All About Spelling Level 1 Materials
Most people choose this option, which includes one Teacher's Manual and one Student Packet. You will also need a Spelling Interactive Kit.
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Incredible Difference for my Dyslexic Teen!
Posted by Debbie J on 30th Jan 2016
I have 3 kids, all with dyslexia (like their dad). One has a degree in chemistry, one is in college taking computer programming classes, and the 3rd is in high school (17 year-old). They all have lots of problems with spelling; however, in a 'one last shot' effort, I ordered your curriculum to use with my high school aged daughter. The difference in her spelling, after nearly completing ONE book (the first book), is incredible! She finally gets it and her confidence level in writing has shot through the roof. All the things I tried to teach her for so many years finally made sense to her.
If any other parents are thinking, why am I bothering with the tiles when my kid can write, I would just tell them how much it reinforces the concept of separating the sounds, one by one, to help with spelling. My kids all tended to mush everything together and leave out letters in words because I couldn't get them to separate the sounds and hear/spell EACH sound - the letter tiles kind of forces them to think in terms of 'what's the next sound' as they search for letters.
While there are exceptions to some of the rules (like 'get', 'gift', 'girl', etc., on the g after e, I, or y rule), just focusing on each rule, continually going over the sounds, spelling with tiles, and dictating words and phrases have all blended together to help her reinforce the concepts Even little things, like capitalizing the first letter on proper names, which she literally NEVER remembered to do, is now SOP .
If any parents are sitting on the fence wondering if this curriculum really helps and have a kid with dyslexia, I would tell them to BUY IT NOW. I wish wish wish I had found it when my other two kids were still in elementary school, or even high school - how many struggles and feelings of inferiority we could have avoided! Thanks so much for taking the time to figure all this out! It's awesome, and we'll be working out way through the whole series until graduation.
Helping my Dyslexic Son!
Posted by Kara on 19th Dec 2015
I just wanted to say thank you! I have been using AAS with my profoundly dyslexic 11 year old son since August. We are still on Level 1 but his confidence is soaring, as his spelling ability and reading. I am going to use the program with my two older high school students as a remedial program, and will use it with my kindergartener, too! We have tried so many programs but were unable to afford some of the more expensive programs for dyslexics. I am forever grateful for AAS - my only regret is that I didn't use it sooner!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Easy to use
Posted by Janelle H. on 19th Nov 2015
I am loving AAL. It is really helping four of my children so much. I guess my most favorite part is the ease of introduction to spelling and how it's not intimidating to the student!
My daughter wrote about spelling in her diary!
Posted by Melissa on 15th Apr 2015
Hi there. I have a 12 y/o daughter. I pulled her out of public school half way through 3rd grade. She had always struggled with spelling in school and since pulling her out. Recently, I took the advice of AAS and started at the beginning with Level 1 a few weeks ago and we are almost done with it. I asked her today how she was feeling about her progress and the new program today and she said “So much better. I actually wrote about how much easier spelling is for me now in my diary last night!” This is so huge!!! Writing has always been a struggle and I have suspected her lack of confidence in spelling as a big contributor to it. Not only was she writing, but she was writing about spelling!! LOL! So far, we are loving this program! Thank you so much!!
It's working for my son with Aspergers
Posted by Joanne S. on 10th Apr 2015
I am a mother of an Asperger boy who also has ADHD, vision and auditory processing issues. He is a year behind in school and is currently in second grade. Despite his best efforts in an absolutely wonderful little private school, he could barely spell three letter words. A homeschooling neighbor who uses All About Spelling told me about the program. I wasn’t sure if it would work but I needed to do something as I was desperately watching my son copy and copy and copy words each week in preparation for his weekly spelling test of words that were way too hard for him. He failed every spelling test. He was so down on himself and every night turned into a meltdown when we copied and did spelling worksheets. Another homeschooling friend told me he needed to do copy work and all of the experts were saying that with these types of issues, phonics rules wouldn’t work. Well, I’m here to say that my son copied and copied and it was like he’d never seen the words before in his life. I decided to try All About Spelling. We are almost through level 1 and I am seeing good results. My child is not a fast learner and it takes much repetition before he catches a concept, but that is what I like about AAS. I am very happy I decided to invest in this program. I will be starting the reading program as well because his reading is lagging as well. I am even using the AAS program with my 8 year old girl who seems to be a natural speller. She is hearing impaired and learning all the sounds of each letter of the alphabet has definitely helped her and having clear rules makes her an even better speller. Although my son gets frustrated at the drop of a hat, we do our daily lessons and I see him slowly but surely building confidence. I recommend this program for any child with Aspergers , as it gives them a clear reason of the “why”. I am very interested to start the reading program!
Great help for my 8 and 9 yo's
Posted by Shannon on 1st Apr 2015
Just wanted to tell you how much I love your spelling program! My 9 yo son and 8 yo daughter both started the program back in January, level 1. We have had several interruptions to our schedule, and are almost finished with this level. They have both improved so much in their spelling and reading abilities. This is filling in the phonics gaps that my son just couldn’t figure out. Thanks so much for your program!!
Now she knows WHY words are spelled a certain way!
Posted by Christine on 25th Feb 2015
All About Spelling has helped my daughter immensely. She was just not able to spell before we found it. My favorite part is that every time she makes and error I can tell her why. She understands what is wrong and knows how to fix it thus greatly reducing frustration not only for her but for me as well. THANK YOU so much for writing All About Spelling!
It's helping my 9th grade dyslexic daughter!
Posted by Laura M on 18th Nov 2014
I am using this curriculum for my ninth grader who is dyslexic. She has struggled with spelling for several years. She is gaining confidence. She is implementing the rules we have already learned to help in her daily writing tasks. I am so excited to complete this entire system! It is definitely working! I cannot tell you how much of a difference this has made for us, thank you!!
Posted by Sandy M. on 12th Nov 2014
AAS has been our saving grace. We are almost finished with level 1 and oh how much progress we’ve made! So very thankful. Our daughter loves it. Spelling and reading have improved dramatically :)! Her confidence has grown and even writing her own sentences has improved! So very thankful!
Starting at Level 1 for 7th and 5th graders was the right thing to do!
Posted by Nicole on 11th Nov 2014
I started my 5th and 7th graders on level 1 and boy is it a good thing I did. They both had terrible spelling when I started homeschooling last year so it was one of my big concerns I wanted to work on when we started homeschooling. I also have a 5 year old, which was the deciding factor for beginning with level one. I figured it would be a confidence booster for my 2 oldest because I was sure it would be too easy for them and then I would have it ready for my youngest to use when he was ready to start the program.
Initially it was way too easy for them but it made it less stressful for all of us as we learned what to expect from the program and we were able to just have fun with it. It gave us time to memorize the rules before things started heating up!
About 3/4 of the way through level 1 we started getting into areas that they had to really work at and by the end of the level I knew I had done the right thing by starting here. So we just started level 2 a couple of weeks ago and I just couldn’t be happier with the program. My oldest had been have problems with what you might think were the simplest words to spell but now he is steadily working his way through and improving. Now when they misspell a word I just remind them of the rule and they often figure it out on their own now.
