read for 20 minutes and work on direct instruction, review for 40 minutes. As a resource teacher supporting teachers with small group instruction I find it challenging to meet both the instruction time and reading time.

Tara

says:

Reading aloud is so important. It is amazing to see how much kids learn from one it.

La Joy Collins

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I am a Reading Specialist with Orton-Gillingham certification. I provide reading intervention all day long. I am lucky and can work in my passion all day long.

Mishana

says:

I have a son who struggles with reading and I can’t wait to try this program.

Bethany Shattuck

says:

I’ve been using AAR since August with my son (2nd grade) and I’m amazed at the progress he’s made. He is dyslexic and struggles tremendously with fluency. I try to stop our lesson after I’ve gotten a small chunk of genuine cooperation. The small bits of time really add up! I have to fight the urge to push him faster. But public school was such a bad fit for him because it was so rushed and frenetic. I’m so very thankful that I found this program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Bethany,
Stopping instruction time on a positive note is so important, especially with a child that has had a bad experience previously. Keep up the excellent work!

Emily Speagle

says:

Usually 10-30 minutes. My son gets more since he is still in preschool at home and my daughter gets very little read aloud from her teacher in public school sadly. But we try to read at night before bed.

Caroline

says:

Thanks for all the helpful tips! I love the clear visuals and explanations behind the formula. It is easy to get caught up in all the different recommendations for reading instruction out there, but this was a good reminder to keep things simple and tune into the students, not the lessons.

Cheree

says:

Definitelt a good guideline as I start teaching my 4yr old to read!

Sandra Bauman

says:

Reading to my toddlers is always an adventure! I usually perch on the back of the couch to keep hold of the book if I dare read to them during the day. Otherwise we read at bedtime when they are safely trapped in their beds

Robin E.

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I know what you mean, Sandra! I used to read to my toddlers at nap time daily, for the same reason. It also had the added benefit of encouraging them to calm down, so they were more likely to fall asleep. 😉

Christy

says:

Thank you for the great tips and encouragement…so far All About Reading has worked extremely well for my two girls!

lindsey

says:

We spend about 20 mins doing the lesson and we struggle to get the 20 minutes of reading aloud. My son has dyslexia and has been so slow to want to read out loud. So we try our best.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lindsey,
Our recommendation for 20 minutes of read-aloud time is for you to read aloud to your child for 20 minutes a day. Your child reading aloud to you would be included in the 20 minutes of reading instruction time. Reading aloud to children has many benefits, including increasing a child’s comprehension abilities.

Children with learning struggles have to work extra hard to learn to read easily. They tire out quickly, which is one of the reasons we recommend limiting the time they work on reading, include them reading aloud to you, to just 20 minutes a day.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

lindsey

says:

Thats so good to know. We have been slowly working through all about reading with my son since he was in kindergarten but just recently (now in 4th grade) got “official” diagnosis with several different learning struggles. He has been so resistant to read aloud but has always been the kid that will sit for any book or stop what he’s doing if he hears someone reading aloud, so we have just tried our best to break it into small chunks and then we do tons of audiobooks and read alouds. I like the timer idea too for the 20 mins because he is so visual and that would really put the whole time frame in perspective for him.
Thanks

Loretta Nitz

says:

Thank you for the great tips

Sarah Marie

says:

This is such a good reminder that big results come from many baby steps.

Zoe

says:

I love all of your helpful tips & suggestions! Than you so much for doing the blog :)

Sarah

says:

We love All About Spelling! Can’t wait to begin reading together with All About Reading.

Tyneisha

says:

Awesome guidelines! We spent a lot of time reading and we all enjoy it so much!

Jennifer

says:

Great guidelines, very helpful

Paula

says:

We read aloud twice a day for 10 mins each. Each teacher reads during our 10 min eat time before morning tea and lunch. This is a great time to ensure children are eating and for reading success.

Robin E.

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Paula,
Reading aloud to children while they eat is a great idea!

Sonya

says:

20 minutes is a manageable amount of time and encourages me to step it up.

Kelly Westerman

says:

I’m having a hard time reading aloud to the younger set these days and usually outsource that to the older two of the 5 kids. I need to set aside time to make those meaningful connections.

Robin E.

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I have five too, Kelly, and I understand. I found putting reading aloud to the younger ones first thing on each morning’s agenda helped. The older kids would start their independent work while I read to the youngers for 20 or 30 minutes. Then I would read to the older ones after lunch, as I usually did.

However, I did outsource the reading aloud to the youngest ones to an older sibling at times. My older daughter read aloud to my younger daughter (8-year difference in age) for most of the younger daughter’s preschool years.

Amber

says:

We spend 15-20 minutes on reading instruction depending on the child. We normally spend 45 minutes a day or more reading aloud. I have loved using this curriculum with my older two, and I look forward to using it again with my younger two!

Beth Brown

says:

What about read alouds with kids of various ages and reading levels…do you read to the kids individually or try to find a middle ground on reading level and style or shoot for just a little higher than the oldest kid’s reading level as a challenge?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great question, Beth.

It depends on the range of ages and listening abilities. I have five kids, two kids, then a four-year gap, then three kids. So, for me, I have approached reading aloud to them as two groups. I would choose books that were in the middle ground for each group and since I had always read to them together, their listening comprehension abilities became very similar as they grew.

When the groups were younger, so that the oldest and youngest in each group were a bit further apart in the kind of books they were ready for, I made sure to choose a variety of books so that each child got to listen to a title that was “just right” every other book or so. So I may read Johnny Tremain to my then 10, 8, and 6-year-olds, which was a bit much for the youngest and left her bored at times. But for the next book, I chose something lighter, like My Father’s Dragon, which while still enjoyable for my 10-year-old was easy for him but “just right” for my youngest.

Does this help? I found in my family that the occasional book that was above the younger child’s level helped the younger child to really grow in listening comprehension. My younger group are just-turned 16, 14, and 12 and my youngest now has no problem with the books that are just right for her 16-year-old brother. I read A Christmas Carol to them before Christmas, and she enjoyed Dickens as much as the rest of us.

Let me know if you need more ideas or have questions.

Anthony Hill

says:

Looks like a great program

Elizabeth

says:

Thanks for the reminder to set the timer! This is freeing and less frustrating for my son.

Rachel

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I have 5 kids and we have always read together but it’s getting harder to read something that they all enjoy at the same time. I tend to spen more time reading to the older kids since they are usually books I enjoy as well. how do you spend enough time with each child reading aloud? It’s really hard for me to juggle all that time and still do everything else.

Robin E.

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Aw, yes, that is a difficulty, Rachel. I understand myself as well, as I have two groups of kids. Two older ones (that are adults now) and three younger ones (that are young teens now). I, too, gravitated toward reading aloud to the older ones at one point.

What I did was make reading aloud to the younger ones the first thing on our morning agenda. The older kids would go ahead and get started on their independent work, and I would spend 20 to 30 minutes reading books the younger ones would enjoy and learn from. Then, I would read aloud to the older ones after lunch as I usually did.

I also initiated having the kids do quiet activities that helped me out while I read aloud. Even little ones can fold washcloths and dish towels for you. By having the kids pick up the house, and the older ones wash dishes or chop vegetables for meal prep, it made read aloud time a productive time. I usually only give tasks that could be completed in about 10 or 15 minutes, so they could also do their own quiet activities or just lie around as I finished reading.

I hope this helps. It can take some creative scheduling to work with older and younger kids both efficiently. Let me know if you have questions or need more ideas.

Shahndi

says:

Follow your child’s lead. For those more stubborn readers, pull back and watch what they gravitate towards…Watching a show where a treasure map was found in a Classic novel started our son on his way of interest by just collecting the book😄 ….he started reading it slowly on his own, or I would read it to him.

Teryn

says:

This answers the age old question did we do enough today.

Julia Herro

says:

Absolutely! Too much time without willingness kills the desire to read in a child!

Ashley R Chapman

says:

Thank you for sharing

jamie

says:

All About Spelling and All About Reading are great programs for lots of different types of Homeschooling families. We’ve even used the materials for Co-op classes. Each family has the materials and does the lessons at home. Then lessons are taught/reinforced/reviewed at Co-op class. Quizzes can be done at Co-op class as well!
Love All About Learning Press materials!
Thank you!

Kateley

says:

My littlest love be reading to them, and I would love to teach them to read with your resources!!

Candi

says:

Love these resources!!

Elizabeth

says:

I definitely found that my son’s reading ability jumped quickly once I committed to daily lessons, even if they were short!

Robin E.

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Thanks for sharing your experience with changing to daily lessons, Elizabeth. Consistency does make a difference!

Rebecca

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We do a lot of reading in our house, unfortunately, it’s not everyday.

Roxanne Smith

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I use AAR for both of my kids. It’s awesome! I love how I can progress with each child at their pace. Some lessons they zoom through and some we linger for a bit. One thing is for sure, once we’ve finished a lesson or a level I’m completely confident they have a solid foundation for reading.

Suzy Berryman

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This is about whawhat we do, but with our read aloud done at bedtime.

M. K.

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I feel the lower pressure time guidelines here and am so encouraged. Each child should steadily progress at his own pace. It’s what Charlotte Mason would approve of. 😊

Rachel

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This is such great advice for me and so freeing! Thank you!

Emily

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With my first two children we broke up the lessons over two days and had read-aloud time before bed. My third kiddo is flying through lessons, and it’s probably partly due to hearing so much read-aloud to him and hearing the other kids decode. I recommend All About Reading to everyone.

