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5 Ways to Customize Reading and Spelling Instruction

Teaching a child to read and spell is not a “one size fits all” proposition.

Every child is unique. Consider for a moment all the things that make children different from each other. Does your child learn quickly? Or does he have special learning challenges? Does he have a limited attention span? Does he need more (or less) review to help concepts “stick”?

In this article, you will discover five ways to individualize instruction according to your child’s specific needs—making reading and spelling easier.

“Off-the-Rack” Curriculum Doesn’t Work for Everyone

Growing up, my kids were polar opposites.

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My daughter was a natural reader and speller, while my son really struggled. Early on, it became obvious that in order to effectively teach them both, I would need to individualize their lessons.

My daughter, Megan, needed a fast pace. She didn’t require much review; once she learned a reading or spelling concept, she remembered it.

My son, Scotty, on the other hand, needed something that worked with his logical, analytical brain. When it came to learning to read and spell, he needed lots of review. He needed a mastery-based program instead of a grade-level-based one. And to reach the next level, he needed “scaffolding.” (Don’t panic! If you’re not sure what scaffolding is, keep reading!)

To top it all off, Megan was a visual learner, while Scotty needed input through all of his senses. When I said they were polar opposites, I wasn’t kidding! And many of you are in the same boat that I was in…desperately trying to make your reading and spelling curriculum work for all your children, despite their very different learning needs.

But I’m a problem solver by nature, so I decided to meet this challenge head on.

When I developed All About Reading and All About Spelling, I turned my “wish list” into a “to do” list. One of my main “to dos” was to make sure that the curriculum was easy to customize without requiring a lot of extra effort from the teacher. So how did I do that?

Five Features Make Our Programs Customizable

Before I began developing the curriculum, I identified five features that would help parents easily adapt reading and spelling instruction to their child’s individual needs. A huge benefit of the All About Reading and All About Spelling programs is that each of these elements is built right into the curriculum.

  1. “Scaffolding” to reach the next level
  2. A multisensory approach
  3. Customized review
  4. Motivating activities
  5. Adjustable pace

How can your child benefit from these features? Let’s take a look!

Use Scaffolding to Support Your Child’s Learning

If you’ve never heard of scaffolding as it relates to learning, please don’t skip this section, because scaffolding is really important.

Have you ever seen construction workers on the side of a building, perched high above the sidewalk? Scaffolding is the temporary framework that supports the workers, allowing them to work on parts of the building that they wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise.

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In the learning process, scaffolding works in a similar way. Scaffolding creates the structure that allows children to gradually build toward higher levels of understanding and greater levels of independence in the learning process. Every child’s learning scaffolding is built to meet his or her individual needs…never too high and never too fast.

In All About Reading, scaffolding is provided in every lesson. For example:

  • We use decodable books that contain only words that the child has learned.
  • Graphic organizers help structure new information.
  • The teacher models how to use expression while reading.
  • Syllable tags are used until students recognize the various syllable types.

Here are examples of how scaffolding is used in All About Spelling:

  • We use letter tiles to practice the spelling rules.
  • We use controlled word lists at first, and then mix up the various concepts.
  • Dictation sentences contain only the words that have been previously taught.
  • Only one concept is taught per lesson so your child can really focus on one concept at a time.

Then, just as scaffolding is eventually removed from a building, we gradually fade out this extra support until your student reaches the point where he no longer needs it.

Customize with a Multisensory Approach

When you teach with a multisensory approach, you aren’t “stuck” with just one way to teach something. In a multisensory approach, every concept is taught through all three major pathways to the brain (sight, sound, and touch).

5 Ways to Customize Reading and Spelling Instruction - All About Learning Press

The pie chart shows a rough breakdown of how many kids are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.

If your child learns best by doing, he’s a kinesthetic learner and will benefit from extra hands-on work with the letter tiles. If he learns best by seeing, he’s a visual learner and will get a lot out of seeing you demonstrate how to divide words into syllables. And if he learns best by hearing, he’s an auditory learner and will benefit from hearing you demonstrate things, such as how to read character dialogue.

You can learn more about our multisensory approach here.

Now let’s look at another great way to customize your child’s reading and spelling lessons.

Adapt “Review Time” to Your Child’s Needs

Review is another big area where you can customize your child’s instruction. Some kids need more review for information to stick, while others need much less. All About Reading and All About Spelling have seven review strategies built right into the lessons, and every one of them can be tailored to your child’s needs.

You can read about the seven ways we review to help information stick, but as an example, here is a quick demo showing how the Reading Review Box is used to customize your child’s review.

Now let’s move on to the fourth feature that makes AAR and AAS customizable.

Tailor Instruction with Motivating Activities

Your child doesn’t need to be “bookish” to enjoy learning with our programs. The wide range of activities is motivating for many kids, making it easy to grab your child’s attention. Whether your child is an animal lover, digs race cars, or is into pirate stories and activities, there is something for everyone.

You can use your child’s unique interests to easily expand on the lessons, too! (“Let’s take out more lizard books from the library!” or “Let’s play that race car game again tomorrow with a different set of words!”)

Adopt a Pace that Works for Your Child

Does your child need a faster pace? No problem! Or do you need to slow down? You can do that, too!

Since our programs are mastery-based instead of grade-level-based, you are free to introduce new material at whatever pace is best for your child. Anna Gillingham, one of the founders of the Orton-Gillingham approach, put it this way: “Go as fast as you can, but as slow as you must.”

Your Child Can Shine with Individualized Lessons!

And to me, that’s what it’s all about! Every child is different, and I believe that curriculum should make your job easier as you meet your child’s individual needs.

How has homeschooling allowed you to individualize your child’s lessons? Please share in the comments below!

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Claire

says:

Scaffolding is a new concept for me. It’s so helpful to think of things in that light.

Valerie

says:

I have three boys using aas now, this is so helpful!

Danielle

says:

Great tips!

Lauren M

says:

We LOVE AAR and AAS!! It’s so easy to use yet so effective. We are on Level 2/Level 1 for AAR/AAS with one and beginning Pre-Reading Level with another. The love it!! Thanks for such an awesome program.

katie

says:

We love this about AAR and AAS. My kids are all doing so well now that we use this program.

Jeanna

says:

This is so great. We will continue to use All About Reading

Tai Bruce

says:

This sounds wonderful!!

Robyn McLeod

says:

I feel like I’m getting to be an expert at customizing All About Reading and Spelling for my kids! I have a 10 year old dyslexic/dysgraphic, a 9 year old “I’d rather be running around outside” kinda kid and a very advanced 7 year old. All of them have gone through your programs. My 7 year old is reading at a 7th grade level and whizzing through AAS 2 right now, my 9 year old at a nearly fifth grade level and making slow, steady progress through AAS 3 and AAR 4, and my 10 year old at a fourth grade level but spelling seems to be at a comfortable place in spelling and is carefully starting up AAS 4. Not only do I have to balance the needs of age and attention spans, maturity level and challenges with weeknesses, but also protect some delicate feelings as I work through levels and find good books for them to read!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Robyn,
It sounds like you ARE an expert at customizing! What a good teacher you are to juggle so much, including the delicate feelings. Let us know if you ever have any questions or need help.

Leslie

says:

I have fallen in love with this method and so has my son! Reading has been his least favorite subject all thru school until we started AAR! He loves the activities and the fact he can read all the words in the stories really help with his confidence! You have done an amazing job and I really appreciate you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Leslie,
It is wonderful to hear that All About Reading has made such a different in learning for your son! Thank you for letting us know; I’ll be sure to pass this along to the entire AALP team!

Daphne La Rosa

says:

This was very good and timely. Thank you so much as I have 4 doing all about reading 3 in level 1 and 1 in pre reading

Hope Bates

says:

I have used All About Spelling and loved it! Ready to try All About Reading

Michelle Zieger

says:

I have been hearing so much about this curriculum and how wonderful it is. It wasn’t in the budget for this year but I will surely revisit it again next year.

Emily

says:

We are so thankful for these programs!

Chrissy Forbes

says:

This would work will with my little ones.

Jennifer

says:

I really love how the all about spelling program allows us to move quickly through the early lessons where my son is able to pick things ups quickly. But, we still get to review, review, review any phonograms that he finds tricky!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
Yes! Being able to adjust both pace and what needs reviewing allows for the most individualized program possible.

Kristin Evans

says:

My logical, analytical son needs this program! Wondering if you have a South African distributor? I’ve heard people wishing it was available here.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kristin,
We are working with Oikos to get them set up as a South African distributor, but that’s still in process. You may want to contact them to let them know of your interest: http://oikosfamily.co.za/. I do think shipping would be cheaper for families to be able to order more locally.

Krista Royal

says:

I will try to use this for my son

Kim

says:

As a school teacher I’m so impressed with how this program is set out. I just wish it wasn’t so cost prohibitive to send it to Australia!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kim,
We do have an Australian distributor, Educational Warehouse. That would, at least, help with the shipping costs.

Meghan

says:

I have three children, all with completely different learning styles. It’s a challenge, but one thing I love about homeschooling is being able to customize their lessons. One thing they really like is when I cross things out of their math lessons that they’ve already mastered well.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for this tip, Meghan. I’m sure it would be pleasing to students to have some of their math problems crossed out!

Tabitha

says:

We love AAR and AAS!!!

Janine

says:

My middle child needs something different maybe this program would help.

Rachel

says:

I like the ideas of customizing the lessons to fit your child’s needs. I know each of mine are so different!

Amanda

says:

I would love to try this curriculum. I’m currently teaching my son to read.

Gina

says:

I’ve heard some many great things about this curriculum and have been wanting to try it!

Sam

says:

In realizing my daughter is dyslexic, the lightbulb has finally gone off, as I realize I am as well. We both have grown this past year. I’m excited to add the All About curriculum to our school day, and see where that takes both of us, and my sons! :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sam,
My mother-in-law had a similar lightbulb when her son, my husband, was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in school. She finally had a name for the troubles both she and her father had with reading and spelling.

We have many articles, reports, and testimonies on our Dyslexia Resources page that you will find helpful.

Stephane

says:

Neat ideas.

Tiffanie h

says:

I’ve been wanting to try this!

Mary Lemke

says:

We love All About Reading and All About Spelling. It was a complete game changer for my children!

kim

says:

My son is loving level 1!

Heather L.

says:

I love the idea of the customization that can be created for each child’s learning style with this curriculum!

Lori

says:

I am very intrigued by this program!

Chassidy

says:

I love how AAR can be customized for each individual. My daughter will be on Level 4 next year!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Chassidy,
Congratulations on nearing the end of All About Reading! We have a What Happens after All About Reading article that you might find interesting.

Rebecca R

says:

Seems like an awesome reading curriculum

Tabitha Harmon

says:

We are working through AAR with our 6 & 4 year olds. We love this approach to teaching reading.

Lorean

says:

We are using this program for 2 of our children and we all love it. My oldest asks me every morning if we have it on the schedule for the day.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lorean,
It is wonderful when a child ASKS to do his lessons every morning. Thank you for sharing this.

Marsena

says:

I have four children, and I have learned that they all learn differently. They have some parallels, but many differences. Your program is excellent for customizing. Thanks!

Keri

says:

Never used this curriculum before, but my son seems to need a little more help than my others even my one with dyslexia!

Sabrina

says:

The concept of scaffolding, I believe, is crucial to teaching many subjects but literacy re literacy it is essential! Thanks for a great post!

Jennifer

says:

Your articles are always so helpful

Jennifer

says:

Your articles are always so helpful

Barbee

says:

We are looking for the following new curriculum for next year: 4th grade spelling and 4th grade phonics/reading. What we have loved and used since Kindergarten does not go past 3rd grade :(. These look like a great option!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Barbee,
The levels in All About Reading and All About Spelling don’t correlate to specific grades, because the order of the words in them is not “grade-level” order. As an example for reading, here is a very simple online reading assessment. A child completing AAR 3 would have the skills to read all of the words on the 1st-4th grade lists, all but one word on the 4.8 list, and many of the words on the 5th and 6th grade lists. You might have to pre-teach a few that could be pronounced multiple ways if he didn’t get them at first (such as “image” which looks like it might be a long i and long a at first, but has a short i instead, and the sound for a gets muffled a bit.) There are even a couple of words on the 7th grade list that students would have the skills to sound out.

At the end of AAR 4, students have the phonics and word attack skills necessary to sound out high school level words, though they may not know the meaning of all higher level words. Word attack skills include things like dividing words into syllables, making analogies to other words, sounding out the word with the accent on different word parts, recognizing affixes, etc…

Similar examples can be found in spelling. Another spelling program lists the words cross, off, and plant on their fourth grade list, but these words can easily be spelled by a child completing the Level 1 book. That same program includes the words school and yellow on its first grade list, but expecting kids to spell words like those before mastering more basic syllable types undermines their future spelling ability. In AAS Level 7, students are spelling high school level words (we use all of the modern Ayers list words which ranks up to 12th grade, and other various lists that rank words between 9th and 12th grade).

All About Reading and All About Spelling group 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.

We do have placement tests for All About Reading to help you decide which level would be best. Also, we recommend having your child read the sample stories from the previous level online as a further confirmation. You want your child to be reading fluently with good comprehension before going to a higher level.

Level 1 sample story
Level 2 sample story
Level 3 sample story
Level 4 sample story

Evaluate (without correcting your student) for the following…
Your student’s ability to decode the words in the story.
Your student’s ability to comprehend the story.
Could your student fluently read the story with expression?
Did your student understand the words from a vocabulary standpoint?

The article Which Spelling Level Should We Start With? has more information on the concepts taught in All About Spelling 1 and will help you decide if your student can skip level 1 and go into level 2.

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 generally 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 or she 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.

I hope this helps, but please let us know if we can help you with placement or anything else.

Sharon

says:

I really like AAS, so I imagine AAR will be just as good!

Chelsea B

says:

This program sounds great! I can’t wait to use it

Tammy Williams

says:

I have heard so many good things about AAR! I hope to be able to try it with my two boys!

Jocelyn

says:

So true! My 2 oldest are completely different when it comes to learning to read. I’m curious how the younger two will be!

Jennie

says:

Love all about reading!! Helps my child with dyslexia without making her feel like a failure!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennie,
I’m happy to hear that All About Reading has both helped your child read and helped her to feel like a success. Thank you.

Children learn in different ways,and I have always wanted to try All About Learning and just haven’t gotten around to it. I need to do that! Great article!

Heather

says:

We love AAS so I know AAR will be good for my next child.

Rachelle Grimmett

says:

I have not tried this curriculum uet. I have tried all about reading and love it. Hope to purchase this one next year as well!

Anna

says:

A really interesting and helpful article for an English teacher like me

Rebecca Nickerson

says:

My son made remarkable progress with this program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hooray for progress!

Monique Davis

says:

I may have to check this out!

Vanessa

says:

My 12 y/o is finally making progress. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Vanessa. We are so happy to hear that your student is making progress!

I am a second grade teacher and want to learn more about Orrin-Gillingham.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
You may find our report, The Power of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, helpful. If you have further questions, please let us know.

Ali Teale

says:

interested in trying this with my twinsurance!

Sarah

says:

I love how this adapts to other readers!

Esther

says:

I have been looking for something like this for our homeschool. All of my children learn differently so I need something that can be easily individualized and this sounds exactly like what would work for our family!

