I learned to read early. I was reading chapter books while my peers were sounding out words, and I lead my class’s reading group because there was no one who could be in a level with me. I’ve been a reader my whole life, so you can imagine my delight when Mr. C started reading early.
And you can imagine how scared I was when A-Man had no interest in reading. It isn’t like I’d be upset if he doesn’t love reading. It’s just that I realized I have no idea how to teach reading. I realized that I was completely over my head, so I went searching for solutions.
I knew that we needed a hands-on reading curriculum that would go at a slow enough pace for A-Man and be interesting enough to keep his interest.
Hands On Homeschool Reading for Autistic Learners
(I received All About Reading Pre-Reading for free to try with A-Man and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.)
Why Hands On Reading
Hands on learning is helpful for all students, but it’s absolutely vital for autistic kids. A-Man is a kinesthetic and tactile learner, so we have to have tons of movement and hands on activities to help him fully grasp concepts.
I have a hard time teaching hands on reading because that’s absolutely not how I learn. I’m a reader, and so is Mr. C, so I was completely out of my element.
How To Teach Hands On Reading
We use All About Reading to incorporate hands on reading into our homeschool day because without it I’d be clueless.
We use the alphabet poster to sing the ABCs, and touching each letter as we sing helps A-Man really grasp the concepts instead of just memorizing the song. The poster also allows us to point to letters out of order to see what he understands without the song.
We also love the rhyming cards that come with All About Reading. Rhyming is a hard concept for A-Man to understand, so with the physical picture cards we can go at his pace. It’s also a lot easier for him than simply saying rhyming words.
What is All About Reading
All About Reading is a comprehensive hands on reading curriculum to help kids who are struggling with learning to read. It’s a great fit for kids with autism, dyslexia, ADHD or other learning struggles.
The curriculum takes a hands-on multi-sensory approach which really help the kids really understand the lessons. They also use regular review so that kids don’t forget what they learn.
It’s also a mastery-based curriculum, so each lesson could take one day or an entire week! You can truly take these lessons at your child’s individual pace.
Why We Love All About Reading
We love All About Reading because the lessons are attainable for A-Man. We’re doing the pre-reading program, and it’s moving at a slow enough pace that he’s grasping the concepts. He’s got a really good grasp on his letters, and we’re taking the rhyming word practice slowly as he learns to pair words and listen to the ending sound.
I also love that it’s simple for me to do. The cards for each lesson go into a box and are divided by lesson, so I have everything at my finger tips and ready to go.
A-Man is also getting much better at coloring with the practice. He loves that each letter is paired with an animal, and he’s really enjoyed listening to the stories included in the book that go with each letter. That’s huge, because A-Man typically hates being read to.
How to Get All About Reading
You can get All About Reading from All About Learning Press here! We started A-Man on pre-reading, and they go up through level four. This is a mastery-based program and not a grade-specific program, so take a look at each of the levels to pick one that’s going to fit your kiddo’s current needs.