Level one took us about 2 months to complete so it seems like moving through the levels won’t really take too long for my older kids. We could have completed it sooner but we only work on it 3-4 days a week. There will be areas they understand more quickly because of previous exposure. But thumbing through level 2 I see some areas that I think we might want to stay on or repeat. I say this because when I looked over the program before deciding on it I thought each level would be extended over an entire semester so I panicked a little worrying I would be holding the kids back by starting at the beginning. Not so – it has built a more solid foundation for us. I definitely expect to continue throughout the remaining levels.
Great with my Autistic child!
Posted by Courtney on 3rd Oct 2014
I am so pleased with AAS! My son has been diagnosed with high functioning Autism. He was having great difficulty with school and at the end of 2nd grade was reading/writing at a K-1st grade level. After alot of research my husband and I decided to homeschool our son and agreed to try AAS. We are about to complete Level 1 in just over a month and we couldn't be happier! The lessons are easy to follow and are giving my son the confidence he was lacking in the public school system. This product covers all learning styles which helps my son actually understand what he is spelling. I have seen him blossom in the last month and there is no doubt that we are going to continue on with Level 2.
Spelling is one of my son's favorite subjects!
Posted by Melissa on 10th Sep 2014
I have to share this with you! This is our first time using AAS & my 4th grade son is half way through level 1. Before we started school this year, he spelled 'ran' r-a-e-n and had a hard time hearing the sounds in words. After just 3 weeks of AAS, he hasn't had to repeat a single lesson and is writing the dictation perfectly.
Recently, he was asked about his favorite subjects....he said, 'History and SPELLING!' Whenever I tell him it's spelling time, he yells 'whoo hoo!!' I can't believe it. He is sounding words out now on other assignments as well and doing it correctly. Love your program! And so very thankful for it.
seriously helped my poor speller!!!
Posted by Wendy Sandine on 12th Jun 2014
I don't normally leave reviews for products. But AAS has taken my spelling challenged son and has helped him become an excellent speller in less than two levels. He can sound words out and spell them correctly. Something he was not able to do before. Public school taught him sight words, he has no idea how to sound them out. Thanks to AAS he knows his phonics!! I will be using it all the through.Thank you AAS for helping my boy!
Posted by Magg on 21st Mar 2014
Read SO many amazing reviews about this program, ON this site, and OFF. Cannot wait to use it! Thank you so much (WILL update my review once we complete level one!)
Great for ESL learners too!
Posted by Tanya on 18th Feb 2014
I just wanted to say thank you very much for a well thought out programme. We are actually English second language users. The phonics are very similar between English and Afrikaans and this has caused spelling issues. This year I started my gr 5 and gr 3 both on level 1. My dd gr 5 finished level 1 in 5 weeks. Great review and a few awesome rules. My ds gr 3 is on step 16 and doing really well. Looking forward to starting Level 2 tomorrow! Regards, Tanya South Africa
Giving my son confidence!
Posted by Brittany R. on 16th Jan 2014
I want to THANK YOU all for creating the All About Spelling program! I am homeschooling my 7 and 1/2 year old son and currently using Level 1. (He has just started Lesson 14, which makes him just past the half-way mark for this level.) Last night my husband challenged him to spell the word "consistency" and our son went right to work and wrote "consistensee." Not bad!!! I was so thrilled to see his confidence and how he carefully applied the rules that he's been taught thus far. Thank you, thank you!
Works wonders for my daughter with Autism!
Posted by Jennifer T. on 23rd Oct 2013
Hello: I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much I think about your product, All About Spelling. It's WONDERFUL!! Thanks to your program my 9 year old daughter has a foundation for spelling words. I think your program is fantastic and I have recommended it to others parenting children who learn differently.
My daughter has ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and is a very slow learner. As such, it took us some time to get through Level 1 but she did! I was so proud of her. We just started Level 2, and she is actually enjoying it. Having a foundation for spelling that starts from the beginning with letter sounds working its way forward gives her the confidence and skills to spell. I tell others that your program, just makes sense! I don't know how else to say it.
Even though my daughter attends a special school for children with learning disabilities she was getting the "words on Monday, make pyramids, write out 3x and then come in on Friday for a test" program. This program made no sense to me. My daughter would try to just memorize the words with no foundation behind it. Worst of all, any words she would get wrong, the teacher would just mark them wrong and then move on to 5 new words the next week. That made no sense to me at all. So I supplemented what she was getting (or not getting) at school with your program. Even though my daughter moved through AAS slowly, her tutors tell me she can spell all the words in level 1 now!!! I was moved to tears hearing that.
Thank you again for a wonderful program that gives our kids confidence, skills and success!
Mom and Dad are learning with the kids!
Posted by Shannon on 30th Jan 2013
My two daughters have been using AAS this year for the first time and we REALLY like it! My 3rd grader is finally not afraid of spelling and my 1st grader is having a much easier time picking up on spelling with this program. We love the rules and my husband and I are learning so much also! So thank you for the great curriculum.
Gave me Confidence to homeschool
Posted by Michelle on 14th Dec 2012
I love the spelling program. It is laid out in such an efficient manner that I know exactly what I'm doing and where I'm going. My son felt so insecure in his spelling abilities that I new different method than other traditional methods. I see him blossoming and he is feeling more confident than ever. I love seeing him draw and write on his own for fun.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Sep 2012
I have three sons, all of whom exhibit dyslexic tendencies. My youngest showing the most symptoms. Needless to say, I have wanted pull my hair out on a daily basis trying to teach my boys to read and spell. They, too, would like to pull my hair out! :) I learned of the OG approach quite a few years ago and began to try to understand how to implement that in my home. I even read the entire OG Manual! But still when I would try to put the lessons together I always felt like something was missing. It just didn't seem to flow the way I felt it should, and most all my boys weren't progressing as I thought they should. Not to mention the time I would spend putting together individualized lessons for each boy and then teaching the lesson! My entire life consisted of spelling/reading lessons! It was very overwhelming and discouraging. My husband and I discussed many times my getting OG trained because I felt I couldn't truly teach them that approach to reading/spelling with out the proper training. Enter AAS......What a breath of fresh air! AAS has been an absolute god send. We have been using it for about two years now. It truly is all you need. It completely takes the "work" out of lesson planning for you. I no longer spend HOURS putting together lesson, I just open the book and teach! It really is that simple! I can say that, too because I have very familiar with the OG approach. You absolutely can teach your children reading and spelling with out OG training with this program. Thisprogram will never get anything but the highest remarks from this frustrated turned happy homeschool mom!!! Thank you so much for making it so very simple.
Simple, playful, multi-sensory--we love it!
Posted by Cindy on 21st Sep 2012
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for this encouragement back in July. We began Level 1 with all three kids (2nd, 5th, 7 grade) three weeks ago and zipped on through. We are now separating into individual lessons for Level 2 since the youngest has almost reached her learning curve and the middle one really struggles with spelling as a direct result/repercussion from Lyme Disease. I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! It is simple, playful, repetitious, multi-sensory and can be individualized. GREAT job!!
Thanks again for taking time to develop a curriculum such as this!
AAS was the perfect approach for my struggling son!
Posted by Shirrel Schramm on 17th Jul 2012
We started using AAS when my oldest son was 9. He was a struggling reader. Most of the time, he would read the end of the word before the beginning of the word. We were not going down a good path. In the first few lessons of "pulling down the sounds" with the tokens, there was a look that began to develop on his face. It totally changed his world. He is now reading and writing so much better, and I believe it is because of the multisensory approach he has had with this program. I recommend it to everyone because even my avid readers have learned good spelling and enjoy it.
