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Is All About Spelling Right for My Child?

All About Spelling Right for my child?

Deep down, I’m a problem solver. If you’re a parent, you probably are, too. You’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that your child can spell because it is such a critical subject.

In an ideal world, you could teach spelling and it would just “click” for your child. But alas, that often isn’t the case. Maybe you started with a spelling program that just didn’t teach in the way your child could understand. Or maybe your child says he “hates spelling” or is having trouble progressing beyond a certain level.

So it’s time to enter problem-solving mode. Maybe you’re curious about All About Spelling, but you have one important question: is AAS right for my child?

You’ve read the product descriptions and reviews, but what you’d really like to know is if the program will be a good match for your child’s unique situation and skills. And that’s why I’ve compiled seven common spelling-related scenarios that are based on situations that parents and educators face every day.

Do any of these situations remind you of your child? Click on a heading to see more!

My child is a natural speller but doesn’t know WHY words are spelled the way they are.
It is such a joy to teach children who are natural spellers! They intuitively pick up spelling patterns, and if you explain a rule, they “get it” right away. Very little review is required, and spelling lessons seem effortless. My daughter was one of these natural spellers.

All About Spelling is perfect for the natural speller. You can move as quickly as your child is able to, while being assured that nothing is skipped.

If your intuition tells you that your child is ready for spelling, you are probably right! If you want more information—or want to confirm your suspicions—check out this post.

Reading comes easy for my child, but spelling is a struggle.
First, please know that this is perfectly normal. Reading is easier for most kids, but good reading doesn’t always translate into good spelling.

This article explains in detail why reading is easier than spelling.

By focusing on spelling separately than reading, you can give special attention to those things that will improve your child’s spelling—and make spelling easier. She’ll learn spelling rules she can rely on. She’ll practice what she’s learned so it becomes ingrained in her long-term memory. She’ll gain confidence as she learns why words are spelled the way they are. Then one wonderful day, you’ll both realize that spelling is no longer a struggle!

Simply put, my child is a “horrible speller.”
Give your kid a hug for me! It isn’t his fault that he is a horrible speller. Most likely, his current spelling program has failed him.

Maybe his previous spelling program wasn’t logical. Maybe it had big gaps that he couldn’t fill in on his own. Maybe it taught too many concepts at one time, or maybe it didn’t teach the spelling strategies that he needed. Most likely, his old spelling program taught a list once and then moved on, never to review it again.

So now’s the time to fill in those gaps! All About Spelling makes that really easy to do, even for older students.

Spelling is a daily battle that we both dread.
My heart goes out to you and your child! When a child hates spelling, it is often because he feels stupid, frustrated, and embarrassed. I’ve seen it over and over: kids who fight against spelling just aren’t being taught in a way that they can understand.

I originally created All About Spelling for my son, who was a struggling learner. We had tried everything, but nothing was working. It was a long road—as I explain in this video—but I was finally able to turn the situation around. And what made the difference? Logical, multisensory lessons that teach one concept at a time, plus carefully sequenced lessons that are mastery-based so children can progress at their own pace.

With All About Spelling, children finish their lessons feeling successful and confident. So instead of being a dreaded subject, spelling can become a favorite subject—or at least a tolerable one!

(You might also be interested in the article “Ideas for Handling Tears and Frustration.”)

My child misspells the same words over and over again.
This is so frustrating for both you and your child! But we can solve it. Several things may be at the heart of your child’s “forgetfulness.”

First, if your child often misspells certain words, it is likely that 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 sounds with the correct letter combinations, or phonograms. That is why segmenting and teaching phonograms play such a major part in the All About Spelling program.

But there’s another factor at play. It can be hard for children to remember material that has not been reviewed. 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!

If you think your child has memory issues, be sure to download my free report called Help Your Child’s Memory for practical tips.