Melissa Bell

says:

My daughter will be 7 soon, and she is working through level Pre1. She has many delays. I love that AAR is not grade level. She doesn’t feel embarrassed or awkward. She’s able to work at the level that suits her and at the speed she’s ready for!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Melissa,
I am pleased to know that All About Reading is helping your teach your daughter where she is at in the way she needs.

Rosanne

says:

My daughter is very kinesthetic and while she loved being read to, it took a while for her to fall in love with reading on her own. I’m so glad we homeschool, though, because I was able to take our time with our reading lessons, spending more time reading aloud and making reading games to fit her learning style, and just focusing on making her fall in love with books on her own. She just recently started reading independently, albeit a bit late in brick-and-mortar school standard. But what matters is she’s reading and enjoying it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rosanne,
Thank you for sharing your daughter’s story with us. She may be reading a bit late compared to some, but she has learned to love reading. That will prove to be more important!

Micah

says:

I have several friends who enjoy this curriculum. I’m excited to switch to this in our homeschool since it looks so much more interactive to peak my 5 year old’s interest.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Micah,
Please let us know if you have any questions!

Sarah

says:

Good stuff!

Sandi

says:

I commented. I do customize your lesson for my different kids but it doesn’t vary too much cause your program is great for lots of different types of learners.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Sandi! We are happy to hear that our program does work well with lots of different types of learners.

Nicole

says:

AAR has been great for our six-year-old! I love that we can speed up or slow down at any point to meet her needs!

Katie

says:

Thank you for the great ideas and information.

Rebecca T

says:

We are in our fourth year of homeschooling. My oldest two children started out in public school. One was ahead of her peers and the other was struggling. This is the main reason we switched to homeschooling- different children learn in different ways. Homeschooling and programs like this make it possible to give each child exactly what they need.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rebecca,
Thank you for sharing your children’s stories. We are happy to help you teach your children exactly as they need.

jen

says:

I think I really need this program for two of my kids that are having difficulty reading and spelling!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jen,
Please let us know if you need help with placement or have any questions.

Wendy Clark

says:

This is such a great program. I love how you can take your time and go at the child’s speed.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Wendy!

Meghan Allred

says:

I love the letter tiles! My boys can spell using a tactile and visual activity.

Kelly

says:

I need to remember to utilize the letter tiles during review times. That is a great idea to have my kid make the word with the tiles to help remember what the word is.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kelly,
The letter tiles are wonderful tools for reading and spelling. Reviewing spelling by building words with tiles is excellent, but I caution against having your child build words as a reading review. Spelling is more difficult than reading, as described in this article.

Dawn R

says:

This curriculum has really helped my reluctant reader

Sarah M

says:

This is some great information. Teaching my oldest has been easy, but I know that I’m going to really have to customize what I do with my second who has a sensory processing disorder! Pinning this for later! Thank you for sharing!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sarah,
Let us know if you need anything with teaching your second child.

KB

says:

I like the motivational activities and my children can go their own pace.

Katrina

says:

The letter tiles have helped so much to hold my daughter’s interest in her reading lesson!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Katrina,
The letter tiles are extremely helpful to many students!

Cat

says:

Very good to know I can customize. I have a struggling six year old this year and my auditory processing disorder/sensory processing disorder five year old will be joining us come next cycle (we school year round.) It’s been interesting trying to find their specific best learning modes.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cat,
We have an article on Auditory Processing Disorder that you may find helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything.

Michele Chronister

says:

My daughters definitely seem to have different learning styles! Good to know I can customize AAR for both.

Machell Duke

says:

Homeschool has allowed me to individualize my daughters lessons by letting her pick what she wants to learn.

Amy

says:

I appreciate all the articles that you share!

Shalyn McPherson

says:

AAR has helped my 7 year old to read and love it and has saved my sanity! Love this program! So thankful for you guys!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, Shalyn!

Michelle

says:

With two kids that are different learners, it sounds like AAR would be a good fit for our family with these “adaptable” suggestions!

Holly Blake

says:

My son is 7 and we are just finishing up Level 1 in AAR. He is becoming more and more fluent in his reading every week as we progress through the books. He has even picked up some of his favorite books and began to attempt to read them on his own.

I love this curriculum because it’s scripted. I can see what I need to teach and when I need to teach it. It comes with everything I need to help my child learn to read. I like that it’s able to be taught in 20 min a day and that it requires very little set up time.

My older son did levels 1-3 in AAS and can spell very well for his age. I even learned things in level 1! I will add AAS in to my younger son’s curriculum after level 2 in AAR.

Now if only they made a math and grammar program….

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Holly,
We are very pleased to hear that your son is becoming more and more fluent each week!

Belinda C

says:

My daughter struggled with learning to read. We came to discover that she is dyslexic. All about reading has helped her so much! All of the review is very important to the way she learns.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Belinda,
It is great to hear that All About Reading has helped your daughter so much!

Erin

says:

This curriculum has been perfect for all my kids! All the review built in has been so helpful in building fluency with my struggling reader. Additionally, all the syllable division review built in has really helped my other child go from being intimidated about reading chapter books to devouring 5 a week. The spelling lessons have also created more confident writers.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Erin,
Thank you for sharing how All About Spelling has helped your children in specific ways. Five chapter books a week! That is awesome!

Jena

says:

Homeschooling allows me to go at a slower pace for concepts that aren’t sticking. I’m looking forward to trying this.

Melanie Hice

says:

Love this curriculum!

S R

says:

looking forward to learning this year!

Jaime B

says:

I love this program so much! My oldest and I work at a slower pace for spelling as is needed and I don’t know why I am even surprised any more when she really “gets” the current rule we’re working on or reviewing. It has been so wonderful to be able to tailor this program and we are able to work on automaticity.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jaime,
It’s great to hear that your oldest is getting the rules. I’m sure you moving at the right pace for her needs is definitely helping her to master the material!

Lauren

says:

This program is so helpful!

Jennifer

says:

I work as a reading teacher, teaching small groups of struggling readers. Even though each group of children is taken from the same classroom, their needs vary greatly. I have been reading your posts, and I have been incorporating ideas that I’ve learned into my planning and teaching. I have also been sharing your ideas with the parents that come to my workshops.
I love how clear and user-friendly your posts and materials are. I am so glad that I stumbled onto your website a few months ago.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
We are happy to hear that our blog posts are helping your help groups of children with reading. Thank you for the work you do!

Teresa

says:

My daughter was way below grade level when I took her out of public school. Somewhere along the way she mused something. Homeschooling is allowing me to go back and find out what she missed.

haley

says:

I would love to try this program with my son. He is a reluctant reader and i feal like this program could really help him

Annie

says:

My son HATED reading until we started using AAR level 1 and it’s because of these exact reasons. We are able to tailor each lesson to his needs and learning style. He has learned so much in just a few weeks when reading used to make him cry every day!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, Annie, my heart breaks a little each time I hear that reading lessons make a child cry. I’m very pleased to hear that All About Reading has changed that for your son.

Mike M

says:

I am special education teacher and the reading review box is SUCH a good idea. It is such a simple solution. I will be using this one!

Mike M

says:

The reading review box is SUCH a good idea. I may be using this one!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mike,
In this blog post on Organization Tools, Marie how the review box idea can be adapted for other subjects as well.

Jolie S

says:

Thank you, for the helpful information on scaffolding!

christina

says:

we taped one of the monster sheets to an old oatmeal container and cut up fluency sheets to feed the monster. it is great for in the car

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great idea, Christina! We also have a “Feed the Puppy” game you might enjoy.

In case anyone was wondering, you can download the “Feed the Monster” sheet here.

Tara G.

says:

Oh my gosh! This post has made me take a step back and really assess how my children process. I have discovered I have two kinesthetic learners and one auditory learner. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tara,
I find it fascinating to watch how different people learn. Once you start thinking about it, it helps with other things, like communication problems between adults too. I am a strong visual learner and my husband is a strong auditory learner, and it took a while for me to stop asking him, “Here, read this!” and for him to stop trying to explain detailed things to me orally.

Caitlyn

says:

Wow the scaffolding concept makes so much sense! Now I’m even more excited to get my children started on this program! Like your children, they are polar opposites when it comes to learning. Very excited to find a program that easily tailors to both.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Caitlyn,
All About Reading is wonderful with both children that learn quickly and easily and children that need to go slow and steady and needs lots of review. My son flew through the AAR levels, and my daughter has moved along so slowly, but both received such an amazing foundation in reading.

Becky

says:

I have only been using this program for about a month with my 5.5 year old. He knew his letter sounds and wanted to read but consistently read words backwards. I heard your program was geared towards preventing or helping children with dyslexia so I gave it a try.
We are both having so much fun! He absolutely loves the activity sheets and letter tiles and is getting so much better at reading and comprehending! He told his grandma, “I am reading now and it’s fun! It used to be hard but now I like it”
Thank you for your great multi-sensory program that is so easy to use and go at my son’s perfect pace!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Becky,
Thank you for sharing how much your son is enjoying and learning from All About Reading. It sounds like he is doing very well!

Jennifer

says:

My daughters have loved AAR. And I love that I can tear their learning to them independently !

Jessie

says:

Would love to try all about reading and spelling for my struggling child

Sally

says:

Thanks for the great tips!

Sherlyn

says:

We love All About Reading and Spelling!!!!

K

says:

What a lovely idea!

K

says:

Wow that is a wonderful approach to learning!

Jessica

says:

I am looking for a program to use with my son for next year as he enters 1st grade. This looks great!

Sheryl

says:

This sounds like a great program.

Lisa

says:

Great information and easy to understand. So thankful for AAR & AAS.

Lydia

says:

helpful indeed!

Jessica Hobbs

says:

Helpful! Thank you

Amanda

says:

I love the break down. Reading is second nature to me but my kinesthetic learner is not interested.

Sarah W

says:

Both AAR & AAS have given my boys the extra boost of confidence they needed to excel. They love the reading and spelling posts of our days now instead of dreading them!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sarah,
It’s great that your boys are getting confidence and enjoying reading and spelling! That’s a wonderful way to learn.

Karalee

says:

AAR & AAS has been so beneficial to our homeschool. Thank you!

Danielle S.

says:

I appreciate all the helpful info on the AAR site!

Tara S.

says:

My girls learn very differently but your programs are working well for both of them (one is more excited than the other but she is still working through AAR).

Christine Mayfield

says:

This is a great article to bookmark and keep coming back to.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

We’re glad you think so, Christine! Thank you.

Deanna Santiago

says:

I am considering AAR for my lagging 2nd grade reader

Amber Wood

says:

AAR is working well with my kindergarten student.

Olivia

says:

My kids enjoy the variety of AAR activities, yet the lessons are EASY to prepare. With just a few minutes of cutting, I have a reading activity that is much more interesting to a young kid than a page in a thick reading guide!

Robin E.

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Olivia,
We are pleased to hear that your student enjoys are activities, but you also find them so easy to prepare. Thank you.

Melissa

says:

I particularly love using all about reading because of how hands on it is. My kids love it!

Jennifer

says:

I am looking forward to beginning the AAR curriculum with my two boys!

Jill

says:

Thank you for your amazing curriculum!

Tiffany

says:

I’m using AAR and AAS with 4 of my children. I love how adaptable it is!

Jessica

says:

Thank you for all the helpful blogs!

Renae

says:

I enjoy being able to take the fluency pages and make them into strips for many different fun active learning games (relay races, remote control car drives through out house to find the strips, or skate around the house with shopping bags to find the strips). It is a must with my young boy.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Renae,
It sounds like you and your boy have lots of fun with the fluency pages! The remote control car sounds especially exciting. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

Lauren

says:

I love the multisensory approach. My daughter always picked her reading lesson (AAR) to do first each morning.

Breanne

says:

We are using AAR Level 3 with one of our sons, as reading has always been a struggle for him. This program has been excellent. I like that we can adjust the pace so that he doesn’t get too overwhelmed. It is all starting to click for him and he is actually enjoying reading. I like that we can adjust the pace so that he doesn’t get too overwhelmed. I wish I would have started using AAR sooner.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Breanne,
Thank you for letting us know how AAR 3 is working with your son, and it’s great to hear that it is helping him even though he started it later.

Jihyun

says:

I love how it can be customized to your child. Especially, when you have 3 children learning to read at the same time. Not all, learn the same way.

Christy

says:

I love the variety that comes with AAR (all I’ve done so far) and the mastery approach. As a former classroom teacher it makes more sense than most curriculum’s I’ve used previously.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wow, thank you, Christy!

Ashley

says:

Individualizing is one of our main reasons for choosing to homeschool.

Annie Bleuer

says:

Such great ideas! THANKS

D.

says:

It is awesome how you combined the approaches. I wish we had started with this for younger son. He could be a much stronger reader by now.

Susan G

says:

So thankful for flexibility and customization!

Pauline Burns

says:

One size fits all never works for us so I am excited to see all the thought that has gone into creating this program so that it is customizable!

Maria

says:

I like the fact that it can be used for different learning types.

Sarah

says:

AAR and AAS have been such a great resource for our family. We have 5 boys and they all learn in drastically different ways. I have been able to use these with all of them and have had great success.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sarah,
Thank you for letting us know how great AAR and AAS has worked with your very different boys.

Lizett Sanchez

says:

Spelling from what I’ve heard can be difficult and very different for each child. Their reading ability can also affect their spelling so it’s a subject I look forward to diving into and learn about as much as I can to be an effective teacher.

We just finished AAR1 The Runt Pig reader and are re reading each story one more time, as our own custom review, plus review of mastered flashcards. It’s a nice way to wrap up each book, befoRe plunging into new lessons.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great idea, Julia. Rereading the stories builds fluency, plus going back to the beginning of the book is a good way to see how far your student has come. Thank you for sharing this.

Linda

says:

Thanks for the info.

Angela Grevert

says:

I am looking forward to beginning this curriculum with my dyslexic son! So many people are recommending this program.

Karen E Kosiarek

says:

Scaffolding is an interesting idea. Thanks for explaining. I like seeing how my 6 YO son doesn’t need as much scaffold any more.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karen,
Yes! It is so exciting to see our children accomplish things without help that they once needed a lot of help with. It’s one of the greatest joys of being their teacher!

Paula

says:

Finding decodable books is a challenge. How nice that it is included in your curriculum

Ruth

says:

I really like the reading review box. Nice but simple idea.

Jessica

says:

I like that this curriculum is adaptable. We have been going through the AAR curriculum with my 5 year old son and he has been flying through it. We’ve already gotten to level 3! I like that I can take time to go through all the review reading sheets if he needs more practice with the new phonics that we are learning or skip some or all of it if he’s got it down pat.

Gale-Ann

says:

Knowing it’s OK to adapt the pace is helpful. My child does not need as much review, but I sometimes feel like I may be doing him a disservice by skipping some of it —that frustrates him.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Gale-Ann,
If your child is doing well, especially if he is able to read the stories smoothly with good fluency and comprehension, then don’t worry about moving on. You may have to slow down again later on, when he gets to a point he needs more review, but don’t frustrate him with review he doesn’t need.

Candace

says:

I enjoyed reading this article about the many ways children learn. I’ve been homeschooling a long time and have graduated four but my last one has presented some difficult challenges with Autism. ADHD,OCD and Memory issues, I have had to retrain myself to teach. I’ve been looking at your reading to fill in any gaps and spelling program as he just hasn’t been able to retain spelling words. Thank you for your commitment to the homeschooling community.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Candace,
We have a blog post about Teaching Reading and Spelling to Autistic Children that you may find helpful.

