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Why Classical Homeschoolers Love AAR and AAS

Why Classical Homeschoolers Love AAR and AAS

Are you part of a Classical Conversations community, or do you follow the classical model as outlined in The Well-Trained Mind? Do you have a child enrolled in a classical school or co-op? Or maybe you’re just beginning to explore the idea of using the classical approach in your homeschool.

No matter where you are on your classical homeschool journey, you don’t have to wonder about how to teach reading and spelling, because I’ve got some great news for you.

Classical homeschoolers LOVE All About Reading and All About Spelling!

I can’t wait to share what we’ve heard from some of our classical friends, but first let’s take a quick look at an important question.

What Is the Classical Approach?

Why Classical Homeschoolers Love AAR and AAS - from All About Learning Press

Classical education encourages learning in three stages known as the trivium.

  • The grammar stage begins by laying a foundation. During this stage, kids focus on absorbing the facts and rules—the “who,” the “what,” and the “where.”

  • Next comes the dialectic (or logic) stage. At this stage, kids focus on developing a logical understanding of the “why” behind what they know.

  • And finally, during the rhetoric stage, kids focus on applying what they know through communication and expression.

So the next question is this:

How Do AAR and AAS Fit into the Classical Approach?

First let’s take a look at All About Reading.

All About Reading fits perfectly into the grammar stage (approximately K-4th grade). This is the stage where kids “learn to read,” so later they can “read to learn.” This systematic phonics program takes a “parts-to-whole” approach—children learn the parts of words (phonograms and affixes) and how those parts work together to make words. The program uses direct instruction, so your child is told exactly what he needs to know, with no fluff and no guessing.

All About Reading is also useful in the dialectic stage for kids who previously struggled with reading and need remedial help. The program isn’t “dumbed down,” and students can progress at a level that is comfortable for them. Levels 3 and 4, in particular, give kids the opportunity to reason and analyze through comprehension activities.

After completing Level 4, students have the technical skills to read just about anything that is within their vocabulary and comprehension level.

Now let’s look at how All About Spelling fits into the classical model.

All About Spelling also takes the parts-to-whole approach. Phonograms are introduced as the most basic unit, and instruction gradually builds to the more complex system that makes up English spelling. By the end of the program (Level 7), students are able to spell at the high school level.

All About Spelling begins in the grammar stage after students are able to read at a basic level. In a precise step-by-step manner, instruction continues through the dialectic stage. Dictation and word analysis activities encourage students to apply what they are learning and help move information into long-term memory.

At the end of Level 7, students develop their own plan for a lifetime of spelling success. With this self-guided process, students take what they’ve learned into the rhetoric stage.

Here’s What Classical Experts Say

Well-Trained Mind (4th Edition)

Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, co-authors of The Well-Trained Mind, are well-respected authorities on the classical approach. In the newly revised fourth edition of The Well-Trained Mind, they recommend both All About Reading and All About Spelling to their readers.

The Well-Trained Mind shares some general thoughts about what makes a reading or spelling program “fit” the classical approach.

Most of the curricula they recommend aren’t divided into grade levels. Like us, they believe that “you should always spend as much time on one level as you need and progress to the next level only when your child has mastered the first level, whether that comes before or after the ‘normal’ age.

The authors of The Well-Trained Mind also believe that reading and spelling should not be taught together. I like how they put it: “It’s important to allow students to progress at a natural pace in each of the language arts areas without frustrating them by limiting their progress to the speed of their worst subject.

In addition to fitting the classical model, the programs the authors selected to include in The Well-Trained Mind met four important qualifications:

In the authors’ recommendation of All About Reading, they write:

“We find this to be the most age-appropriate and parent-friendly Orton-Gillingham program on the market.”

And they had this to say about All About Spelling:

“In keeping with our approach, All About Spelling allows spelling to be studied at its own pace, rather than connecting it to other language arts areas, and does not require significant handwriting in the early years. Directions are clear, there is little busywork, and teacher preparation is minimal.”

