Monday, April 12, 2010

TOS Crew Review -- What Am I?

All About Spelling has put out yet another winner. We already got to test drive All About Spelling Levels 1 and 2, which are a huge hit with almost every homeschooler that I talk to that has tried it (and many, many more can't wait to get their hands on it after looking it over). Then we enjoyed the Beehive Reader that supplements Level One. Now, we are once again thrilled by the reader that complements Level Two entitled What Am I?

This second reader in the series is still brand new, and you will need to wait a few more days to even find it on their website. But, don't worry, it will be there soon. If you were one of the fortunate ones to attend the homeschool convention in Cincinnati this past weekend, you might have seen it at their booth.

Just like the first reader, this book captivated my daughter and perfectly coordinated with the spelling lessons.


Product: What Am I? from All About Reading
Details: A 160 page beautiful early reader that can be used with or without the All About Spelling system. This book builds on earlier reading and spelling skills and reinforces concepts and rules learned during the first part of Level Two from All About Spelling.
Price: $19.95

What we loved . . .
  • Eye catching! This book quickly grabs the attention of the reader and offers a pleasant showcase for these delightful stories.
  • Focused on concepts. This book does a great job of reinforcing the concepts taken directly from the day's spelling lesson. My daughter read them easily, and we quickly made the connections between what we had just learned and studied during the spelling time.
  • Cute stories. Too many early readers are over simplified or very dry as they focus on one type of sound. However, these stories maintain the integrity of the lesson while still presenting an interesting story for the student to enjoy.

Some considerations . . .

  • The Price. If possible, I enjoyed this book more than the first, but I still balk a bit at the $20 price tag. A great book, and well made, but I just have a hard time spending $20 on one book.
  • Not a long use product. Again, same with the first book, this will not be in use a long time by one child, but it is obviously reusable with subsequent children.

This brand new book is not yet available on their website, but you should find it there very soon. If you are looking for well written, high-quality early readers, this book definitely fits that description.

For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check out the TOS Crew blog.

Disclaimer: This reading book was provided to me free of charge from All About Spelling as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.

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