Robin E.

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Thank you for recommending All About Reading, Emily. It sounds like your third kiddo is doing very well indeed!

Thank you for the information!

Kate

says:

Is this available in the UK?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kate,
Yes, it is! We ship to the UK, but we also have a UK distributor that may be able to save you money on shipping costs. Check out Conquest Books.

Carley

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Thank you for this, it was just the reminder I needed. I know kids need a lot of time spent being read to. I have been slacking so it’s time to get back at it!

Tesha Bair

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Wow. That is shorter than what my kids have done with three online reading programs.

Amy S George

says:

It’s great to hear that reading instruction doesn’t need to be long lessons. Thanks for stressing the importance of reading aloud!

Jonathan Vetter

says:

I will read more in 2019 with my kids.

Sherry

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I let my kiddos dictate how long we spend on reading. Some days it is 10-15 minutes other days we could read for an hour or more.

Jessica Evans

says:

Thank you for the tips!

Sarah Tarter

says:

These are great tips!

Cat

says:

This curriculum looks so awesome and I hear so many great things about it!

Laurie

says:

Great reading and spelling advice!

Marcy

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I definitely would have tried to fit a whole lesson into one day, so thank you for the great tips. We are excited to start using this program in the Fall (as we start our first homeschool year)!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome for the tips, Marcy. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns as you begin homeschooling. How exciting!

Dani

says:

My oldest doesn’t love to read, so we spend about 10 minutes a day on a lesson. But my other two LOVE their lessons so we complete at least one a day, usually 10-20 minutes. Everyone enjoys read aloud time so we spend at least 20 minutes on that :)

Danielle

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We read for 30 min to an hour a night, plus a short read in the morning box.

Mikkel Tegelaar

says:

This was a good reminder, I sometimes try to get too much done in one sitting. I will be making adjustments for the spring semester. Thanks!

Cherise

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Sounds Easy Peasy! I will be applying these tips when we start school again this semester. Thanks!

Corrine Norton

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Thanks, this was really helpful! It’s nice to see that short and sweet is actually preferable.

Annie Stahr

says:

This was so helpful! Thanks!

Jamilyn

says:

Read Alouds are a favorite part of our school day!

Stephanie Cardoza

says:

We usually spend 10-15 minutes on reading or else my daughter gets frustrated.

Annika Rogers

says:

Thank you so much for all the great information on your site! We are so excited to start using your curriculum soon!

Nicole Petersen

says:

I let him dictate it. If he feels like reading an hour or ten minutes that’s fine :)

Cara Strasser

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20 minutes is all it takes!

Lisa A

says:

Thank you. This is so helpful!

Joanna

says:

This really heled me manage my expectations! Thank you!

Laura Lai

says:

I’m enjoying utilizing the All About Spellung program. Very clearly designed and thorough as well!

mindy

says:

I spend about 30 minutes of reading aloud every day. I try to do at least 15-30 minutes of flash cards or reading lessons every day but it comes out to usually just 4 days a week.

Erin Ellis

says:

Wonderful article. We spend 20 minutes 5 times a week.

Lori

says:

Thank you for keeping reading instruction from becoming too complicated!

Rachelle Camargo

says:

Great ideas, thank you!

Mona

says:

Thank you for the timely post which helped me streamline my homeschooling..

Crystal Jaumann

says:

Great info!!!

Stephanie

says:

Great advice!

Kim

says:

Strive for 10 min phonics, 20 child reading aloud, 20 adult reading aloud, 30 free time reading.

sara

says:

good advice, i do find myself doing longer lessons less frequently and after reading this i am planning to adjust and teach shorter lessons daily

Julie B

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I spend around 20-25 minutes on reading with my adhd son (7.5) I’ve discovered this is the magic window for his attention span and productivity. I also try to read aloud to all of my kids for 30-45 minutes/ day. Some days this doesn’t happen due to appointments, a school deadline, etc, but my kids look forward to this time to listen to a book.

Robin E.

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I love how you put that, Julie, “magic window for his attention span and productivity”! 😊

Mary G

says:

So important for my reluctant reader to know there’s an end time.

Rachel

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20 minutes of AAR instruction a day has been the key for my struggling reader. Any longer he seems to get discouraged. Thank you ARR!!

Jessica R

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This article is a great reminder that small steps each day really do add up over time! I want to continue to make reading aloud a priority with all three of my children (ages 2, 5 and 7).

Samantha

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We love reading aloud and love that it’s easy to split AAR lessons wherever we are in 20 minutes!

Melissa

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I spend probably 20-25 minutes per day on reading instruction and lots more time reading aloud.

Lara

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Thank you for this insightful video. Family readalouds and audiobooks were amazing at helping increase comprehension and vocabulary in my children…especially my dyslexic child

Maria Del Angel

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My children love AAR! This is one subject that they really look forward to consistently. We usually spend 45 mins on a lesson/activity. This depends on the child’s attention span, or if baby sis needs a nap. ;) My children enjoy reading and listening to the stories. They are going to be so excited to hear that they come in color now!

Lorna

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This is a great reminder to keep it in bite-sized pieces for your child!

20 minutes daily of reading aloud to my student should be part of my “must do” in 2019

Amanda

says:

Thank you very much Christmas for this helpful artical

Joy

says:

Learning to do lessons in times chunks instead of per lesson has been so helpful!!

Angela

says:

This was very encouraging tip. I realized that I was pushing too hard to finish a whole lesson everyday. Thank you

Katherine

says:

Excited to use this curriculum with my son Fall 2019.

Lydia

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I love the emphasis on reading aloud with my child! I think it makes a big impact!

Tiffany

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This advice is what makes me be able to stick to the reading program for the long haul. Little by little, day by day gets you through and allows you to make progress!

Sarah

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I love that AAR “assigns” reading for 20 minutes at the end of the lesson. It is just the motivation I need to actually DO it!

Charlsie

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I work hard to make sure we get our Read Aloud time in everyday but I fall short during the holidays 🙈 The updated programs look amazing! The samples look beautiful! My kiddos would love them for sure.

Robin E.

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I always find it harder to remember to read aloud to my kids over the holidays too, Charlsie, especially the limbo week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I try not to worry about it too much, figuring that a bit of slacking off over the holidays is understandable. It’s the rest of the year that matters.

Erica Lamberth

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We read each night together in our big bed! We enjoy the snuggletime and great stories!

Anne Skramsted

says:

My first grader would love these!

Laura W

says:

The color samples look great. I’ve never used AAR. I’d be interested to try it for my two younger kiddos.

Larissa

says:

Great tips! I’m looking for a solid reading program.

Sarah

says:

This sounds do-able!

Lindsey

says:

Totally agree with the importance of reading aloud! I need to be more consistent with my grade 1 student in this area this year.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Sounds like a great goal for 2019, Lindsey!

Kimberly De Paulo

says:

Wow. That’s great information. Thank you

Carissa

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We love read aloud time here and sometimes it’s the only thing we do well!

Merry

says: Customer Service

It’s a great thing to do well though, Carissa!

Heather F

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I do reading lessons with the kids during our daily school hours and my husband reads aloud at night before bed. It’s a great way to keep him involved in our homework and he loves reading to them!

Merry

says: Customer Service

What a wonderful idea, Heather! Hearing a dad read aloud too can be a powerful thing for a child :-).

Emily M

says:

I love AAR! I can’t wait to see the color edition!!

Ashley H

says:

My kids (14, 12, 9, 7, and 3) all look forward to read aloud time as the best part of our day! We usually do 30 minutes or so at least each day.

Mary Toews

says:

Thanks for the information. I work for an independent studies charter school in CA. I will pass on this information to the families I have using this program.

Michelle Schember

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20 minutes each instruction and read alouds

Karen

says:

This is so hard for me to do. I need to set a timer!

Alyssa

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I don’t personally love to read but love read aloud for my kiddos. Hoping to foster the love of reading in them.

Samantha

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Try to spend at least 20 min each day 5 times a day but sometimes life does get in the way. Love how your program has helped my kids so much with their reading!

Jen

says:

Love this reminder! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in trying to finish a lesson.

Lena

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We read every night before bed. It has made all the difference in reading comprehension and bedtime routines.

Sarah Davis

says:

I love this! Reading a little everyday is better than 1 hour once a week! Thank you for the constant encouragement!

Sherry

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I always tell my students and my own kids they should be doing a minimum of 20 minutes of personal reading a day. In addition, I read to my kids at night. Either 3 picture books or 20-30 minutes of a chapter book.
For my older son, who struggles with reading, the lessons would be torture for him (I know now that he is dyslexic) so we would cut them short whenever we needed to. However, being older, he would realize that we “didn’t finish” and would be motivated the next time we sat down. Sometimes even asking to start the next lesson. After the first 10-15 lessons, I realized I had to “play it by ear” to make any progress both with his attitude and his reading.

A. Phelps

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Totally agree with the 20 minutes. The ability to concentrate longer would be very difficult for many students these days.

Linda S

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I spend about 30-40 minutes a day reading with for my grandson. He is a slow learner so it takes longer for him to grasp concepts.

Vicki Payne

says:

I teach resource room K4 – 3rd so the majority of my time is spent on reading.

Elise Taylor

says:

I love your program and can’t wait to get the new color versions. I use your program with my tutoring clients and I’m looking forward to using it with my daughter!