Well-Trained Mind Badge

But for many moms, the next question may be even more important than what the “experts” think.

What Do Classical Homeschool Moms Say?

Homeschool mom and blogger Becki Malloy first read The Well-Trained Mind ten years ago and immediately became “wholly invested” in the classical approach. Here’s what Becki has to say about how our programs fit into the classical model:

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“When you begin to learn something—whether it be to read or how to grow a garden—you start in the grammar stage. You learn the basics and work up from there. You make sure those foundational pieces are cemented in place in order to build knowledge from that base. All About Reading and All About Spelling do exactly that.

AAS doesn’t just start with the short sound of A and lists with those words. Rather it starts with the foundational concept that letters make sounds, and sounds make words. Put that in place and you can learn to spell anything or read anything.

AAS and AAR fit into the classical approach in a somewhat unconventional, although precisely perfect way. They start reading and spelling at the grammar level, not as something to be memorized, but as something to grow in understanding with.

“Perhaps without even meaning to, AAR and AAS are the best classically-based reading and spelling programs I’ve invested in.”

Renee Seats describes how effectively AAR and AAS fit into her family’s classical homeschool:

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“Both programs easily incorporate into a classical education since they are a no-nonsense approach to learning and focus on skill mastery prior to moving on to future lessons. They also incorporate multiple learning pathways so that all students—no matter their learning style—are sure to find activities that interest them and also meet their learning needs.

“I have tried a few other methods and I always quickly get frustrated with the gaps or the lack of consistency in those programs. I cannot recommend AAR and AAS highly enough for anyone using a classical approach in their children’s education.”

Classical Conversations community member Beth Hodges shared the importance of memorization:

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“Classical education uses memorization and exposure to set up memory pegs in our kids’ minds. It sets a foundation for our kids to learn on and add new information. Then as children learn new information they are able to add to already learned information, building their foundation.

“This is exactly what All About Reading and All About Spelling do.”

So do classical homeschoolers love All About Reading and All About Spelling? Classical homeschooler Claire Wilkerson ties it all up into one nice, neat package.

“You could not have created a curriculum that is more compatible with classical education if you had tried.”

The Bottom Line: AAR and AAS Fit the Classical Approach in Several Ways

The experts and homeschool moms agreeAAR and AAS are the perfect choice for the classical approach. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Our programs set up “learning pegs” through the use of modeling and imitation (through letter tile demonstrations).
  2. Lessons involve memorization of the phonograms and spelling rules. Then we transition to application with real words, using phonograms as building blocks. Application occurs during dictation exercises in AAS and reading from decodable books in AAR.
  3. We ignore grade levels, and instead focus on mastery-based learning.
  4. We teach reading and spelling separately.
  5. Our programs have no gaps.

If you are exploring reading and spelling programs for your classical homeschool, you’ll want to download these free reports to find out more:

Do you use the classical approach? If not, how do you categorize your approach to education?

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Colleen

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This has been the ideal spelling program for us!

Sue Boswell

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Love what I ‘m learning about AAR and CC

Sarah

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I plan on using the classical approach to homeschool my boys next year. I want to base their learning on what they know, not on what they should know for a certain grade. My oldest finds math very easy to understand, but has a harder time with reading. My youngest is already showing that reading will come easy for him. No one grade level curriculum will fit their needs.

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Sarah,
It sounds like you are well prepared for a wonderful homeschool experience!

Christy Maloney

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YES! I am a classical method homeschool mom and I love AAR and AAS. IT’s great for my kiddos still in the grammar stage and who have sensory stuff! My son love to “change the word”. :):)

Robin E.

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Christy,
My kids love “Change the Word” too. It’s a great activity. Thanks for letting us know that AAR and AAS has worked so well for your kids with Classical Homeschooling.

Raquel Barrera

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Thank you for sharing this article and your incredible work and dedication to equip our children, and parents, with the tools needed to learn and succeed – naturally :)

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Raquel. We are very happy to help parents and teachers help students succeed!