Thank you for sharing. It’s great for moms new to homeschooling to hear that sometimes even those of us that have graduated a student or students still find challenges.

Alli

says:

Thank you! Such good info! I’ve recently discovered decodable books and it has definitely increased our reading success!

Angela Beauchamp

says:

Yes. Homeschooling has been the perfect way to customize learning for my son who has dysgraphia. We can go as slow as we need to. AAS is by far the best curriculum I’ve ever purchased.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angela,
I’m happy to hear that All About Spelling is working so well for you and your son! You probably have seen our dysgraphia blog post, but in case you haven’t here is the link.

Christy

says:

I love this program! My Pre-K son knows almost all of his basic phonograms (-two or three) and their sounds so I decided to start him on level 1 because he was flying through the pre-level. He had a hard time blending the words from the first four lessons (He’s trying to go to fast.) so I stopped and moved slower. We still practiced the phonogram sounds and names but kept practicing the blending procedure and helped him to go slower. He’s almost got it. Once he does…we will move on. :) This is why I love this mastery based program.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Christy,
How does your son do with the Language Exploration activities of the Pre-reading level? A child’s abilities with these activities can relate to how easily they pick up blending in All About Reading 1. As you are practicing the blending procedure and helping him go slower, consider pulling out the Pre-reading level for just the Language Exploration activities. They may help. Also, they are fairly quick and fun, so it wouldn’t be hard to add them to AAR 1 as he moves on as well.

Angela

says:

Great article, thanks for all the ideas and encouragement.

Meghan

says:

Thank you for all the resources and great ideas!

Heather

says:

I have 6 boys I’m homeschooling, so I’m loving the flexibility of AAR. We also have some dyslexia issues in some of the boys but AAR has made learning to read for my 2 middles so much easier than the 2 olders who used other curriculums. I’m relieved to have found AAR & can be confident it will be a good fit for my 2 littles no matter how they learn.

T

says:

Love AAS. It is actually working to teach my kids to spell instead of just having them memorize.

Paula

says:

The letter tiles and review box look like great tools for learning!

Lauren

says:

Love this program and how customizable it is for different kids!

michelle williams

says:

This is SO helpful!

Heather Lucas

says:

So neat to see all the different types of learners. My kiddos all seem to be different as well even though they’re still young.

Sarah Phillips

says:

I’ll be homeschooling my 2nd grade and kindergarten boys next fall. They are totally different academically. My oldest is actually a good reader, but lacks motivation to read. My youngest is already reading 3 letter words in preK. It will be interesting to see how their learning styles work out with homeschooling.

Liz

says:

Scaffolding is such an important piece of helping a struggling learner! I am so glad that you have decodable books that can be a piece of this scaffolding. Good decodable books are so hard to find!

Amy B

says:

Your program really does work. I am a former classroom teacher currently homeschooling. Since I taught older students, I’d never taught children how to read, and reading was the subject that worried me when I started homeschooling. Thank you for taking the worry away and replacing it with a solid program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amy,
I love that we helped by “taking the worry away!” What a great way to put it.

I love the review box. I love this program.

Cindy Blanding

says:

My daughter was recently identified as dyslexic. We do not currently homeschool her, but I found your site by happenstance–thank you for your blog and your insight. I am looking for ways to supplement what the school is doing (or not doing) for her, I am currently working toward Ortin Gillingham certification, your program is one that I hope to explore more.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Cindy. Let us know if you have any questions, or if we can help. We do have many families using our programs to supplement their public school education.

Jennifer Marseille

says:

I started AAS with my oldest (7) this year and she has done amazing with it. She’s been a reluctant reader so I expected her to have trouble with spelling too but she loves AAS. I’d love to try AAR as well!

Salma

says:

Thank you for sharing such a useful article. But suggest making a video which actually shows how the review box is organized and then used with a student. Showing a complete demo of which colour cards go in which sections and how they are actually used. For first time users like me it could be very useful.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Salma,
Thank you for this great suggestion. I will make sure we look into getting this done.

Graziella

says:

Thank you for the post

Heather

says:

Such great ideas!!

We struggle with spelling. Thanks for all these great ideas.

Melanie

says:

I really love how versatile and customizable AAR and AAS are for my kids. My 2 boys are similarly opposites and I love that this is still a perfectly methodical approach for both of them. My younger son is going half the speed of his older brother an that works just fine…. and they have different learning styles and again, this program delivers for both.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Melanie,
We are happy to hear that All About Reading and All About Spelling are working equally well with your different learners. Thank you.

Molly

says:

Reading this made me realize how much I am already customizing my son’s spelling lessons for him… I guess it is easy to customize! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Molly,
We like to hear that you are finding it easy to customize. Thank you!

Hannah D

says:

I love these programs so much! I’ve tried a few different curriculums and this is by far my favorite! I’m so glad my search is over! :)

K Allen

says:

Great article! Thank you!

R Goff

says:

AAR makes it simple to customize reading lessons to fit each of my children. My older ones that already know how to read love to play the games with my new readers for review and just for fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes! The games and review activities are fun, and even my teen likes to get in on it (although I make her spell and read Spanish that she is studying).

kim R

says:

Love that the teaching approach can be adapted to each individual learner/child. We’re enjoying working our way through the curriculum.

Tracy

says:

I have searched and searched for a curriculum that will use all 3 learning styles and come ready to use. I don’t like having to have a lot of different material to put together to make one lesson. This curriculum is great for my family.

Launa

says:

Multisensory makes it so much easier to reach all the kids with each lesson. Thanks!

Erin

says:

Several of my children have struggled with reading and spelling for YEARS with very little progress. We’ve been using AAR & AAS for almost a year now and they’ve improved drastically. My younger children who have started using it are doing better than my older kids ever did. The review and scaffolding have worked tremendously for them. We’re so grateful to have had this curriculum recommended to us!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Erin,
It’s so wonderful to hear that your children have been able to improve drastically with AAR and AAS. Thank you!

Chris

says:

Thanks this was helpful !

Jody Reynolds

says:

I love how this curriculum works with both my girls learning styles. I have one who grasps things almost immediately and another who needs constant review. But they both have done well with your programs.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jody,
Thank you for letting us know how our curriculum has worked with your different learners!

Malinda

says:

I really appreciate the review time that is built into every lesson. Thank you so much for working to design this so it can reach so many different students!

Jennifer Doggart

says:

A couple of months ago, I started using All About Reading with my recently-diagnosed dyslexic son, and I have to tell you how much I LOVE your program! When I was using grade-level-based readers with him, each day was like a chore and many days there were lots of tears. With this multi-sensory approach, it just has a completely different feel and he doesn’t fight me nearly as much. His SS teacher has also commented to me that she has already noticed an improvement in his reading skills. His younger brother saw me using it with my
Dyslexic son and asked to use the program too, and I have switched him over and he’s about 20 lessons behind his brother. (I have wondered if he is perhaps mildly dyslexic as well). I felt that he had some holes in his reading and I feel that your program addresses them better than I could have hoped. I plan to start them both on All About Spelling after they finish Level 1 Reading and I plan to use Level 1 Reading with their younger brother next year. THANK YOU for developing this amazing program!!! You have given me hope that my sons can be successful readers!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share how All About Reading has helped your sons and made a difference in your homeschool. It is wonderful to hear they are doing well!

Andrea

says:

This was very helpful. Thank you!

Kathy

says:

I thank God for this curriculum! My grandson has ADHD and dyslexia, and is incredibly smart. But, this combination caused him such frustration that he would react in anger. Since AAR and AAS, he now reads with confidence. The ability to set a mastery pace and scaffold the work has given me hope.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kathy,
This is a touching! We are so happy to hear that AAR and AAS have helped your grandson move forward in reading with confidence and without anger. Thank you for letting us know.

Heather Greidanus

says:

This all sounds good, and generally I like All About Spelling, but I find that I need more activities to help practice and reenforce a concept/spelling rule. I spend a fair amount of time searching for materials and ideas to supplement AAS

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
We can help you with this. Please email (support@allaboutlearning.com) us what concepts or areas your are needing more practice and reinforcement with and we can offer you ideas.

Emily Dunn

says:

My son is definitely a kinesthetic learner. Love this post! Going at his pace and planning lessons for him makes things that much easier and more worth it in the long run!

Kelley

says:

Thank you so much for recognizing that all children are unique and one size fits all doesn’t work.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Kelley!

laura

says:

I have not yet used this product but love all your posts. Hope to win to try it out :)

Yvonne Hurlbert

says:

Love the idea of scaffolding in learning. I use both AAR and AAS . All 3 of my girls have very different learning styles.

Angie L.

says:

Love how it tailors to different learning styles

Nichole

says:

We just started using AAR with my son in the Fall and we are loving it. I chose this curriculum because, with four little ones, I wanted to aim for a curriculum that appealed to various types of learners…I have not been disappointed. My children love this curriculum and I truly feel like they are developing a strong foundation in reading…they also really, really love Ziggy the Zebra ;)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nichole,
Ziggy is wonderful, isn’t he? 😁

Amanda Bowen

says:

Love the tips here, I am using with 3 very different children.

Cassandra

says:

Multisensory approaches work the best for my mainly visual spatial reader :)

Heather

says:

I have a Kinder and a 3rd grader. My 3rd grader was having a hard time figuring out reading so we decided to go with this curriculum as we heard great things about it. We just finished Level 1 and are now working on Level 2. I’ve seen big improvements with my 3rd grader. He even requests to read the AAR books since they are easier for him to decode. My Kinder is doing the pre-reading and he is already practicing Level 1 stuff (I’m sure he picked it up from seeing & hearing his brother go through the lessons). I’m sure that with my kinder he will fly through Level 1 much quicker than my other son. So far, I’m a fan of this method.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
Thank you for sharing how All About Reading is working with your two different learners. It’s great to hear that AAR has made a difference.

Lyndsay

says:

This has been such a great curriculum choice for our family. We have two different kinds of learners also and I love I can spend as much time as my struggler need to get a concept.

Carol K

says:

I find your program very simple to follow. I like how you have your blocks of vowels in red and consonants in blue. That is a clever idea. I also tutor at my grandson’s elementary school. I have no teaching degree but I had been volunteer listening to the children read so they hired me to help the children. As I help them, I notice a lot of the children needs help. I read your article and agree with you. Children should learn at their own strength and not according to the grade they are in. It would be nice if all schools would follow this rule. Your teaching in spelling and reading is very good. I wish I could afford all your grade level program but being retired, it would be hard for me to do so.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Carol,
It is not surprising that you notice that a lot of children need help with reading, as studies have found that approximately 34% of children will struggle to learn to read. Thank you for the work you do with children.

Kia

says:

Very helpful information. Thank you

When a new homeschooler would ask me what my go-to curriculum is for reading and/or spelling…I say AAL items! Both of my daughters just soared learning to read and my oldest is a great speller…my younger one is only 6…she has finished AAR 1 & 2 and will start AAS 1 soon. We cannot say enough about your wonderful programs.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Elizabeth! Personal recommendations to new homeschoolers are high praise indeed.

Jennifer

says:

I have a 9 year-old learner with severe dyslexia. We have tried so many different reading curriculum, and even tutoring. However, AAR has FINALLY been a successful fit for our daughter! We have just finished Level I and just ordered Level 2. We are both so excited because this is the first curriculum and set of books that she has been able to master. It is an easy program to teach in homeschooling, and it is non-intimidating and achievable for our daughter. Thank you, and keep up the great work!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
We are so pleased to hear this! We love making a difference like this. I’ll be passing this along to the entire AALP team. Thank you!

Mikkel T

says:

We have loved AAS. Our co-op school has allowed us to modify spelling and use AAS. I love how I can adjust to what my 9 yr old son needs on a daily basis. My son has made huge improvements. He spells very phonetically, and has memory recall issues, so other spelling methods have been of little help and totally frustrating. Over the last 5 months, we have almost finished AAS level 1. Both of us are learning very simple things that make all the difference in the world. I do not remember being taught this stuff as a kid, I think I am becoming a good speller 35 yrs too late!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mikkel,
It is wonderful to hear that your son is doing so well with All About Spelling. But becoming a good speller in adulthood isn’t too late. It’s better late than never!

I love this program for my daughter because it does offer her different approaches to learning to read instead of the other program we used. I feel it is important to customize each child’s learning.

Keri V

says:

This is so helpful! Thanks!

Ashley

says:

I hope to use this program for my two sons this coming fall.

Ann Riegel

says:

We are nearing the end of level 1 and have greatly benefited from being able to go at my child’s pace. Some concepts have taken more practice while others were easily learned by him. It certainly boosts his confidence in his reading ability by being able to cater to his needs.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ann,
Great point about boosting confidence! Confident learners learn more easily, so that is important. Thank you.

Christine Cramer Howieson

says:

We are on level 2, the individualized pace has been great for my daughter! We can zoom through lessons sometimes, but then we might have to slow down!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Christine,
Yes! Children thrive when they can learn at their own, unique pace!

Jennifer Hubbard

says:

Siblings sure can be complete opposites! Keeps this mama on her toes.

Erica O

says:

I am so impressed with the strides that my daughter has made with AAR. I am now even more excited to start AAS. Thank you for making such a strong curriculum!

I am very thankful for your program and your very helpful blog posts. I am a Kindergarten teacher and we have started using many of your resources in our classroom this year. We will hopefully continue to do so with the goal of incorporating the All About Reading program fully into our curriculum.

Erin Lange

says:

Excellent suggestions!

Josie Iverson

says:

Just got the pre reading level and can’t wait to get started!

Sue Longden

says:

This program sounds great! Lots of important factors included.

Laura

says:

The simple, continual review in AAR and AAS has helped my child progress quickly, and she begs to play games with Ziggy. Homeschooling has allowed us to pursue interests while learning. It let’s me differentiate how my students show their learning, allowing them to express knowledge and skills according to their talents.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Laura,
We love hearing how well your child is doing with AAR and AAS! Thank you.

Eleni

says:

Love these suggestions! Will try to incorporate some of them when teaching my son.

Ana Tham

says:

Hi there.
I’ve just received my first AAR program for my son. I’m really excited about starting this program.

Oksana

says:

Ever since I found aas, I’ve been using it exclusively for my 2 children. I love the idea of basically having no prep time before the lesson. Last year my then 2nd grader tested in high 3rd grade level of spelling. One thing I love and he hates is the sentences, but only because he doesn’t like to write

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oksana,
Yes, the dictation sentences are often the least favorite part of the program for the student, but they sure do pay off. If you aren’t doing it already, you may consider breaking up the dictation sentences so that he has no more than three or four a day. I found that if I end every lesson with three or four dictation sentences things go much better than trying to do 12 on one day and none on other days.

Ginger G

says:

Hoping to be able to try the reading program soon.

Debbie

says:

After trying a few other curricula, we finally tried AAR. We love it. Level 1 is going so well for my oldest child that I went and bought the pre-reading level for my younger kids.

Carrie

says:

I am so thankful I found AAR. I suspect my youngest is dyslexic and the phonics-based curriculum we had was just not working for him. He is doing so well with AAR and I appreciate that we can take our time moving through the lessons at his pace.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Carrie,
Thank you for letting us know that All About Reading is helping your so to do so well with reading.