Tammy

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I’m looking forward to the new “color” books. My daughter is a struggling reader with profound dyslexia and I’m looking forward to helping her along this journey. Thanks!

Amanda Milleville

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Love the all about reading/spelling programs! 20 minutes a day can make a HUGE difference!

Kristen

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I am finding that 20 minutes really goes further than I expect. And after a long Christmas break, I was surprised by how well my son picked up where we left off.

Jared Kelley

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I commented. Yay.

Susanna Burtron

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Our family loves reading! My husband and I enjoy choosing books to read aloud to our entire family. We have 8 children ranging from 4-18 and I love that reading aloud brings us all together! We spend quite a bit of time reading aloud because everyone loves to listen and wants a turn to lead our family reading times.

Beth Anderson

says:

Thank you for this post. It has a lot of valuable information in it!

Ramona Felshaw

says:

Reading is so important for everyone!!!

Brenna

says:

This is great advice. I can’t believe the impact just 20 minutes a day can have.

Cindy

says:

We spend lots of time reading and I’m afraid not enough time on the instruction. I need to beef up that area and your program looks like the ticket for success.

Jill L DeLon

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A timer would help me realize that we have been at this long enough, during the structured teaching time, for one day. Even though I can handle longer, I need to realize it may be too much for my child.

Angela

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I absolutely love this idea. It’s revolutionized our reading lesson time. Instead of dreading it, we now enjoy it knowing it won’t be hours long.

Robin E.

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Angela,
Yes! This is one of the best reasons for keeping lesson times short. Learning and teaching are so much more effective when it isn’t dreaded!

Stephanie

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A little bit of time each day really adds up! Thanks for the reminder.

Ana

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Your advice couldn’t of come at a better time. My 8 year old son was becoming overwhelmed with some of the longer lessons and was tuning out. I thought we had to finish the lessons in one session. I will definitely try this approach.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad this was timely for you, Ana. I’d love to hear how your son does after a week or two of shorter lessons.

Rebecca

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great tip! anysuggestions for multiple levelsof readers? I try to combine read aloud time but how much time should kids be independently reading?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rebecca,
Great question! We recommend direct reading instruction with each child for approximately 20 minutes a day, and that includes the time they read aloud to you. Then it is fine to bring them together for you reading aloud to them. Read aloud time is often more fun when it’s more social!

You might find this blog post on Teaching Reading and Spelling to Multiple Kids helpful, but please let me know if you have further questions or need anything.

Andrew

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About 20 minutes per day.

Kensey

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I read 30 mins with each of my older kids (10 & 7) and I make it a goal to read 20 mins with my 4 year old. Sometimes life gets busy tho so if we don’t make it to 20 I make sure it’s 3 books!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sounds great, Kensey!

Kelly Henson

says:

I love the flexibility of this approach!

Sheri

says:

We are a new private Christian school looking for a reading curriculum. I think this would be a good one for us! Sheri

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sheri,
We have a blog post 12 Reasons Teachers Love All About Reading and All About Spelling that you may find helpful. Also, let us know if you have questions about implementing AAR and AAS in multiple grades at once. We’re here to help!

stephanie gleason

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All about reading is the best reading program I have used, hands down!

Christina M Newell

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Sometimes it seems like too little and sometimes it seems hard to find the time but it makes a world of a difference making the time either way! My kids enjoy reading when we do it daily😍

Gloria Lang

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About 15 minutes a day, he reads to me or his Mother, or I his Grandmother or we read to him.

I think this 20 minute time can vary depending on the class/group/child, but it’s definitely a great time frame to start with and work from in the beginning. The read aloud and exposure to a lot of different kinds of literature is so important! 😀

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, great point, Tabitha. 20 minutes can be too much for some kids (my youngest couldn’t do 20 minutes of reading instruction in one block until she was 8 or so) and other kids, especially older ones, can easily handle longer. The most important thing is to end the instruction time before tiredness or frustration set in, or end is soon after you notice tiredness or frustration. Thank you.

Becky

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I have been using AAR for 4 years. This approach has been the best I have found. The lessons are easy to teach and the foundation is priceless. This program makes the English language come together for kids in a sensible way.

Christie

says:

I like the idea of setting a timer

julia

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We have loved all about reading curriculum! It had made it so easy to move at our son’s pace and give him confidence to read!

Melissa Herrera

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Reading aloud is the best thing I did for my children when they were younger. Now that 2 of the 4 are in high school and the other 2 are in middle school (and I still read aloud to them) they are all have very strong language skills and amazing vocabularies. I attribute that to all the reading aloud we did! As a Spanish teacher, too, and after reading up on the latest research on language aquisition, it comes from building “language constructs” in the brain through lots of “comprehensible input”. Reading aloud definitely qualifies as that!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I have noticed that my children developed amazing vocabularies and language skills as well, Melissa, and I think it’s all the reading aloud I have done with them. Building those “language constructs” is so important! Thank you.

Jennifer Morr

says:

Thanks for the helpful tips!

Kayci B

says:

We LOVE all about learning press! This curriculum has been captivating and enjoyable for my homeschoolers!

Lesley

says:

Great article

Nicole

says:

I love read alouds with students!! It is my favorite thing about reading! I have seen kids who “hate” reading fall in love just because I would read the first one or two books in a series!

Lesley

says:

How long we spend each day depends on my student’s attention and energy level. I try to tailor my lessons to his needs, but also keep gently pushing him forward.

Erica

says:

Great article!
I love having my older kids read aloud to my younger son – benefits both of them in so many ways!

Angie

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My favorite part of our homeschool days is reading aloud. My kids love a good book to read aloud more than TV. Thanks for all the reading tips.

Kelly

says:

I think the emailed helpful hints are useful and quick to read.

Jennifer

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Thank you for this information. It is a relief to know I don’t have to spend all day teaching my dyslexic son to read. I also like that reading aloud counts as well.

Kate

says:

Love this curriculum and insight!

Wendy

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I really like this reading program for my kids. It really works, and the time frame of 20 minutes is plenty for their learning. Little steps leads to something big in the end..

Lindsey

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We just started AAR Pre-reading level with my daughter this year. She is loving it and is already starting to sound out out words on her own!

Lisa

says:

Great program and helpful info!

Amy

says:

We love this program!! And AAS!

Heather

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Love the free reading resources from all about learning and learning what I can do to help my child.

Allison

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My children love this program, and having a predictable routine is great for all of us. Thank you!

Nicole

says:

These tips are so helpful!

Erin

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I’ve definitely overdone it in the past, especially when my child does nothing but whine for a straight 20 minutes…this is good advice.

Hollis Letterman

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This approach is completely doable, and effective. Thanks for the learning support!

Veronica

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I loved the daily reading sessions with both my children and my pupils. Now I teach older pupils and I miss that time and see that their reading doesn’t progress quite as fast as I would like without daily practice.

Angela Allford

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Thanks so much for all the tips! Very helpful. :-)

Carissa Mengers

says:

Thanks this was helpful

Joanna Rader

says:

This is a great way to make sure my DS doesn’t lose his attention span or get frustrated. Thanks for the advice!

Kristen

says:

Thanks for all the great tips! As a special educator, I find your site very helpful.

Hillary

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We just started all about reading with our third child to use the program!! Our older ones are reading people now thanks to this program.

Jenny Williams

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I’m a mama who’s family of five jumped to a family of 10 in 2018 through the gift of adoption. I have been homeschooling for 9 years but I now have Five of my children ranging from ages 4-6! 😂. Two of them have some special needs and all of them will need a solid base so I knew I was going to need a little more than I’ve used in the past to open the door of reading for these beautiful children. Just ordered your pretending program and am so thankful your program recognizes that short amounts of time on a steady basis is key. Can’t wait to watch these minds grow as they learn the gift of reading! Thank you!

Robin E.

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Congratulations, Jenny! How exciting too! Enjoy the Pre-reading level. I have very fond memories it with my kids.

Laura

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We start small and increase independent reading time to build stamina, celebrating each increase along the way!

Very excited to have the whole program at my fingertips

Bethany

says:

I love the encouragement you give us! Thank you!

Liz

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I love that you include and highlight the importance of reading aloud to children. Not only is it great for reading vocabulary, grammar, and knowledge, bu the bonding time is incredible!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes! We agree, Liz. And not only does reading aloud create bonding time between parents and children, but I have found that when I read aloud the same books to my younger children that I read to my older ones, it creates a bond even though there is a decade of years between them. Phrases like, “Not of general interest,” (from Cheaper By the Dozen) or “Do you like my hat?” (from Go, Dog, Go) become communally understand and enjoyed with a laugh. No one is left out.

Naomi

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In addition to the 20 min of reading instruction, I have my kids read out loud for an additional 10-15 min.

Jennifer

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It’s encouraging to see the impact of the accumulation of just a little bit of reading instruction each day. 😄

Shirley

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I’m a Title 1 teacher in the local school. I glean good information from posts such as this.

Deborah

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Each child I teach receives 45 minutes of reading instruction per day.

Lambert

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I think I need a timer so I don’t overwhelm my Little’s attention span.

Audrea

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We spend quite a bit of time reading. I read to my son 30 minutes a day and he reads 30 minutes a day to us, plus independent reading time. We keep a reading log where he tracks what he reads and the time spent each session. It’s a motivation tool to read, but to gain video game play time, minute for minute.

Tera Lywiski

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Setting a timer is a great way to make the lessons easier and my kids enjoy doing a little everyday.