Jill

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We love Classical Conversations and All About Reading!!

We are considering homeschooling our four. I love learning more about this approach as it seems quite natural to me. I’ll nee to check that book out too!

Keri K.

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We do Classical Conversations and LOVE AAR and AAS!!!

Emily

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My house loves All About Spelling!

Colleen Cruff

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We love AAS!

Christina

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We are using the AAR program for the first time and my daughter loves the simplicity. It’s not long and drawn out and she loves to do all the fun hands on activities.

Lauren S.

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We are in our 4th year with Classical Conversations and AAR/AAS are a perfect fit for my 7yr old daughter. I love that there is little to no prep for me. She loves the activities and stories. She always chooses to do her reading lesson first each day! It has been great going at her own pace – we have gone quickly through the reading levels and are slowing down for spelling. I recommend AAR/AAS to all of our friends!

Robin E.

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Lauren,
Thank you for letting us know just how well AAR and AAS are working for you and your daughter.

Desiree

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We love AALP!!! It has made my job as a mom/teacher easier and less frustrating for my child that has learning disabilities! I’ve see all 3 of my kids improve quickly on their spelling and reading skills!
Thank you AALP for this amazing curriculum!

Robin E.

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Thank you so much for sharing your kids success with us, Desiree!

Amy

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We are a classical homeschooling family and love AAR.

Nicole Schofield

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In our classical homeschool, we love AAR and AAS. The approach through phonograms makes perfect sense. I even use the “word card” organization technique to organize our Latin vocabulary cards.

Robin E.

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Nicole,
The card system is a very effective way to keep track of what needs to be reviewed, isn’t it?

Rachael Carri

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We belong to CC and my son loves AAS!

Kris

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As a special education teacher, I am interested in viewing AAS resources to consider recommending them to families and other teachers when I run professional learning opportunities

Jamilyn

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I was looking for something that took the guessing out of spelling and AAR seems to fit the bill!

Chelsey Stafki

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I had no idea I was using a Classical approach to my son’s spelling instruction. It is however, an excellent curriculum. It’s also been an eye opener for me. I attended public school and often didn’t learn the reasons behind why words were spelled a certain way, we simply memorized the words on our spelling list for the most part. We absolutely love All About Spelling!

Beth

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Love the classical approach and looking forward to using AAR and AAS with my youngest.

Whitney Hunt

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Great information!

Stacie F

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This is my favorite blog article from AAL. Ww will be using both programs for my kids now that we’ve joined a classical homeschool distance learning program.

Stacy

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I am new(ish) to homeschooling, but have really liked the AAR & AAS programs. I have many friends who use the “classical” approach and would like to learn more about it myself.

Tanya

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We love AAR and AAS and do a classical / eclectic education

Sharon

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I use All About Spelling but have never heard of the classical approach. I plan to look into it and learn more about it.

Bree

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I love the idea of meeting the child at their level for every aspect of schooling, but sometimes it’s hard to juggle so many pieces and programs. I like using a combined LA with something like AAS to help weak spelling skills.

Michelle

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I love this program! I have used it on my 3 girls up to level 3.

Leah

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Really want to try this.

Wendy Thelen

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I do love the how easy AAR and AAS are to use for the average homeschool mom.

Susan McCallum

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We love AAR and we do classical conversations!!!

Carrie Hernandez

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We love classical education, and AAS is definitely a great addition to any classical homeschool!

Nicole

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I love classical education and aas

Kellista

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AAR is th first homeschool friendly reading program I’ve found that meets the needs of our family and the standards of curriculum for a multi sensory approach. I’m a former first grade teacher and I used similar methods in my classroom but couldn’t find anything that matched my reading instruction standards and our budget. We love AAR and recommend it to anyone we meet who homeschools.

Robin E.

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Thank you for this recommendation, Kellista!

Ashley lawley

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Not part of Cc but friends and I started our own co op!

Melissa

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We love AAR. It has made such a huge difference with my once struggling reader!

