Beehive Reader 1: Review

Since this product is produced by and correlates with All About Spelling, you may be interested in reading my complete review of All About Spelling.

As soon as this book arrived in the mail Sadie (6) claimed it as her own.  Sadie had not, to this point, picked up a book to read on her own initiative.  However I found her all over the house reading the stories from this book.  She chooses it to read aloud to me, she chooses it for her nap time reading and she can also be found reading it on her own.

She loves the size, perfect for her to put under her arm or in her reading bag.  She loves the stories, some whimsical and some more realistic and she loves, loves, loves the pictures.  I don’t think that my other early reader (age 4) has had an opportunity to look at the book yet.

Produced by All About Spelling the Beehive reader shares the quality, method and vision of the All About Spelling program.  Each detail of the book was thoughtfully designed and children with different learning styles and struggles were considered and choices were made to make this the best book possible for them.

The Beehive Reader 1 is lovely.  It is a 156 page, hardcover book with charming and whimsical pencil illustrations.

It includes 10 stories that build upon each other and introduce new reading concepts slowly and deliberately.

The All About Spelling team considered every aspect of this reader and how they could make it easier and better for the beginning reader.  From the paper to the font and phrasing, each detail was evaluated and decisions were made with the kids in mind.  (There is even subtle underlining to help children who have difficulty tracking.)

The Beehive Reader uses a solid incremental approach so that the children are able to decode all of the words in the book, no guessing.  The words in the Beehive Reader directly correlate with the words taught in All About Spelling so children not only learn how to read the words, they also learn how to spell them.  This makes the Beehive Reader ideal to use for dictation and copy work assignments, giving the children a more unified approach to reading, spelling and writing.

You do not need to use All About Spelling for your children to enjoy and love this reader. Sadie has not yet started All About Spelling, but reads and loves the Beehive Reader and all of my older children have enjoyed reading through it.

The Beehive Reader is available for $19.95.  You may also purchase various levels of the complete All About Spelling program for $39.95.  (Here is my complete review of All About Spelling.)

All About Spelling sent our family a complimentary copy of The Beehive Reader 1 in order to for me to write this review.  The ideas and opinions expressed are my own and I have not been otherwise compensated.

You may be interested in how our large family manages the laundry or how we encourage our children to do chores or  you may just want to read about how I managed to completely mess up dinner one evening.

This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.

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3 Responses to Beehive Reader 1: Review
  1. Celee
    February 12, 2010 | 10:11 am

    Just ordered it. Thanks. My Measle is 6 and I’m always on the lookout for good books for her. Most of the level 1 and 2 readers I’ve found have a handful of very difficult words thrown in. I don’t know why they do that!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hope your kids enjoy this as much as ours have. I’d love to hear what you think about it after you see it.


  2. Amber
    February 14, 2010 | 1:21 am

    Hey! Thanks for joining my blog frog community. Looks like you guys have your hands full with a large family. I think that’s great. Our little guy is only 6 months old, so we’re pretty far off from official schooling of any kind. I am definitely going to pass your blog on to my neighbor who is homeschooling her two older boys.

    The Mom Road


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