Katrina Peake

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I’ve varied this with each child, one couldninly handle 5min, another wanted to go all morning!

Robin E.

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I know the types, Katrina, as I’ve had both! Yes, directing instruction to each child’s needs is very important.

Sara

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I provide private intervention – student lessons are anywhere from 1-2 hours but with many games and fun activities. I encourage about the same time that you do (20+20) sometimes adjusted based on the child + as much other games time as can be added for more fun.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sara,
Yes, private tutors and reading interventionists often need to go longer because they see students less frequently. When Marie tutored, she encouraged parents to work with their children between sessions and would spend the last 5 to 10 minutes of her time teaching the parents what to do until the next appointment. If parents weren’t willing or able to work with the child in between sessions, she would meet with the child more frequently to guarantee success.

Heather Letchford

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We spend a minimum of 30 minutes Monday – Friday actively on reading instruction, any opportunity that presents itself in everyday life and any other time the children are interested.

Sara

says:

I absolutely love your program! It has certainly taken the tears out of reading and spelling!

Spela Cerv

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I think that more than quantity, the continuity is important. So even if it is only 5 minutes a day, it is still OK if it is every day.

Robin E.

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Yes! Consistency is so very important, Spela. Five minutes of review on a very busy day is worth the effort rather than skipping completely. Thank you.

Siri Wilmoth

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This was the most helpful discoveriy I had as my Kinder and I engaged with AAR 1: plan to take 2 days for every lesson. We had far less fatigue, and happy Kinder = happy Mama.

Great advice. I strongly agree reading aloud especially with struggling readers (a year or more behind their interest/cognitive level) is paramount to developing strong vocabulary, cultural literacy, conceptual development and most importantly to self esteem. Struggling readers should be read to even more frequently since they miss out on so many naturally occurring reading experiences . Reading aloud and using audio books gives these kids the chance to “ear” read stories on their own, allowing them to enjoy the same books their friends are reading and beyond. This opens up a whole world to them that they don’t yet have access to. (BookShare is free for all American students with print disabilities. Libraries also have good selections of audio books ) As a mom, with 3 boys ages 8,12 & 13 who have moderate to severe dyslexia, I can attest that reading aloud and having access to audio books can make a remarkable impact on a child’s self esteem.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great points, Cher!

BookShare is a great option, but its use of electronic reading can be a problem for some students. My dyslexic children struggle greatly to understand electronically produced voices, as they lack the normal inflection and expression of a human reader. Learning Ally isn’t free, but provides high-quality recordings of books with human readers. We can help interested families that don’t have an official diagnosis get a Membership with Learning Ally.

Another free option is to check what your library has. Many US libraries are offering wide selections of high-quality digital audiobooks for check out through apps like OverDrive and HooplaDigital. My library system is very responsive to title recommendations as well. They have purchased every audiobook title I have requested within a month of my request.

Another great resource for free human narrated audiobooks is LibriVox. This app is free, all books are free as they are in the public domai and they are read by voulunteers. Librivox has many classics for parents and kids to enjoy. Great for listening in the car, our favorite place to listen to audiobooks. This can be a huge help for parents who may not be able to read to their children due to illness, fatigue or periods of disability.
BookShare can be a great resource to get access to thousands of books for parent to read aloud to their child . Parents can access leveled sound out books from HighNoon here for free. BookShare also has the option of acessing the text for the child to read. When a child comes across a difficult word they can highlighted that word only and have it read to them. This is an option that a child needs their parents guidance to master howvever it can really boost an older child’s confidnce to read harder level books they might not try to read otherwise.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Cheri! I didn’t know about BookShare’s option for reading the text and highlighting words. Very good to know.

Renee

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This is only my second year of homeschooling. All about Reading and All About Spelling has taken two subjects that I was worried about teaching and turned them into tasks that my children and I tackle with confidence. It has been a joy to see them make so much progress with this curriculum.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Renee,
It’s wonderful that All About Reading and All About Spelling have helped you have confidence in teaching reading and spelling! ❤️

Esther

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My delayed learner has recently realized that she can read almost anything! It’s thrilling to hear her read a sign and then with surprise say, “Mommy, I just read that!” This has been a great program for her. Keeping it short certainly helps with her struggles.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

How exciting, Esther! And what a confidence booster for her too. Keep up the great work!

Jen

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I grew up with a book in every room. :) Love seeing my kids learn to love reading!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jen,
I wasn’t blessed to have a book in every room growing up, but I am making sure my children have that experience (except the bathrooms 😉).

heather

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That’s what we do. We break it up between word lists and stories.

Bek

says:

Usually 10 to 20 minutes.

Misty

says:

This is a good guide & great advice! Thank you for laying it out so clearly.

K doyle

says:

Thank you

Amber

says:

Great advice! Thanks

Lisa

says:

My students love it when I read to them, however they do not take the initiative to read for 20 minutes themselves.

Amanda Sparrow

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I haven’t used the reading program yet, but the spelling program is doing wonderful things for my children. I love how simple the lesson plans are to follow. The review is helpful. I appreciate how the teach to several learning styles. It doesn’t take much time each day and that is a big benefit in my book.

Jamie

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I’m really loving this curriculum and my kids do too! Can’t wait for the colored versions!

Tammy Jacobson

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I teach in a public school and teach most of my groups 30 minutes a day. My older students get an hour.

Bravo, So glad to hear that your students are getting more intensive intervention and a systematic program. True gains that help close the reading gap are paramount for all children, especially those in a public schools where many children are not able to read proficiently.

Jackie

says:

Wonderful ideas. Thanks for the simple steps!

Luz

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This is mi second time teaching this curriculum to my children. I love it and my kids love it. easy to teach and very engaging.

Alise Van Wingerden

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There really isn’t any such thing as too much reading! Love this reminder!

Sandra G.

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Just in time for getting little ones started on a path to reading. The skills and techniques are great to can not wait to get started. This program fills in a huge gap that computerized programs fail to do.

Heidi nelson

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I have heard only good about this program. What a great program!!

Rachel

says:

Great information

Brooke

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We are in Level 1 now, and the best part of our day is reading aloud. I think she is finally starting to realize the places that she can go once she can finally read! It’s amazing how it all adds up!!!

Charis Henson

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I love this reminder- I have a hard time keeping my little guy focused for more than 5-10 minutes. But I’ve found going back to lesson a couple times in the day to finish works. Also I need to read aloud more.

Carissa

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Thanks for the reminder of how reading just 20 minutes a day can add up over time!

Kendal

says:

Wonderful information and motivation for a homeschool Mom!

Elizabeth

says:

I love reading aloud to my kids!

Donna

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Yes, short reading lessons seem to work best. I’ve even sometimes seen my son’s reading improve after several days of no practice, as if his brain “caught up” to what we’d last worked on.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great point, Donna. Sometimes just giving students more time on a concept, such as spreading a lesson over three or four days, can make a big difference in their ease of mastering it. Sometimes they just need more time.

Becky

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Definitely important to spend time on reading lessons little by little. My daughter fatigues quickly but “resets” after time playing and can then go at it again.

Lindsay

says:

This reiterates how important READING is at all ages, stages & places! As a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, I will be passing this along to colleagues for referral to about READING!

Celia

says:

Good info!

Amy Helfrich

says:

Thank you for your insights!

Emily Honeycutt

says:

Love these awesome tips! Very pleased with the program and the phonic instructions.

Candace Turner

says:

I only have two hours instructional time for ELAR and SS.

Cassi

says:

I’m starting to see the fruits of our labor with this curriculum. My daughter has really struggled with reading but she has improved tremendously with ALL ABOUT READING. Thank you!

Chrystal

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I’m very interested in your program. Looks like a great reading plan and like the idea of a bite sized approach.

Colleen Gee

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Love your program. I hope I win so I can use it to help tach my granddaughter to read!! She is 6 and in kindergarten.

Yamel

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I love AAR! I used it for my kindergartner and it was fun and appealing to her. We did the 20 + 20 and did wonders for us!

Meredith

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I am getting ready to teach my 5th child to read, and we’re enjoying read aloud together now. Reading together is such a natural way to encourage the desire to read, and it gives the opportunity for me to model, casually quiz or point out letters and sounds, and just enjoy a nice experience together. The biggest trick for me is remembering how much more important this is than household tasks and to prioritize!

Brenda

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Clear outline. Very useful.

Michelle

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I love how realistic this is. We can easily do 20 minutes of all about reading most days and 20 minutes of read aloud. My daughter is becoming a very proficient reader after completing all of Level1 and 1/2 way through level 2.

Kayla

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Such a great explanation! Thank you!

Katelyn

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Loved the different tips! It’s interesting to compare different perspectives of reading instruction. Can’t wait to see the new editions! :)

Meredith Sauer

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Great article! Very encouraging!

Kelly

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Like the bite-sized approach

Andrea

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This has been a game changer for me! To break away from checking that lesson off each and just doing 20 minute lessons, was a challenge, but seeing the positive response from my kiddos made me see the benefits! They are willing to do lessons as soon as I ask, because they are not burnt out and they know the lessons are quick. They are retaining more info so we can pick right back up where we left off and I don’t have to remind or reteach. I love that your lesson are designed this way and that you encourage us to keep it in short chunks. It had really helped us.

Robin E.

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Andrea,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with changing from a lesson a day to just 20 minutes a day. I’m sure this will be helpful to someone.

Lori P

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Love all the reading tips! Can’t wait to see the new color editions!!