I get groans on Saturdays if we don't do spelling!
Posted by Janelle on 16th Apr 2012
THANK YOU! My dd (almost 8) is whizzing through level 1 and we're about set to order level 2. She is a naturally decent speller and a very good reader. I wanted her to have a strong background knowledge of the rules and whys and why nots of spelling. She's getting it while having a blast. Because words are her area of strength I'm choosing curriculum which will provide her with the best. She's getting it with her spelling through you. Heck I'm learning something! I wasn't taught some of this stuff!
I get groans on Saturdays when she asks if we're doing spelling and I tell her no ... it's the weekend. NO FAIR she says.
So thanks again. I'm so glad I listened to my instincts and ordered your level 1. You are my third and last spelling program. We're not leaving until she's finished all the levels...which at this rate could be in a year! :)
We LOVE All About Spelling!!!
Posted by Jennifer J. on 21st Mar 2012
We LOVE All About Spelling!!! As an adult, I am ENTHRALLED learning all the rules for spelling as I teach my first grader. It's SO helpful! Thank you!!!
I WISH I HAD BOUGHT YOUR PRODUCTS SOONER!!!
Posted by LeAnne G. on 21st Mar 2012
Thank you so much for writing this curriculum!!! I love how it gives me the words to say and that I don't have to do lots of prep.
I am currently doing levels one and two with three of our six kids. By next week I'll have three kids in three different levels and I think I could end up having five kids in five different levels in a few months. I WISH I HAD BOUGHT YOUR PRODUCTS SOONER!!! Thanks for blessing us!
Great program, great company
Posted by Unknown on 20th Mar 2012
After having tried several other spelling programs with practically no retention, I started using All About Spelling with my 8yo son. Not only has is it pretty much eliminated his resistance about having to do spelling, he actually now considers it one of his preferred subjects, he also remembers what he's learned. With other programs, he'd "master" the words for the week and if you asked him to spell them a month later, it would be like he'd never seen them before. Now, he retains what he learned and even if he makes a mistake, I can ask him which rule it violates and he can correct it himself.
In addition, I have to give 5 stars to the company. They have been a pleasure to deal with and stand by their product 100%.
This is both a spelling program and a company that I would be happy to recommend to anyone. I am also using the reading program with my 4yo and it is top notch as well. Thank you All About Learning!
Therapists were blown away!
Posted by Johnne O. on 7th Feb 2012
I just want to tell you how much AAS has helped my daughter. She is 13 1/2 years old and didn't really learn to read well until she started this program. Recently we found other problems and started seeing an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Language Pathologist. Both of them were completely blown away when they tested her because her ability was far higher than her disability should have allowed. They credited it to the work we have done with AAS. They were not familiar with the program but now sing its praises. I lent the Speech Pathologist my copy of Level one to review, she wants to use it with her clients. When she tried to work with my daughter using different methods she saw that they didn't work and told me that she would work with her on other areas and let me stick to what I am doing.
The greatest help is the way you attach every sound to a rule and not to a word. She now can remember the rule and use it elsewhere. When it is attached to a word she doesn't recognize it outside that word. Thank you so much All About Spelling!!!!! You have given us HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT AND RESULTS.
My 5-year-old can spell "Astronomy" thanks to AAS!
Posted by Kristen Romano on 4th Feb 2012
I wanted to take a minute to personally thank you for your amazing spelling curriculum. Since purchasing AAS1 and 2, I have witnessed my daughter build a solid foundation for spelling. Her reading has improved exponentially and her confidence at tackling "tough" spelling words is truly awe-inspiring. And if that wasn't enough I am finally learning the "why" behind our melting-pot of a language. I feel my wheels turning and things are clicking into place. I love these "a-ha" moments.
Everyday she amazes me with her spelling prowess. Just the other day my daughter (age 5) spelled 'Astronomy' correctly the first time, all by herself. (Her father is an amateur astronomer so its a word she hears often) But it floored me nonetheless. I am a believer in your product and can't wait to start AAR with my other daughter.
She is begging me to read!
Posted by Natalie A. on 9th Jan 2012
I just wanted to say that I am SO glad that I ordered the All About Reading short stories books to go along with Level 1. My daughter has always fought me when it came to reading so I stopped our curriculum and decided to try these along with the Spelling Lessons. Today she was begging me to read the stories before we did the lesson. She LOVES the stories, the pictures are wonderful and they have really been building her confidence and love of reading. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Reading AND spelling are improving!
Posted by Shirrel Schramm on 15th Dec 2011
I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! We are all blessed! My youngest son finds rules in his reading all the time. My oldest, who is an avid reader, has progressed quickly through the program but really is getting holes filled in as we go along. And,one of my children had a problem reading and writing before this program. Once we started pullling down sounds, something clicked and he got it. His reading has improved tremendously and he is wanting to read now. I am also learing a whole lot!
Teaching the teacher
Posted by Joyce in Hong Kong on 7th Dec 2011
Very good program. Rules are learned, practiced, and mastered. High retention rate for the kids and I can see them stop, think, and apply the spelling rules they've learned so far. My son, especially likes the Dictate Phrases. He tries to connect the various phrases into one long sentence and see how far he gets. The fact that he can spell the phrases correctly gives him confidence when he has to do a bit of writing in other subjects.
I am also learning and re-learning spelling rules ! The kids like to see that mommy is not perfect and she too needs to learn ... even at her age ! I'm really enjoying teaching this program and learning together with my kids.
Best Spelling Program I've Found!
Posted by Susan Thompson on 1st Dec 2011
We're almost finished with Level 1 and it's easily the best spelling program I've found. My older son used to cry every day with Spelling Power and with this program he's happy to do the lessons and he's learned so much! His confidence in writing has greatly improved! So happy I found it.
The best spelling program ever
Posted by dean2kids on 16th Nov 2011
When we first started using this program, my daughter thought it was way too easy. What she didn't realize was she was acually learning spelling rules for the first time. This has made the world of difference at our house. (no more tears because she can't memorize a word). Best program hands down!!!!!
Improved spelling in only 2 weeks!
Posted by Stephanie Clunn on 5th Oct 2011
I am IN LOVE with your curriculum. As a veteran homeschooler with kids pre-K to already graduated, I am thrilled to have found your program. I saw an improvement in my eleven year old's spelling inside of ten days. Just amazing. Wonderful, wonderful! Thank you for making spelling easy and FUN!
My sons can finally spell!
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Oct 2011
This is the first time I have ever written a review for any curriculum! I wish I would have known about this program when we started homeschooling 5 years ago! We just started using All About Spelling this year with my 4th grader and 2nd grader. I started them both in Level 1 and was concerned that my 4th grader would be upset about that, but he wasn't! I do his lesson time and then go on to my 2nd grader. It is wonderful to see where their spelling "gaps" are. I have tried the typical weekly spelling list and found that they were memorizing for the test and then forgetting. Correctly spelling words during writing time was PAINFUL! They could not do it.
With your program I have seen a dramatic improvement in both of my boys. My 4th grader finished Level 1 in just a month so we are moving to Level 2 starting tomorrow. The combination of spelling rules, phonics, letter tiles and writing have made a huge difference.
I really began to notice when we started doing the dictation exercises how much they really were comprehending. It was like a light came on that said, "Oh, I am supposed to use my spelling strategies in my writing!" It is so exciting to hear them saying each sound individually while they are spelling and to watch them start counting the syllables in words even when we are not doing our spelling time!