Kerri Wartnik

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My children were homeschooled using The Well Trained Mind. I found the recommendation in this blog to re-emphasize the basics of reading by doing AAR level 4 or 5 or both very wise. I did something similar with my children in 8th grade. (They were not struggling much, just wanted to cement concepts before high school level work.) Each successive child leaped ahead of their peers after that review, reading college level texts throughout high school. They earned a huge amount of scholarships for college, due to all the brain growth from advanced reading! My youngest has dyslexia, and I am super thankful for the deep understanding of words she is gaining with this program. She won’t be limited as she would have been without it!

Robin E.

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Kerri,
What an interesting perspective of reviewing reading basics before a student moves onto higher level learning. Thanks for sharing this.

Rachel

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We have done Classical Conversations for a few years now. All About Spelling works perfectly in the classical method. :)

Betsey

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We love using all about reading and I’m looking forward to starting level 1 with my next kiddo when she turns 5

Gail Timmer

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I have AAS level 2 and feel it should fit into any program. All kids will benefit from being taught using their senses, the rules( wow, suddenly spelling makes sense) , sequentially and leaving no gaps!

Yvette

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Very insightful.

DoRena

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I did weeks of research trying to find a spelling and reading program that would fit our family, and I am so glad I found AAR and AAS! We are part of a Classical Conversations community and follow the Classical model, and these programs fit with our other curriculum perfectly. Thank you!

Sabrina

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We are a part of a Classical Conversations community & love AAS!

Lisa Eubanks

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We love using AAR and AAS!

Kimber

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I’m so glad we found AAR and AAS. It’s our favorite curriculum!

Taelor Edmisten

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Doing level one reading with my son, our first year homeschooling – so far loving it!

Suzann

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We just finished level 1of the spelling, and this program is great!

Corrine

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We just ordered and can’t wait to try it out! I feel like it will be a great fit for both my kids. Love that it’s a mastery program.

Melissa Matias

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We absolutely love the spelling and reading programs and I strongly believe it has helped develop a great foundation for being a good speller and reader for life!

Kristen

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I was so super excited to see that recommendation in the Well-Trained Mind. It validates what I was thinking and feeling the whole time.

Lindsay

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We have a classical home education approach & we love All About Learning Press!

Kerrie

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Love this program

Katie

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Wonderful to see so many choosing a classical aproch

Kayla Wheeler

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I am new homeschooling. I’ve been trying to study the different methods of homeschooling, specifically classical education. This was a great article. Thank you for the wonderful information! We use AAR. I knew my daughter would like it, but it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered how much my very active son loves it too. He doesn’t just love it, he’s really learning. AAR has brought me peace of mind. I was really nervous about teaching him, but this program is a perfect fit.

Robin E.

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Kayla,
Thank you for letting us know that AAR has helped you become confident in teaching. That’s one of the things we aim for!

Byers mom

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We love how AAR and classical education fit together!

Kristina Poehls

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😃

Marci

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Can’t wait to start using All About Spelling!

April Payne

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Have done Classical Method with two of my kids now and find that AAS and AAR have really helped my son who I never thought would be to do the classical method due to his learning disabilities! Now we are full steam ahead. He is well on his way to Level 4 AAR! Still cruising through AAS 1 but we are getting there and that’s what counts!

Robin E.

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April,
Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m so happy to hear that AAR and AAS have helped you to be able to Classically homeschool your son!

Brandi

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AAR is an amazing an amazing! My daughter is thriving on it! I couldn’t have chosen a better program to help my kids learn to read!

Sheryl

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My All About Reading level 1 package arrives today. I am also using All About Spelling level 1 and enjoying it.

Brenda

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Thank you all about spelling for helping my daughter become a better speller and reader!

jackie

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i am a new mom and appreciate this overview of the classical approach as i begin my research of home school philosophies! thanks!

Brenda

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We have tried so many different curriculums and our homeschool family and fine just want to be the most comprehensive and result oriented programming ever. !!

April

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Great article. Thanks!