My child is “stuck” at the third grade level of spelling and now she avoids writing.
Believe it or not, there is a term for this phenomenon: your child has “hit the wall.” This often happens at the third or fourth grade level. Up until this point, many students are able to memorize spelling lists through rote memorization. But there are only so many words that a person can memorize this way, and at higher grades, the words naturally get harder. Your child just can’t jump the hurdle, so she hits the wall instead. At this point, spelling struggles begin to affect a child’s writing ability, and she begins to try to bluff her way through by guessing at how unfamiliar words are spelled, which leads to many mistakes.

It’s a scary time for kids who never learned “why” words are spelled the way they are. After all, more composition is being required of them, but they can’t spell the words with confidence. A downward spiral starts: lack of ability leads to lack of confidence, which in turn leads to stress and avoidance. Without intervention, poor spelling and a lack of confidence in writing will plague students their entire lives.

But All About Spelling is exactly what a discouraged and uncertain student needs. Our lessons are step by step and mastery-based so your child will gain confidence in spelling every step of the way. In our program, once your child has mastered spelling words using letter tiles, we make spelling dictation a part of every lesson. This continual reinforcement of what has been learned builds confidence in writing and spelling.

My child has special needs.
All About Spelling was originally created for kids who struggle with spelling (including my own child), so you can be confident that we keep special needs in mind every step of the way.

In addition, the following articles address specific learning difficulties:

These are just seven possible scenarios. They represent the most common issues, but definitely not all! So if you ever run into a problemor just want someone to brainstorm withcontact us. Our lifetime support policy means you’re never on your own!

Which of the above scenarios describes your child best?

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Amanda

says:

Hi Marie, my son is in 1st and we are in the 2nd year of AAS and he’s struggling! The letter tiles/whiteboard seem to be a distraction more than anything (but love the concept ans am sure it works well for many!). The main issue: blends. He can’t seem to hear them or spell them. Also drops letters. In a word like ‘stamp’ he will spell it ‘samp’ or especially now that we are doing phrases, he will miss some letters/words. Often reverses ‘is’ to be ‘si’ and spells ‘magnet’ like ‘magit.’ I am a little overwhelemed bc he has a spelling test every Mon at school (part-time homeschool) and is making 50’s. How can I work with him to improve? We’ve tried re-writing the misspelled words/phrases right after the test, but then Inwill immediately re-test him and he misses the same words again. My gut is that he is better at seeing a word and ‘remembering’ what it is spelled like rather than sounding it out, but that probably won’t scale??? Thoughts? And btw – we love your AAR and AAS over all!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amanda,
It sounds like your son is in AAS 2 now, is that correct? How did he do with the blends and compound words in AAS 1 (Steps 13-15, and Step 22)? Did he master those words (to the point where they are easy for him and he doesn’t have to stop and think or self-correct when he spells them), or are they still a challenge? The words in those level 1 Steps work on the same concepts that he is struggling with now, but at an easier level. So if they are challenging, I recommend backing up before moving on again.

The types of errors you describe suggest that he has not mastered how to hear each sound in a word in order. He knows that the word “is” has an i and an s, but he seems to not be sure which order the two letters should go. If he was spelling by sound, he would hear that the i has to come first and the s has to come last.

This skill is introduced near the beginning of All About Spelling 1 and is called segmenting. It is an essential skill for being able to hear each sound in a word in order. This blog post discusses the importance of segmenting and breaks down how to do it, complete with a video example.

For the words he misses, here is what I would do:

You said, “In a word like ‘stamp’ he will spell it ‘samp’.”

Have him re-read *exactly* what he wrote. Many kids will see their error right away when they do this, and then correct the word. However, if he reads it as “stamp,” then say, “Actually, this says ‘/s/-/a/-/m/-/p/, samp,’ but we want ‘stamp.’ Do you know what to add to make this say stamp?”

You can do the same when he spells is as si. Have him sound it out exactly as he wrote it. Model the segmenting as he spells every day with him until it becomes natural for him.

You wrote that he “spells ‘magnet’ like ‘magit’.”

I would work through this one in two steps. The missing n is the easiest part; it’s easy to hear that sound is missing when the word is read exactly as written. Segmenting will help with that.