Kim

says:

I really want to use your reading curriculum with my son. Thanks for the chance to win every month!

I love how easy it is to adapt for my children. 3 of my 5 kids are using the program and all three approach the subject differently.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Katherine,
Isn’t it strange and wonderful how children from the same family can be so different?

Joyce

says:

With a 15 year old with a very low grade reading level, I do a lot of customizing. She listens to a lot of audio books while she reads along. AAR has helped a lot, but she grew frustrated with all the little kid stories. So, she is helping teach her little sister to read using the books she was frustrated with. It is very slow going , but she sees success.

My dream is to wake up one morning to discover that AAR has designed a program for teens teaching these concepts with stories and workbooks appropriate for them.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Joyce,
I will be passing this suggestion along. Thank you.

Beth

says:

I love how AAR fits so many learning styles!

Margaret

says:

My daughter is dyslexic and hard of hearing. She can sure use these teaching methods.

Cindy Sanders

says:

We have just begun AAR and my 8 year old loves it!

Michelle

says:

We just started AAR level 1 and we’ve been enjoying it so far!

Kim

says:

I’ve been loving this curriculum and how flexible I feel I can be. We might get through 2 lessons a week and we always have one day to review our words or re-read a story!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kim,
I like your schedule of leaving one day a week for reviewing and rereading stories. It’s a great way to end the week!

Shanae

says:

My son has been struggling with reading. So I am super excited to try All About Reading with him!

Candy

says:

I’ve loved being able to move at my son’s pace. We fly through some lessons and take our time and go back through others until he’s really internalized it. Aas&aar have given him the confidence he needs to really take ownership of his learning process!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Candy,
Yes! Being able pace each lesson at your unique student’s pace is a wonderful way to learn!

We’re really enjoying using AAS and AAR. My kids are enjoying learning and one of them even hates to stop after working for 20-30 minutes if he hasn’t finished the lesson. Thank you for these great programs.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Suanna,
We love when kids enjoy learning!

Kelly

says:

My DD has been enjoying AAR while she’s working to catch up with her peers! She’s doing so much better!

Simah

says:

Thanks for the tips. My daughters are quick learners, but I have a feeling my sons are going to need lots of review when they start reading.

Victoria Lemp

says:

HI, Simah,
I just want to encourage you that my son needs the extra review, but after a full level completed….some days he needs more time and some days he soars through the lesson! That is definitely a blessing of this program. I can stretch out a lesson because of its length, attention span, or busy day.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Simah,
One of the things that make All About Reading and All About Spelling so successful with such a wide range of learners is that they easily allow you to review the right amount for each unique student.

Linsey

says:

My son moves quickly, roughly finishing one entire lesson at a time (AAR3). My daughter moves more slowly (AAR1) and we throw in lots of resources from other sites to tap into her creative side.

Joanna Adams

says:

I have never heard of the scaffolding approach! My two girls are complete opposites, and I’m positive I’m going to have to do things different with my second. I’m looking forward to walking her AAR when she’s reading. She’s a sensory sensitive kid, and responds well with multi-sensory approach.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Joanna,
I’m happy that we could help you learn about scaffolding as an approach to teaching. It’s a very helpful way to think of how we can help our children reach new levels of learning.

Katie

says:

Looking for help with my struggling reader and would love to try All About Reading!

Julia

says:

We love both all about reading and all about spelling

Jillian

says:

One of the best things about homeschooling – tailoring to your student(s)!

Carol H

says:

AAR and AAS have been great for our homeschool.

Kristin Girod

says:

AAR has been exactly what my struggling reader needs! I love the “scaffolding ” aspect of the readers and how they only contain words he has learned.

Nichole B.

says:

We so appreciate AAR and AAS, and this blog post is very helpful! Thank you!

Jennie

says:

It’s amazing to me how differently all 3 of my children learn. Thanks for this!!

Malissa Mitchell Silva Phillips

says:

Looking for a way to help my children and this seems like exactly what they need

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Let us know if you have any questions, Malissa.

Robin Wetherington

says:

I’m looking forward to trying AAR and AAS for my kids first year of homeschooling!

Belle

says:

I like the Writing Station–good long term review.

Amy Mac

says:

Spelling to my son with Learning Disabilities was so hard, until I got AAS.

Lenora D

says:

Reading has been the hardest with my youngest who are twins. One adores art and the other Math and those are pretty easy to teach.

Sara

says:

Just today, my 5 year old (math-loving) son said, “Math isn’t schooling; it’s learning.” I feel like a tailored education goes hand in hand with learning, but that’s not as much the case with “schooling.” We move forward when each child is ready, and we hold back when they’re not. We find ways to investigate an interest when it’s communicated. We work to discover our kids’ learning styles and find tools for them to learn specific subjects that go along with that particular style.

Camille

says:

I just received level one in the mail and I cannot wait to begin. We have just recently discovered All About Reading and we are working through level two with so much success. Thank you!

Tiffany S

says:

I have been able to customize by not introducing spelling formally before my sons are ready.

lisa

says:

I have 4 kids from kindergarten through high school. I home school so I can individualize each subject and grade level to each of my students’ learning styles. I believe I have at least one dyslexic student and one with dysgraphia. I recently started sequential spelling with good sucess. I’m wondering how this program compares?

Merry

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Hi Lisa,

One of the main differences is in the teaching method:

AAS teaches explicitly. The student learns why words are spelled the way they are. Spelling concepts are clearly demonstrated to the student with letter tiles. Includes hands-on, engaging activities.

Sequential Spelling teaches implicitly. It assumes that the student will pick up on rules & patterns automatically, without direct teaching. This can work well for students who enjoy discovery-oriented methods, while those who prefer direct instruction will likely be frustrated.

Another difference is in the order of presentation:

All About Spelling groups words according to spelling concepts & progresses toward the more advanced, while Sequential groups words according to patterns.

Some other differences:

All About Spelling is a complete phonics program, while SS does not teach phonics or letter-sound correspondences.

AAS teaches reliable spelling rules. Rules are clearly worded so the student can understand and apply them. Sequential does not teach spelling rules such as why we use C in cat but not in kid, or why we double the n in beginning but not in offering.

Finally, AAS has a built-in customizable review system, while SS does not have a system for reviewing words that the child consistently misses.

Time commitment is about the same. We recommend spending 15-20 minutes per day on spelling. You can work through the program at your student’s pace, so you don’t have to complete a lesson in one sitting.

All About Spelling is based on the Orton Gillingham method which has been found to be successful for students with dyslexia. Marie is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, and is an instructor for the graduate level courses in Orton-Gillingham Literacy Training offered through Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. If you haven’t had a chance to watch their story about her son’s struggles, you may want to check out their story: http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/our-story. Quite amazing!

It’s wonderful to live in a time when we have so many curriculum choices! I hope this helps you to see some of the differences and decide which program will be best for your family. If you want to see some of the online samples of AAS, here are samples and scope and sequence links for All About Spelling Levels 1-7: http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/spelling-lesson-samples

Please let me know if you have additional questions. Merry :-)

Fatin Burley

says:

I would love to try this program. I have tried other and have yet to find one that works for my dislexic Son. I believe it will also work with my special needs Daughter. Thanks for sharing about it

Lynnette

says:

I have two very different learners. I like the idea that the lessons are broken down and tangible, hands-on approach as each child can absorb the lesson as Marie stated in the scaffolding approach. Wow, what a different concept yet the smart way to teach them. I have noticed a huge difference in my children with homeschooling as they are not just pushed a long but actually stay on a lesson until they master it!

Shaunte Oakley

says:

We will start our homeschooling in the fall of 2014/2015 school yr. I like that it will give us back control over what our children learn and how they learn.

Laurie Cassano

says:

Homeschooling has allowed us to zero in on problem areas and take our time with subjects my children struggle in and explore in more depth subjects that they like.

Cindy

says:

Homeschooling has allowed my son (10 years old) to love history. When you read true stories about the amazing things God has done through people across the ages, it is much more captivating than reading little tidbits about people and events.

Monica S

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to plan lessons and activities around my son’s interests. He is more fully engaged when his favorite character or item at the time is part of the lesson!

Jen emmons

says:

We have been able to customize math to work on the things that she needs more help with and less in the things that she excels in. Homeschooling is certainly great for that!

kristin

says:

This would be a great supplement for us for the summer!

Michele

says:

Homeschooling has allowed us to travel, live overseas and visit family as needed without effecting their school. It has allowed my oldest to spend the majority of her time learning history and my 3rd to learn at her pace and not feel behind or stupid while she spent 2 years working on the same grade level in English or be bored as she could do the whole year of math in half a year and keep moving.

Rachele

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I have learned to pair up my children according to their strengths and weaknesses. When one is strong in one area it tends to help and encourage the one who is weak in the same area.

Sara

says:

Homeschooling is great because we can individualize every aspect of our children’s learning. Our oldest is a natural speller that taught himself to read when he was four. He has still benefited from AAS though. Our second is easily frustrated, but AAR was what he needed to gain confidence and learn to read. We’re just about ready to add spelling to our curriculum for him. Thanks!

NikiP

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Homeschooling has allowed me to watch each one of my kids to see how they learn best which has in turn helped me to create activities and purchase curriculum that will help them succeed. When it comes to spelling both kids learn completely different, but that’s okay, God created them to be unique!

Ruth

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I am just starting my homeschooling journey. My oldest will be six next month and we will have to do school “for real”. Growing up, I was homeschooled, I enjoyed my experience and always planned to home educate my own children. I feel I have had a unique opportunity to see what worked and didn’t work with me (and my brothers and sisters) and then get to tailor that knowledge and experience for a new generation. I am very excited to homeschool. The resources today are better than ever and I am looking forward to being able to make learning fun by capitalizing on what already are my children’s interest and strengths.

Kristi

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We didn’t do spelling with my two big kids. Well, we did workbooks, for a minute, but realized pretty quickly they weren’t actually learning spelling, just a bunch of words. I’m very much looking for something for my “second wave!”

Casey Weatherford

says:

I have 3 children that i did the ” use spell check” to do spelling. We are in dire need of a productive program to help get us on the right path. My children are 14, 10,and 8. Looking forward to getting to use your materials

S Baker

says:

My two kids learn as different as night is from day. I love that I have the flexibility to change things up for each of them.

Mary

says:

All About Spelling has been an amazing tool to help my son advance in his reading skills. We also use All About Reading and the two work together seamlessly to teach him reading and phonics.

Esther

says:

With homeschooling, I’m not stuck doing the same thing with each child. My youngest loves workbooks, so I get her workbooks. Sometimes my twins are working with the same curriculum, but I let them do the things that interest them and work with their learning styles. AAS is good for this — one likes to write out her spelling words, the other likes to use tiles. For math, one likes figuring things out in her head, the other likes using Cuisenaire rods. This is one of the great things about homeschooling — it doesn’t try to force all the children into the same mold!

Monique

says:

Homeschooling has given my son to learn at his speed on his level in different subjects. And I’m hoping this lesson will help him to become a good, confident speller on or above his grade level! Thank you for the chance to win!

Julie B

says:

Teaching my son at home has allowed me to keep his school time short and still let him get the physically activity that he so desperately needs

Chana

says:

This seems like a great program and would love to try it.

Kathi

says:

I would love to win this. It would help my son who has just recently been diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech….

Sue L

says:

I love using All About Spelling. I feel it is missing nothing. I have used many other spelling curriculums and always had some aspect that was missing….all memorization, or all phonics rules, no review, or monotonous workbook pages that didn’t fit the student’s learning style, some being so cumbersome to teach, I didn’t want to do it.. The results were seen at the end of the school year when what I thought was learned was not retained.

With All About Spelling, my daughter and I find it easy to use, creative enough to keep her attention and designed with review to result in lasting retention. I’ve had her 9yr older sister sit in on lessons to pick up useful instruction where gaps exsited. The younger one loves teaching the older one what she’s learned.

Individualizing each child’s curriculum is one of our biggest reasons for homeschooling! I have one child especially that has different learning needs & I am able to accommodate her work to make sure she is learning to the best of her abilities.

summer sontag

says:

I sure hope I win! Brand new to homeschooling and love this program

Dianne

says:

Homeschooling allows me to let my daughter explore her interests at her own pace.

T. Wilson

says:

We have not started homeschool yet, we are just now in the process of planning it for next Fall for our son, but the freedom we have to pick and choose what our son will learn is amazing and makes both my husband and I very happy and excited to embark on this new venture in life.

Cassie

says:

This program fits so well with my children’s other lessons. We love all about spelling.

Georgia

says:

My son is a very kinesthetic/auditory learner and after teaching him with traditional methods to learn how to read, we both were becoming frustrated and we weren’t making progress. We have been using AAR Level 1 this year to teach my son to read and I am AMAZED at how quickly he has learned with this system. He is only 5 years old, has ADHD, but can read at a 1st grade level all thanks to AAR. Without a doubt we will be using AAS next year because the my son begs to do reading first and if anybody can find a program with that kind of love, we’re sticking to it.

Georgia, I’m thankful to hear that the “love of reading” has rubbed off on your son. Thanks for the kind words! I’m elated to hear that your son isn’t frustrated with reading anymore!

Jennifer Brazytis

says:

I love being able to pick and choose the curriculum that best fits my children! I’m only in my second year of homeschooling, but already I can see the benefits of being able to teach them according to their style and strengths!

YahuahsHomeMaker

says:

We have 5 unique children…all who have very different learning styles and personalites. Homeschooling allows me to change, challenge, explore, encourage, push and even slow down when we need to.

Mollie k

says:

Homeschooling is our only English option where we live overseas. Our oldest is high energy and might not do well in a traditional classroom setting. He needs flexible, tactile options for learning to stick.

Lorna Wilson

says:

I love your curriculum! Thank you for expanding your levels.

LL

says:

I have some kids who are natural spellers and don’t need much instruction and would get bored with certain curriculum – others need more help and a different approach. Homeschooling gives me the flexibility to meet all their needs.

Danielle M

says:

With homeschooling, I can teach subjects to my kids in the way they’ll learn it best. My son needs movement, games, and hands-on activities, while my daughter likes art and worksheets. I love that I can tailor to each of their needs, and take as long or as little as they need to learn something.

Denise

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We are a big fan of individual learning. All of the learning styles are represented in our family and there are also some learning difficulties. Being able to self-pace and to find the interest point has been the key to our homeschool learning.

Susan

says:

I have a 1st grader who is reading on at least a 3rd grade level, but can’t spell hardly any of the words she’s reading if you ask her to do it without looking. We were planning on investing in All About Spelling, and starting it this summer (we teach year-round and grade levels are less important to me than actual learning), so I’m entering the giveaway! Thanks for offering this!

Jen

says:

My kids are polar opposite in every way. One of them is a great speller that learns quickly. The other one struggles with spelling due to attention issues. This product sounds like it would work great for both of my kids.

tracey fellows

says:

What a fabulous program…thank you as every child is unique and at a pace of their own

Melissa S.

says:

This is our first year homeschooling, and being able to tailor the lessons to each of my four kids’ needs has been so awesome. For instance, we can schedule breaks to “get the wiggles out” as needed, or do more of one subject and less of another depending on how that particular kid is feeling that day. If someone is feeling overly frustrated with one subject we can put it away for a while (or for the rest of the day) and come back to it later when s/he is ready to tackle it again. Or if a particular style of teaching or a curriculum isn’t working for us, I can scrap it all together and try something new! I also love that homeschooling gives me the freedom to let my kids explore their individual interests.

sheryl

says:

I do not home school but I am always trying to find ways to teach my 2 girls spelling – I would like it if even one could spell – but they are both maths girls – I am always looking for ways to teach spelling at the moment it seems to be reparation.