I can't say enough about this program. I am recommending it to everyone I know! I have finally found a spelling program that works effectively!
Love, love, love it!
Mastery approach is great.
Posted by Unknown on 14th Sep 2011
We just finished level 1. One of my learners struggles with spelling and the mastery approach is beneficial b/c no "failing" or grading is involved. My learners need to see, touch and say the words to master them. We are starting level 2 and I can't wait for them(my 2 learners)to
see the results!
AAS Rules Help Reading Too!
Posted by Michelle in England on 24th Aug 2011
Today my son and I worked on lesson 24 and I just had to take a few minutes out of my day to tell you how excited I am. My son is reading fairly well (he's 7), but one thing that was holding him back was vowels. Often, in long words, he wouldn't know whether a vowel was long or short. I was often perplexed, wishing I knew of some phonics rule to help him work it out. Well, today we both learned the open/closed syllable: long/short vowel rule. Knowing this is going to help his reading really take off.
It isn't just lesson 24 that has made me a happy homeschooling mum; the whole programme has been such a breath of fresh air. My son enjoys doing spelling now (so do I!) and has the learning is truly sticking. We use Writing with Ease and I can see him using what he's learned when he does dictation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I love All About Spelling
Posted by Deb - CO on 18th Aug 2011
I love All About Spelling. It will be my spelling program forever and ever, amen. I love AAS so much, I became an affiliate and have written reviews for online homeschool magazines. I can't wait for more levels of All About Reading to come out. I have purchased All About Spelling Levels One and Two, as well as All About Reading Pre-Level One. We also have all the readers that have been published so far.
Posted by Barbara-NC on 19th Jul 2011
Both of my children are loving this program and for the first time, we have an organized, effective method to teach them how to spell. They are really taking off with their spelling thanks to All About Spelling. I am ordering Level 2 today!
We Love Spelling!
Posted by Christa-TN on 19th Jul 2011
Spelling is now so much fun! It's the favorite subject!! We LOVE AAS!
More than I could have wished for
Posted by Michaela Boothe, homeschool mom to 3 on 18th Jul 2011
February 1, 2011
I wish I could have called you when I first opened up your book. I squealed with delight as I realized what was in my hands! I went on and on to my husband about how I had FINALLY found what I was searching for. I know I am not unique in wanting the best method for teaching these skills. I also KNOW that there will be so many people just like myself that will jump with joy when they find your All About Spelling series. Hands down, your book is so beautifully put together and incredibly professional! I love the easy steps and I enjoy the helpful hints that are placed all along the way.
My best compliment goes to the method you have chosen for teaching spelling. All About Spelling incorporates so many of the important elements I was specifically looking for—visual (flashcards), auditory, hands-on (letter tiles and tokens), questions, writing exercises, a method for tracking and recognizing levels of accomplishment, and a simple step-by-step method for teaching.
To be quite honest with you, All About Spelling is EXACTLY what I was hoping to find. The only book I could find that comes even close was Writing Road to Reading, yet for me it still lacked some of the elements that you have so thoughtfully captured. The series could easily double for teaching reading as well as spelling. When I began my quest for a proper method for teaching these principles, I started searching for "methods to teach your child to read." I found that most sources I came across were incomplete. It wasn't until I felt inspired to look for "spelling methods" that I found your website and the completeness I was hoping to teach. Marie, I have to hand it to you, the book is WONDERFUL!
Please know how grateful I am for your talents in putting together these books. My three little boys (and just recently, one more on the way) will all benefit from you and the All About Spelling method. I have no hesitation to recommend your book to my family and friends. It is more than I expected to find when I pulled up your web page.
Amazing Company & Products
Posted by Breanna Adams on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Outstanding products and customer service! This is a program that works and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone looking for a great spelling program and beautiful, enjoyable early readers. The reader books will be treasured and passed down for years to come in our home! And we now have our second child going through AAS Level 1. Both children have had such great success with it and I know my younger two will as well when they are ready for it! Thank you so much!
Posted by Cheryl on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 25, 2011
I am so grateful to have found this program. My son's confidence and ability to spell is now out of understanding and not merely memorization. We are at the end of Level 1 and are ready to move on to Level 2. I wish I had found it sooner!
Posted by Mary Ann Carr on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 31, 2010
On December 6th I began homeschooling, again! I home schooled all 4 of my sons from k-12, so I have done this before. But this is my grandchild, I homeschooled her in first grade. She couldn't hold her memory for 2 minutes. Then I tried her back in school this year. They had less success than I did. So, anyhow, she is now reading! She loves her spelling best of all. Every time we enter a new area, she says... no one ever showed me this before... and is thrilled. I bought 5-6 packs of stickers, and daily she gets to add stickers to her posters... one is the phonograms, the other is the steps... that just makes her day. She will work for a sticker! She is walking right through this... I did teach her phonics, just not this way. But, even with slight new areas, she is thrilled and bouncing right in there. And suddenly she is recognizing words everywhere, not just in her reading book. And she is sounding out words that I know that she shouldn't know yet. We are pleased. I am sometimes tired of the repetitions, until I see her progress in areas that are not expected, and it is finally gelling for her!
Auditory Processing, Dyslexia...
Posted by Mrs. Daniel Anderson on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 22, 2010
My daughter, now in 3rd grade, has moderate to severe auditory processing disorder along with some dyslexia. She especially has trouble with memory and sequencing, making spelling an absolute nightmare for her. Even if she memorized enough to pass a spelling test one week, by the next she had forgotten every word she had learned. In turn it affected other areas of school such as Language and Penmanship, as it was impossible to read anything she spelled. She is more than aware of her trouble and it was beginning to pull down her self-esteem as she watched other kids her age progress without any problem. I pulled her out of school and began to homeschool her, as I felt it the best choice for her. I had the idea myself about breaking down spelling with phonetics, trying to make it easier for her than memorizing a long string of letters in order, as I realized part of her problem was that she did not recognize and use phonetic patterns the way most children do, even though she had been taught phonics. But making a solid, cohesive curriculum for her on my own was a daunting task, so I turned to the internet for help, and found your program.
This program has been perfect for her in every way. She still has to work hard, but becoming a good speller is now a possible reality for her and not a wistful dream. She has made it through the 1st level in about a month. The improvement in her other work can be measured in leaps and bounds already, but the boost in her self esteem is the greatest reward, and I am excited to start the next level with her. With our hard work together, I'm hopeful for her to catch up with her grade level by next year. Thank you for helping to make her future bright.
Working great for my 9 yo!
Posted by Laura Cuddington on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 12, 2010
We are over half-way through Level 1, and I can see that it is really helping my 9-year-old son. He was okay for the younger grades, but had not shown much improvement in his reading or spelling since about 2nd grade, and I was starting to feel desperate and at a loss as to what to do with him. Then God led me to your program which I bought right away (two levels). I can tell a big difference already in how my son is learning to pay attention to the letters that are *there* in the words and the sounds they make. He has a huge tendency to just sort of look at a word & then make up sounds that aren't even represented in the word, or leave out sounds that are in the word, or even throw in a bunch of the sounds for the letters he sees but out of order, especially as the words get bigger. We homeschool, and I am not one to go much for testing or labeling, but I was starting to think I was going to have to get some diagnostic work done. Then just from my own research, I learned enough to see what might be going on AND also found your program, and I can see huge improvements. Not only that, but my son has actually started reading books that he enjoys that are more at his grade-level. What a great sign! We still have a long way to go, but then as I said we are only a little over half-way through Level 1, so I am excited about how much improvement is still coming.
