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Kids Stuck Inside? Check Out Our FREE Boredom Busters!

Mom…I’m bored!

When you’re stuck inside with your kids—especially for an extended period of time—you probably look for activities that help combat boredom AND provide educational value at the same time. We can help! (You don’t have to use All About Reading or All About Spelling to reap the benefits of the resources featured below.)

Check Out Our Boredom Busters!

Being stuck inside might even seem fun when you start using the ideas compiled in the infographic below. In fact, if you don’t tell your child he’s learning, he might not even notice!

infographic with summer slide activities

More FREE Teaching and Learning Resources

In addition to the ideas included on the infographic, we have LOTS of ready-to-print games and activities for you to download right now! We’ve also listed some helpful articles for teaching language arts skills and concepts. So grab a few of these resources and let the learning (and fun) begin!

Reading Resources

Skills Review for Reading and Spelling

Vocabulary-Building Resources

Preschool Resources

Reading and Spelling Teaching Tips

Please note that some of the activities listed above may need to be adapted for use with your child’s reading or spelling program.

How do you handle being stuck inside with your kids? Share in the comments below!

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Lindsay

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Thank You!!! This has been an excellent resource for teachers, parents, siblings, family members, etc.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Lindsay! 😊

Talia

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Thanks for all the resources!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Talia! 😊

Kerin

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These are all great ideas! I like the ideas involving board games!

Rochelle

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Thanks for the great ideas!

Nicki

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These are such great ideas!

Sharon

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Could you create a space where we remommemd books to other parents? I love reading recommendations. Mine is Milly Molly Mandy Stories and More Milly Molly Mandy. Stories meant to read aloud, by Janet Lancaster. She’s 3-10. So sweet, good feeling, delightful, daily adventures of life in a small village 1920s England. Also, Betsy Tacy and Betsy Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace for sane reasons.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sharon,
The Milly Molly Mandy stories are so sweet and wonderful!

We do have a Facebook support group for parents and teachers to discuss, support, and recommend to each other. Check it out. All About Reading & And About Spelling Support Group

Deanne

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Love the Fun with Words activities. Shared with my families and grade level. Thank you for sharing.

Mel

says:

These are some really great ideas. Looking froward to using some of them.

Nicole

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So many great ideas! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Nicole! I hope you find lots here to help you beat the boredom. 😊

Jianna Whiteley

says:

this is awesome and full of useful information! Love it all!!

Michelle Franklin

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Awesome ideas!

Joseph Herr

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My son never liked to work on his All About Spelling, but loved All About Reading. We continued to work on Spelling and turns out he just hates to write and despite the early struggles is becoming an excellent speller and his reading ability is so amazing. So glad we started using All About Learning resources 4 years ago!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ah, yes, Joseph. Writing is often much less enjoyable for children than reading. It makes sense; it’s more work.

I’m glad to hear All About Spelling has worked out so well over the years though! Thank for letting us know.

Ellen

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These are all great ways to beat boredom and make wonderful memories with your kids.

Katie Lowrie

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I love AAR!

Jessica

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Now that schools are shut down indefinitely, I decided to utilize this time to help a 12 year old who we have recently acquired guardian ship for. He is very much behind with reading and spelling. I’ve been working with the school to get him services and testing but unfortunately that is all on hold. We placed him in 5th grade, as he was out of school for almost 2 years. Initial assessments indicate he’s reading and a 2nd grade level and spelling at a 1st. I just ordered all about spelling, level 1.

Question- Is it helpful to do spelling and reading programs in tandem? I think he probably could enter reading at level 2…but given the circumstances is it best to start with level 1? Does level 1 reading pair better with spelling level 1?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jessica,
It’s so wonderful for you to take this bit of hardship and turn it an opportunity to help this child succeed in reading and spelling!

We actually recommend starting All About Spelling level 1 after the student has completed All About Reading level 1 and is starting level 2. So it would be perfect to do AAS 1 along with AAR 2.

However, please look over our placement tests before deciding. Our levels don’t correlate to specific grade levels, because the order of the words in All About Reading is not “grade-level” order. As an example, here is a very simple online assessment. A student completing AAR 1 would be able to read most of the words on the 1st-grade list, about half of the 2nd-grade list, and a third of the words on the 3rd and 4th-grade lists. All About Reading groups words in a logical manner based on similar rules or patterns regardless of their supposed grade level, which allows students to progress quickly and confidently.

Our blog post Using All About Spelling with Older Students may be helpful for you.

Let me know if you need more information or help with placement or getting started.

Elizabeth Bailey

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I’m browsing through your website and blog and discovering loads of helpful information. Thank you!