The traditional method of memorizing lists of words each week and ending with a spelling test, was not working for my son at all! I love how homeschooling allowed me the flexibility I needed to switch to another spelling program (aka All About Spelling). We are now on step 18 of level 1, and it is working beautifully! There are rules in here, even in level 1, that I didn’t even know! My son is spelling SO much better, and so much easier, and with SO much less frustration than the program we were previously using. I love how homeschooling provides the flexibility to switch out curriculum/programs for any subject that isn’t fitting the learning needs/style of my children. :)

Mandy

says:

I get to choose what, when and how she learns something :)

Christie

says:

I am enjoying the flexibility of homeschooling, and being able to adjust our lessons according to our needs for that day. It’s great to be able to meet your kids where they are at each day.

Geri

says:

We love this program!! This article has some great pointers on how to make it even better!! Thank you!!

Heather

says:

We have four children, one to graduate this year, a 1st grader, a preschooler, and a newborn. The flexibility with homeschooling is a blessing. Not to mention all the different ways to incorporate learning opportunities. I really like that we get to make it Christ centered and I get to be with my kids all day! I get to learn and do whats best for them.

Eleasha Tate

says:

I have 3 children spaced very far apart and with different interests. Homeschooling allows me to help them find what interests them as well as focusing on areas that they need extra help with.

Carolyn

says:

We are adopting and homeschooling will allow us to teach Ethiopian history along with American history. Also, we can spend extra time on English which our children will need for at least the first few years.

Eleasha Tate

says:

Awesome addition to our homeschooling day

Carol T.

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to choose the best materials to teach each of my children. I can choose the curriculum that fits their unique learning styles and slow things down when they are struggling and speed it up when they get it.

Jennifer S

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to go at whatever pace my child needs to learn at for each different subject. He doesn’t feel left behind or stupid since we can go at his persona learning pace.

Mary S.

says:

Homeschooling has given me the opportunity to encourage my children’s specific interests, while not pushing too hard in the area’s where they are struggling, so they don’t get burnt out. Instead we are able to try a different approach for teaching what they need to learn.

Stephenie McBride

says:

We have used several programs without much success but are seeing lots of progress with All About Reading. I am excited to add All About Spelling, too.

Julie Winslow

says:

We live in China where my son attends local school. They start their English classes at “What’s your name?” etc, so needless to say we homeschool English on the breaks when he isn’t focusing on learning Chinese. He loves to learn to spell and make sentences with the new words he’s learned. He recently started reading simple chapter books on his own.

Julie Winslow

says:

We live in China and my son goes to a local school where they start the English curriculum from “How are you?”, “My name is…” Needless to say, we do English homeschooling in the breaks when he isn’t focusing on learning Chinese. He loves learning to spell and recently started reading simple chapter books on his own. I’m so thankful!

Loreen

says:

I love how we can slow down & take our time with the lessons. Thank you for an awesome curriculum.

Jessica Sharma

says:

Homeschooling has been great for my son. He’s very hyperactive, and doesn’t like doing anything for a long period of time. So homeschooling has allowed me to set up his learning based on his likes and schedule. We are able to take as many breaks as we need. As far as spelling, he’s just barely getting reading down, but we do practice a little bit of spelling with his sight words. He’s does so great for being a beginning reader/speller. We have no formal spelling curriculum yet, which is why this would be great!

Jill

says:

Just heard about All About Spelling from a homeschool blogger who gave it a high review. This peaked my interest enough to come check it out! Our two homeschool children are polar opposites when it comes to learning, which makes homeschool a wonderful opportunity as we are able to facilitate individualized learning across the board allowing each child to thrive. I’m definitely interested in learning more about AAS and hopefully, incorporating it into my curriculum this next year.

Myra

says:

Homeschooling allows us to set our own pace and go faster in some areas and slower in others, depending on the child. It’s great!

Celina

says:

Homeschooling has really allowed me to see the areas that my daughter needed improvement…and do something about it. She went to public school in kindergarten, but at the end of the year she could not read or make the sounds of the letters. She just memorized the books… Homeschooling has helped me to work more closely with her, and now her reading has improved tremendously.

tashatrp

says:

It sounds good. I am looking for a good spelling program.

Amanda

says:

I’m excited for the multisensory approach to spelling. I can’t wait to really dive into spelling this next school year using All About Spelling!! =)

Susan Walasek

says:

At 5 years old, I primarily focus on imagination, character, and healthy habits. We venture into handwriting and phonics, but no spelling yet. We just “wing-it” everyday!

Jacqui

says:

Homeschooling has definitely allowed me to customize my curriculum to my child’s needs. My son has always been a little behind the curve but working with him at home has allowed him to feel accomplished and not frustrated. If he has a harder time getting something, we just go over it till he gets it. It has allowed him to master his subjects with confidence and not feel like a “dummy” or being behind. I have watched him grow and flourish when we have stopped mid term and changed curriculum to something that fits him better. It is truly a blessing.

Amy

says:

My 5 year old loves this program and really enjoys spelling so we have been able to move through a couple levels fairly quickly!

Jeni

says:

We homeschooled our two oldest children, then our youngest arrived with delays. She has overcome in so many ways, but we knew that homeschooling was what was best for her. Homeschooling has been fantastic because we have been able to try different styles of learning with her to see what works best. Every single one of our children have learned differently and our youngest has been no exception. When something works, we keep it and when it doesn’t we scratch it. We love the freedom homeschooling provides.

Deanna

says:

My son is in kindergarten but reads and comprehends at a high school level (reads encyclopedias and textbooks for fun), so I am able to individualize for him where he needs to be.

Candice Hayes

says:

I love homeschooling my three girls. Each have different strengths and weaknesses and it is so great to be able to teach them accordingly.

judith martinez

says:

My son has a really hard time with his small motor skills so I’ve been able to customize his education by allowing him to do most work orally.

Amanda

says:

My boys were getting eve so bored with public school. Since we have been homeschooling, they have been able to pursue topics that interest them and have a new found pain for learning.

Lindsay

says:

I love how we can spend less time on areas that are easier for my daughter and spend more time on the more difficult concepts.

Lynn Dupraw

says:

I enjoy homeschooling my 5 year old daughter. I struggled in school and I do not want that for her. I was dyslexic and struggled in school. I needed more individualized instruction. I feel homeschooling will enable me to do that for her. This is the main reason I am interested in the All About Spelling series. I try to tailor my daughter’s curriculum based on her interests and learning style.

Nancy S.

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The individual approach of homeschooling has made it possible for my child to be successful and happy about learning and how his mind works. Every day, even when it’s frustrating and too much work, I’m incredibly thankful he hasn’t been beaten down and fallen through the cracks in school just because he learns differently.

Kala

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I love being able to go at my children’s pace. We can take as much time on a topic as we need to.

LeAnn

says:

We love homeschooling! I never thought of it as individualizing, but we are able to go at our own pace, delve deeper in areas that need extra attention and speed up when concepts are learned quicker. The one-on-one attention is immensely greater while homeschooling! Thank you for the opportunity to win. We love your products!!

Sarah D.

says:

The children can learn what they want when they want to learn it. =)

Heidi

says:

I find misspelled words in any writing my child does and include them in her spelling lessons. Notes she writes, birthday cards, or lists are all possible spelling words

Chastity Ray

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to individualize Math for my son who struggles. It has made a world of difference to teach it in a way he understands and not have to agree with the vast majority like it would be in a public classroom

Catrina

says:

I love the fact that I can customize the education of each of my children! Just as no two children are alike, the lessons for each child’s year is different. It is awesome to have the freedom of individualized lessons!

Joy

says:

Sounds like this program just keeps getting better and better :) How can that be?

Carla Golden

says:

Home schooling has been our choice from Day 1 for our two school-age children. We have enjoyed learning with them, and have appreciated the ability to adapt lessons, schedules, and subjects to meet their individual needs. A friend just turned me on to AAS, and I am hoping to try it next year for our 2 students!

Laura

says:

Like you, I have two kids who are complete opposites and learn in completely different ways. I regularly reflect on how grateful I am that we are able to homeschool so the kids can learn in the way that works best for them.

Heather Findlay

says:

I have homeschooled for 18ish years. I have used many different approaches depending on our season of life. I usually have to be pretty creative. We have 9 children total and 7 still at home. It would be very difficult to purchase everything I wanted for each child. They all are so different and follow different courses based on their interests. I am grateful for homeschooling for many reasons, but one of them is the freedom to individualize their studies.

Imm Mui

says:

Homeschooling definitely allows us to follow our child’s pace of learning. We have just started AAS Level 1 and my girl has shown more confidence in her spelling. Previously she was discouraged as she was behind her peers.

Jessi

says:

We are working on level 1 and love it !

andrea

says:

I LOVE our AAS! Very easy to follow, and can speed up or slow down as needed.

Michelle Drake

says:

The greatest thing about homeschooling is that it IS individualized. How? Because what we study and learn about and focus on is whatever is currently interesting my children. My daughter is just 4, so her interests change constantly, but the great thing about having her at home is that I can adapt whatever it is she likes into learning, and since she is interested in it, she has fun and doesn’t realize how much “work and learning” she is doing! When she starts home Kindergarten I will know exactly what base she has, what she needs to work on, and we can go from there. Using great programs like all about reading and all about spelling will tremendously help her continue to build upon what she knows in a fun that is designed for her.

Helen Durrant

says:

We have enjoyed All About Spelling. We completed level one today and we are so excited to start level two tomorrow. The fun part is that I am learning along with my daughter. She likes that I can adapt the lesson to the way she likes it. For example she does not mind spelling with tiles as long as I put them back for her. We use a dry erase board for some of the writing and the youngest who is almost two likes to erase the board for us. This is the best program. Thank you for creating it. It fits the needs of our family.

Molly

says:

Homeschooling has allowed us to customize each boys interests to what they are learning!

Melanie

says:

We’re in our 2nd year, and I’m understanding the importance of following what works for my children. Some things come easier than others, so we move through those and work extra on those things that take a bit more time to finally “stick”. Plus, we can add to any of curriculums so it fits their personal styles. As hard as homeschooling can be on some days, knowing that each child is “getting it” before moving on makes it all worth it!

Carrie

says:

I love homeschool programs that provide a teacher’s guide, but allow the freedom to move along at a pace that’s appropriate for the individual learner. As homeschoolers, we can move faster or slower, we can work through holidays or take unscheduled breaks. We can customize curriculum to allow each of our children to succeed and feel good about themselves and their progress.

Nicole

says:

This sounds perfect for my son!

Diane

says:

All About Reading has allowed us to really focus on where our daughter’s reading difficulties are and gives us the tools to help her be a successful reader. Now that she is reading better (almost done with Level 3) – I am anxious to focus more on her spelling. We have used other spelling programs, without much success. I am confident All About Spelling will be the key to helping her master spelling.

Monique

says:

I have been so disappointed in the public school system this year. My kids have not learned about other cultures or customs, and they are being tested on material they have not even learned! This makes no sense to me. On top of that, the school does not give homework to students during the “state” testing. But, testing is for only 4 days, so why aren’t they getting homework for 2 weeks again? Oh yeah, it would be “too stressful” to give homework during testing time. I am currently putting together curriculum for my kids so I may homeschool for 2014/15 school year.

Keri

says:

I’m new to homeschooling but one of the best parts is that I can teach each child at their own pace and individualize everything!

Becky W.

says:

I love homeschooling my DD so we can complete subjects at HER pace. This included setting aside spelling for a few weeks this year.

Elizabeth L.

says:

Two of our six daughters have verbal apraxia and a visual-perceptual disorder, so it has been very difficult for them to learn their letter names and sounds. We are planning on purchasing All About Reading and All About Spelling for them to try. I have read so many good things about this curriculum and am very excited to try it! I love being able to select what curriculum best fits each child’s learning style.

We are getting ready to start spelling next year and I really look forward to teaching it. I am determined my children will be good spellers.

Leah Williams

says:

I have one daughter who is advanced in math and average in other areas and my other daughter is the other way around. Plus, we have a small farm and we can tailor the lessons to allow for the day’s activities.

Jaime

says:

It wasn’t until I was in the thick of homeschooling that I realized the benefits of customizing our curriculum to my son’s needs. It took a few years to learn his strengths and weaknesses and spelling has been the last subject to tailor to him. The All About Spelling curriculum seems to be the perfect fit for him as a visual and kinetic learner.

Sherie Allen

says:

Would like to try this! Not sure where to start.

Karen Wall

says:

I love AAR and would love to check out AAS for next school year!

Lindsey C

says:

We are just starting out on our homeschool journey with year one *almost* under our belts. I am looking forward to using AAS next year!

With homeschooling 5 I am able to let my different learners, learn differently. I know what children are hands on learners and what children love book work. Also you are able to use different methods stopping and try something new. My children never feel rushed to learn they are able to learn at their pace and absorb!!!!

Charity M

says:

We are just starting our homeschool journey and excited. Spelling is a struggle for my son and anything that can help is exciting.

Kim Barnes

says:

Every lesson takes direction from how they are absorbing the material, based on their individual needs

Love All About Spelling! Went through 3 other programs before trying this…. and my kids love it! they actually get bummed when we don’t do spelling! Would love to get another level! :-)

Denise

says:

I have heard wonderful things about this spelling program and plan to use it next year when my son is in first grade. It would be great to win the level 1 materials. Thanks for the giveaway!

Katie R.

says:

This is our first year, but it has taught me so much about how my child learns and what she enjoys. It’s fun to teach her and see her learn!

Jen

says:

My son finally asks to do spelling first now!

Sarah

says:

We love AAS! Thanks for providing a great user friendly curriculum.

Serita

says:

After some trial and error (and tears) we realized that my son is my visual learner and my daughter is my kinetic/auditory learner….knowing that has made such a difference in which curriculums I now choose for them. :)

I. Ray

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to individualize my child’s lessons by being able to teaching on their level and take the required time to master a subject before having to move on.

S.L.

says:

My 6 year old twins have different academic strengths and learning styles. Our first year of homeschooling has been all about us trying to individualize and foster development in those areas. We definitely have to differentiate instruction and the accompanying activities so that they each feel successful while learning.

Sara M

says:

I have children that are at different grade levels than they should be for their age, so homeschooling has enabled us to work at their pace with their interests in mind.

Debra

says:

We haven’t tackled spelling yet, but the beauty of homeschoolling is that I can try 15 different ways to teach my daughter to read until I find what works for her. And since her learning style isn’t the same as mine, it may have actually taken us 15 to find the right one.

Danielle Coleman

says:

I love homeschooling because I can spend as time as I want on my children’s specific interests. Also, we can move as slowly or quickly as they need:)

Kevin Peterson

says:

No two children are exactly alike. So too should their instruction be.

Jenni

says:

I am a All About Reading Pre-Reading user, but I love how interactive the curriculum is and I hope the spelling one would be too.

