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All About Spelling

All About Spelling will help your student become a proficient speller for life! We take the struggle out of spelling!

All About Spelling

Complete Spelling Program

All About Spelling is a seven level program. Based on the latest research, this award-winning program provides complete and comprehensive instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Download “Six Ways We Make Spelling Easy”!

Six Ways We Make Spelling Easy

Inside this FREE guide, you’ll discover...

  • How to make spelling logical
  • Key benefits of the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching
  • The main differences between mastery-based and grade-level based programs…and why it matters
  • How to tailor instruction for your individual child so he can succeed in spelling

Easy to Learn

Powerful teaching methods are at the center of All About Spelling.

  • Multisensory approach makes it easy for kids to understand
  • Built-in review system helps learning stick
  • Kids look forward to spelling lessons because of the motivating, hands-on activities
  • This mastery-based, building block program works with kids who have learning disabilities as well as those who do not
  • Our explicit teaching helps students succeed

Easy to Teach

All About Spelling makes your job easy and stress-free.

  • 7 levels of comprehensive spelling instruction
  • Words are broken down using colored squares to engage multiple senses and make reading fun
  • Building block progression allows even children with learning disabilities to learn rapidly
  • 1-Year, 100% money-back guarantee with lifetime support

This isn’t the typical "list-on-Monday, test-on-Friday" approach! Instead, you'll find dozens of proven techniques that are guaranteed to help your student master English spelling. Your child will learn the sounds of the 26 letters of the alphabet, 45 common letter combinations (such as CK & IGH), and tried-and-true spelling rules.

With these tools, he can spell 97% of words in the English language. In addition, your student will get solid strategies for mastering the remaining 3% of words, which we call "rule breakers."

By Level 7, your student will be spelling at the high school level.

If this is your first time using the program, you will need to start with Level 1. If your child has worked with a phonogram-based program before, though, he may be able to go directly into Level 2. See this article for placement or contact us for assistance.

Homeschoolers and Teachers Love Us

Susan Wise Bauer

"The most age-appropriate and parent-friendly Orton-Gillingham program on the market."

Susan Wise Bauer The Well-Trained Mind
Marianne Sunderland

"...our favorite curriculum for teaching reading to our kids with dyslexia."

Marianne Sunderland Homeschooling with Dyslexia
Cathy Duffy

"...uniquely incorporates multi-sensory learning all the way through high school."

Cathy Duffy 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Academics Choice Award
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Practical Homeschooling Award
TOS Excellence in Education Award
Mom's Choice Award
Well-Trained Mind Recommended

Try It for an Entire Year before Deciding!

Check out all of the step-by-step lesson plans and reading tips for ONE FULL YEAR. Treat the program like your own, and learn everything the program has to offer. If it’s not for you…simply send the package back (in any condition)…and we’ll refund your purchase price immediately. No questions asked.

This return policy applies to anything purchased through All About Learning Press. Purchases made through other websites and stores may be subject to different return policies.

FAQs for All About Spelling

Levels and Placement

Placement: which level should my child start with?
Use our placement test to determine which level is best for your student. If you have questions, please contact us. We're here to help!
How many levels are there?
There are seven levels in the spelling program.
Will there be more levels?
No, the spelling program is complete. After Level 7 students have all of the skills they need to spell just about any word.
Can I see samples for each level?
Here’s a link to samples for All About Spelling.
Can I see the Scope and Sequence for each level?
Download PDFs of the Scope and Sequences for All About Spelling here:
How do I know if my child is ready to start spelling instruction?
Our general recommendation is to begin spelling instruction after your child has a strong start in reading. The article The Right Time to Start has more information.
I have an older student who needs remedial help. Which level should I start with?
All About Spelling is very effective for struggling learners. Most students start in Level 1 since this is a mastery-based program, not a grade-level program. The program will help fill in the missing gaps and build a strong foundation. See the article Using All About Spelling with Older Students for more information. Contact us if you would like additional help with placement.
What age range can use the spelling program?
All About Spelling has been used by students of all ages, including pre-readers, teens, and adults.
Does the program go up to the high school level?
Yes. By the end of Level 7 of the All About Spelling program, the student will be spelling at the high school level.