The i instead of an e is a bit trickier. You may have noticed in Step 4 of AAS 2, there’s a note in a gray text box about the schwa sound and the need to pronounce words for spelling. Here’s how you can take it a step further:

First, tell him that when we say words fast in our normal speech, some of the sounds get muffled; we don’t hear them correctly. We need to say them slowly. Then, when you introduce a word, say, “We normally say this word, magnit. I’m going to pronounce this one for spelling. You repeat the pronunciation and then write it. mag-NET.” Make sure he repeats the pronunciation for spelling. When he says the sounds correctly, then have him practice spelling it with the tiles or on paper.

When you get to the point where you are doing the review cards, tell him, “I’m going to say these words how we normally say them. I want you to pronounce them for spelling, and then write them.” If he struggles with the pronunciation, give that to him, have him repeat it, and then write the spelling. Keep the card in review. When he can both pronounce it AND spell it correctly without hesitation, then move the card to mastered.

You can work through his spelling test words the same way, not just rewriting them but helping him to read the misspelled word as it is written and then writing it correctly sound by sound. However, you may need to just focus on All About Spelling for a while and try not to worry about his school spelling tests until he is further along. Once he has a firmer foundation in spelling, his spelling tests will naturally improve.

When he does the dictations, make sure he repeats it back to you correctly before you have him try to write it. That will help him not to miss words. If he still misses a word, have him re-read his dictation to see if he notices the missing word. If not, say the correct dictation for him again, and then see if he can fix his dictation. This blog post explains how to do dictation in detail.

Many kids do try to rely mainly on visual spelling strategies, and this does lead to mixing up letter order or forgetting some letters. These students need help learning how to apply other spelling strategies like segmenting, which is a part of the phonetic strategy. Using two or more strategies together is what will help your son improve in spelling.

How often do you work with him with All About Spelling? Children that struggle with spelling do much better with short daily lessons, and continuous review. We recommend working on spelling 20 minutes a day 5 days a week. If he isn’t up to a full 20 minute lesson on days he attends school (which I completely understand), at least consider a shorter review only lesson. It will help.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and please let us know how things progress. We very much want to help you help your son succeed with spelling.

Carrie

says:

I have one son who is a great speller and another who has a lot of trouble spelling. After researching AAS, for what feels like forever, I decided it would be good to try it with both of my sons. We are starting from the ground at level 1, even though my oldest is in fourth grade (the great speller). And I am already finding the strengths and the weaknesses in both of my kids. I feel AAS will strengthen my great speller and turn my not so great speller into a great one. So glad I decided to give AAS a try.

Amanda

says:

AAS has helped my struggling learner build confidence in spelling.

Katie

says:

We use it because my oldest is a great reader but like me a terrible speller. I love it because I a! Learning the rules.

Lori

says:

Looking forward to trying the program.

Maria P.

says:

Would love to try all about spelling. Looking for a good, fun, engaging curriculum for my 5th, 2nd and kindergarten.

Yhessenia

says:

Thank you so much for your efforts into a better education, sharing the blogs and providing helpful tools to help our little ones as I am a true believer of early education.

Erica

says:

Seeing my daughter struggle with reading I was at a loss over how to introduce spelling. I discovered AAS spelling and we are SO happy with how it’s going. This program is so amazing! She loves is and commented during on of the steps “Mom, I love school.” We just received AAR in the mail and cannot wait to start it! I feel it will help her–it’s great to have hope again.

Jo Ann

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I have a 16 year old son who has dyslexia and dysgraphia. He has never been able to learn how to spell. Now he’s learning with All About Spelling. I wasn’t sure about using a program where we had to start at level one. I thought he would be embarrassed, however, he’s having such great success that it actually has built his confidence immensely! I was also nervous to teach him with it because I had no experience with the program. It turned out to be SO easy to just follow the instructions and say what I’m told to say. We have more fun with All About Spelling than with any of our other subjects. Thank you so much for this program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jo Ann,
This is wonderful! I know a lot of parents of older struggling spellers are really unsure about starting at level 1, but it really does work very well! Thank you for taking the time to sharing your son’s story here. I’ll be passing this onto the whole AALP team too!