Audrey

says:

My girls were easy spelling learners… see, read, write, remember. My boy is a totally different story. Even after an entire week of writing the list words over and over, doing the spelling lessons, taking a test, it seems as though he completely forgets all the words after the test. We need to something different!

Jen

says:

I love homeschooling because my oldest two are so close in age that we can cover the same topic and do the same activities together, adding some more complex activities for the eldest. It works for our busy schedule and we can customize based on their interests.

Meghan F

says:

I love the different learning activities in AAR, it’s been easy to omit or expand activities based on how they suit my daughter.

Alicia Wood

says:

I love homeschooling because of the individuality it allows. My son is very advanced for his age and I am able to keep him going at his pace without him realizing he is ahead…I would hate for him to become a know-it-all! All About Spelling has been one of the ways we have customized. His first year of homeschooling he whizzed through two levels of spelling and I loved that I didn’t have to slow him down because of the constant, built-in review of the phonograms and key cards. Love this program!

Molly

says:

I love being able to work on the skills that need working on , and not what everyone else needs to know.

Lee

says:

I love the idea that this program includes 3 types of learning to reach all of the students needs. I look forward to trying this program!

Jeanee

says:

I think the best thing about homeschooling is the pace. You can change it however it best fits your child’s needs. If my daughter needs to spend more time on something we just slow down. AAS and AAR have been so easy to do this with. If something is easy we can breeze through it building confidence and slow down at other times never making her feel like she’s behind or needs to catch up. :)

Sherry

says:

One way I have been able to do this is by using different grade levels. For example, for my son, he uses 4th grade math and 2nd grade writing curricula.

Shawna Fay

says:

We have just begun, but I love being able to go at our own pace, and choose what materials we want to use. Making it Christ centered is very rewarding.

Kate D

says:

We love AAS and AAR. My son loves the fact that I let him write his words and phrase right on the dry erase board that stores our tiles. He can refer to the tiles if needed but his favorite thing is to draw lines before writing that resemble a Mario Kart race track and his words will then flow or drive along that track. It may not be conventional but it has created a love for spelling time!

Alisha

says:

I have had countless opportunities to individualize lessons in our home schooling journey over the years. Having the ability to stop formal lessons and spend that time working to help my child get over something that is tripping them up is priceless. As is being able to adapt or even change curriculum to make it work for each child.

Natalie

says:

Homeschooling allows me and my children to work together at their own pace. I love how the All About Reading and Spelling curriculum is designed to adjust for each childs learning ability.

Shannon Rice

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to individualize my children’s schoolwork to the extent that I can make sure they master a subject before we move on.

Anne

says:

I love being able to meet my kids at their actual level of achievement, not just a collective class level.

Katherine Gomez

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to individualize my child’s learning mostly through pacing. Subjects that he picks up on fairly easy can be covered quickly while other subjects (reading and spelling) may take us longer to get through. We are not confined to a rigid schedule ie. 30 minutes per day of math, 30 minutes per day of reading as a standard classroom is. Also, a big part of instruction is activating prior knowledge. In a classroom setting, the teacher has to guess or assume what students have experienced. As a homeschooler, when we come across a topic unknown to my son, we can jump up and explore it either online, outside, at a museum, etc. We are not bound to the confinement of a classroom.

Jess

says:

I have a 12 year old that struggled with reading and was 7 before he could read his first book. My 10 year old started reading at age 4 by listening to her older brothers reading lessons. My 6 year old cannot hold still for longer than 2 minutes and doesn’t even want to learn to read and is taking it very slow. My 4 year old is begging me to teach her to read so she can read her books by herself. I am so glad that I homeschool, because otherwise I would not be able to work with my children’s learning styles and personalities.

Lisa

says:

Homeschooling gives us the freedom and flexibility to work at our own pace. My 7 yr old is most likely dyslexic and he doesn’t need the added pressure of public school. He loves learning and he’s making progress, while keeping his self-esteem.

Carrie

says:

Been looking at this program for a while. I really think my daughter would love it

Clara

says:

I am looking forward to starting homeschooling my rising 3rd and 4th graders this coming year! Plan to you All About Learning products.

Maryjane

says:

Looking forward to using this in the fall!

Georgia

says:

I started homeschooling for several reasons: to allow my child to learn at his own pace, to insert more classical reading into his curriculum, to provide a greater variety of resources from which to learn, and to allow us more flexibility in our day. We both love homeschooling!

Kristina Best

says:

I am still trying to figure all of this out. I am clueless.

Suzanne Delgadillo

says:

I like homeschooling because I can go as slow as I need to.

Linda

says:

I love how homeschooling has allowed me to go as fast or as slow I need to with my children. Some children need more time and repetition in order to understand and others grasp it immediately. Being able to slow things down or speed things up as needed has helped is so much.

Kira

says:

I started homeschooling precisely because my boys were falling further and further behind in reading and spelling and I didn’t see them ever catching up without an extreme amount of stress. We have used AAR and AAS this year and it has been incredible to see how much they’ve both grown. I love that we are able to clip along quickly over the stuff that my 3rd grader already knows, but spend as much time as needed on concepts he hasn’t mastered yet.

Stacy

says:

i have children with very different learning styles. Homeschooling allows me to change the curriculum to fit their learning styles. I can slow down or speed up a lesson as needed. We can choose to go in more depth with topics we are enjoying.

I have been wanting to try All About Spelling with my children!

Rachel

says:

I was drawn to homeschooling by the idea of being able to tailor my children’s education to their needs. I didn’t want them to be bored with learning and not challenged or to be lost in a class of 25 kids. AAL curriculum have helped make our homeschooling experience much more fun for all of us! Spelling is my second grader’s favorite subject!

Michelle

says:

We have been using AAS for 2 years now. I love that we can move at a pace that is just right for my daughter. It is so easy to spend more time on harder steps and easily complete steps quickly that she grasps the concepts of right away.

Susan

says:

We cover what we need, just when we need it…and then move on!

Lisa Fuls

says:

Homeschooling has allowed me to individualize my children’s lessons by going at their own pace. If they get it, we move on. If they need help we can take as much time as we need so that they understand.

S wilson

says:

The individualize spelling format helps the children work on their level at their own pace.

Katy S.

says:

Homeschooling has been such a blessing to our family! Being able to customize how, when & where we do our lessons has allowed my children (prior public-schoolers) to really grow & stretch academically.
We had started with a more traditional spelling & reading curriculum that was similar to public school, I realized very quickly how many issues my children had with this approach. So thankful we were able to switch around to find what works for them. :)

Janelle

says:

I love that we can move at the pace that works for each child – not having to wait for all the kids in class or moving on before the subject is understood

Lydia R

says:

I’m afterschooling instead of homeschooling. It’s great being able to breeze through or slow down concepts/lessons as appropriate.

I’ve purchased Levels 1 -3, but it’d be nice to have another Level 1 kit for my twin goddaughters.

MiCa

says:

Homeschooling has allowed us to move at the pace that my son is comfortable with. We can get out our wiggles between subjects or wiggle during our lesson if it allows.

Mandy

says:

It lets me know where my children stand as learners and what pace is appropriate for each of them. They all learn in different ways and as a homeschooling parent I can address each of their needs separately and give them the one on one learning that they wouldn’t necessarily get in a normal classroom setting.

Julie

says:

I would love to be able to use this curriculum with my two girls next year. It seems to be very flexible- and I like that.

Dena Johns

says:

In my 9 years of homeschooling, I have learned what kind of teacher I am, and what kind of learners each of my children are. And, all of my children learn differently. And, that is one of the reasons I LOVE homeschooling! I can tailor my teaching and curriculum by the way they each learn. I love how All About Spelling allows me to teach one with lots of hands on practice, and another one with much less. It works great for every learning style!

Heather Norris

says:

Homeschooling is a wonderful way to individualize or sons educations. He’s an advanced reader for his age yet he lags in mathematics, so we teach exactly what he needs when he needs it!

Dawn Murdock

says:

I was told about AAS by my kid’s homeschool evaluator. My kids were struggling with spelling. AAS has put fun back into spelling. We do the review with both kids at the same time alternating who tells me the answers. My kids love to competing with each other. Doing this also makes the lesson seem shorter to them.

Dawn Sodini

says:

This would be very helpful for my 7 & 4 year olds! My mother tutored Orton Gillingham for many years so I know the power behind this program!

Brandie Sievers

says:

I have had a chance to look at this spelling in depth and I think it would great for my daughter.

A.Smith

says:

I like that I can incorporate just about anything into a lesson. I can go outside and use nature as a teaching tool or I can stay inside and use items around the house. Anything goes and that’s what I love.

Lydia Hostetler

says:

Individualization has been a great thing. Each one of my four children have a different learning style.

Brianna

says:

Our oldest two are homeschooled after a disastrous kindy year in public school. Our oldest is working far ahead in many subjects, and can’t do that effectively in school. Our middle child is dyslexic and has SPD, which makes a lot of things about “traditional” school hard for her. Homeschooling allows us to work at their pace, tailored to their interests, and working with and around their unique challenges both good and bad. I honestly don’t know how else they’d get a proper education if we didn’t customize everything we did!

Robin

says:

We have been using AAS with our daughter and AAR with our little ones. We absolutely love it all! One of the things we love about homeschooling is being able to work together for some subjects, but having the flexibility to individualize other subjects!

Katherine

says:

I love homeschooling my babies, for the flexibility and the ability to tailor their education to their needs!

Marilois

says:

Homeschooling allows me to meet the learning needs of each of my children. If we are learning a concept that they just can’t quite grasp, we can spend time on it until they get it. If we need to only focus on math one day, it is OK because the next day we may need to just focus on reading.

Cristina

says:

That’s the beauty of homeschooling! Going according to our children’s pace. I have one who concentrates well, even with some little noises, but another who doesn’t need to have any noise around to get distracted! his own pencil is a distraction. We do lot’s of writing b/c he needs it, but sometimes we do it orally instead of filling his papers, and it works.

Joan S

says:

My children need this!

Kim

says:

I’m looking forward to starting our homeschool journey this upcoming year. Being able to pick out different curriculums for each subject is exciting because we’ll get to excel in the things they enjoy learning. Can’t wait!!!

Tanya

says:

I am able to go at the pace that my son needs.

Amanda Depablos

says:

I am able to teach at the rate in which THEY learn in the way they learn! No forcing to learn something to meets others standards

Valerie

says:

I am looking for a new spelling program next year. this is promising.

Shawna

says:

I look forward to hearing more about this program. Right now we are focusing on “guess and go” spelling and on his sight words.

brandy dominy

says:

I love that I can move at my sons pace and incorporate things he loves to help him learn and understand problems better! Im so lucky and blessed to be able to homeschool him.

Heather Formaniak

says:

We have not started homeschooling yet but, we have started doing our own curriculum in addition to public school.

Jocelyn Wofford

says:

I really like how AAS lets me tailor the lesson to my daughter. She likes to do anything on the white board so using the letter tiles lets her do that. I sometimes let her write her spelling words there too. I really like the level of review. Sometimes we may spend an entire week on one lesson if that’s what she needs. AAS lets me do that easily.

Koyla Kruse

says:

I have just started All About Reading with two of my children, so I am not able to give comment. I have a fellow homeschooling friend who has asked me about the program for the specific purpose of a spelling curriculum, so I am going to pass this info. to her. Thank you very much.

K. Kruse

Lynae Yankee

says:

I love this program. We have done level 1 and 2. Hope to win!

Christina W

says:

Individualizing pace; interests; and shoring up weaknesses is one of the major reasons that our family is choosing to homeschool. Thanks for the explanation of scaffolding as it applies to spelling.

Mel

says:

I love being able to customize what my children learn. All three of mine learn at different speeds. With homeschooling I feel that we can go quickly through stuff that they have no trouble with. Things they have trouble with we can spend more time mastering that information.

Rachel c.

says:

I love that homeschooling allows me to adjust learning to our individual child’s levels. Our “slower” learner can learn at his pace without feeling pressured to keep up with other students. And our “faster” learner can just keep going without waiting for classmates to catch up to him.

Rebekah

says:

Homeschooling has made it possible to tailor school to be fun and educational. We can go as fast or slow as we need to!

Kathryn

says:

Homeschooling has enabled me to know my children’s strengths and struggles quicker. It also allows the ability to try different resources that fit their learning style.

Schelly P

says:

My son is severely learning disabled. Homeschooling has allowed us to go at his pace, 1 skill at a time until it is mastered.

Michelle

says:

I think you are amazing for taking the time to write this curriculum. I do believe every child is different, having 8 myself, which requires intense planning to help each reach their own potential in every aspect. Spelling is one of the area which none of my boys loved studying, though they are competent spellers, but the girls do. Thank you again.

Nicole

says:

We homeschool to allow our daughter the freedom to pursue what really interests her, while still getting the basics under her belt.

Lisa

says:

I am excited to find this program. Will be using it for my 3 kids :)

Jaime Schmidt

says:

As someone who has never been a good speller; I am not only looking forward to teaching Kindergarten and 2nd grade at home, but also learning better spelling rules for myself!

Shelly C

says:

I can’t wait to use All About Spelling with my son! I think it will be the perfect fit for him!!! Thank you for publishing such an amazing program!

asha merkes

says:

Love this program it works for my auditory daughter.

Melissa Bourn

says:

We are getting ready begin and are working to find the right program for our 11 year old and 9 year old. Super excited to start.

Beverly Butts

says:

We love All About Spelling. My daughter always wants to do spelling first. She is a visual learner so the flash cards and tiles really help.

Cassandra

says:

My special needs child is a visual spatial learner and homeschooling allows me to teach him the way he learns instead of teaching the teachers how to teach him :) Thanks for the opportunity!

Kristy

says:

I love that I can move at my child’s own pace. My oldest needs lots of review and to see things in many different ways, so we move slowly, taking a week for each step. My middle kiddo is more of a natural speller and zips through 2 or more lessons a week. I love that I can use the exact same program and make it fit both of my kids!

Stephanie Craig

says:

My boys have too much energy to sit still all day. Homeschooling allows me to let them stay active and learn at the same time

Sara Borden

says:

Thanks for the suggestion of using letter tiles. I think that might help my “right-brain” learner, who is not having as easy a time of it as my other children.

lisa

says:

I have a house full that would really benefit from this curriculum!

Carol Woods

says:

I have 4 kids, each with their own challenges. I love that I can give each of them what they need!

Mary

says:

I have just started homeschooling my 2 sons, 1 with mild autism & ADHD. I am so thankful the Lord has led us to do this, though it has been a bit overwhelming. I love seeing them get excited to learn things and am learning myself that learning doesn’t have to be the model that the government set up but I can train them in the way they should go. In fact, they have learned so much just through curiosity. I have not used this curriculum before but had it recommended to me for 1 of my struggling spellers. I would love to try it out.

Alison

says:

I love how individualized we can make our children’s education! We aren’t confined to “grade levels” and can move at our own pace – no need to hold back or rush through. And we can ditch what doesn’t work! I’m excited to start AAS for this reason – our previous attempts at spelling methods/curriculum have failed and we are free to try a totally different method.

Nancy Clelland

says:

I am new to homeshool! A good friend of mine introduced me to your “All About Spelling” and has highly recommended it to me for my Spelling curriculum. It will work perfectly because I can tailor it to both my Kindergartner and my 3rd Grader. It is very structured and very well laid out and also easy to follow. Thanks for this exciting giveaway!