High Five from my son!
Posted by Linsey Davis on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 14, 2010
We started using All About Spelling for our 3rd grade son. I am so thankful for buying the curriculum. My son struggles with spelling and since beginning All About Spelling 2 weeks ago, he is soaring!!! He even gave me a high-five today as he was going through the lesson. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I plan on sharing my story with all of my homeschooling friends.
7 yo loves it!
Posted by Angel Bell on 10th Jun 2011
Sep 14, 2010
I've been using Level 1 with my (just turned) 7 year old boy for about 6 weeks now and I absolutely love it. Thank you for creating an easy to use Spelling program that truly teaches mastery of the spelling rules. We are really enjoying it and he loves putting his sticker on his chart each time he masters a step. I told him we would go for ice cream when he gets to step 24. He is on step 10 now. I just ordered Level 2 so we'll have it when we need it. I wish I could have used this with my 4 older children!
Posted by Christy Miller on 10th Jun 2011
Aug 23, 2010
We ordered your program awhile back and have been using it a week. I must say I am very impressed. I feel that my dyslexic daughter is going to soar with this multisensory program. We have raved to our fellow homeschoolers about it and they have all purchased as well. Thank you AAS!
I wasn't going to order...
Posted by Sarah Berke on 10th Jun 2011
Aug 7, 2010
When I first read about AAS, I thought it was exactly the program I did NOT want. I cringed at the thought of more manipulatives floating through the house and another stack of cards to keep track of. But everything else I read seemed right on, so I ordered it, put it all together, and jumped in with son #3 who wasn't catching onto spelling like his older siblings. Wow! The cards are nicely organized so I know which ones to review and when. The letter tiles are fun to do (and easy to corral with the magnets). It is more teacher-intensive than the old spelling workbooks or lists, but my boys are catching on to spelling and it's improving their reading capabilities, too. There is enough direction that I'm not wondering what to do next, but there is enough flexibility and freedom for me to mold the program around each child. Even though I was a superb speller as a child, I now finally understand why things are spelled the way they are.
An "A" for "Active" learning!
Posted by Kathy Davis on 10th Jun 2011
Jun 10, 2010
This comprehensive spelling program combines the three most common learning styles (auditory, visual and kinesthetic) to teach kids how to spell. I was very impressed with this method, as I saw it work with my "frustrated with spelling" 8-year-old. Lets face it; 8-year-old boys would rather be doing anything but spelling, and mine was no exception. We had been using Explode the Code, which I like and he tolerates, though I sensed something was missing. I realized when I started All About Spelling he needed more than just moving a pencil across the page, he needed to be more active in his learning. That's why he took so well to this method. All About Spelling gets a big "A" from me!
Complete Phonics Program!
Posted by Christy on 10th Jun 2011
Jun 10, 2010
We are currently using Level 1 with my 5-year-old, and I plan to continue with the levels that follow for the next several years. What I loved about this program at first sight is that it bridges the gap I've always found between phonics and spelling curricula. This is the complete package. There is no need for a separate phonics program! Everything is set up with simple, step-by-step instructions. You are even given tips on how to organize and store all the phonogram cards and letter tiles. Daily review is built in, and the curriculum is easy to follow. I like the simple layout of the pages. Even though it is a more thorough program than anything else I've ever used for spelling and phonics, its presentation is not overwhelming. A nice thing about the books is that they are labeled Level 1, Level 2, etc...rather than Grade 1. So, you can take an older child who is struggling and start them at the beginning without having them worry about what grade level the book is.
Autism and Guided Participation
Posted by Penny on 10th Jun 2011
May 21, 2010
We are approaching autism from a relationship perspective, using the concept of "guided participation" (a Barbara Rogoff term), where the adult is a trusted guide and the student is an apprentice. We've been working hard on that guide/apprentice relationship, and anything I choose needs to fit into that idea. When we began, I realized very quickly that All About Spelling is so much more than a spelling program. It is a boost to a beginning or struggling reader. Because it is multisensory in its approach, there is an auditory component that gives us practice that we need at our home in auditory discrimination. I realized right off the bat that my daughter wasn't always discriminating between a short "e" sound and a short "a" sound in the middle of a word. All About Spelling spotlighted an important distinction for me. Auditory processing issues are different from, separate from autism. And AAS gave me a framework to use to give us practice and experience at discriminating sounds. I am so tickled that this is a "between you and me" program--one that sometimes becomes a background activity for "guided participation"!
Teaches HOW, not just a list
Posted by Jacqueline Cromwell on 10th Jun 2011
May 21, 2010
I recently got the opportunity to review the All About Spelling program and now I think I am in love. I will admit up front that I have kids that good at spelling. We have always made a game of knowing how to spell specific words starting as early as 3. Those games as great but someday your kids will see words they don't know and will need to know how to spell. Because reading and spelling seem to be closely linked, we value it highly here in the Nerd Family. This is a program to teach kids HOW to spell in life and not just a list of words. This program is based on learning the proper sounds for letters and blends along with the spelling rules. This isn't workbook based and it does take a little time but it is worth it! This method uses all the senses by having word tiles that the kids can build words with or pick out with their hands and by you verbally teaching in addition to any writing they do.
Posted by OneBlessedMama on 10th Jun 2011
May 21, 2010
I used [a different program], and it is definitely NOT a complete phonics program. I saw how not-complete it was our first day with All About Spelling as we reviewed what sounds different letters make. While [the other program] taught words such as "water" and "want" as sight words, All About Spelling actually addresses the fact that "a" says 3 sounds: a like in cat, a like in cake, and ah like in want. When students know all the sounds a letter can make, it is easier for them to spell correctly. That was one of those "DUH" moments for me -- it had never occurred to me that my daughter was misspelling things because she tried to do it phonetically, but her phonics knowledge was incomplete. I can't say enough good things about All About Spelling.
Posted by Michelle on 10th Jun 2011
Apr 1, 2010
I just placed my order for Level 2 and wanted to say Thank You for such a wonderful program. Over the last two years, we have tried at least 4 other spelling programs including SWR and Sequential Spelling. Finally we stumbled upon All About Spelling. Eureka! It is everything I could hope for in a spelling program and is so easy to use. I love the phonics approach, the teaching and memorizing of spelling rules, the built in review and my kids love to use the tiles (my son is a very reluctant writer). My five-year-old and seven-year-old are both using the program, each moving at her/his own pace. Spelling lessons are no longer a struggle with my kids -- actually, my daughter requests to start with spelling now, and my son has commented on how easy spelling is to do. Thank you!
I was wrong.
Posted by Meredith Curtis on 10th Jun 2011
Feb 22, 2010
I have told other homeschooling moms that there's just no fun way to do spelling. I have used workbooks for years, while I encourage moms to also consider making spelling lists from unit studies or books their children are reading too. There is just no way to make spelling hands-on -- or so I thought. I stand corrected. :-)
Mom is learning too!
Posted by Erica Burgan on 10th Jun 2011
Feb 22, 2010
In the first several lessons, there were spelling rules that I had never heard of!! And I am an excellent speller (spelling bee winner and all that)! :-)
A confidence booster!