Sandra Bickham

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I have been so impressed as a first time user of AAS. Both of my children have come so far in their reading and writing in only one month. I did not expect to see such quick improvement. And they both say lessons are more fun this year! This is exactly what we’ve been looking for!

Robin E.

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Yeah! Great, quick progress, Sandra. Thanks for sharing it!

Mindy

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AAS is easy on busy mom as well. The lessons are straight forward and easy to present even if you are not able to prepare the night before.

Katie Abbott

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We are classical homeschoolers and AAS is a good fit

Susan Morgan

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So far, AAS is working for my 6 year old. We are almost finished w AAS 1 and I will continue to use this curriculum.

Audrey

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Gives me more reasons to love AAL press even more! I recommend AAL to all my homeschooling friends. We have had such a good outcome from AAL. Thanks for being such a good company!

Erica

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We love All About Spelling!

Dawn

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Love that this fits with the Classical approach!

Deanna

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I am very interested in classical education and am thrilled that AAS fits the model!

Alyson Hollowood

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AAS has helped my 3rd grader tremendously with spelling. With other curriculums, he would get a “100%” on his tests, but would not carry over proper spelling into other work. Now he is enjoying writing more since spelling is not the struggle for him that it once was!

Robin E.

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Alyson,
I love that his progress in spelling has improved his enjoyment of writing. That’s important!

Kenda Wathen

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While I do not use the classical method per say. I can see how this fits well there.

Amanda

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I don’t do classical conversations but do have a friend that I think would find this interesting. 😊

Susan

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We use a classical approach. I love all about reading and spelling!

Alecia

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We love AAL!

Sarah

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We love AAS in our house. The interactive tiles and cards have made spelling a favorite subject! Thank you for providing such a great product to all the homeschool families out there!

Autumn

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We’ve been using aas for 3 or 4 years now, and I still love it just as much as I did in the beginning. Such a systematic, sensible approach to spelling!

Jen

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We do a relaxed approach, I’m
eager to add AAS to our routine.

Chelsey

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We do not use a classical approach, more traditional, but I’m really looking to switch our spelling curriculum. Hopefully AAS is
the push we need!

Amanda Banks

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We are almost done with level 1, & are looking forward to level 2.

The AAS program has been a huge help to my family. My oldest is a great speller naturally but the my youngers aren’t. AAS makes it easy for us to help them. It breaks the lessons down into easy-to-manage sets.

Baindu

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This was insightful. I’ve heard of the Classical approach, but didn’t know much about it.

PatriciaT.

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Excited for my children to start learning with this program.

Sara H.

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If AAS works anywhere near as well as AAR does with our child, I’d be all in! We love AAR, & are looking forward to starting AAS.

suzy

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This sounds promising for us! Thank you so much for this explanation!

Charissa

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We love AAS.

Jaz

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so excited to dive in and explore this new approach :) Sounds great!

Karen Fong

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love all about spelling. just learned my youngest has dyslexia and glad we’ve been doing this program intensely this last year. so much improvement

Christine

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I love CC and I love AAS

This is a great program! I highly suggest it to others.

Debbie

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I have a dyslexic son and we use AAS and AAR and love it! It has been great for me to learn how to help my son.

sheila

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Hoping this helps my oldest who struggles with spelling!

Nina Hoppe

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We love All About Spelling, it not only made teaching easier on me but explained why we spell words the way we do in English. The cards help cement the rules and phonics with the lessons.

Sarah Jendzio

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We love aar and aas!

Teresa

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Sounds interesting!

Stephanie Dorothy

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We do Classical Conversations, and are loving AAS and AAR! So glad we found your programs, is the perfect fit!!!

Stephanie

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Looking forward to using AAR and AAR level one this year. Just started two weeks ago. So far so good!

Shanna

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I just started AAR with my struggler. I would love to try AAS!

Georgia

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Great program!