Rachael

says:

We are able to use the child’s interests to make learning fun rather than just something to get through.

Haelee Wallick

says:

I love that we can explore things that my sons really want to learn about.

Carrie

says:

Homeschooling has been such a blessing for us. The flexibility has been great. With me and the kids in NJ and my husband working in NC since September, there is no way traditional school could work for us. I love that I can take the time to work with each child individually. Peyton needed more practice reading, so we took a break from everything else for a while and focused on that. I love the concept of All About Spelling and believe it would be a great fit for us.

Kelly Fell

says:

We love All About Reading and now have started using All About Spelling and we Love it! My son used to dread doing reading and spelling but now asks to do those subjects first! What a blessing!

Regina

says:

I have 3 very different children with varying learning styles. I have been building their spelling manually for the last year and can see how using All About Spelling could help me to meet each of their learning styles.

Susie Rothwell

says:

We are on lesson 4 of All About Reading level1. I like how it is allowing me to move at they pace of my grandsons ages 5 and 7. They do not need to sit still and pay attention to learn their lesson which is helpful for two active little boys. We have the dry erase board propped up on the floor. I let them help me use the alphabet tiles to make words. Letting them help to manipulate the tiles is keeping them engaged. I have been able to break the daily lesson into two parts, doing the activity worksheet later in the day. I am very pleased with the program.

zekesmom10

says:

I love that I can teach the same thing to my boys where possible, only changing grade levels if needed.

shauna

says:

More than anything it allows my son to learn in his own way, whats more comfortable for him without being a distraction to other kids.

Angie

says:

My son really needs the extra time we spend on spelling. I think he would really benefit from knowing the rules to spelling.

Cindy

says:

We LOVE the Spelling Level 1!! I have twins who are on the autism spectrum and a son with ADHD and this is a perfect fit for us!!!

Jennifer

says:

I have 4 children and each one learns so differently. I love that I can choose curriculums that work best for how they learn and that I don’t have to use the one size fits all mentality.

Ryan Roth

says:

My son decided to mentally “check out” by the end of kindergarten in public school. It was quite the challenge to get him to like spelling again. But All About Spelling had made it fun again for my son. He loves it!

Jen DeLong

says:

We’re going to start homeschooling next year, with a kindergartener and a second grader. I’m so excited about being able to customize the spelling lessons because both of my girls learn so differently! It’s nice to not have to buy a whole bunch of different types of curriculum for the same subject.

Cathy Taylor

says:

I love homeschooling because I can customize our children’s education. They are all so different and they can receive what they need at home.

yasmin

says:

I have 3 I homeschool, each have a very different approach to life and learning!

Jessica W

says:

I love being able to help my kids one on one with exactly what they need. Not everyone is alike and with homeschooling, I don’t have to teach that way either.

Kim W

says:

I have two children and they both learn in different ways. Homeschooling has allowed me to cater to their individual learning styles.

Shalonda

says:

We are just beginning to homeschool but are excited about being able to choose a curriculum
Suited to our child.

Stacey

says:

I love the explanation of what scaffolding is…never thought of it that way but makes sense now!

Robyn C.

says:

Looking forward to using All About Spelling next year with my first grader.

Juli vrotney

says:

Homeschooling each child of ours helps me to know what he/she is understanding and what we need to work on…or set aside for a later date. Also it allows my children to explore whatever they are most interested in.

Mariah

says:

Homeschool has opened my eyes to the variety of learning styles and ways of teaching them. For my daughter in 4th grade, it has worked out best to do studied dictations out of the literature she is reading. Any words that she misspells, we study {what rules can apply to this word?}, and I use that as her spelling list once we reach a certain number of them. For my son, however, I think a program like AAS would be right up his alley. He is very much a hands-on, constant review type of learner. It is very interesting to see the differences in how I teach each subject just in my own home! :-)

Karen Origer-Greco

says:

I can tailor my son’s curriculum to his needs and set the pace that works best for him.

Rachel C

says:

We are currently using AAR Level 1 with my August birthday 1st grader. Homeschooling has turned out to be really beneficial to her because she is mature and advanced in some areas and struggles in others.

Jenni N

says:

Individualizing is the main reason we homeschool!! My son is an “out of the box” kiddo and is thriving. Would love to add this!! Thanks/

Kim

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Looking forward to trying this next year!

Jennifer S

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Homeschooling has allowed us to do much of the work orally for my very reluctant writer. We can work at the pace needed to master the material rather than finish before an arbitrary date on the calendar.

stevie

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My children learn quickly and I love that we can move at their pace!

Tamra

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We’re still pretty new to homeschooling but we love the freedom to do things at our children’s pace and in ways that work best for them. Each child is so different that it just makes sense they would learn different and may need to be taught different.

Mariejkt

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It helps us be able speed up and slow down as need.

Jess McCarthy

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Homeschooling has enabled me to let my children be at whatever level they are learning- working ahead if they are grasping ideas quickly or slowing down when they need help. We can just BE where they need to be. :)

AM

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I love All About Spelling and how well it fits the needs of my children…so flexible!

Dora K

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Making the lessons individualized for each child is one of the reasons I love homeschooling so much! My kids are all so different. One size definitely does not fit all!

We individualize in every subject, my daughter doesn’t fit into any particular grade level so we have to adjust every curriculum. In many areas we have to speed things up and skip most of the review. In others we need to take it slow. All about Reading/Spelling has been a great fit for her!

Karla

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As a new homeschooling family, I love the freedom to explore what my child is interested in. Being able to individualize his curriculum has allowed us to work on a first grade math level, but still a kindergarten phonics/reading. Love the freedom it allows! Would love the all about spelling level 1.

Terri-Anne

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We can take the time that is needed to learn & integrate and the freedom to allow the integration to unfold at my son’s own pace.

Tish Neilson

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Homeschooling has allowed me to really learn each of my children’s individual learning styles and helped me learn what really works for each them so that they have a solid understanding of what we are learning b/c we are able to structure lessons in a way that really make sense to each of them as opposed to one cookie cutter way.

Gena

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I have discovered that I have a child who won’t learn as much if I don’t individualize for her. It’s essential.

Patty

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I have three children. My oldest struggled all the way through 3rd grade. Homeschooling allowed me to take a step back. I read up on learning methods and teaching methods and took it slow. If she was still struggling, I researched curriculum and tried something else.

My youngest is using All About Spelling. With him I have learned that he learns best by doing. He uses a hands on approach to math and spelling. He is getting the spelling foundation his sisters didn’t have. The repetition, kinesthetic hands on approach is making him more of a thinker and problem solver.

I have the freedom to teach each one in a way that works best for them. Homeschooling gives me that freedom and ability to “customize” learning. The one on one tutoring they receive from me is the best!

Heather

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My daughter is below grade level in one subject and above in the others. She can take her time and not be upset by low grades in her problem subject, while moving ahead in other areas.

Krista

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I feel I can meet my children’s individual needs with homeschooling.

kim t.

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by allowing me to go at the speed that we need and/or skip what we need to.

CJ

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I LOVE how homeschooling has allowed me to individualize all lessons for my kiddos. They can run through 10 lessons in a day sometimes. And I don’t beat myself up if we have a day of “nothing scripted.” It’s wonderful.

Angel

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I have to say this homeschool adventure is one I wish I would have started sooner. I have been able to give my kids what they need exactly how an when they need. The growth I have seen I would have never imagined if we had stayed in public school. All of you homeschool moms that blog have been so inspiring and encouraging!

Jennifer

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With homeschooling and hybrid schooling, I have the flexibility to work academics into the things my son naturally loves, which means he has more fun learning and schoolwork is more of a pleasure for both of us than when I need to use curriculum-dictated lessons.

Alison Roedel

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I love the All About Spelling program. I am currently using it with my preschooler, and he’s learning so much!

Krissy

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I am able to go at each child’s individual pace and not try to fit them in to some curriculum writer’s schedule.

Nikki

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It took me a couple years of structured curriculum before I was able to find what works best for each of my kids — individualized lessons make it more fun for me, too, because I can see the progress they feel daily! :)

Stephanie Boyd

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My daughter is not a natural speller, but she loves to read. Homeschooling has allowed us to slow down and review spelling concepts, not just memorize words. AAS is perfect for her, we love it!

Jenni

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I am excited to try All About Spelling! So far, I haven’t had to tweak much in first grade but as we move forward I feel spelling and math will be tricky. My oldest is a hands-on learner so we do more moving around and keeping little hands busy.

Liz

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Homeschooling has allowed me to let my kindergarten son do 2nd grade math :)

Monica Ferrell

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VERY excited to look into this. What a great idea!

Amy

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I would love to try this with my girls!

Melanie

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I have a very active boy who would probably be identified as ADD in public school, allowed to roam or busy hand work while listening to lessons.

Danielle

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It lets me pause my 4th grader’s math to focus on multiplication facts when she is having trouble doing said math due to her insecurity with her knowledge of multiplication facts.

Kristi Winings

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I tweak everything. If my kids are interested in a topic we dig into it. I tried a curriculum that told me what to do each day of the week and I felt too controlled and then I felt behind. When curricula are set in lessons that progress without dates attached to them it frees me up to spend several days on one lesson or do several lessons in one day if those topics are review. We love history and have spend days now on the French-Indian War. I’m pretty sure I never learned about it growing up and I am pretty sure that the 9, 7, and 5 year old counterparts in public school are NOT spending over a week on the topic. My kids are enthralled and are re-enacting each step of the war in their FREE PLAY. Isn’t that absorption what we are striving for. All About Spelling allows that flexibility and provides the tools for that mastery without making me feel micromanaged but without requiring me to go research and pool resources. We love your program!

Marie Rippel

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Kristi, one of our biggest priorities is fostering a sense of learning, so naturally I loved reading about your kids’ reenactment of the French-Indian War! Thanks for sharing!

We enjoy homeschooling our kids are at different levels and they learn at different paces so we can focus on what each ones needs are. We also they to teach our children how to help one another in different areas of learning it works great for each one and they are bonding at the same time.

Tabitha

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Love the opportunity to individualize my child’s education and make it more meaningful for them!

Christina

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My grade one child is very creative so homeschooling has allowed her to spend a lot more time on her creative projects.

Jen

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There are so many fun things to add to the lesson when you’re home. Let’s get out the shaving cream, sensory trays and have fun while learning!

Traci

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Best learning environment decision I ever made. We can work at our own pace which is often faster than at school and we can do much more hands on learning.

Sarah TerMaat

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Homeschooling has allowed me to slow the pace down and tailor it to my oldest daughter’s needs. She really struggles with spelling and we have yet to find something that works well for her. Hoping to try All About Spelling next.

Rachel

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Love this!

Charla

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I homeschool my kindergartner and I love that we can work on learning to spell words that she uses often in her journal and other writing. We also have the flexibility to do lots of hands-on spelling activities.

Joy

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My daughter is a kinesthetic learner and was having a lot of trouble in a traditional class setting. Everything was catered to a visual or auditory learner. Of course, spelling and math facts are still very important. We have had to learn new was of memorizing and learning. She has blossomed over the last year as she has learned new was to teach herself.

Rebekah

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I have been schooling our 2 girls at home now for 4 years. It has been a wonderful growing experience for my entire family, filled with plenty of ups and downs. What I have learned through the years is to tune in to the individual needs of our daughters. I have realized that quality of time spent doing a project is far more important than checking everything off my list for the day. I have learned that it’s ok to stray from the manual to do projects and lessons that interest the girls. We definitely have a schedule and I try to keep us on track as much as possible. But it is a guideline and I leave plenty of room to stray when needed. Homeschooling has taught me so much about myself (strengths and weeknesses) and it has been exciting to see our daughters love and knowledge of the LORD grow and their own excitement for learning! The hard days are definitely overshadowed by the good days! I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!! May God Bless each one you on your own homeschooling journey.

Tammy

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Looking forward to starting spelling with my little one this year! I’m excited to try your program!

Amelia

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Homeschooling has given me the opportunity to work at my daughters pace. She is only 4, yet working on 1st grade. It had been fabulous so far!

Shannon

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I would love to try this curriculum! Love that you can keep on one list as long as needed.

Kelly

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I love homeschooling for the many opportunities I have had to individualize learning for my children. Both children I teach are gifted but they have different challenges that need individual attention.

Ellen

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This was our 1st year homeschooling (my daughter is in 2nd grade). What she and I both love is that as soon as a concept is mastered we can move on. This has allowed us to go pretty quickly through our curriculum and our school day. She has commented multiple times that she is so glad to be homeschooled because when she is done with something she can just move on to the next thing instead of having to sit & wait for the rest of the class to also be done.

Robyn Loew

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I love being able to individualize our spelling lessons. I feel that it is important to spend the time on spelling lessons that each child needs. Doing this instills the importance of spelling words correctly and hopefully helps to create a joy in taking the time to spell words correctly.

Libby Inglett

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I would love to win this! I have heard only great things about this curriculum. I have been homeschooling for 20yrs and still have 3 kids under the age of 8 at home, in addition to a 12, 15, and 18 yo. Haven’t ever found a program that I like…

Maria

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I love that with 5 kids homeschooling we have the freedom to learn a lot together as a family while also teaching each child the basics at his or her pace.

Terri

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I have twins, of course in traditional school all their work would be at the same level, but at home I have time to work with them individually and give each one what they need. I have used all about spelling with one to help her really understand spelling better.

JodyLynn

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We have Level 1 of All About Spelling and it is the only program my struggling reader/speller asks to do!

Antoinette

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My son is an avid reader at 5 and he really wanted to learn how to spell. He wants to write and feels spelling is something he needs to know. But he is also 5 and not ready to sit still and have long protracted lessons. Homeschooling has allowed me to give him bits and pieces and as he is ready and can handle it. It prevents frustration but is giving him early exposure to the things he will need.

We use the dictation part of AAS as part of our handwriting work as well. Allowing us to tackle both at one time and not frustrate my little learner.

mandy nelson

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My son likes to DO things as he listens & learns. My daughter likes to read ahead & explore topics more indeprh than the curriculum calls for. Homeschooling allows us the flexibility to teach as the kids need to learn.

Linda

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I am finally having both of my younger kids tested for LD’s and they both struggle with handwriting and spelling. I am hoping to find a way that will be successful for them to learn spelling (without the use of spellcheck!!)

I just found your site and love it. Being a homeschool parent allows us to create a program that suits our child(ren) as individuals. Your program is the perfect layout to do so. Thank you!

Ray

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My son can work at his own pace and level and I can use a variety of sources to tailor the curriculum to his needs.

Kari

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I love my homeschooling my children. I love the flexibility and that I can teach each child at their own pace. I love that I know what my children are learning EVERYDAY!

Beth Perea

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Love how homeschooling lets each child learn at their own pace!

Sara K.

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I think that it helps because we can make sure he is strong in all areas not just the memorization of spelling, but the rules behind them.

Joede F

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I love being able to individualize my lesson plans for each of my children, that is one of the few benefits of homeschooling. I have been able to take a struggling learner and focus on one key area until I figure out how the child learns it best and have been able to quickly jump through the lessons that a different child understands without any additional teaching.

Michelle T

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I love being able to take time for harder things and getting through easier things quickly. And different things have been harder and easier for each of my kids!