Posted by Linda Rose on 10th Jun 2011
Feb 22, 2010
We have had TREMENDOUS success with All About Spelling Level 1 -- my eight-year-old's spelling confidence has risen 100%! She even competed in the local high school spelling bee with a fair amount of confidence. I am planning to start my six-year-old on Level 1 in the next few weeks!
He used to prefer chores!
Posted by Janet Cox on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 28, 2010
Spelling has always come easily for me, so when Ryan (8) just didn't grasp it, both of us were frustrated. We had tried several different spelling programs and while he would learn the words for his test, they wouldn't stick and he would misspell them in his writing even days later. Spelling made him feel like a failure at writing and he started to hate writing of any type. Fast forward to last night. We finished his spelling lesson and he asked if we could do keep going and learn another rule. He then said spelling is now his favorite subject! This is coming from a kid who would offer to do any chore, even clean the bathrooms, to skip spelling for the day! I love that his spelling has improved drastically in his everyday writing as well. The way that All About Spelling introduces the rules and emphasizes them has really made them stick!
Posted by Kari Murphy on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 28, 2010
I love your program -- what a blessing! I taught elementary school for more than six years before my oldest was born and I became a stay-at-home mom. You'd think after all that time I would have some idea of how to teach spelling! But none of the programs were appropriate for my daughter. She's a visual-spatial learner with some auditory processing deficits and has really resisted the physical act of writing. Though she is a gifted little artist and quite the storyteller, the act of handwriting has really been a struggle for her. Your program is a perfect match for her, and us. Though she has such weaknesses in some areas, she is also highly intelligent, probably bordering on the gifted range, if not gifted. She gets bored so easily if we can't move fast enough. I love that I can use so many of these techniques (many the same techniques the Reading Specialists used in the schools where I taught) at my daughter's pace. PLUS, you never put on the books what "grade level" or "age level" the material is for -- THANK YOU!
I thought I didn't need this!
Posted by Cathy on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 28, 2010
I could give you a whole list of spelling programs that I have used with my daughter. She retained nothing. She was feeling awful and I was getting worried. I didn't think that I needed to buy one more program. I finally decided to order All About Spelling Level 1 and I am so glad I did. We have been using it for several weeks and my daughter is already retaining. She enjoys the hands-on aspects of the program and the fact that we do it together. As a mom, I like the All About Spelling program because it is very organized and well laid out for the teacher. I feel like all of the work has been done for me. When it's time for spelling, all I do is pick up the Spelling Review Box and my teacher's book and I am good to go.
Great for teens too!
Posted by Sandra Ward on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 26, 2010
My 4 youngest children have dyslexia. I started with level one 5 months ago. My 10, 13 and 16 year-olds have greatly benefited from your program. It was not too babyish and dumbed down for them. They are now ready to begin Level 3. They like the program because they can truly see progress. Their reading has even improved as a consequence. Also, there has been a benefit in their writing. I have noticed that I don't just automatically spell every word they ask. (I used to feel like a talking dictionary.) If they have had that lesson, then I make them sound out the word. My 7 year old dd knew all her sounds but could not read. I was beginning to feel that she would never make progress. Thankfully, I can now tell you that she is beginning to read easy stories. I wish I had had this spelling program for my older 4 children.
Easy to use!
Posted by Christine Sawyer on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 20, 2010
I am currently using your book with my seven-year-old, who is in public school, and with my four-year-old. I wish I had started using this program with my older child when he was four or five! This has been a very straightforward and easy-to-use system. Thanks!
Author of A Child's Geography
Posted by Ann Voskamp on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 20, 2010
We are on Step 4 of All About Spelling Level 1 and I am seeing a tremendous leaping ahead by our four-year-old. I am very impressed with the program, the sense of success it gives to my son, and how it is multi-faceted -- not just paper and pencil. I see him making much more progress at this point with AAS than with another popular Spalding program (which I have also used with my four older children). My son and I are thrilled every day to sit down with your materials -- if only you could have heard him squeal with delight when he figured out how to make "big" into "bin"! Standing ovation, Marie!
--Ann Voskamp, Author of A Child's Geography
Fast Shipping to NZ!
Posted by Mandy Lotter on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 20, 2010
I just wanted to thank you so much for the excellent product AAS is! We received our Level 1 and 2 within 9 days of ordering (we live in New Zealand) and my son is really doing well with it. It is everything all the other programmes we'v tried are not. I have kept Cobweb the Cat hidden until we get to Step 15 when he's in for a lovely surprise - can't wait to see his face! Well done with writing such a beautiful book - it's the best first reader I've ever seen. Looking forward to ordering the next one! Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Effective for older and younger kids
Posted by Lark Wiggins on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 18, 2010
Thank you so much for an excellent program. It is easy to teach and my boys no longer cry when it is time to practice spelling. I love the card system, the built in review is so important. I am using All About Spelling to teach my older two sons spelling and my younger two children how to read. Thank you for an extremely effective method that has all the work done for me. It's just what this busy homeschool mom needed!
Works for my 11 yo!
Posted by Jen Rasmussen on 10th Jun 2011
Jan 13, 2010
I just want to thank you for the All About Spelling program. I have an 11-year-old son who is hard of hearing. Before using your program, spelling was a battle -- my son couldn't hear the sounds to spell and was very frustrated. I was searching the internet to find a different approach when I came across your program. The difference is amazing -- he loves spelling and has gained so much confidence. There is no price tag for that!
Easy to use
Posted by Bekah H. on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 7, 2009
I found the lessons to be easy to present, and the variety of teaching methods (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) helped stave off spelling boredom for my 6 year-old.
Amazing transformation in my 10yo!
Posted by Hanna on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 4, 2009
My son would guess wildly at every word he tried to spell. He knew that there was a right way and a wrong way to write a word, but he couldn't remember the correct spelling. I thought I had tried everything, but then I learned about All About Spelling. After we started the All About Spelling program, I realized the root of the problem my son was having with spelling: he didn't listen to the word and hear the individual sounds. The hands-on exercises on segmenting words helped a lot with this.
Secondly, he didn't know the phonograms. Without knowing the sounds that different letters make, he couldn't spell. So we worked on the phonograms and within a week he knew the first thirty. Since then, we've followed the steps you laid out in the book. We still have two more lessons to go. The transformation in my son has been amazing. He "gets it" now. He doesn't fight me when it comes time for spelling class. He is actually eager to learn the next list of words--and he can actually spell all of the dictated phrases! So anyway, I am writing to see if you can send me the next level in the All About Spelling series!
Fun and less stress!
Posted by Kristie Richardson on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 4, 2009
My kids hated spelling and fought me daily. The spelling list had no rhyme or reason, so they failed most of the weekly spelling tests. I found All About Spelling and now my kids beg to do it first. They are having fun! And no wonder my nine-year-old couldn't spell--he didn't know the 26 basic phonograms. He is a fabulous decoder and reader--he just couldn't encode and figure out the sounds that are in the words. I have started both of my kids at the beginning and will go at the pace they set and can learn at. I look forward to many less-stressful lessons ahead. Thanks for making such a fun product.
Posted by Barbara Roy on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 4, 2009
I have been homeschooling my first grade granddaughter. She loves All About Spelling and is doing very well. At six years old we are amazed at how well she spells and reads. Some of the work she is doing is the same as my third-grade grandson who attends a public school.