Kristin

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Thank you for this article. This gives me the confidence to use AAS in our classical homeschool!

kathy

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been using for 2 years now love it

kathy

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love AAS would love to continue on with next level

Kristin

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I follow the classical approach to homeschool and would love to get All About Reading and Spelling!

Tiffany

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My son loves aar!!! Always asks when it’s his turn for reading!!

Nicole

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My daughter loves the All About Reading Curriculum and so do I! She asks everyday if it is time for her reading lesson!

R

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We are loving AAR.

Jessica Bailey

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I’ve been using AAS for 5 years now. We love it.

Tiffany Towberman

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We do Classical Conversations for our school framework. All about Reading fits great for us as a supporting component. My son is able to be more engaged during our community learning days thanks to his increased confidence from All about Learning. Thank you!

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Tiffany,
Thank you for letting us know this side result of more engagement with learning because of his confidence. What a great thing!

Catherine

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Thinking about the Classical approach to homeschooling and see now how AAS fits in nicely. Good article!

L.

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I love the hands on approach. Makes it much more engaging for my child.

Julia Minges

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Just one more reason I’m super excited to be embarking on our first year of reading with AAR!!! We read our first story in the reader yesterday, and my son went ahead and worked through the second story, even though it’s still two lessons away! That excitement for learning!

Robin E.

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Julia,
I love the motivation!

Marion Hutto

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I have never used this, but I do like what I’ve read.

Deronda

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My daughter has trouble with spelling and reading and I would love the opportunity to win aas to see how she does with it. Thanks

Kayla B

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I’ve been hearing so many great things about AAR & AAS. I’ve never used either, but I would love to give them a try!

April

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We are two lessons away from finishing Level 2 starting Level 3 of All About Spelling and are also completing All About Reading Level 2. My 8 year-old is doing amazing with AAS and AAR and it makes my job so much easier. I’ve never actually thought of myself as having a classical approach to homeschooling but after reading this article and several comments… it looks like I do!

Lacey Laverriere

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We love the classical education model because it’s a common sense approach to learning. AAS fits in perfectly with this approach. My son felt great entering his first spelling bee last year because he had the tools to spell and he won! He’s even been able to explain to others that argued or were unsure of how to spell something that he knew because of a particular spelling rule that he learned in AAS. Thank you Marie Rippel for making it fun and easy to teach spelling successfully!

Robin E.

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Wow, Lacey, a spelling bee winner! Congratulations!

Mrs Momma

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As a follower of the classical homeschooling method, it’s so great to hear that AAR and AAS are in line with this.

It’s especially reassuring when you have The Well Trained Mind book providing such positive feedback about it.

Jen

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I just got AAS level 1 and am very excited to start it with my 7 year old!

Heather

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I have been usin AAS for 4 years now and loved it so much that when my younger student was ready I started AAR with her. It fits right into our Classical Conversations education and overall classical approach. I couldn’t agree more with this article. It really breaks down both subjects into easil-digestible pieces so my students aren’t overwhelmed or confused. We can spend as much or as little time as needed on each lesson. Thank you! You have given me tools to turn my reluctant reader into a more confident one who has the tools to decode harder words.

Bethany

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We have used the pre-reading level and level 1 and truly love AAR. The curriculum is systematic and thorough, easy to use, multisensory and engaging for my littles! We are excited to add AAS 1 with AAR 2 in the near future! I plan to add other recommendations from The Well Trained Mind at that time – First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease, as well as continuing our Handwriting Without Tears.

Nancy

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Thank you for this article explaining the stages. It will interesting information to share with my colleagues.

Stacey

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I love classical style of teaching such as Charlotte Mason. We learned this method last year in Kindergarten. I wish I had learned of a all about spelling and reading before purchasing another boxed curriculum this year which we are struggling with.

Karen

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I have educated my children classically from the beginning and am so grateful that we finally found AAS and AAR. I have three children at very different levels (One struggling speller, one struggling reader and speller and one who is flying through the program.) Each child has benefitted from the program. The no gaps approach has cleared up many consistent problems with my oldest’s spelling and for my struggling reader it has been a lifesaver. Thank you!