Details about Teaching Spelling

How much time should I spend on spelling each day?
As a general rule, we recommend spending 20 minutes per day on spelling, but you can adjust this depending upon the level and attention span of your child. Find out more here.
How long does it take to complete a Step?
First, remember that you do not need to complete an entire Step in one day—some Steps may even take a week or more to cover. The speed at which your child finishes a Step depends on the student's age, attention span, prior experience, and the concepts being taught. The All About Spelling program is completely flexible and customizable so you can breeze through sections that are easy for your student and spend more time on difficult concepts.
How are words in All About Spelling arranged?
In each spelling lesson, a single new rule or concept is taught. Words with similar attributes are taught together. Instead of jumping from one concept to another, students learn spelling in a sequential, orderly way. For example, when the sound of /ar/ is taught, students learn words such as barn, car, hard, garden, shark, smart. The dictation phrases and sentences include words containing the sound of /ar/ for additional reinforcement.
Do you review spelling words after they've been taught?
Yes! Continual individualized review is a major component of the All About Spelling program, and the first thing you'll do before beginning to teach is to set up the Spelling Review Box. AAS uses several different methods to review concepts and spelling words, including flashcards, word analysis, sentence dictation, and writing activities. Worked right into the lesson plans, the continual review ensures that your students don't forget what you teach them and gives them the practice they need in exactly the areas they need it. Take a look at a sample lesson to see how review is handled.
How does All About Spelling teach the spelling rules?
First the spelling rules in All About Spelling are demonstrated with Letter Tiles to make the concepts crystal clear in the student's mind. Then the rules are reviewed as many times as necessary until the student masters the concept. Spelling rules and generalizations are also reviewed with flashcards.

Letter Tiles

Where can I find out about the Letter Tiles app?
The Letter Tiles app information page contains more details.
Should I choose the Letter Tiles app or the physical letter tiles?

You can't go wrong with either the Letter Tiles app or the physical tiles. They are both great options! Here are some considerations to help you decide:

letter tiles app

With the Letter Tiles app:

  • It's easy to capitalize words
  • You can hear the sounds of the phonograms as you teach
  • No more worries about lost letter tiles
  • Lessons are easy to teach "on the go"
  • Need to switch between students? No problem! Simply select your current lesson in All About Reading or All About Spelling and you're ready to begin.

The Letter Tiles app has been our most requested product of all time, but the physical letter tiles have devoted fans as well.

physical tiles

With the physical letter tiles:

  • No tablet is required to complete the lessons
  • Larger tiles are easy to read
  • It's easy to incorporate hands-on alphabetizing practice
  • Tricky word parts can be highlighted with markers
  • Timeless and traditional educational tool

As you're deciding between the app and the physical tiles, consider which option would be the most engaging to your child. Which one would your child want to use? Some clues to consider: Does my child prefer colored pencils, or does she like computer games? Is my child used to learning from technology, or is he more comfortable with traditional methods of learning? Does she prefer to read paper books or eBooks?"

And be sure to consider your preferences as well. Do you like the larger format of the magnetic white board? Do you have a place to store the board, or are you attracted to the compact nature of the app?

The bottom line is that teaching and learning will be the same no matter which option you choose. What's most important is that you have a way to teach the concepts and your child has an enjoyable way to practice and experiment. The physical letter tiles and the Letter Tiles app both provide interactive methods that make spelling and reading concepts more concrete for your child.

What size magnetic white board do I need and where can I find one?

We recommend using a 2' by 3' magnetic white board with your Letter Tiles. White boards can be found at places like Walmart or Costco, Michaels (some have gotten a great deal with one of their 40% off coupons), and various office supply stores. When purchasing a white board, be sure that it is magnetic!

A few alternatives to a large white board are baking sheets, metal oil pans, the front of a refrigerator, magnetic paint on a section of wall, or simply lay them on the table without placing them on a magnetic source. The only downfall with this last method is that they will likely need to be put away and resorted for each lesson.

I lost some letter tiles – do you really replace them for free?
Yes, we’ll gladly replace up to five tiles at no charge. Contact us with your mailing address and which tiles you are missing, and we’ll ship them right out to you.
Can I order the syllable tags without ordering a whole student packet?
Yes, you can! Extra syllable tags are available by phone order only; these are $2.50 plus a nominal shipping fee. Call our office at 715-477-1976 to place your order.
My child does not like manipulatives. Do we have to use the letter tiles?
You can still use our method without the letter tiles. Instead of the tiles, use paper and pencil or a dry erase board to write out the demonstration words for the student to see. Any time you are supposed to use a blank tile, draw a short underline. The instruction will be just as effective and will be presented in a way that is more palatable to your student.

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