Kathy Brennan

says:

We love AAS! This program gives confidence to my daughter who has never been a good speller.

Dana

says:

My daughter is in 3rd grade and has just recently been evaluated for ADD. dyslexia and dysgraphia. She is extremely bright and artistically talented . She excels in Math, Reading, History, and Science, but has issues with English and Spelling. She will spell a word correctly in one area of her work, and then will misspell the same word further down the page. It would be great if this program could help reduce her frustration and increase her self-esteem !

Amanda Brethauer

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Super glad we chose AAS! My son was making 0 progress before and is actually remembering how to spell words now! His writing is improving too!

Terri

says:

All About Spelling has been part of our curriculum from the start and I’m impressed with how it teaches the rules. Rules I wish I knew growing up rather than just memorizing spelling lists. Our lessons take about 15 minutes a day and there are never complaints just the question – board, words, sentences or writing station today?

Laura B

says:

We love AAS! It really helped my struggling speller gain confidence in her ability again.

Sierra

says:

My 1st grader loves it AAS and AAR! We enjoy it in our homeschool!

Debbie B.

says:

This was a very helpful article. Three of the above situations apply to our child. He does excellent in every other area but his spelling is horrid! I’m dumbfounded. We need to try AAS! I HOPE you can help us!

Kim Grant

says:

I have one child that fits the “horrible speller” category. Although he’s 13, we’re in Level 2 and seeing progress as he understands more logic behind spelling. Since he’s older and doesn’t seem to benefit from quite so much work with the tiles (we do still use them some), the dictation is an important part of our daily work.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kim,
Yes, older students often need less work with the tiles, although having them for demonstration of concepts, especially ones they are struggling with, is very useful. The tiles make “seeing” and understanding concepts so much clearer.

Michele Deering

says:

My son is dyslexic and while he is a fantastic reader, he cannot spell even the simplest words reliably (except on his spelling tests!). I am excited by what I’ve read here and to give it a try!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Michele,
You’re son sounds like my daughter! She learned to read early and well, but her spelling was horrible. All About Spelling made all the difference for her.

Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

Homeschoolingmom

says:

My son who may have dyslexia is finally enjoying learning to read and write again! We are two months into second grade and we are seeing big changes in his ability and interest! We are using aar 2 and aas 1. Great program. Multisensory approach is working great. Wish we had started this from the kinder!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for sharing your son’s success with us!

Nyla

says:

I used AAS as a tutor working with dyslexic students, and now I use it with my own children. I saw how strong the program was long before I chose it for our homeschool and never considered any other program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That is a strong recommendation, Nyla, thank you!

Natalia Fernandez

says:

Every child learns differently & that’s the blessing of homeschooling. You get to individualize the curriculum for each child. That’s were AAS comes in.

Celia

says:

My first is a natural speller but mispronounces words, and my second doesn’t remember the spelling of words he’s written many times before because he’s in such a hurry to get outside. AAS has been great for both of them – thank you!!

Dawn

says:

Great article. My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in May we are doing a dyslexic program but I would love to own this for her as well as my younger children. Seems like a wonderful program.

Karyn

says:

I love your AaR program & am looking forward to adding AAS this year. I live the WHY behind it all. Thank you!

Laurel Sanders

says:

I am looking forward to adding this program to my tutoring.

Trina

says:

Using AAS for both of my children this year. Love learning spelling rules instead of memorizing lists of words.

Becky Kersey

says:

I have a 15 year old who I pretty sure has dyslexia. It took a very long time to teach him to read. I give him books that are about 5th-6th grade level and they take him a long time to read. His spelling is awful, he just doesn’t retain how to spell the words. I am wondering what level to begin him on?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Becky,
We recommend that all struggling spellers start with All About Spelling 1 to build a strong foundation in spelling.