Karla Hill

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Great information!!
Thanks for the tips.

Sharon

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We’ve been working through AAR with one of our sons and it has given us great direction on how much time fits him well! Thank you!

Dontie

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Thank you for all the great info and free ideas for spelling and reading. I am excited about the launch of the new reading books!

Michelle

says:

Great info!

Kelsey Lyons

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I love this approach to reading, and my son is always super excited to do his All About Reading every day!

I am impressed with your materials. I believe they will inspire great readers!

Tammy

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I love reading and hope to pass my enjoyment onto my kids through reading out loud daily

Mary K.

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My son is in the second grade and absolutely loves to listen to stories being read to him, as well to reread the stories from his AAR books over and over again.

Helen

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Love how these programs breed success and confidence and walks the teacher/mom step by step.

Mandi

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I agree! Reading aloud is so important answer I learned the hard way that a short lesson done with a smile is infinitely more valuable than pushing through tears just to check the box!

Brenda Bierman

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I love the 20 minutes of reading instruction per day approach. It works very well for my daughter.

Stacey

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I am struggling to keep up with a good schedule for my beginning reader & she is losing interest & motivation. I have received some great free resources from this site, but need to look more at the full program.

Katy

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It’s amazing what can be achieved in 20 minutes!

Helen

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I wholeheartedly agree with the benefits of regular reading aloud. Its been so enjoyable as well as academically beneficial to my children.

Katie

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Thanks for the info!

Alena B.

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We love AAR and AAS! My son is really enjoying all the silly stories. Thank you for all the helpful tips you send via email. We are so thankful for this easy to use and effective system for teaching reading and spelling.

Anne M.

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Good advice!

Annie

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Great info! Thanks. :)

Amber

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Love how simple AAR makes this!

Jennifer Lodge

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I really value all the information that you share on your website. It really helps me teach my child to read.

Maya Hristova

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We usually spend more than 20 minutes on reading, but I never push to finish a whole lesson in one day. If we do, that is fine. But some lessons, we have had to do for 4-5 days. Some days I just use the practice sheets as a tool to practice reading words/sentences associated with the recently taught concept, and do not do anything else reading-wise. I do not consider reading books to the children as part of the reading lessons. It is just a daily activity, not a lesson.

Robin E.

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Sounds like you have a great plan for adapting for your children’s need from day to day, Maya! Thanks for sharing this.

Kim

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Read-Aloud time was the favourite time in our home schooling journey!

Your program is engaging and fun.

Kaitlyn

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I love that reading aloud to your student is part of the reading instruction!

Becca

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The reading materials and advice have had a huge impact on my son’s reading progress. He has developmental delays but shows continual progress because of this program and has begun to seek out reading books on his own and can even read them without getting frustrated.

Robin E.

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Becca,
It sounds like your son is doing so well! Keep up the great work.

Melissa Daigneault

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Great information!

Normajean Bailey

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You always have great advice!

Courtney Radke

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I would love to win the set

Desiree Cox

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Thanks for the great info! I’ve always struggled to know how much time we should spend.

Rachael

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So encouraging to know something as simple as reading aloud to your kids can help them so much.

Kavia

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My daughter is 3 so we are taking it slowly. We read everyday but we mostly practice word cards each day instead of full lessons. Sometimes it take up to 3 weeks to complete a lesson but I can see her progress. She has learned how to sound out many new words and she even asks to do reading without mom or dad suggesting.

Merry

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How fun, Kavia! I love that you are adjusting things so that they are just right for your daughter. She’s doing fantastic!

L.B.

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Teaching reading is my favorite part of the day. It is so important for students to be receiving quality instruction for at least 20 minutes per day. Thanks!

Lauren

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I love teaching reading. The time that I spend teaching reading ranges from 20-40 minutes per day dependending on the grade level. Thank you for this article!

Merry

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You’re welcome! Good for you for adjusting the times for your kids’ ages and needs, Lauren!

Linsey

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Thank you! This eased my mind, as I wasn’t sure if I was spending enough time on lessons with my 5 yo.

Yvonne Geleynse

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Thanks for this article! Our Family instruction has been 20 minutes. Plus much reading out loud. Our two youngest girls have very low vision, but absolutely LOVE to read books. All About Reading has been a fun and encouraging part of our learning journey!

Merry

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Yay! I’m so glad All About reading has been fun and encouraging. So glad your girls are excelling–they show great perseverance!

Naomi Larson

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Thanks for this article! Our instruction time includes 20-30 minutes in the morning and 20 in the afternoon, plus read aloud times throughout the day. We LOVE read aloud time!!!

Kristen

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We love this curriculum! My son was really struggling with reading and hated it initially. We have been using AAR for the past year and now he is not only starting to read, but he is also really enjoying it! The lesson layouts are great! The 20 minute suggestion is just about the perfect amount of time for him.

Merry

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Oh, that’s wonderful, Kristen! Congratulations on your son’s success and that he’s learning to enjoy reading!

Ryann

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I completely agree! Kids will stay engaged and learn so much more from shorter lessons than long drawn out ones. Great article!

C. Wallace

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Great information! Thank you!

Janessa

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I didn’t even know 20 min was a recommendation! And that’s what I do, but I thought that wasn’t enough. Whew. It’s the extent of attention for my 10 year old and works for me having 2-3 kids in reading. 20 min a day plus sticky tabs to remind me who is where and I’m a happy mama!

Merry

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Great job, Janessa! Sometimes it’s hard to make adjustments for our kids when we think more is required–good for you for paying attention to your kids’ needs and attention spans. I’m glad the article can bring some relief though!

Gina

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Ideally, for my son, who has dyslexia, 20 minutes 2-3x per day helps him the best.

Kendra Purmort

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I have 3 girls, k-2nd. I do reading lessons each with my Kinder and the 1st grader for 20 min each, then I read to all of them for 30 minutes or more. I have the 2nd grader read aloud to me for 20-30 minutes. We love reading!

Anne

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This information is very helpful. Thanks!!

Heather

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This is very helpful.

Melissa

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One of my favorite memories growing up was my mom reading chapter books to us before bed! I do this with my kiddos too

Merry

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What a beautiful memory, Melissa!

Sarah Kochert

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I think the reading aloud is really important. Parent to child and child to parent.

I spend about 20 to 25 minutes teaching /reading to students every day of the week. Reading aloud is the best way to teach literacy to young and older students. It builds background knowledge and sparks children’s interest! Looking forward to your new 📚

Merry

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Thanks Nancy! And great comments on the benefits of reading aloud!

Anna

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Lovin’ AAR!! We saw great results when we stopped trying to “push through.”

Sheena Steyn

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Our family absolutely loves AAR! I never thought I’d be able to teach my children to read but AAR makes it possible – and easy! Thanks for all your support, tips, and tricks!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Sheena! Sounds like you’re doing a great job with your kids! I’m so glad AAR can make it possible and easy for you!

Thanks for all the helpful and extremely useful information. I have been using your materials for years and was thrilled when your program expanded to include the AAR program. My kids have loved the fun stories in the reading books. I’m up to child #4 and he loves the program too.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Carolyn! So glad you and your kids love the stories.

Rita

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20 minutes is about the attention span of my Title students. They love the AAR stories,

Vanessa

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We love the AAR program and enjoy doing read-alouds together as a family often. What a difference it makes!

Jessica Emmott

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I appreciate the insight on this as I teach PreK and the students have a limited amount of stamina for reading and lessons themselves.

Brittainy

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We have used AAR level 1 for three of our boys and it has definitely been the best way to introduce them to reading! We love it!

Kelly Williams

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Hi! We typically spend around 30 minutes in the book itself and then 20 minutes+ doing read aloud. I tend to follow my daughters lead… if she catches on to a concept easily and is excited to do more, we do. However, some days I can tell she’s working really hard, but starts to lose some focus and become frustrated if I push her too much. This is my first year home schooling so I’m still learning my childs learning patterns. I do believe this program works best when you stick to the 20 minutes… I think I’m going to start setting a timer to adhere to it more closely!

Merry

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It sounds like you are doing a great job already, Kelly! No need to set a timer unless you want to–that’s just a general tip that can help, but you are doing a great job of watching your daughter’s cues, and that’s a good method too!

Elizabeth Gabbard

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My kids are excited for the reader to be printed in color.

Denise

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Wow, I thought of more time with direct instruction, very interesting!
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Merry

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Hi Denise! Yes, we find that kids retain more (and have better focus) with short, frequent lessons. Have fun teaching your students!

Esther

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Practical advice. I look forward to using some of your tips!

Amy Shields

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Each lesson takes us about 20 minutes, sometimes we do 2 so we can read the story😁

Bette Digiovanni

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I spend about 20 minutes or less teaching and the rest is practice time. These were great tips. I enjoyed reading it.

Willim

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As a teacher, I so agree with your points

Vicki Smith

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The entire block is 45-50 minutes broken into whole class, small group and individual instruction, everyday. So much to do, but stopping whole class teaching is important so the students have time to read themselves. Continuing lessons over several days allows for multiple exposures and building confidence in students.

Merry

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Thanks for your comment, Vicki! It sounds like you have a great process going for your class!

Sara

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I cannot wait to see the color illustrations in these books! I must be one of your biggest public school fans!

Nishita Mahtani

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Such valuable advice. Thank you.

Kathy Wells

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We dedicate a 90 block of time for Reading/ELA instruction. When I first read this I had to really think about whether I agreed or not. After taking into consideration the fact that this 20 minutes is for READING instruction only (and not Spelling or Writing) I would agree now.