Speech Therapist Approved
Posted by Deborah on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 2, 2009
My son's speech therapist was very impressed by the AAS Level 1 manual that I showed her. She particularly liked the foundation of phonemic awareness and segmentation. She was also impressed that my ds could segment even simple words. It is nice to hear that my autistic son is doing well in any area of language skills.
Easiest curriculum to teach
Posted by Tracy Rash on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 18, 2009
I just wanted to comment on how well the All About Spelling program is working out for our family. One day last month my seven year old made the comment "Wow, I'm finally learning to 'READ!'" after the daily spelling lesson. She has been sounding out and (what I thought was reading) for several years now. I've always homeschooled our eight children and the oldest is studying engineering now. The only thing I would do differently would be to use this as our only reading and spelling program. This is by far the easiest curriculum to teach.
Easy for mom, great for dyslexia
Posted by Kimberly D. GA US on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 14, 2009
My son is breezing through Level 1. I had tried to teach him using the Spalding method a couple of years ago (it was WAY over my head), but I did go through the phonograms relentlessly with him for several months.... HE REMEMBERED MOST in Level 1! I had to remind him of a few of them, and we continue to review them daily with All About Spelling. HE LOVES THIS! He asks if we can do spelling, and when I feel it is time to stop... he says, "LET'S KEEP GOING MOM." This is UNHEARD OF!!! He loves using the white board, the tiles, the tokens, etc.
I am ordering Level 2 because he is breezing through Level 1, much of which is review for him, and I don't want any down time, so I want to have it on hand and ready! When I had researched WRTR/Spalding, I knew it would be right for him due to his dyslexia and auditory processing issues, which was why I tried to use that method -- but it was way too complicated for MOM here. I almost cannot believe that you made this so well-laid out, so easy for a parent to teach the OG method! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I haven't been this happy with a homeschool curriculum in YEARS!
HUGE improvement for my 10 yo
Posted by Tracy Thorp on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 9, 2009
After several frustrating years using other spelling techniques/programs, I felt that I wasn't getting anywhere with my 10yo ds. I found out about your program this summer, and my ds has whizzed through Level 1 (we're on lesson 19 now). Things are finally starting to click and I'm seeing a HUGE improvement in his spelling!! He's even noticed the difference and has commented on how much easier writing is. Thank you!!!
He's excelling now!
Posted by Beth Taylor on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 7, 2009
I just have to tell you the wonderful change that has come over our homeschool day. My son no longer cries over spelling. He LOVES getting out the tiles and working with them. It is so wonderful to see him excel. Since getting through Step 1, which took a fun two weeks, he has been going through a step a day! Amazing! All About Spelling has unlocked doors for him and given him confidence. Praise the Lord and thank you for this program.
A Dream Come True!
Posted by Peggy S on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 7, 2009
Marie, I opened up the package and I can hardly believe what I am holding. This is a dream come true and a real answer to my prayer. The program has EVERY component I could ever want -- comprehensive lesson plans, activities based on research, and clear explanations and graphics. You have a real gift -- thank you for sharing it.
Answers at last!
Posted by Joy Felton, UK on 10th Jun 2011
Nov 7, 2009
I've just finished reading the Level 1 lesson book and I can hardly believe what I've read. At last here is the answer to my son's spelling problem -- a program that teaches and reinforces the sounds. We've tried several spelling schemes but he was retaining only 10%-20% of the words "learned." I needed a solution fast, so I put Google to work again (without much hope, I may add) and there, right at the top of page 1, was your link -- and you accepted international orders! Your customer service is brilliant. My order was sent promptly and arrived in perfect condition. Everything is set up for our lessons and we're raring to go. Many thanks for this awesome program and for making it available overseas.
Best Spelling Program for Dyslexics!
Posted by Amy on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 17, 2009
I am amazed at the progress I am seeing with my 11yo dyslexic daughter! I became a cognitive skills trainer to better teacher her and the skills utilized in this program are superior to the $3500/student program I was doing. Also, this system works for any age. I was able to start my 6th grader with Level 1, yet I recommended Level 1 for my friend's 7yo as well. Thank you for a great program!! After exploring 5 other spelling programs, I have finally found the key that will work for my daughter!
Coming Back to AAS!
Posted by Carol W. on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 16, 2009
Last year I purchased your spelling materials for Level 1. My daughter and I both loved the program. Long story short...I was lured away by yet another program. We switched to that program. I am SORRY now! My daughter and I both want to go back to your program! Here is my order.
The rules are helpful!
Posted by Dominique Guerin on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 16, 2009
We love your spelling program. My daughter, M., is really enjoying being able to use rules to spell. She is a good speller but had no confidence before. She refused to write because she wants her writing to be error free. We'll be through Level 1 soon. It was worth doing before Level 2.
Posted by Jen Anderson on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 8, 2009
We love Level 1 and are looking forward to Level 2! Great program -- thank you.
Helps with Reading and Writing too!
Posted by Darcie Perkins on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 8, 2009
I wanted to thank you and AAS for your great program. It has been a huge success with my 8 year old. We have cruised through the first 20 lessons with enthusiasm. He actually looks forward to the next day's spelling challenges and has gained confidence in writing. I would recommend to everyone - even existing readers - to start at level one as AAS highlighted weaknesses in my son I was unaware of. Once identified, the weakness was simply addressed and corrected. Not only is it so far the best method I've tried for teaching spelling, but the program seems to have helped him decode words differently and his reading has become much more fluid. It just plain makes sense and empowers my child to critically think about how to spell instead of memorize. It is the best method I've tried for teaching spelling, and I've experimented with so many ways and ideas. All fell short of what you have done here. We thank you.
Logical, Organized, and Easy!
Posted by Yanica on 10th Jun 2011
May 15, 2009
This is exactly what a spelling program should be--logical, organized, and easy! The simple, incremental steps ensure success even for struggling spellers. This is the first spelling program I have found that breaks down the spelling process into the phonograms and is also truly auditory, visual, AND kinesthetic. The letter tiles and many cards are GREAT for my kinesthetic learner! And it's all so well laid-out that I can just grab it and go. I also love all the little teaching tips inserted in the book--it's like having a spelling expert right beside me. Thanks for a phenomenal curriculum!
AAS is great for reading too!
Posted by Kim on 10th Jun 2011
Mar 25, 2009
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful program. I am about to finish Level 1 with my 4th grader, 1st grader and kindergartener. My younger two are learning to read as well and AAS has given them such a great grasp of phonograms they are both doing great. My older child struggles with spelling but I have seen marked improvement since we started the program. Thank you for something that finally works!
Posted by Alyssa on 10th Jun 2011
Mar 5, 2009
I started AAS with my 5 yo daughter and it's fantastic. Yesterday, she outlined the phonograms on a baggie filled with chocolate pudding (Lesson 4) and LOVED it. Of course, the anticipation of eating the pudding for a snack helped. I'm so pleased with this program that I plan to order Level 2 for next school year and have already recommended the program to a friend. Thank you.
Colorful and well-designed!