Lisa Potts

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This website is very helpful. Thank you.

Laurie

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This is a very helpful site. Thank you!

Emily

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Just started using this program, (level 1) my son loves it!

Alli

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Love using AAR! My kids would also enjoy AAS.

Meggan

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We are Classical Homeschoolers and AAR and AAS have been amazing for us! Thank you!

Anne Herzeg

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Love this site and find it very useful!

Samantha H

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We homeschool using a classical approach and love AAR. I previously used AAS with my oldest child in a classical UMS. I have tried other spelling programs with my middle child, who is a struggling speller. I think maybe I should start her on AAS…

Kristin

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I love this! My daughter just loves the AAR and AAS approach. I love that it is classical and teaching her the phonics rules. I never thought she’d actually be able to recall all that info but she can. I’m so impressed!

Marta Wood

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We love the classical method and your site offers great information!
I am so interested in AAS it may be the answer to our prayers.
AAS looks like what we have been seeking for piece of mind as we have concerns about end of year (2017) testing.
Awesome! Thank you!

Kylie McKay

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I like that this is based on OG.

Michele

says:

We’re at the beginning of our second year of Classical conversations, I’ve just started AAS and it fits perfectly with my 6 yo child! He’s a great reader, but without much formal instruction about how to read. So, I worried that he may struggle later because he didn’t learn the rules of reading or of spelling. But, I also worried because it’s difficult to hold his attention, especially with things that are not challenging to him. AAS is perfect! Even starting at level 1 with very basic words, it holds his attention. He can’t wait to get to the next lesson to discover what we’ll do with the cards we haven’t used yet. He loves to “MASTER” things and to be able to mark his progress (quickly so far) on the chart! My 4 year old sometimes follows along too.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Michele,
It’s great to hear your son is enjoying All About Spelling, even with the “easy” words. And as you know, those concepts will lay the foundation for much harder words later! Thanks for letting us know how it’s going.

Valentine

says:

This is our second year using AAR and first year using AAS. I can’t believe how my son went from a non-reader to a confident, nose-in-a-book reader so quickly. He is less thrilled with writing, but what he is learning through AAS is providing him with more confidence to express himself through writing as well. Wonderful programs, so glad I stumbled upon them.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

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

Steph

says:

We do CC and use AAR. It has been such a wonderful fit for my son! We are almost finished with level 1 and will add in AAS when we start AAR level 2. I also just started AAR Pre-Reading with my 4 year old and he loves it. I wish I knew about this program back when I was first starting out with my oldest. Both my boys LOVE Ziggy. We have so much fun, and my boys are learning so much!

Alexis Christenson

says:

This program is just perfect for us and I can see, after only five weeks of learning, all three of my children are more confident in their spelling and reading.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Alexis,
This is a great!

Melissa

says:

This has improved my children’s spelling tremendously.

Rachel

says:

Just started AAR this year and love it!

Rachel E

says:

AAR/AAS is the only thing I’m more enthusiastic about sharing than our Classical Conversations community. It has worked wonderfully for my children, and boosted my confidence in how to teach reading. So grateful for these programs and the friends that shared them with me.

Liz Lynch

says:

I have enjoyed using AAS! We have done 2, 3 and are almost done with 4! It helps every type of learner. The prep work before each class is very minimal. No messy long-winded lesson plans. It is ready to teach . Looking forward to 5 soon.

Karen

says:

We mostly school classically, but it’s hard for this mama to totally leave behind the idea of a schedule and going with just 20 minutes per day. It takes 20 minutes just to do the review sometimes!

Paula

says:

I love classical homeschooling. My daughter is enjoying all about reading.

Kelli N.

says:

Just started AAR and AAS and my daughter is really enjoying it!

Naomi

says:

We are homeschooling classically, and I love how AAR & AAS fit in with our schooling. The lessons are mastery based, so we go at our own pace; no pressure to finish a lesson every day.