Merry

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Good point, Kathy! And remember, you can adjust times to meet the needs of your students. It just helps to know that they can only focus on one thing for so long before the brain starts to lose focus and need a change. It sounds like you have your time blocks broken up into helpful segments for your students!

Lea Buck

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This was so helpful! Thank you!

Phoebe

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Love All About Learning! A favorite in home schools.

Mary

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I have been a reading teacher for 18 years and your recommendations are good knowing that kids will spend additional minutes reading independently and in small groups.

CHRIS

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That is what we do, read for 20 minutes or more a day. My daughter (38yrs) hated reading when she was little, but over the years reading to her she has a love for books now.

Sarah

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I’ve taught reading now to 3 of my 5 children. I find that it is better to keep the learning time on the shorter side and end while your student still is having fun and a positive outlook on learning. It has been different with each of my children and their learning abilities, but I find that anywhere from 10- 20 minutes once or twice a day seems to work well. I especially like the All About Reading program because it is set up in such a way that you can do a lot or just a small section at a time, making it very flexible for different learning abilities.

Merry

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So true, Sara! I love your emphasis on helping them have fun and a positive outlook on learning, while being flexible with your student’s ability to actively engage with the learning topic.

Erin Connell

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Thanks!

Eve

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I am always looking for the right balance between enough and too much. Thanks for the tips!

Stella Lima-Nieves

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These are great tips. Takes the pressure off the kids and parents. You need reminders of consistency, kids move at their own pace. Thanks!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Stella! Yes, kids all move at their own pace, and we can’t rush that. Consistency is key. Great comments!

Julie

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I find that playing all kinds of reading games is the best way to extend the time we spend with words after more formal instruction.

Merry

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Great strategy, Julie!

Mistie

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This post made me feel much better about our reading time!

Merry

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Yay! So glad, Mistie!

KL Tom

says:

great tips. Needed to be reminded that consistent work is more important than finishing quickly

Jade

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I love this. Thank you.

Jess

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Love this!

Melinda

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Reading aloud to a child has been scientifically shown to actually stimulate the same areas of the brain as if they were reading. Fabulous way to increase thought pathways!

Lisa Young

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Thank you for reassuring us that small amounts of consistent work, works!

Annika

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My little ones love it when we read out loud, thankfully we have beautiful well written books that keep everyone’s interest. Right now it takes my daughter about 3 days to finish a lesson but last year it took longer. I struggled with not having the level done when I wanted but at my daughters pace and I still am bothered but the goal is to read well not keep up with the neighbors. I have found with review we end up doing one chunk of the lesson a day, for example, warm up sheet day one, reading the story day 2, and discussion day 3.

Merry

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Hi Annika–good for you for focusing on laying a solid foundation! Kids all learn at their own pace–we can’t rush brain development. Giving your daughter the space to learn at a rate that works well for her is a great gift though. And when she’s grown, no one will know or care if it took a bit longer to learn to read at first. Have fun with your little ones!

Angela

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Wow, that is such a great point to remind me as a parents! We want our children to excel academically, but sometimes in trying to accomplish that we push our children too hard, especially when they are clearly struggling which ends up frustrating the child AND the parent. It’s not a competition! As you perfectly stated, when they are grown it will not matter whether it took them 20 minutes or 2 days to finish an AAR lesson. What’s most important is the child developing those skills to become a great reader…whatever the pace. Not to mention, just enjoying that time with your child as we (the parents) have the blessed opportunity to watch them grow and become an even better reader than they were the day before…it’s an opportunity to boost our children’s confidence and let them know that we are proud of the effort and work they are putting in to become better readers.
Thank you for reminding me not to get overwhelmed and to breathe and enjoy this journey with my son! I truly appreciate this program and how it’s continuously helping my son improve and develop a love for reading!

Merry

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Yes, exactly! You’re so welcome–and how beautifully you expressed your goals here! When I was homeschooling (my kids are grown now), I used to save thoughts like this to re-read when I was going through some rough times. It can be so encouraging to remind yourself of the focus you want to have!

Katie

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We love reading aloud! Some of our best moments during the school day! My kids are still young, but my 5yo has been loving AAR Level I, too.

Merry

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Yes! I always treasured those read-aloud times with my kids too. Have fun reading together 😊

Sarah Whitaker

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We spend about 20 minutes a day on instruction, but also having reading time during the day as well. She will read before bed about 30-45 minutes. I can’t say enough great things about this program! Helped my daughter learn to read pretty fast and understand as well.

Merry

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Wonderful, Sarah! I’m so glad your daughter is thriving with her reading!

Whitney Odor

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Before All About Reading I didn’t read to my kids much, mostly night time short stories. I appreciate the stress on reading for 20 min a day. It forced me to find books that weren’t finished in 5 minutes and showed me that my kids actually do have the attention span to sit and listen to a longer, more interesting story!

Merry

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Good for you, Whitney! I’m glad those reading prompts helped. Have fun reading with your kids! If you need ideas, we have picture book reviews and chapter book reviews on our website too:

https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/category/great-picture-books/
http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/category/great-chapter-books/

Enjoy!

Amanda

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I spend about 30 daily on reading and can’t wait to add this to our day.

Alexis Christenson

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Reading out loud is a huge part of our homeschool and I love sharing books with my children. I like the sounds of this program, that we don’t have to complete a whole lesson in one day and we can just pick up where we left off.

Melissa Pavao

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The time we spend on reading each day always depends on the child at that time. I can sense that there are times when we can continue on after the 20 minutes, yet there are also times when 10 -15 minutes is the max for that day.

Merry

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Yes, exactly! Good for you for following your kids’ cues on what they are ready for, Melissa 😊.

Susan Van Nostrand

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I am a reading specialist and I think this product would work great

Darby Porter

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I spend 15-20 minutes on reading every day with an extra 20 minutes instruction a week. I also ask that my parents read with my students at least 10 minutes a night if not more. I have always been an avid reader and hope to instill that love of reading in my students.

Sarah Dowell

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This is such a good reminder to read and re-read. I find my A-type self pushing to get through a whole lesson each day and my daughter loses patience with herself so easily. I think I’m going to try the 20 minute lesson then just so for the day.

Merry

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I hope the shorter times help, Sarah! Some kids do get discouraged easily. Try to end on a positive note–maybe reviewing a card you know she can get right or a short game/activity she enjoys. But I bet the shorter times will help–you’ll be stopping before she gets too tired (we all make more mistakes when we’re tired!) Have fun with your daughter!

Ashley

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We read out loud for about 45 minutes a day and we spend about 15-20 on reading instruction (that varies a little depending on the lesson).

Lauren

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Thank you for the encouragement! We’ve found that reading aloud is one of the best ways to “do school” all together, even though my kids are all different ages. Everyone enjoys sitting together to listen to a good story, and my youngest students are eager to read on their own because they see how much their older siblings enjoy it!

Cyndall

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We love read aloud time in our home. Our children are still young, 2 and 4, so no formal reading lessons yet. But we spend 40-60 min reading every day, at least 20 min in the morning, another 20 before bed, and often throughout the day. I am hoping that my children’s love for books will propel them into a love of reading when they are developmentally ready.

Robin E.

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Sharing books with your young children is such a great way to prepare them for reading later. Enjoy your reading, Cyndall!

Kristin

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We love all about reading! Doesn’t take too long for my two girls.

Stephanie Fisher

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We spend about 10-20 minutes a day per child depending on his mood that day and the material being covered. I read to them anywhere from 20 minutes a day to 2 hours a day again depending on their mood, what other material we need to cover that day for school and how much time we have (weather plays into that sometimes as well!) My kids love to be read to and we read books as a family in the evening after dinner in the colder months as well as at bedtime and school time and just when the kids ask to have a story read. I still read to my almost 16-year-old too. I love that my kids still love books even when reading has been challenging for them and that has helped motivate them to overcome their challenges. My 11-year-old who struggled heavily with reading, writing and spelling is now working on writing his own book!

Robin E.

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Stephanie,
Yes! I still read to my just-turned-16-year-old too. He and my 11-year-old both struggled greatly with learning to read but still learned to love reading and I think our years and years of reading aloud to them played a large part.

Thank you for sharing this. ❤️

Jennifer Sharum

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My struggling reader is doing SO MUCH BETTER! I think 20+20 is pretty accurate. Now when we do our family read aloud at night, my previouy struggling reader offers to pick up the nightly reading when mom and dad are too tired. : ). Both my kids love the program. We are using pre-reading and level 2 right now. Such a relief! And easy to follow steps for teacher!!

Robin E.

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Jennifer,
It’s wonderful to hear that your child is now having success with reading! Keep up the amazing work.

Kindra

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We strive for at least 1hr of reading total per day.

Jennifer Rodriguez

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Twenty minutes teaching and twenty minutes read aloud? That’s not bad at all, for mom or for child, I spend more time than that on Pinterest! Easy!

Ashley P

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What a helpful post! Thank you for the reminder that reading lessons are best when short and sweet!

Rachel Edwards

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I read every night with my kids. I have found that this has fostered their love of reading and made reading lessons more enjoyable mainly because they want to do it themselves. They even like reading to their younger siblings which is great for me. It gives them reading out loud time without it feeling like “work.”

Merry

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Oh Rachel, that’s so precious that your older ones want to read to their younger siblings! How wonderful!

