Monday, February 22, 2010

Beehive Reader from AAS

As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.

All About Spelling has just introduced its newest product... Beehive Reader 1 and I am so excited about it. Am I the only one who gets excited about beautiful books?

I wrote to you last year about the All About Spelling program and how much we enjoyed using it. As soon as the Beehive Reader arrived, I called E6 to the kitchen to check out his new book.

You should know, that E6 has always been our 'stuck in the middle' child. He is so funny and so smart, but is also compliant and sometimes quiet. He can easily get left out or overpowered by the other more demanding personalities in this house. When I showed him the Beehive Reader he was so excited to have a book that was just for him. He has carried it around, asked to read it during school time each day, and brought it out to show and read to his grandparents when they have come over.

E6 has good reason to be exited about this book. First, it is hardcover which makes for good durablity with little hands. And because of my background in art I am always drawn to the illustrations. Truly, the art in this book is the perfect blend of simplicity and beauty. Take a look for yourself.

In addition to being 'stuck in the middle', E6 is also highly distractable and not always easy to teach. However, I have been so pleased to watch his reading ability blossom this past year and the Beehive Reader has been perfect for him. Marie Rippel is the co-author of this book and creator of AAS and has taken the time to invest in creating a reader that can help every reader, even the struggling reader. Her son was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age so she has kept her son's experience in mind. As a matter of fact, every detail of this book has been well thought out....

- The paper used is non-glare so that it is easier on young eyes.

-The font used is a customized font. AAS wanted a simple font and one that would easily distinguish similar letters (like 'b', 'p', and 'q').

-Each line of text is designed to follow 'natural phrasing', breaking where we would naturally break in the sentence.

-There is a subtle underline under the text to help distractable readers to keep their place.

-Since the language of the stories are simple for beginning readers, each illustration helps to further develop the story, but were designed to not make the words of the story predictable. (I love that!!)

-The stories are fun and use everyday language.

I'm not the only one who loves this book. Beehive Reader 1 has already won the silver medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. And Marie Rippel has promised us that there is more to come in this series soon!

Beehive Reader 1 sells for $19.99 at the AAS website where you can also view pages of the book. And you can find more reviews at the TOS Crew Blog.

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