All About Spelling is a building block program with each level building upon the previous one. The rules and concepts learned in Level 1 are applied in Level 2, and then those are applied in Level 3, and so on. Placement for spelling is based on the student’s knowledge of spelling rules and concepts rather than grade level, reading level, or the words a student has memorized.

For example, we find that many students simply memorize easy words like “cat” and “kid” but have no idea why one uses a C and the other uses a K, or that the same rules that apply to these words also apply to higher level words such as “concentrate.” Other students switch letters or leave out letters entirely. This usually occurs because they don’t know how to hear each sound in the word. Level 1 has specific techniques to solve these problems.

The article Should We Start in Level 1 or Level 2? has more information on the concepts taught in level 1 and will help you decide the appropriate starting level.

Level 2 of AAS focuses on learning the syllable types, when they are used and how they affect spelling. This information is foundational for higher levels of spelling. Three syllable rules are introduced in Level 2, and then more in Level 3 and up. For this reason, we don’t recommend starting higher than level 2.

We encourage parents and teachers to “fast track” if the student knows how to spell most of the words but does not understand the underlying basic spelling concepts. In this case, very quickly skim the parts that he already knows and slow down on the parts that he needs to learn. Pull out several words as examples. Make sure he understands the concept being taught, and then move on. This blog article has a good example of how you might fast track.

Many students already reading on the level your student is reading show good jumps in reading level while working in with All About Spelling. However, All About Spelling doesn’t work on all the aspects of reading, such as fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina. Take a look at our placement tests for All About Reading. He might benefit from All About Reading 4. Along with the placement tests, have him read the sample story from All About Reading 3. He needs to be able to read it fluently and smoothly, with good comprehension, before going on to All About Reading 4. If he struggles to read the All About Reading 3 story, he may need to begin with All About Reading 3.

I hope this gives you some direction. We have had great reports from parents and tutors using our products with teens. Please let me know if you have any further questions or need help in any way.

Heidi

says:

My 8 year old loves All About Spelling. It’s her favourite subject. I love the method it uses. So easy and gentle.

Christyl

says:

Love AAL!

Ashley

says:

We think our 6 year old is dyslexic and he is doing AAR level 1 right now, which has been amazing! We will probably be using AAS in the future!

Samantha

says:

Totally agree with you. My daughter was diagnosed with PDD and has always struggled with spelling even though she loves to read and write. Looks like this may be a good match for her. Thank you for the review.

Samantha

says:

I am looking forward to trying all about spelling with my kids!

Kelly Grundhofer

says:

All about Reading has helped my son soo much! Can’t wait to start all about spelling.

Sharon

says:

I am looking forward to trying this with my son!

Deborah

says:

We are currently working through AAR Pre-Reading, but I am looking forward to starting AAS when it is time.

Rachael Kuhaneck

says:

All About Spelling looks like an awesome tool to help my children with their spelling!

Jennifer V

says:

We’re starting level 1 this week and I am excited!!! Looking forward to seeing her bloom with spelling. I can’t believe how far my daughter has come with her reading since starting AAR. I recommend to everyone.

Kim

says:

I can’t wait to give this program a try. My son struggles with literacy.

Jennifer Wylde

says:

This is very helpful in trying to decide how to help my child. Thank you!

BeccaBeck

says:

My child’s not quite ready for spelling yet, but I want to be prepared when she is.

Kathy Stickney-Klaus

says:

Am homeschooling my grandson, this sounds fantastic…

Kiki Shafer

says:

We have been using AAS for five years and after years of struggles before that it has transformed my children’s spelling exponentially. Worth every penny, and I highly recommend it.

Jennifer Brown

says:

Love AAR for my dyslexic child, who previously I spent days/hours pulling my hair out!!

Brenda

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I’m excited about this giveaway! Spelling is a hard subject for our guy, and this looks fantastic!