Jeana

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I have been doing read alouds with my son. We enjoy that time together.

Ashley

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I have found that consistency is key. We don’t spend much time every day, 20 minutes goes by fast when you are enjoying it. My children are great readers and the best part is that they love to read!

Lady Race

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This is a wonderful program! My son and I enjoy it together, especially the readers, and he has become much more confident in his reading. Thank you for the article!

Rasha Ramzi

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it’s a wonderful way to make reading prosses much easier and enjoyable for my daughters and even me when you start doing the 20 min.per day you are making your own cirucculome with them and also having a special time we call it (secret girly time)! you can pin it and remember it after years once you need it ..many thanks for taking time while reading it

Merry

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Ha! I love “secret girly time” with your kids–how sweet, Rasha!

Jennifer

says:

Wonderful ideas! Consistency is key! Love this program!

Lynn Cauble

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My Children love the All about reading readers. We have also loved the All About Spelling program.

angie dean

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We r using AAR level 1 and 2 for 2 of my kids. We really like the program and workbook activities that correspond.

Ashley

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I’m so glad my son loves read-aloud time! I wish I had more time to read with him as much as he would like.

Kelly

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I think the 20 + 20 minute to Reading Success is pretty accurate — especially bc my kids love to do their AAR work, so there’s no additional time to coax them to get started!

Amanda

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We love AAR and I am working on teaching my 3rd child how to read with the program. So far all of them are doing really well. One of our most favorite things to do is read aloud together. I am so thankful for this program that really taught us all together!

Sara

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For some reason I never thought to tack read alouds to the end of reading instruction. Obvious and great idea.

Merry

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It can be such an incentive for some kids–they get to relax and enjoy a story together, and it’s more motivation to want to read too! But of course, you can do read-alouds any time of the day that works for your family 😊.

Amy

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Love this article! A little bit goes a long way! Short, daily lessons is true in many aspects of life including learning to read. Enjoy the journey with your child because it goes by so quickly!

Michele

says:

So true, enjoy all those precious moments while helping them to succeed and enjoy learning to read.

Karen

says:

Love your ideas.

Kendria Nyang

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Can’t wait to try this program just purchased it I love how the teachers manual has broken everything down including set up so far. We have been reading at 5 times a week and my 4 year loves it.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Hi Kendria! That’s wonderful that your 4 year-old loves reading time. Have fun with All About Reading!

Courtney

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My child is very excited to start this program.

LibertyMom

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As you start on this journey of helping your child to read better, it’s easy to feel discouraged because your child takes a long time to complete each lesson, but remember that this is their journey and it’s ok for it to take as much time as they need. If your like me, we want our kids to love reading, so encouraging them and going at their own pace is the best way to do that. Plus before you know it, their reading will blossom right before you eyes. This program works just have the patience to take your time. My son and daughter have both made HUGE progress with this program.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Beautiful post, LibertyMom! This is so true! The goal isn’t how long it takes, but laying that foundation for a lifelong love of reading–encouragement and working at their pace are important keys!

Laurie

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Reading out loud is important. I have the older reading to the younger, which benefits both!

This is such a great program, especially for homeschooling!

Bridget Duemler

Brittney

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This is a great article and so practical!

Christy H

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This is encouraging.

Allison

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Good to remember that short, frequent lessons are what my child needs. It’s about all she can handle.

Melissa

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My son just finished AAR 1 today! He has come so far since we started. We are about to go celebrate with a sundae!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Congratulations to you both, Melissa! A sundae sounds like an awesome way to celebrate this milestone! ❤️

Susan

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I have been encouraged to be more faithful to reading aloud as a result of using All About Reading. I’ve seen a big difference in my daughter’s interest in books.

Merry

says: Customer Service

That’s wonderful, Susan!

Sally Perez

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This is good to know especially for struggling readers. One of my readers can finish a lesson in 20minutes. But, that is not the case for all learners and it’s important to remember this.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Yes, exactly! Great comment, Sally!

Celina

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Great tops!

Jaime

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Love this so much!!

Hannah

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We set a timer for 20 minutes per lesson, it’s a good way to start– sometimes we’ll go longer, if things are going well, sometimes less if they Are really not… But the set goal of 20 minutes really helps us get going.

Jane

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I teach Title 1 and am looking at your curriculum. How I wish parents were reading to children 20/day!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jane,
Oh, yes, being read aloud to is so important for all students.

Let me know if you have any questions or need anything as you look into All About Learning Press. You may find out 12 Reasons Teachers Love All About Reading and All About Spelling blog post helpful.

Jessica

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I love the emphasis on reading aloud!

Priscilla

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I like time recommendations! We use a timer frequently in our homeschool. It takes the pressure off my kiddo. She can then just focus on doing her best till the timer dings.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Great use of a timer, Priscilla! I love that your daughter feels the pressure is off then 😊.

Anne

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We split up reading time.

Tracy Stowe

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Great article! Need to try this with my struggling reader.

January

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Knowing that we are only doing 20 minutes helps both of us stay focused and it doesn’t drag us down to see how much of a lesson is left.

Carolyn

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so true!! it’s valuable to know that it is totally acceptable to not ‘finish’ a lesson a day, but rather striving for consistency and giving a student the amount that they can swallow is a more important goal.

Casey R

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20 minutes seems to work best for both of us!

Stephanie Krupa

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I notice a huge different in focus if we happen to go over 20 min for our reading lesson. This is a great reminder! Ziggy and his lessons and games have become so dear to my kids’ hearts!
Thank you for a continual feast of help and resources 😊

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Stephanie! Have fun with Ziggy–many people like using him in AAR 1-4 too! He can help with the activities and take turns reading (and he still needs your kids’ help too!)

Mindy

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So true. I try to get 40 minutes of reading with each one of my children each day but, I only have a few hours each night during the week and 4 children. I do get at least 20 minutes of them reading to me each night. Then I read one chapter of a book to them before bed.

AAR fan

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We’ve been using AAR and AAS for a long time.
It never disappoints.
20 minutes is recommended, and good to keep in mind so that kids don’t loose focus and get frustrated and tired.
Teaching tired kids just don’t work.

Brandessa Hale

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So simple, but so helpful!

Rinda

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This post was super helpful for me! Any other box checkers out there? I always feel like I need to make it all the way through something in order to be done. Thanks for helping me feel more free to take time!

Robin E.

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I know that box checker feeling, Rinda! But we had so much more peace and more progress in our homeschool when I gave it up and focused on consistency daily instead.

Carina Shipe

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We try to read out loud during the day as well as a little before bed. They also are now reading their own books independently! So exciting!

Tatiana

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Thank you for such an informative article, I will definitely try this strategy with my kids.

Kelli Pace

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We for sure spend 20 minutes on instruction. Not sure it is quite 20 minutes daily on read aloud abut as much as possible.

Michelle R

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We have the All About Spelling program for our Title program. I would love to see about adding the All About Reading Program as well.

Merry

says: Customer Service

I hope they can add it in, Michelle!

Rebekka

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Reading aloud is great bonding time for my children and I. Even my teenagers still ask to be read to every once in a while :)

Tyler Lynch

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We love AAR! Most days they ask to do more then 20 min because they love it so much! I am so thankful for this! Our previous reading curriculum was not so enjoyable.

Jessica A

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I love this post. We have found that 20 consecutive minutes can be difficult so I often break up the lessons into 5-10 min chunks throughout the day or week.

Robin E.

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Breaking your reading instruction time up over two or three chunks is a great way to approach things for little attention spans! Thanks for mentioning this, Jessica.

Sharon Manley

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Reading is a priority even for the older ones! Read aloud are fun!

Priscilla

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Our family reads about an hour each day and on busy days it’s 20 minutes. We love AAR!

Lynette

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Love this!

LaToya

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I usually read aloud to my little one more than 20min a day, but as we do reading practice we can aim to build up to 20min. Thanks for this recommendation.

Lori

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This program has been so helpful for multiple children In my family. I’m so glad a stranger in a store overheard me looking for the best program out there and she said enthusiastically, “All about reading is the way to go!”

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What an unusual way to hear about a curriculum, Lori! I’m glad AAR is working out so well for you and your children.

Shawna Hicks

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We enjoy reading together!

Samantha Kellogg

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We spend time reading every night! My son reads a small book to me, then I read a chapter from a chapter book to him!

Zer Kue

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Thank you for the information! Having those numbers will help me plan better.

Erin M

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Thanks for this post! I was just wondering about this topic.

River

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We read 20minutes outloud together- some days more and some days a little less! Thanks for the read!

Beth

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I was teaching for approximately 40-45 min. I will definitely cut back to 20.

Merry

says: Customer Service

I hope the shorter times help, Beth!

Elizabeth

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This is so helpful – I have to remind myself not to push for a lesson a day and just learn at the pace that works/makes sense.

RGH

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This is so encouraging and yet I often get busy and forget. A good reminder. Just twenty minutes can have a huge impact!! Thanks!!

Shannon Thompson

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This post was so encouraging! I know I’m doing something right! We spend 20 minutes per school day on reading instruction. I really haven’t paid attention to the actual amount of time we spend reading aloud, but I know we definitely average or exceed 20 minutes! We read several picture books, a devotional, a few chapters from a chapterbook everyday. We love books in our house!

Robin E.

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I know the feeling, Shannon! We love books here too.

Rachel

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We do 20 minutes every night. Actually I do 20 minutes and he does 20 minutes. We also love our All About Spelling. I am actually learning new rules too!!!

