What Does My Student Need to Know before Beginning Level 1?
All About Spelling is a building block program: each level builds upon the previous one. In order to build a strong foundation, most students start with Level 1.
If your student is a beginning reader, we recommend completing All About Reading Level 1 or the equivalent first, and then adding in the All About Spelling program, beginning with Level 1. This gives students a solid start in reading, and a strong basis for successful spelling. To learn more, read the article All About Spelling—The Right Time to Start.
What will my student learn in Level 1?
Your student will learn encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling, along with exciting new concepts, including phonograms, consonant teams, segmenting, syllables, consonant blends, initial blends, final blends, and plurals. Phonological awareness and encoding skills are taught throughout Level 1. Below is a sampling in each area:
Learn phonograms A-Z, plus TH, SH, CH, CK, NG, NK
Spell words with short vowel sounds containing new phonograms, such as bath, dog, cash, wing, and such
Spell words ending in FF, LL, and SS, as in cliff, will, and miss
Spell words with initial blends, as in frog and swim
Spell plural words with suffix s or es, such as cups and lunches