Ladena Bough

says:

Need the guidance to help my grandkids! THanks

Lauren Lambert

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My child started reading at 2! I want to keep him excited, challenged, but not pressured. I’m a teacher so I know that reading can be a struggle well into elementary school. This program is non-threatening :) I appreciate the structure but fun-ness :)

Jill Moris

says:

Love AAS, thank you for providing so much additional help through your blog!

Marie

says:

l love the built-in review and sentence dictation!

Mary Nelson

says:

I have been wanting this program for a while now, ever since I first saw it.

Heidi T.

says:

I think I need this program with my son. We struggle with spelling only because he does not enjoy it.

Amanda Flick

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Reading came quickly for my oldest, she definitely needs the separate focus on spelling that this program provides.

Helen Peters

says:

We really enjoy this program!

Brianne McIntyre

says:

I like the review element of this program

Liza

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My 8-year old son has ADHD, SPD & Dyslexia. This is our 3rd year homeschooling. We started using AAS in July. Although he had been doing ok in spelling, I decided to begin with Level 1…just to make sure he adapted well to the system, understood all the rules, reviewed all the phonograms, etc.

I like how simple the teacher’s manuals are to use. Also, that you can move as fast or as slow as your student masters the concept/words. Using the tiles has been great! He loves writing the spelling words on the white board…which dramatically reduced the whinning of writing in paper.

We also got AAR for him (Level 4 according to the placement test), but noticed that it starts by reviewing concepts taught in AAS Levels 1-4. So, to avoid his confusion, I’m sticking only to AAS until we reach Level 4 and will incorporate AAR Level 4 then.

Its been 10 weeks since we started AAS and we’re almost done with Level 2! And even I am learning rules I didn’t know!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Liza,
If your son placed into AAR 4, please do not wait until he gets to AAS 4 to begin it with him. First, not all the All About Spelling levels will move as quickly as level 1 does. Many students are able to almost fly through AAS 1 and maybe AAS 2, but need to slow down for AAS 3. Secondly, All About Reading and All About Spelling do not line up exactly. AAS has 7 levels, but AAR has only 4, yet both get students to spelling or reading high school level words. Thirdly, it is normal for students to be ahead in reading. This is the main reason why we teach reading and spelling separately.

If you are concerned about starting AAR 4 with your son, try this. Ask him to read a sample story from near the end of AAR 3. AAR 3 sample story If he can read it smoothly, with good fluency and comprehension, then you can be confident that he is ready for AAR 4. If, however, he struggles to read the story smoothly and fluently or struggles with comprehension, then you know that he would be better off beginning with a lower level in order to build his reading skills.

I hope this helps. Please let me know how it goes or if you have any further questions.

Sarah

says:

I’m just starting my homeschool journey. Thanks for posting this info.

Frankie

says:

My 9 year old has dyslexia and struggles with spelling.

Kathy

says:

This sounds like the perfect fit for my son!

Autumn

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Thank you so much for outlining different issues that children have with spelling. My kids are learning to read and I’m looking into different spelling programs. I am leaning towards AAS and it’s great to learn more about it!

Erin

says:

Very helpful info! I plan to use this with my kids and am excited to learn more about it!

Kathy Paffumi

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Can’t wait to begin this program with my struggling readers!

Dana Gadbaw

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We’ve been using AAS for 4 years and love it!

Andrea

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Spelling is difficult for my 8 year old, but taking some of these approaches helps him learn better.

stacey

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I’m so thankful for this program because now my daughter knows the “why” behind the spelling of words

Wendy

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As a former teacher, there are so many things about this program that I love. I would love to use it with my own kids!

Nicole

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Hoping this program can help my struggling speller.

Julie

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Im excited to see how my son can learn to spell!

Michelle

says:

It sounds like I could have really benefited from this program when I was a kid

Heather Cardenas

says:

Would love to try this out! Thanks for the chance to win:)

Christine Burgos-Gomez

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I’d love to try this program! My loves LOVE reading & writes journals all the time, but her spelling is not great. I’d love for her to gain confidence in her spelling. Thank you for the opportunity!

Alyssa

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We love using All About Reading and All About Spelling with our kids! It has been a joy to see their progress in learning these skills!