Erin

says:

I completely agree! I love the slow methodical and repetitive approach, as well as your simple activities designed to reach learners of all types. We classically educate abd this is the only program I will you for reading:)

Erin

says:

Slowly going through AAR 1 with my kindergartner. It feels like a very natural approach for us both!

Sara Derreberry

says:

My family uses a classical approach for homeschooling and it has been such a blessing! My daughter tested last school year and I was recommended AAR and AAS. Her test coordinator recommended starting her at the pre-reading level to gain confidence as we had already tried other approaches and nothing was sticking. Within 3 months of casual “school” through the summer, she is now reading and is in the second portion of the level 1 program. It was amazing! The program works so well and my child has gone from dreading reading practice to begging to read to me several short stories at a time. I would recommend this program to anyone! We love it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sara,
This is remarkable progress in such a short time! Thank you for letting us know, and keep up the great work.

Christy

says:

As I start homeschooling and am working toward a classical approach I appreciated the insight of this article.

Jamie

says:

We love AAR and, now we are enjoying AAS for the first time!

Jody R.

says:

I’m loving both AAS and AAR! I find it’s even helping me as I’m learning spelling rules that I never learned in my years of schooling.

Jody Reynolds

says:

I’m loving both AAS and AAR! I find it’s even helping me as I’m learning spelling rules that I never learned in my years of schooling.

Candace

says:

We homeschool classically (with Classical Conversations) and we LOVE AAR & AAS! It’s one of the best changes we made to our homeschool!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Candace,
We are happy to hear we have been a good change for your homeschool!

Karen

says:

This looks like such a good program

Deann

says:

When my copy of The Well Trained Mind came I looked for All About Learning products in it immediately! I am so glad your curricula was included, we have been using both AAR and AAS and love both of them!

Jamie

says:

We do CC and love AAR and AAS!

Sarah

says:

I’m looking forward to using AAS this year with my boys!

MaryAnne

says:

I am a classical homeschooler, and I too love AAR and AAS for dyslexic children. I am also using the pre-reading AAR with my four year old.

First year Home Schooler

says:

Interesting article !!

Candace

says:

We are classical homeschoolers & we LOVE AAR & AAS!! It’s a perfect fit for us.

Belle

says:

AAR and AAS are both super programs!

Celia

says:

We just started level 1 of AAS and we are loving it so far!

Carrie Bergherm

says:

I’m a huge proponent of teaching phonics and teaching the spelling rules. Once those are learned, spelling is so much easier for the rest of your life. I have the first level of AAS and love it! I’ll be needing to get the 2nd level soon.

Angela

says:

Thanks for AAR! It has been great for my son!

Heather

says:

Not part of cc, but we sure like AAR!

marcia

says:

We are trying the classical method for the first time this year and joined a CC, I didn’t know this spelling was a good fit.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Marcia,
I’m glad this blog post was informative for you. Let us know if you have any questions.

Crystal

says:

We love allabout spelling. It is really helping my son.

Good article! I’m excited about using these programs with my youngest.

Karla Slager

says:

I use classical approach and could not agree more. AAS has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Karla!

Jennifer Thetford

says:

We are very excited to start AAS and AAM this next fall with our kindergartener!

mrs Johnson

says:

some of my children do classical conversations

Dawn K.

says:

We love All About Spelling. We are on Level 3 this year and love how it explains why we spell things the way we do.

Angelique Strauss

says:

This sounds so good. Considering to try this.

Amber

says:

I just started homeschooling kindergarten and I think this program would be very beneficial.

Tera

says:

I am homeschooling for the first time this year. This sounds like a great program

JENNIFER

says:

Love AAS!!!

Ally Huddleston

says:

We are looking for a new spelling program. Thank you for the blog post!

Savannah

says:

Our family is a part of Classical Conversations and we also love AAR and AAS. There are several families at our community who use them, as well. Thank you for such a great product that our whole family appreciates and enjoys!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Savannah!

Ellen

says:

We’ve so been enjoying both All About Reading and All About Spelling!

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