Taira

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We switched to AAS 9 months ago and I wish I’d done it sooner. So much easier to use than my previous program.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m happy to hear that All About Spelling is working out so well for you, Taira! 😊

Michael Silungwe

says:

U r doing a good thing please help our kids

Cara

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I absolutely love all that all about learning press has to offer. With all these ideas and our all about reading program my daughter has been able to continue improving everyday.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

We love improving every day, Cara! Keep up the great work and let us know if you ever need anything.

Misty

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Thank you for the great ideas! I look forward to applying them.

Vanessa Wadsworth

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Thank you for the ongoing help.🙏

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, Vanessa. Let me know if you need anything specific.

Jennifer

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Needing something to help my son with reading and spelling he is going in to the fourth grade and is on a second grade reading level barely. Need help fast I don’t want to hold him back but don’t want him to struggle more.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
Our All About Reading program has a great track record with helping students succeed in reading where other programs have failed. All About Reading takes the struggle out of reading!

Start with our placement tests. Please be aware that our levels are not grade levels. All About Reading groups words in a logical manner based on similar rules or patterns regardless of their supposed grade level, which allows students to progress quickly and confidently.

If you need help determining which level to start with or have other questions or would like more information, please let me know.

Jasmine

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This is a great program for any grade level, for the intuitive learner, the hands on learner, and also great for refresher for any reading/spelling concept.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Jasmine! 😊

Audra

says:

I am very excited to use these materials with students!

S. H.

says:

Thanks for the great ideas!

Kimberly Seitzinger

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I’ve used this a few years ago with my older kids who were homeschooled. Now that I am thrust back into homeschooling due to schools shut down I am going to use it for my daughter with down syndrome.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kimberly,
You may find our blog post Real Moms, Real Kids: All About Reading and Down Syndrome helpful.

shoshana

says:

you have such wonderful ideas for learning by playing games. I hope to have my grandchildren try them out soon.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Shoshana! I hope your grandchildren enjoy many of these. I’d love to hear how it goes.

Sonia

says:

Great suggestions! We’ve been learning piano as our new hobby!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sonia,
Music is such a rewarding hobby! Plus there are all the ways that learning music helps people in other ways, such as pattern recognition and stress reduction (there is a lot of research on the effects of learning to create music has on us).

Autumn

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Thanks for all of these awesome suggestions! I can’t wait to use them during this quarantine.

Kelli Hager

says:

Great tips and suggestions! Thank you!!

gigi wolf

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Hello! First of all I would like to ”thank you” for All About Learning Reading! My 8.5 year old son has really done well – who is in the 2nd grade who has High Functioning Autism- 2x’s gifted, Dyslexia. He is currently 1.5yrs behind in reading writing and cognitive function. Would you possibly be able to lead me in the right direction for the best company for home schooling?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Gigi,
I’m pleased to hear that All About Reading is working well for your son.

Have you considered using All About Spelling as well? AAS has a gradual progression for increasing the student’s stamina and fluency in writing, from words and short phrases in Level 1, to phrases and short sentences in Level 2, to 12 dictation sentences per step in Level 3. Partway through this level, the Writing Station is introduced. In this exercise, students write sentences of their own that they make up using some of their spelling words.

In this way, students have begun to use words in a more real-world context through dictation and writing, to help them transition to longer writing assignments. Dictation and the Writing Station both serve as an important bridge between spelling words in the context of lists (where the patterns are similar), and more “real world” writing. By the end of Level 3, students have mastered about 1000 words from the regular and reinforcement lists, and they have developed stamina and some beginning editing skills that will help them with more formal writing.

Once your son is able to write sentences easily with confidence, then he will be ready for a program that teaches writing paragraphs and then essays. I can give you a list of writing programs, but if he isn’t writing sentences yet, he isn’t ready. Our blog post Language Arts in My Household details the progression on learning English from letter learning through public speaking.

I hope this helps some, but please let me know if you have further questions or would like more information.

Kristen

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Thank you so much Marie! We always love your activities, books, and ideas. The illustrations and artwork are beautiful.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Kristen! 😊

Agatha

says:

Thank you for sharing these great ideas.

Katrina

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I bought a book full of arts and crafts to do. It’s the kids room and their sleeping, so I can’t remember what it’s called. It’s a mix of coloring, writing, glueing things together, etc. They loving coming to me for a book, usually, but we’ve been stuck inside more recently.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

There are some great arts and crafts books out there, Katrina! One that my boys, who were typically not really into crafts, enjoyed is called Funky Junk: Cool Stuff to Make with Hardware. Since it used things like bolts and tools, it appealed to them.

Stevie

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Great ideas! Thanks.

Lacramioara Lily Georgescu

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Thank you very much for the great materials and ideas! God bless you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome! 😊

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