All About Spelling Review

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews All About Spelling

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This year, we used two different levels of All About Spelling. My 2nd grader used level 2 and my 5th grader used level 5. They have both used AAS from the beginning.

 

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All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can learn more about here!

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We have adapted All About Spelling this year in some creative ways. My kids got tired of the board and the tiles so we switched things up a bit and tried some different ways of presenting the words and rules.

One of her favorite methods is using the Boogie Board. She will gladly write on this for just about anything it has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool.

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She also gets very creative on the dry erase board and loves to create elaborate pictures out of the words. Hey, whatever makes it fun!

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My son {5th grade}, has asked to keep things simple and honestly we have gotten to the point where we use the AAS book and discuss the rules, practice the words on the Boogie Board, and then review at the end of the week. He is picking the words up pretty easily, so it has worked for us to not be so intense using the board. For his busy schedule dues to his gymnastics training, quick and simple has worked better.

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Below you can see and download the year-at-a-glance sheets I made for each level. I actually make these for each of my kids’ subjects because it really helps me see the focus for the year and keep track. It helps with weekly lesson planning, since I only like to plan one week at a time to allow flexibility. I just pull out these sheets and type up the plans in Lessontrek for my kids each week. Yes, it takes me a lot of prep time in the summer, but is so helpful to me, and entirely worth it.

You are welcome to download and use these if you are using AAS 2 or AAS 5, just click on the images below to download. Forgive any errors, when I created these, they were just for me to use, but I figured some of you might like to use them too.

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Wondering which level to start with, you can see placement tests here and get answers to more FAQ by scrolling to the bottom of this page!

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Wondering about the differences between All About READING and All About SPELLING? Read this!

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See more curriculum reviews and all of our curriculum choice posts!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



Spelling Resources

Spelling Resources for Homeschoolers

 

It’s no secret that we love All About Spelling. We will be using level 2 and level 5 this year in our homeschool. All About Learning Press has some fantastic spelling resources that I wanted to compile all in one post to make it easy for you to jump around.

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First, here’s a great article explaining the basics behind All About Spelling’s approach. Here’s a great article where you can decide if All About Spelling is right for your child.

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All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can specifically read more about here and scroll to the bottom of the article and look for this graphic to read even more!.

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Wondering what level to start withThis is a great article to help!

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Wondering about the differences between All About Reading and All About Spelling? This article explains the differences! This article shares why they recommend teaching reading and spelling separately.

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Finally, here’s a free printable for you, just go here to download the spelling rules posters!

Printable Spelling Rules Posters



Our Favorite Spelling Curriculum

All About Spelling is our favorite spelling curriculum.  We began using it when PacMan was struggling in 1st grade. All About Learning Press has an awesome blog and has written a series of articles focused on spelling, which I am sharing below.  Just click on the graphics to read more and see why this spelling program is so awesome!

I know many of you are hunting for spelling curriculum and thought these articles might be helpful as you review All About Spelling as an option!

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Spelling Can Be Easy

Click to see the 6 articles in this series…

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When it is time to switch…

Homeschool Reading

All 3 of my children learn differently.  Homeschooling gives me a unique advantage to tap into this and really learn how each one of them learns best.  It is a challenge for me, but one that I gladly accept!

Recently I noticed Krash begin to struggle and not pick up on some literacy skills presented in his Calvert 1st grade curriculum.  I used this same program with PacMan and he flew right through it all, still does for the most part.  Krash is a different story.  He is a smart child who is very able to learn, just needs to be taught a bit differently.  He is very active and doesn’t enjoy sitting for long, which wasn’t usually a big problem for Pac, nor is it for Ladybug.

We hit a lesson in Calvert that I dislike, as it introduces some phonics skills too early, too quickly, and unclearly.  I remembered the lesson with PacMan and although he struggled a bit too, he moved right on.  Krash hit a wall and began to get super frustrated and negative, so did I.  Instead of dragging it out, we made a change.  Since we are under a cyber school, I emailed and got permission to do it my way for awhile and then come back to Calvert when I felt he was ready.  We are blessed with an unbelievable support system, so it was totally fine with them.

I stopped ALL Calvert literacy the very next day, and only kept the math {which he flies through}.  I decided to use ONLY All About Reading Level 1 and Spelling Level 1. The first 2 days, he fought me, then things began to click.  He slowly stopped complaining about “board school” and seemed more and more eager to learn.

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What did we do exactly?

I did one lesson from All About Spelling 1 and All About Reading 1 every single day {5 days a week}.  Other than his math from Calvert, that’s all we did, for 3 weeks! When we started this blitz, he was on lesson 9 with spelling and lesson 32 in reading.  Prior to this we had been using these lessons about once a week as a supplement to his Calvert.

When did the change in attitude occur?

After a few days, he became more accepting of the idea and wasn’t giving me as much attitude. After about 2 weeks, I really began to notice the confidence boost, which is what I was aiming for!  Then one day, he said it, the words that I was praying to hear!

“Mom, I like reading now!”

My mouth dropped, as he has never expressed a positive feeling towards reading!  He does it, but has never liked it. 

Why do I think All About Reading/Spelling helped?

It is by far the most comprehensive program I have seen. It honestly teaches ME things I didn’t realize were spelling or phonics rules! The hands-on approach helps so much; the little games included, the letter tiles, the stories, and how it all ties together is just wonderful.

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What has happened since?

We do love Calvert, and are sticking with it as our main program and since it is a box curriculum, we use their literacy portions too.  I do love a lot about Calvert’s literacy, just the sequence of certain spelling and phonics rules rub me the wrong way! After the 3 weeks, we got right back into our Calvert and it was a totally different experience.  He felt so much more confident and was able to understand better because his attitude was better.

No, it hasn’t solved all of our problems, I still struggle with a few aspects of Calvert’s literacy program and feel it moves a bit too fast in 1st grade overall.  We will stick it out this year and then I will revaluate for next year, as I always do.  We are a one year at a time, one child at a time kind of family.  Calvert works beautifully for PacMan and seems to be a perfect fit for him.  Will it be for Krash in the long run? I am not sure!

What about All About Reading/Spelling now?

We are still using it, just not as frequently.  I am back on the once or twice a week format.  He completed AAS Level 1 and is up to lesson 46 with AAR 1, which is only 4 lessons from the end.  We have All About Reading Level 2 already and will begin using that soon!

Why both Calvert and All About Spelling/Reading?

Because I like portions of both.  I like the stories in Calvert, the sight word emphasis, the comprehension portions and a lot more.  I love the sequence and speed of All About Spelling/Reading much better than Calvert’s spelling or phonics.  I use both because they reinforce each other in totally different ways.  Krash needs reminders and using both allows this overlap a lot.  I initially added in All About Reading Level 1 so I could review it and provide feedback on my blog.  I continue to use it because I love it and it works.  You can see more about that in the FAQ portion of this post.



All About Learning Press Giveaway

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know we have been using products from All About Learning Press.  Specifically, PacMan used All About Spelling when he was struggling a few years ago.  Krash is currently using All About Reading Level 1, and Ladybug is using All About Reading Level Pre-1.

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I am thrilled to host a giveaway for you, for a $50 gift certificate to All About Learning Press!   I know many of you have been eyeing products from All About Learning Press, and I love that one of you will win this to help with your purchases for the upcoming school year!

Not sure what you would want to purchase?  Here are some links to some of my favorite resources on the All About Learning Press website {which is so helpful and informative}.

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