Posted by Leigh on 10th Jun 2011
Mar 5, 2009
I cannot thank you enough for your OUTSTANDING program. I nearly cried when I received our first order and saw just how beautiful, colorful and well designed it was. My 8yo son and I have both been frustrated with the numerous reading/spelling approaches we have tried over the years. The most recent (and most expensive) one I never used--I was so frustrated trying to understand the teacher's manual! I was thrilled to find you have the same structure and content as they did, but your layout and order is so user-friendly. My son was excited to put on all the magnets and went ahead and organized the board himself. I LOVE the cards and tabbed dividers and how the lessons prompt me to review. I cannot praise your program enough except to say I will highly recommend it to everyone and I will be ordering the next level and the games very soon! I know that putting extra time and money towards good visual design is challenging for those creating curriculum, but I hope you know it has made all the difference at least for this happy customer! THANK YOU!!!
Stress-free and easy to use!
Posted by Amy on 10th Jun 2011
Feb 24, 2009
I love, love, love your program! I spent a year researching and have tried almost everything out there!!!!!!! I wish I would have found this first. Everything else was wasted time and money. All About Spelling does everything that other programs like Spell to Write and Read do in a much simpler format. We tried SWR and The Writing Road to Reading... we all wanted to pull our hair out. Your program is so easy to use and absolutely stress free for my children. I will very enthusiastically be recommending your program to everyone I know! Thank you so much!
Painless spelling, great results!
Posted by Tina Hollenbeck on 10th Jun 2011
Feb 2, 2009
Until we found AAS, I struggled to find a spelling program that I thought would work; either they were too complicated and intense for young children or, on the other hand, if they were simple (as in doing "word families"), I doubted their effectiveness for long-term learning/retention. I love knowing that my 6- and 7-year-old girls are getting correct, research-based information in their spelling lessons even though we can't spend long periods of time each day. I also love the book's multisensory approach, which helps my older (very kinesthetic) daughter in particular. She has always struggled with distinguishing between some short vowel sounds (e/i and o/u), but since we've started AAS, I have seen marked improvement in her ability to differentiate consistently. I trust that they will continue to grow in their (painless!) mastery of spelling as we proceed. Thanks for a great product!
Posted by Eveline on 10th Jun 2011
Feb 2, 2009
This is truly the first program that is working for me and my son. Spelling used to be my most feared subject. I am amazed at how easily All About Spelling works. It is an outstanding program for someone with little knowledge of spelling. With your program I find I take one step at a time, and I can reach my goal with confidence, absent of the stress and exhaustion I experienced before. Three years ago I was introduced to the Spalding method and got the Writing Road to Reading program. Though the program made sense to me, it was so dry that my older two boys were climbing the walls. ( I have three boys, 11, 9, and 7. ) So I gave up on it. I can very confidently recommend the All About Spelling program to any family. It is one of the easiest to use and most successful programs I have seen yet.
This is what I've been looking for!
Posted by Tiffany on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 4, 2008
My son is in third grade and my daughter is in first grade. We used a different spelling program last year, but it didn't seem to follow any rules...my kids were just memorizing words so they could get them right on Thursday's spelling test...and then forgetting them. Because of my son's reading difficulties, and just a feeling that he wasn't understanding spelling, I decided to start with AAS Level 1 for both students. We finished it in less than two months, and it was such a good review and explained things that we hadn't learned before (I even learned new things). Spelling is fun now and my children are learning! I would recommend getting the magnets for the letter tiles, however. I didn't get them at first and it can be time consuming to set things up every day. Magnets make it MUCH easier and more fun! Thank you so much for this spelling program--it is an answer to our prayers!
Posted by Penny Ray on 10th Jun 2011
Dec 1, 2008
I *love* this program--it works so well for my daughter with autism! We are inching forward with it--I do a formal lesson at the magnetic board one day, and then spend a couple of days expanding on the lessons at different points throughout the day. Before AAS, I hadn't realized that my daughter couldn't sound out the three sounds in a work like "not," or distinguish between the short "e" and the short "i" in other words. So, we worked on those things longer and will revisit them occasionally to review. We may be going more slowly than typical children, but we certainly are moving forward, little by little. I am really tickled with this program and with how it frames the lessons for me to do with my daughter in a way that makes us both feel successful.
My son's new favorite subject
Posted by Pilar Stevens on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 22, 2008
Nine programs--yes, NINE programs!--we went through before All About Spelling fell into my lap. Though I was afraid of further traumatizing my son, we got started a little less than a month ago. He loved it right away, and the colored tiles and short lessons kept him engaged and on track. He is moving into Level 2 next week and even told his doctor that spelling is now his favorite subject! What can I say? AAS is worth its weight in GOLD! Thanks a million.
Glad we started in Level 1
Posted by Tracy Hans on 10th Jun 2011
Oct 9, 2008
I just wanted to tell you that the All About Spelling program is just what we needed! And I'm glad we started with Level 1 first--I wouldn't have wanted to miss it. I have six kids, all different ages and abilities. With AAS, no one feels talked down to, and the variety of exercises works for different learning styles. Some need hands-on, some need visual, and some need the auditory parts of the lessons, so all of the kids get their needs met with this program. The lessons are simple for the kids to follow, yet challenge them to grasp what they don't know.
Just what my daughter needed
Posted by Judy Major on 10th Jun 2011
Sep 18, 2008
Marie, I've been delighted with All About Spelling. My oldest daughter (11 years old) has struggled with spelling for years. Maybe I should clarify that: she's always done great on spelling tests--in fact, she would ace them! But then I'd notice that when she wrote something in her journal or in a lesson for another subject, she would often misspell the very words she aced on her spelling test just the week before! So when I came across All About Spelling I was very eager to see how it would work for my daughter's spelling. Although we're only halfway through the first book, I feel like she is finally getting the foundations of phonics instruction that she's needed for years and that will help her in the long run with her spelling.
I very much appreciate how the lessons are laid out. I like the system with the index cards and the constant review. I REALLY like that each lesson is a bite-sized portion that doesn't overwhelm. The multisensory approach has been helpful in keeping both my children's interest and they especially like using the dry-erase board and the magnetic letter tiles. I've never written a review of a product before. Just felt like I had to share my appreciation with you. All About Spelling is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for getting us on the right road to better spelling!
My girls finally see themselves as good spellers
Posted by Bobbi Beeson on 10th Jun 2011
Sep 6, 2008
I have to say that we love this program. My girls are finally starting to see themselves as children who can spell. They are actually using their tools to try to figure out words BEFORE they ask me how to spell them--hurray!
Thanks for this wonderful program!
Posted by Kristin Caddick on 10th Jun 2011
Aug 14, 2008
I just want to say thanks for this wonderful program. This is our first year of homeschooling--and so far this is the only program I have not had to change! My son is in second grade and I was shocked to learn he didn't know most of the phonograms. As of today we have been using this program for exactly fifteen days and he spelled the word "Mexico" by himself by using what we've learned! Thank you again!
What a great resource!
Posted by Bethany J on 10th Jun 2011
Aug 9, 2008
I am grateful for the beauty and quality of your work. I find a lot of homeschool books and aids that are meant to make the child feel "comfortable" or something by using sloppy handwriting fonts, misspellings, and child-like scribbling. I have always felt that we should put forth the best for our children to copy--to have a pattern of excellence. Your books, materials, and games do just that.
My children really enjoy AAS!
Posted by Susan Price on 10th Jun 2011
Jul 30, 2008
I can't begin to tell you how much we are enjoying our All About Spelling program. We are only on Step 8 of Level 1, but my children really enjoy it and they both seem to be prospering in their understanding.
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