Getting Started

The Reading for All Learners beginning reading curriculum was created to combine the needs and interests of children with the research findings on systematic and explicit phonics-based approaches to reading instruction. Based on extensive research, the program consists of 141 books and more than 300 lessons that combine both fun stories, as well as thorough and systematic teacher-led instruction.

The program is designed to build skills and develop a positive attitude towards reading. The use of small, skill approriate, books helps make progress visible and provides reinforcement of success.

Review of Recently Taught Sounds and Words

sound-and-new-sound-practice.pngEach lesson begins with a review of previously taught sounds and words that will be needed to confidently read the coming story.

Gradual, Systematic Introduction of New Sounds and Words

word-and-new-word-practice.pngOnce all sounds and words are reviewed without errors, new sounds and words are introduced.  These carefully introduced sounds and words are immediately applied in the story; and are the essence of effective and meaningful instruction.

Embedded Instructional Prompts Make Effective Instruction Easy

comprehension.pngInstructional prompts are embedded throughout the lessons to ensure instruction is positve and effective. As the stories becomes more complex, embedded comprehension questions move from literal questions to inferential and evaluative questions. Research shows praise needs to be extensive, specific and directly linked with appropriate student behavior. Every book of the Reading for All Learners program includes instructor prompts to remind teachers to praise student success. 

Easy-to-Administer Progress Monitoring Assessments

looking-back-progress-monitoring-assessment.pngAfter every few stories, teachers will find embedded assessments. These "Looking Back" Assessments are used to cover skills from every story since the last assessment. The "Looking Back" exercises ensure students have the necessary skills to move into new material. The mastery criteria for each assessment is easy to understand and included with the assessment.

Support Resources

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We've helped thousands of learners across the globe and are ready to help you too. Give us a call or email with your questions or visit the resources section to find useful tools, a free instructor guide, model lesson videos, correlation and grade level information, program scope and sequence, progress charting ideas and rewards for your readers.





Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my student is ready for Reading For All Learners?

Generally, children are ready to begin Reading For All Learners if they know 15 or more of the letter sounds in the alphabet. It is helpful also if the learner understands that text is read from left to right and can blend two or more sounds together, i.e. sssaaammm.

Which books should I start with?

A student who is just beginning to sound out words should start in Set 1 (the set of books with red covers).  If your learner has advanced beyond the getting started stage it would be ideal to download the Reading For All Learners Placement Assessments.  The placement assessments will help ensure your student starts out in the right books.  Follow this link to the Resources section of our site for the Placement Assessment download. If you are unable to conduct the assessments reviewing the content of the assessment passages will help you find an approximate starting point.  If there is any question always start your learners at the lower level or set.  It is much better to start a reader with material that is too easy rather than too hard.

What is the difference between between the color edition, the original black and white edition, and the digital app edition?

All editions include virtually identical sound and word practice and stories.  In the color edition and the app edition the artwork has been updated (and colorized). The Color Edition is printed on sturdier material and the nature of color printing makes these books more durable.   The app edition does a lot of things not possible in a printed book.  For a complete list of the app edition features take a look at the Digitial Edition Page.