Are you wondering if the All About Spelling program will be right for your child? Here’s an easy way to find out. Start by answering the following questions:
- Is your child a natural learner who is ready to learn to spell?
- Is your child good at reading, but poor at spelling?
- Is your child just an all around “horrible speller”?
- Does your child know the basics of spelling, but there are gaps in his knowledge?
- Does your child hate spelling and approach it like a daily battle?
- Does your child continually misspell certain words?
- Has your child gone through multiple programs, but still not learned to spell?
- Is the program you are using difficult, time consuming, or cumbersome?
- Does your child avoid writing because he lacks confidence in spelling?
- Has your child “hit a wall” and struggled since third grade because he can’t spell well?
- Does your child continually forget spelling lessons you thought he had learned?
- Does your child learn differently, or have special needs?
If you answered “yes” to even one of the above questions, then our All About Spelling program is the right program for your child. And here’s why:
All children, whether struggling learners or not, learn best when they are taught the way their brain works naturally, and that means with multisensory techniques: teaching that combines sight, sound, and touch in every lesson. Multisensory lessons are the foundation of our program, but there are also many other important components of the program that combine with our multisensory lessons to solve each one of the problems alluded to above.
- For the natural learner. Our seven-level, multisensory program provides a complete spelling education with lessons that are fun to learn and easy to remember. Your child will be well equipped with numerous spelling strategies, giving him the tools needed to be a proficient speller throughout his entire life.
- For the good reader but poor speller. Our spelling lessons will teach your child how to encode words. In reading, children are decoding the written word. The letters ay always say /ā/, so after the child learns that, it is a straightforward task to read words such as stay, display, and mayhem. But in spelling, a child is encoding the word. Ideally, there would be just one way to write each sound, but the reality is that there are many ways to write each sound. For example, the sound of /ā/ can be written as a, ai, ea, a-consonant-e, eigh, ei, ey, or ay. If a child wants to write the words great or neighbor, he will need to know how and when to represent both of those sounds of the long /ā/. There are some generalizations that can help narrow down the options, but the fact is that there are still hundreds of choices for spelling the forty-four sounds of the English language. That is why we teach children the seventy letter phonograms that represent those sounds, plus all the reliable spelling rules. Memorizing a finite number of phonograms and a handful of rules is a lot easier and doable for children than memorizing thousands of words like many other spelling programs promote.
- For the all around “horrible speller.” Horrible spellers are most often the result of difficult, complicated programs, programs that focus mostly on memorizing words, or programs that do not give the student the tools he needs to spell well. Simple step-by-step lessons taught in a logical order; teaching one new concept at time; teaching phonograms, spelling rules, and spelling strategies; multisensory lessons; continual review; and mastery-based lessons are all hallmarks of the All About Spelling program and the reason we can turn even horrible spellers into proficient spellers.
- For the child with gaps in his spelling knowledge. Even if your child has had spelling lessons and does well with it in some areas, filling in the gaps is important if he or she is ever to be proficient at spelling. Our program has no gaps. It is the only complete spelling program on the market, so your child will benefit by switching to All About Spelling. Since our program is mastery-based, it will enable your student to zip through what has already been learned, but spend whatever time is necessary on the areas that he or she does not know yet. Then, going forward, you can be assured everything your child learns will be complete.
- For the child who hates spelling. Often a child hates spelling because his inability to grasp it makes him feel stupid, frustrated, and embarrassed. This means that the program or method he is currently using is not working. It has not tapped into his own personal learning style, or it is too complicated and difficult for him to follow. The All About Spelling program was originally created for the struggling learner (please see Our Story). It uses simple, step-by-step lessons that teach one concept at a time. Lessons are taught with multisensory activities to address different learning styles. And the program is mastery-based so children can progress at their own pace. Children finish their lessons feeling successful and confident that they are learning to spell, and quite soon spelling becomes a favorite subject!
- For the child who continually misspells certain words. If your child is continually misspelling certain words, he has not learned to segment words and hear each sound in a word. And if he can't hear each sound in the word, he can't represent the sound with the correct letter combinations, or phonograms. That is why teaching both phonograms and segmenting words is a major part of the All About Spelling program.
- For the child who has tried multiple programs. There are many programs available for teaching spelling—from those that teach spelling and reading together, to online software programs, to programs that primarily use word lists and memorization, and to programs that teach learning to spell by writing. Every program has its own teaching philosophy, and every program will work for some students.
Our program teaches the fundamentals: phonograms, spelling rules, spelling patterns, word segmenting, syllables, and so on. And we do it with simple, step-by-step, multisensory lessons. Tens of thousands of children have learned to spell proficiently with our program, including those with special needs. That is why we are confident that your child can learn to spell with All About Spelling too, even though many other programs have failed him. In fact, we guarantee it!
- If your program is cumbersome and difficult. Switch to All About Spelling! Our easy “open and go” program has clear and concise step-by-step lessons you can teach in just fifteen minutes a day.
- For the child who avoids writing because of lack of confidence. Our lessons are step-by-step and mastery-based so your child will be gaining confidence in spelling every step of the way. With our program, once your child has mastered spelling words with tiles, we make spelling dictation a part of every lesson. This reinforcement of what has been learned builds confidence in writing and spelling on a continual basis.
- For the child who has “hit the wall.” When children learn to spell by memorizing spelling lists, they often “hit a wall” in third grade because the words get harder and they have no strategies for figuring out how to spell them. They often try to bluff their way through by guessing at how unfamiliar words are spelled, which leads to many mistakes. The mistakes rob them of their confidence, and if there is no intervention, poor spelling and low confidence in writing will plague them their entire lives. Our complete, phonics-based spelling program can intervene and turn the situation around, resulting in a confident student and proficient speller.
- For the child who learns one day and forgets the next. The All About Spelling program helps children remember concepts through continual review of previously learned rules and words, even basic ones. Continual review permanently ingrains instruction into children's brains and, with the All About Spelling program, it only takes two minutes of review per day to make that happen!
- For the child who learns differently, or has special needs. Special children have special needs, and the All About Spelling program keeps special needs children in mind every step of the way. To help children learn to spell, we incorporate the following elements into our program: easy-to-follow lessons, direct instruction, incremental lessons, multisensory activities, phonogram instruction, spelling rules instruction, continual review, and dictation exercises. Our program was originally created for children who struggle with spelling, so we are confident that your special needs child can also learn to spell with our All About Spelling program.