Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Review: Beehive Reader

One of my favorite products I've reviewed while on the TOS Crew is All About Spelling. In short, this is fantastic spelling program that really met a specific need in our homeschool. You can read my review from last year here.

As a returning vendor, All About Spelling sent me their new Beehive Reader 1 for review.

The Beehive Reader, part of an upcoming All About Reading series, maintains the level of quality that has become expected from All About Spelling products. Most of the early readers my children had when younger were flimsy paperback pamphlets. In contrast, the Beehive Reader is a beautifully illustrated hard-cover book of 160 pages. The simple feel and look of the book is sure to make emerging readers feel that they are about to embark on a wonderful reading adventure.

There are ten stories contained within its pages, all coordinating with the words that are learned using All About Spelling Level 1. (Level 1 Correlation by step) Most of the stories are 10-12 pages long with one or two sentences per page, yet still carry a decent story line. A combination of serious and silly tales are included.

To help with tracking, a dotted line is beneath the sentences. Care was put into proper line breaks and natural phrasing to encourage the child to read in phrases rather than choppily in individual words. Even the paper used is a heavier, cream-colored stock that feels good in the hands and it easy on young eyes. These are all subtle features that set your beginning or struggling reader up for success.

The pencil illustrations one each page are absolutely gorgeous and charming! Unlike other early readers I've seen, the illustrations do not allow readers to guess the words on the page, yet still compliment them perfectly. Your children will appreciate the detail of the drawings. Additionally, each story has a repeating watermark image in the background that coordinates with the story for added charm. For example, the story titled The Bat and King Sam has crowns on the background of its pages.

See more sample pages

This is a quality reader inside and out. My two are long past the early reader stage, but I know they would have just adored the Beehive Reader when they were just learning. There simply isn't anything not to love.

The Beehive Reader is $19.95 and available at the All About Spelling website*. More readers and additional materials for the All About Reading series are in the works. Look for them later this year!

Visit the TOS Homeschool Crew's blog to read more reviews on this product and others.

Disclaimer: This review was provided as a result in my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew in exchange for my honest review. I strive to give a balanced overview of each product, detailing my opinion of both pros and cons and how the product worked for my family. What works for one family may not work for another. I encourage you to read reviews of other Crew members and research sufficiently to determine if any product will be a benefit to your homeschool.

*All About Spelling affiliate

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