Candy Thepphasourinthone

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My son is so eager to learn. He’s only 4 in October and is already sounding words out!

Allison

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We have just started using this program last year & I so wish I had found it earlier! Great for different learners!

Tara

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My daughter is a natural speller!

Bethany B

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This is our first year using AAS and I’m excited to see what awaits us!

Jessica

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My 7 year old has some dyslexia and dysgraphia. She still gets frustrated when it is time to do spelling, but she has been spelling better even though she doesn’t realize she is spelling better. It hasn’t really helped her spell on paper outside of “spelling class” she has been recognizing how words are spelled all over especially when we drive.
I haven’t figured out why she doesn’t like using the tiles yet, but I do know that it appears to be an effective program to teach her how to spell. We have tried several so far and I am so glad we found this one.
I know this is kind of a mixed review, but basically I love it, it has worked for my daughter, and we are going to stick with this one. No more switching programs for us.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jessica,
There is a lag between what students learn in spelling and what they spell in other writing. It takes time for them to develop Automaticity in Spelling.

As for the tiles, some students don’t like to spell with them much. I think it may be because moving tiles is slower than just writing the letters. You do not have to force her to use them, but do use them yourself for demonstrating the concepts as you can show things like syllable division so clearly with the tiles. None of my kids want to use the tiles much any longer, but I do have them use them when they are struggling with a concepts. Very often concepts they are having trouble with on paper are very clear with the tiles.

Please let us know if you have questions or need any help. That’s why we are here!

Janet

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We’re about to complete level 5 with my son who is a natural speller. My daughter is on level 2 and thriving as well. I highly recommend AAS to all homeschooling mamas! So easy and effective b

Samantha

says:

I have been looking into all about spelling for a while now. I would love to try it with my son.

Lorie Allen

says:

My child has struggled with spelling from the beginning. After various trials with other programs, we are happily moving to AAS. He’s actually looking forward to it!

Jamie

says:

I just started this program with 3 of my kids. I really like the simple way the lessons are structured. I’m very impressed with the program, and the company. They have been excellent to work with. Inquiries are responded to promptly, and my orders are shipped very quickly.

Brittany Adams

says:

As a parent who struggled in spelling I’m looking forward to using this program with my daughter to give her the tools I didn’t have!

Mart

says:

My son struggles with spelling. He may pass a spelling test, but doesn’t retain the words. I want to try this.

Jennifer

says:

My son loves reading! Spelling, not so much…

Kathleen

says:

I hope to try it out!

Sarah

says:

We love AAS, my daughter has learned so much.

Corrina

says:

I can begin to see the differences in learning spelling between by children. I’m interested in seeing if AAS would be a good fit for us.

Elizabeth Reyes

says:

We love All About Reading and can’t wait to try All About Spelling!!

Stephanie

says:

We tried AAS with my oldest daughter, and she didn’t like it. She’s a natural speller, and just wanted to get it done and move on. My second, though is struggling with reading, even with AAR, and I think AAS will be just the thing for her.

Debra

says:

This sounds like exactly what we need for our 9-year-old son who struggles with both reading and spelling. We’re looking into getting him tested for dyslexia so we can chart next steps. Thanks for all your do!

Renee P

says:

We have been using AAR since the beginning, so starting AAS with AAR level 2 was obvious. My daughter is a bit of a natural speller, but struggles with reading stamina.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Renee,
Stamina for reading longer selections is one of the many aspects of reading that takes time to master. You can help your daughter when he reads the stories by buddy reading with her. This article explains buddy reading.

I had to do a lot of buddy reading with my daughter in the first half of AAR 2 or so, but as we move toward the end she was able to read a story very well, all by herself, on the first try. However, now that we are working in AAR 3 we have started buddy reading again. In each level the length of the stories is longer, and she needs that help to increase her stamina for the longer stories.

Jenna

says:

We love AAS. W have been doing it for 3 years now. I can’t say with about how thorough and easy it is to teach! Thank you!