Nicole Donato

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We spend 15-25 minutes a day on reading depending on the lesson. My girls love this program!

Michelle

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That is good information to have, I have found that with my son, the reading lesson take a little longer to keep him from getting frustrated.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Hi Michelle! Good for you for watching your son’s cues and teaching in a way that works for him. Have fun with your little one!

Megan Parker

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This was very encouraging, thank you!

Great article and tips, thank you!

KLange

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I have a son that may be struggle with dyslexia and would love to try this curriculum with him!

colleen

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We try to do 20+20 every day, but it is difficult to stop in the middle of a lesson sometimes.

Susan Peretic

says:

Good to know!!

Marlies Leggette

says:

Thanks so much for this thorough breakdown.

Sara Pack

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This is s relief! Small and simple things lead to greatness:)

Julie

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This is such a helpful reminder – short, consistent lessons yield long term success!

Angela

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Reading aloud to kids of all ages is so important. Thanks for the reminder!

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Angela!

Jennifer G

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Great breakdown and tips for helping make learning to read fun and in bite size timeline of 20 minutes a day.

I try to give my students at least 20 minutes a day for independent self choice reading. They have additional directed time of another 20 minutes, and 20 minutes of technology reading.

Sarah

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❤️❤️

katie

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Great Information. Thank you!

Dawn

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We do about 20 mins of reading aloud time plus instruction which varies day to day.

Roxanne Buil

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I would say we read about 30 minutes every other day.

Rachel

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I didn’t realize the importance of reading aloud. Twenty minutes is very doable!

Jami

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I love all the free and helpful information you provide here. This is so helpful and makes so much sense. I always am sharing your posts with others. Thank you!

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Jami! And thanks for sharing our posts with others!

Sarah

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I always set a timer for 20 minutes 😊

Chantel

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Awesome! We love to read aloud!

Stacey

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Reading aloud is how my son is falling in love with books!

Merry

says: Customer Service

❤️ Yay! I love that your son is falling in love with books, Stacey!

Rosanna

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Thank you for your wonderful program.

Amanda

says:

Thank you for the helpful info. We’re looking forward to using the AAR resources!

Amanda

says:

Thank you for the helpful info. We are looking forward to using your resources!

Rose Capell

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I love the idea of using a timer. I’m always spending to much time on things and not getting everything done. It is one less step I have to worry about.

Cecilia

says:

Great Info!

Rose Capell

says:

I like the idea of using a timer. I’m always getting off task by spending to much time on something!!!

Lanna

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I love this program and the simplicity it offers. I am no teacher, so homeschooling is out of my comfort zone. I appreciate curriculums that help guide me and my child. Thank you AAL! ❤️ Lanna

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lanna,
I love that All About Reading helps you to be more comfortable teaching your child! 😊

Jammie Smith

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My daughter has loved the first year of using AAR. She gained so much confidence with this program.

Cindy Belcher

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We are looking forward to using your products with our children who have dyslexia. Your emails are always so helpful. Thanks for all you do for the homeschool community!

Rikki

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AAR has been such a wonderful resource for learning to read! It has helped both our daughter and son and we will be using it again for our youngest!

Nicole Lynn Schofield

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I’ve done AAR with three kids now. Even 10-15 min per day is successful. Both kids who have finished Level 4 did so by age 7 with only 10-15 min per day five days per week, roughly, including the summer. My five year old is in early Level 2 and will likely finish before turning 8. When they finish AAR, they can read anything and understand what they read. I highly recommend the program. We do extensive read alouds and audiobooks in our family, which no doubt aids in reading ability, and my kids do not have reading learning disabilities (though they all have ADHD).

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wow, Nicole! Finishing All About Reading level 4 by age 7 is really fantastic!

JJ Perreault

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AALP curriculum has transformed our school day. I have children with various reading challenges (dyslexia, disgraphia, etc) go from tears of frustration to asking if we can spend extra time on the lesson. Wow! What a change. They now love reading and are excelling in it.

Robin E.

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Oh, JJ, this touched my heart! From tears to asking for me is such a transformation, and I am so pleased that All About Reading had some part of it. Thank you for sharing this.

Karen

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Great info! I wish all parents understood the importance of reading aloud to their children every day! I’ve been learning about AAR via your website and emails that I’ve been receiving. I’m impressed with everything I’ve learned and discovered about AAR; however, I’m looking for a phonics program to use for small group instruction (special ed classroom). AAR seems to be designed for one-on-one instruction, so I’m wondering if it is possible to use AAR in groups of two to four children who have learning disabilities/dyslexia.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karen,
YES! All About Reading is being successfully used in small groups in and classrooms in lots of schools. You may find our blog post 12 Reasons Teachers Love All About Reading and All About Spelling informative.

It’s absolutely critical to hear each child read aloud so you can make corrections and adjustments in your teaching. In some way (either through the readers or fluency practice sheets), make sure that you hear each child read aloud in each lesson. Also, make sure that older, struggling students are getting enough practice. Remedial readers tend to need more practice than younger ones. Marie designed the fluency practice sheets with these older readers in mind. The rest can be done together. If some children start to move more quickly, you’ll want to consider splitting them up so each group can move at their own pace.

If you would like additional information about using All About Reading in a group setting, let me know here, email us at support@allaboutlearningpress.com, or call us at 715-477-1976.

Shelly

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Love the short time!

Julia

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Love the idea of using time, like twenty minutes, as the boundary for how much to teach each day, rather than completing the lesson! I could see my daughter really enjoying this, and it even causing her to be excited to start the next day. Instead of dreading it!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Students being more motivated and willing to do their daily reading instruction time is definitely a benefit of setting a timer, Julia. I’d love to hear how it goes after a few days of trying it out!

Jessicah

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I really appreciate the reminders to do this at the end of each lesson. It too easily gets overlooked in my house, especially with multiple kids.

Efraim Silva

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We take about 20 minutes a day doing actual lessons and read about that long as well.

Joy Lockwood

says:

We love AAS and would love to try AAR!

Kellye

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LOVE AAR!

Jessica

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This is a helpful. It’s similar to what we’ve been doing so I’m glad for the affirmation.

Karen

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Love the time spent reading to my kids!

Kellye

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Love ALL ABOUT READING!

Jenifer

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I have really enjoyed the AAR program. It has really helped my son be more confident with reading. I love hearing him read books out loud.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Aw, it’s so sweet to hear little ones reading books out loud! I’m glad he’s growing in confidence with his reading, Jenifer. You’re doing a great job with him!

Missy H

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Reading is such a joy in my own life. I love being able to share that love of reading with my own kids by teaching them reading :)

Felicity

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Consistency is so important! Thanks for the reminder.

Amy Bultman

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Thanks for your awesome curriculum! Your program has been an instrumental part of helping our dyslexic son learn to read.

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Amy! Great job working with your son!

Jill

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As a teacher I saw how important it was for parents to read with and to their children. My boys are still little, but we do lots of read alouds.

Melissa

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We are enjoying our first year of AAR (levels 1 and 3)

Karen

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Love the program!

Emily Attaway

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We love to read! We read to our kids about 30 minutes each day and they love audiobooks from the library!

Kathleen

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I’m excited to start this program with my 3 youngest! As a homeschool mom to 6, little bits of time consistently over our year is doable.

Iris

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I am so curious to start teaching my little one how to read and since my first language is not English, I really appreciate a good program to make teaching less daunting :)!

Merry

says: Customer Service

I hope it goes well for you and your kids, Iris!

Rachel T.

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It is so nice to see that reading aloud TO children is encouraged along with teaching them to read! I believe that is such an important practice.

Julie Cunningham

says:

Great tips!

Stephanie Silva

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We spend about 20 minutes four days a week, and I need to be better about reading to them every day.

Bushraa

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It all does add up over time. Thank you for an insightful read:

Ashley

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I love this program. It has helped our four children immensely in their ability to read and spell. Thank you for developing this!

Ashley

Katie

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Great recommendation! Reading aloud is also a great bonding moment with kids.

Jamie Nixon

says:

Such an amazing product! My 6 uear okd just wasn’t getting the sounds of letters to stick. 4 months in and he’s reading 3, 4 and even 5 letter words on his own. Thank you so much

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wow, such progress in a short period of time, Jamie! Keep up the great work!

Sandria

says:

Thank you for this info….very helpful.

Kelly

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As an Interventionist, I find 20 minutes is about all my “kiddos” can handle, but they are encouraged to read more on their own! I try to provide interesting books at their level; & always encourage at least 20 minutes at home.

Merry

says: Customer Service

It sounds like you’re doing a wonderful job with your students, Kelly!

Loreene

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Can’t wait for the new colored editions of all about reading!

Rachel

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Super helpful!!

Allison

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We maybsit down and read a book together, but reading also includes newspaper headlines, FB posts, recipe instructions, game instructions, etc. it’s very easy to get in 20 minutes a day if all reading is included.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Reading from a variety of materials is a great practice, Allison! It provides such a range of vocabulary, comprehension, and knowledge for your child.

Very useful information and I will pass on to my parents to demonstrate the importance of reading to their children. Thank you!!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Thanks for passing this on to your parents!

Alison

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We’ve loved working with the all about reading program. I’ve found the more consistent I am with daily lessons, the smoother the process is from day to day. My daughter loves the activities that go with each lesson!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great observation, Alison. Yes! The day-in-day-out makes a big difference.

Lacey

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We love AAR.

Wanda

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