Amy

says:

Can’t wait to start my aar pre reading level with my daughter and work our way to aas!!

Adrien

says:

AAS is a fantastic program!

Lindsey

says:

After much research I found AAS and think it would be perfect for my daughter.

Angela Celaya

says:

My son once spelled four words wrong in one sentence. Memorizing a spelling list was not working for him. I really think AAS is going to help him. Even though he can already spell a lot of the words in level one he is still learning the rules and ALL of the sounds each letter makes.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angela,
Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes people think that AAS 1 is too easy because the words are easy, but the concepts in AAS 1 apply to much more difficult words as well.

Wendy Clark

says:

I have been using AAR and can’t wait to start teaching AAS!

Krystil

says:

My daughter loves AAR, hoping she’ll respond as happily to AAS!

Phyllis

says:

Have seen so many good post about AAS and AAR. Starting our first offical year of homeschooling. Would love to use both.

Meghan Malicoat

says:

Just starting this program with my daughter and I’m very excited to see how this is going to work for us this year.

Laura A

says:

I would love to use this program with my kids.

Samantha Doeun

says:

My children have yet to begin school. This year will be our first homeschooling year. We are looking forward to trying was

Debra

says:

My child frequently asks me how to spell a word, and resists when I ask him to sound it out first. He gets frustrated and shouts, “Just tell me!” Not sure how to handle this…

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Debra,
If your student has mastered how to spell the word already, especially if he has mastered it some time ago and has reviewed it and done fine with review, then it is very reasonable to expect him to spell it outside of spelling time as well. When my kids ask for a word that I know they know how to spell, I politely tell them, “You have the skills to spell that word,” and go back to whatever I was doing. They rarely get upset about this, as they are very confident with the spelling they have been taught through All About Spelling.

However, if it is a word they haven’t mastered already in spelling, then I just give them the spelling. I tend to say and spell the word syllable by syllable, both because that is how I spell words and also because it models the correct way to approach multisyllable words. Just today my 9 year old asked how to spell government. Technically she has learned all the phonograms and skills needed to spell government, but she hasn’t had much experience spelling three syllables words as she is still in the first half of All About Spelling 3. So I said, “gov, g-o-v” and I waited for her to write that. Then I said, “ern, er-n” (I said er together because the two are a single phonogram that say /er/). Finally, I said, “ment, you can spell ment” and she happily did. I did stress the short e sound when I said, “ment”, as she does struggle to hear short e from short i.

Is your child using All About Spelling? How far along is he in it? If he is still early on in AAS, it might be best to to give him the spelling of any word he asks for. It takes a while to develop automaticity in spelling.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Brigette Gless

says:

Really want to try this system with my dyslexic daughter!

Patsy Foy

says:

My child has special needs.

Angela

says:

All About Spelling has helped my friends son and I’m using it this year to help my daughter with her dyslexia.

Melissa

says:

Thanks for your helpful explanations!!

Mikan

says:

We started AAS and AAR this year and love it so far!

Just ordered my son the All About Reading level 1! Can’t wait to get started! Would love to implement the spelling program as he progresses!

Elizabeth

says:

Just got this,looking forward to trying it for my son!

Simah

says:

My daughter is a “natural speller”. We love your program!

Sarah McCloy

says:

I would love to try this out!

Jessica

says:

Thank you for a wonderful program!

Laverne

says:

I would like to see if my son with ADHD and APD could learn to spell with All About Spelling. It is his most challenging subject.

Ellen

says:

Hello! My ten-year-old son with ADHD, APD, CI/Vision Processing Issues has been doing AAS for three plus years now. He began in Level 1 and is currently in Level 5. I tried several other spelling programs with him and I can tell you that this is the only one that has worked. The continuous review and use of multiple senses has really helped him to spell well, and now I am seeing correct spelling in his writing. He happily does his AAS lessons and tells me that he likes this spelling program the best.

Kristin

says:

I would love to see how it works for all of our kiddos different learning styles

Melinda Roberts

says:

Would love to try this

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