Revvy

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I love being able to specialize to each child. I have four and they learn so differently. I am so blessed to guide them through this journey of homeschooling.

Suzanne

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I love homeschooling for my twin boys, they are both so different. And it allows them to learn using each of their own strengths. Not by someone else’s rules. We learn how its best for them. And I love watching their faces when they just get something new, they love it!! :)

Elizabeth Neufeldt

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We’ve just started homeschooling, and it’s been wonderful. We love being able to fly through lessons that come easily and quickly, but take our time with topics that prove more challenging.

Coreena Detrich

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It is wonderful to be able to work with my daughter in the comfort of our home, at her pace so she does not miss a thing!

Jenna

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I like that I can customize each day for my children. If we go to an activity or destination we can include that in our lessons. It’s very helpful.

Katina Aleksander

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We would love to incorporate this amazing program into our home schooling program!

Beki

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My boys are opposites too and it’s exciting to see AAS work for both of them!

Angela N

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I have been able to speed through the lessons this year, knowing that my eldest has a strong beginning in phonemic awareness. I know however my youngest isn’t as strong and really would need the tactile activities which AAS provides within the lessons and needed to move at a slower pace. Both will come out with the firm grasp of the phonics rules regardless of what they were naturally inclined toward prior to starting level 1!

Nicole

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I’ve been using All About Spelling for the last 4 years with my children, and I love it. My boys were very phonetic spellers, and learning the ‘rules’ of spelling has really worked for them. They’re now onto level 4, my daughter is on level 2, and I’ll be starting my next son next year. Thanks

Kim

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I love that I can customize each subject and teaching method to each one of my kids. Homeschooling is perfect for us!

Meg

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I love that with homeschool my kids can do their lessons at different times of day. They are at the top of their game at different times and our schedule allows them to customize when us best or them.

Mom

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Each child has a curriculum just for them.

Heidi Smith

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Homeschooling allows my girls to all go at their own pace and allows me to choose curriculum that is specific to their learning styles and I love that!!

I am able to meet my children where they are and their individual needs and they can develop at their own pace – not someone else’s.

Bryana

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The flexibility is what I like the most. No two kids are the same.

Katy j

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Homeschool lets my kids learn at their own pace!

Jen5253 Range

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My kids have very different learning styles and I have been able to tweak curriculum to help them learn more effectively!

katharine

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homeschooling allows me to adjust the pace of our lessons to meet individual needs. you just can do that in a classroom of 30. love all about spelling. i can’t believe how much i am learning!

Sara

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I love that I can teach my children at their level – adapting lessons as needed – and my children don’t feel pressured to be at the same level/place as other children. They all learn in their own way and at their own pace.

Lisa

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Homeschooling was a life-saver for my family. I was able to challenge my daughter, who had behavior issues in the school classroom because she finished early and got bored. I was able to remediate my son, who had trouble on week after week of spelling lists. Today, they are above average when compared to other students their age in almost every subject! I thank GOD for homeschool and the ability to do it!

Trisha Fyfe

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I love the flexibility of homeschooling! We just started this year, and it’s a perfect fit for our family.

Stephanie Larson

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We love home schooling. I am able to go at my daughter’s pace, and focus on the things that interest her at the time. We don’t have to stick to pre formed schedules and standards that she might not be ready for. It is working really well for us.

Leana

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I find we can move faster through lessons and accelerate when needed. It’s also helpful to be able to customize topics to my children’s interest.

DailyWoman (Lacey)

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Homeschool has enabled me to individualize lesson for each of my kids. I have one son who has autism I can use different ways to teaching with him so he understands and stays interested. Plus I can move at his pace.

Tracy

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I love how we can individualize my children’s curriculum to help them learn. I love how All About Spelling incorporates the words they learn continuously through out the curriculum. Its not just a list of words and they never see them again. I’d love to be able to win a level of AAS.

Jennifer Malanga

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What a great insightful article.

Sarah

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I am grateful that I can homeschool because then I can give each of my children the attention they need because they are each so different from each other.

Shannan

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I would love to use this to teach my 6th grader He has struggled with spelling forever and it has embarrassed him many times. I have heard rave reviews about “all about spelling” and am thrilled to learn I may have a chance in about 5000 to win. It may make all the difference in the world to him. We love homeschooling bc it gives us the opportunity to learn in depth subjects that inspire him, presently, American History.

Kim

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Love learning at my child’s pace. Can spend more time on harder or favorite things. Love, Love homeschooling. My son has done fabulous with All About products!!

Erika S

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Homeschooling has allowed me to adjust to meet my child’s need. The memorize the list method for spelling did not work for him at all! Once that was realized off to look for a method that did. My oldest struggled with reading and I was able to work at his pace & even put it aside for a time since we homeschool.

Gia

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I just started homeschooling my 2 younger boys. We have tried so many different spelling curriculum and are at wits end. I tried a couple of the samples with them and they really enjoyed and thrived! I am hoping I can get the program soon!

Thank you for sharing an amazing program!

Kara S

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Homeschooling has allowed me to customize my child’s learning. He loves math so we can focus on that more, and sneak in writing, which isn’t a favorite :)

Michaela

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This is my first year homeschooling, so going out of the “recommended” has been limited. However, we have shifted almost every subject, either ahead or more slowly, to really solidify the ideas in her mind. It’s been interesting!

Nicole D.

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I love that you can start this program when the child is ready, it’s fun and I can move at their pace. When I started homeschooling, I was TERRIFIED of spelling because it is still one of my worst topics personally. I wasn’t sure how on Earth I would teach spelling when I struggle with it myself. I love that I’m learning along with her!! DD is a quick learner and I love that there are several examples there to practice if she needs them but we can skip doing all of them if she “gets it” and we can move on. Exactly what she needs. The lessons are short enough to hold her attention, even at age 4!

VIVIAN Mcwhiney

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I would love this , have been praying for a while for it !

Stacie

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Homeschooling has allowed me to customize each of my children’ lessons according to their interests. For example, my oldest is into all things “ancient Egypt.” It is too easy to incorporate a lesson on hieroglyphics after we finish up reading, or spelling, or even art.

Nancy

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Homeschooling has helped us to customize to our children’s strengths and weaknesses, including special needs

Crystal Morris

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I would like to win this. I bought it for my son, but I know a friend who could use it. :)

Suzanne

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I love being able to skip things we already know and spend more time on things we struggle with!

Cassy

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This curriculum sounds awesome! I would love it for my kids learning to read.

Cassy

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I love being able to individualize my child’s schooling because I can meet his needs with where he is at and offer materials that challenge him the way my son needs it.

kelly tillotson

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My two oldest children that are “school age” are COMPLETELY different learners. I can break up my day and focus on both of them and tailor lessons to their needs at their own pace…its been wonderful. I am grateful for the flexible scheduling homeschooling provides!
*kelly

Anna Watkins

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I would love to try this program with my 9 year old son, he is struggling with spelling. It is nice to be able to customize his different subjects in homeschooling!

Angelique

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I started homeschool a year ago and we had up and down moments. One thing we struggles a lot is spelling because it is our second language. The kids struggle with the rules and we hope to safe up so we can start with the program next school year.

Lisa

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I have a child with dyslexia and autism and another child with dyslexia and these obstacles has been very difficult in finding a curriculum that would work for them and although I have not gotten to buy this yet, I have used the free resources and it has made a huge difference as well as all the advice given on how to make it fit individual needs. Hopefully I will win this so I can get my autistic son to read more than just two and three letter words.

Melissa Bell

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My kids are both very different types of learners. They respond to very different activities. Homeschooling allows me to teach them the way they learn best!

Toni Mills

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Homeschooling has allowed me to use each of my sons’ strengths to help them learn, while working on their weaknesses. For example, I’ve been able to switch curriculum for my youngest to help him learn to read. I love that I can choose what is best for each of my kids.

silver

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My favorite part of how homeschooling can individualize my children’s education is that I can provide the correct level and pace. Whether my child is ahead or behind his grade level, I can meet him where he is at. And then I can match the pace to what he needs. Slow it down for the concepts he struggles with, speed it up for things that come easy.

Cara

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I enjoyed reading through this and am excited to officially start working on spelling next school year with my 5 yr old. I’ve already been using the all about reading curriculum and am loving it.

I just found out my son has dylsexia so I am trying to learn all I can to customize his whole schooling to his needs. At first I was very upset about all of it, but now it is fun and exciting to see the little lights come on when he learns something new.

Charene

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I can mostly just repeat what others have said…I like that with homeschooling we can determine what we feel is important for our children to learn, how to learn it, and when to learn it, and among our family WHO learns it. Not every concept in every textbook or teaching approach is needed for every child. We can spend more time character training and focus on family values as a large part of our schooling as well. You know your child and can make their school experience exactly what you feel is important and what you know they need.

April christmas

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I found that my daughter isn’t much of a morning person so we have opportunity to start later so that she can focus better.

Amy Said

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We are just starting out but keeping our individuality is one of the biggest benefits that we can see so far with homeschooling. My family is awesome and I love watching us grow into our natural selves!

Jessica Andrews

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Homeschooling has let me work with my children’s different learning styles and work at our own pace. It has allowed so much flexibility to work around my husband’s military schedules and the demands that it puts on our life.

Crysta Wolter

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Homeschooling has been able to allow us to individualize my daughters lessons by allowing us to move at her pace with things she might be a little slower to grasp but be able to move along with other things that she gets right away!

Stacie Miles

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My kids are 6 1/2 and 4 years. We are just starting spelling with my oldest who struggles with reading. I also struggled with both spelling and reading. I like homeschooling because I am able to work at my sons abilities. Your programs would benefits both my children.

Christy

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My children are exact opposites just like the article. It is nice to have a curriculum that you can customize!

Julie Hall

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We use the Pre-K and Level 1 Reading programs with our 4 and 5 year olds and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them, cannot imagine using anything else! There is the perfect amount of instruction and yet, we can individualize the pace when we need to. My kids never get bored or tired with this program, it has just the right amount to satisfy every sense of learning (and I have two totally different learners!) We would LOVE to bridge to the spelling programs next.

Allison H

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Homeschooling has allowed me to stop when something was not working or when the frustration levels have grown. My daughteri has very slow processing. When I add too much new information before she processes things, she starts shutting down. We reached a wall with this program and had to stop for a while. I think that she may be ready to continue. I’ve learned it is ok if I only complete half of a lesson in a day and have to return another day. That has been the hardest lesson for me to learn because I bought into the idea that I must complete a book within one school year or I am failing. We eventually get where we are going, it just takes longer and involves many more memorable rabbit trails.

Jen

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We love All About Spelling

Margaret

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I slow down or speed up the pace of our lessons according to my son’s ability. I also study subjects that are more in line with his interests.

Myranda

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This year will be our first year but I’m excited to figure out all the ways homeschooling will be great for our family!

Jenny

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I am not currently teaching spelling, but will be. I was a teacher before having my own children and LOVE every minute that I’ve spent researching and finding the “right” curriculum for my children. Since I have 4 children, I assume that I’ll be having to teach spelling 4 different ways. Individualization is the KEY for children to learn and be able to give their best. I love how All About Spelling and All About Reading hit the different learning styles so that I can reuse the curriculum with all my children and don’t have to find a new one for each of the children because of their different learning styles.

lisa amos

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I have a visual learner (show her once and she has it mastered) along with a “I need to touch it, feel it, roll on it, smash it, maybe taste it” kind of learner. I love that this curriculum, though we keep the pieces out of their mouths, caters to both of my learners. ( :

Marie Rippel

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Lisa, have you heard of our ABC Snack Series? Your “I need to touch it, feel it, roll on it, smash it, maybe taste it” kind of learner might love it:) Here’s the link: http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/abc-snacks/

amancia

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I like how we can double up and plow through lessons, or space them out, or take a day off, or work at the park, or school through weekends. I love that we are always to be true to ourselves!

Marie Rippel

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Amancia, I’m paraphrasing Mark Twain in saying this, but I’m glad that you’re not letting your child’s schooling interfere with his or her education! Kudos for keeping learning fun!

Daniela Bruce

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I teach my 9 and 11 year old at their levels and together. Just starting out my 5 year old on reading/sight words.
I love that they are each getting an individualized learning experience through homeschooling.

Megan H

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I love homeschooling my kids – we can go at their own pace. I have very active children, so we like to move around while we learn, and I feel blessed to be able to educate my children without them having to sit for unnecessary amounts of time – that would be so hard for them!

MichelleH

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I love the flexibility homeschooling gives us. My kids can work at their level, whatever that is for that subject. Often when you ask a younger homeschooler what grade s/he is in, the answer is ‘I don’t know’. They might be ahead in a few subjects, on track for a few, behind for a few. The number doesn’t really matter, which is why I love curriculum that isn’t labeled with a grade number, rather uses levels.

Marie Rippel

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You couldn’t have said it any better. The number, the grade-level, it doesn’t matter. What truly matters is what your child is learning, and how much they are retaining. When you teach to a child’s mastery level instead of grade level, the child can blossom!

Amber

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I find the only way for our family to learn how to spell was to personalize the lists and process. Spelling is not a strong suit for me or my kids so we need the time to relearn retrain and redo often!!!!

Jennifer Mathesz

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Homeschooling is the best way that I can make my son’s spiritual education front and center. Of course, this means I’m able to spend more time on things he struggles with as well.

Kim

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My son is very “rule oriented” with spelling. In public school, the word lists seemed very random. He appreciates a more blunt statement of spelling generalizations. It is helpful for him to have reinforcement with games (bingo, crosswords, letter tiles). Generally speaking, homeschooling has allowed us to challenge him in his areas of strengths and help him further in areas of struggle.

Felicia B.

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I have heard great things about your program and would love to win! Thanks!!

Catering to my children’s interests and learning styles has helped me plan their homeschool lessons.

Jocelyn

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My son needs a lot of individualization when it comes to his lessons. Homeschooling has allowed us to go deeper into topics he is interested in, spend less time on things he understands and learns quickly, and continue to make learning fun and something he enjoys.

Courtnee Held

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Homeschooling with All About Spelling has been a blessing to my son, who struggles with reading and spelling. With this program we have been able to learn at our own pace.

Elana

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Homeschooling allows me to go at each child’s pace. I have children who took to reading and spelling right away and children who needed some extra time to process these skills. It has been a wonderful blessing to be able to “fit” each child with the curriculum and time that they need to learn.

M Patton

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I am teaching my oldest child at home, and am glad to be able to teach him at his own pace.

Michele Amos

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Homeschooling has allowed my kids to work at their own pace. They can work as fast or as slow as they need to without having to worry about where the rest of the class is at.

Amber

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Being able to individualize is one of the most important reasons to homeschool. Having two kids who score in the traditional “gifted” range and two who have some learning issues means we are all about the individualization so everyone can be successful.

LN

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I love picking the best curriculum by subject for each of my three kids. I plan to start AAS with them next homeschool year!

Nancy J

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I have heard such good things about All About Spelling! I would love to try this on my soon to be K and 2nd grader. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessie

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I have 7 kids, 4 that I’m homeschooling, so it is so helpful to have new resources that can be used for all kids and that each one really likes!

We LOVE All About Reading and All About Spelling!!! I would love to win this!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Kevin

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Being able to individualize lesson plans was one of the big things that drew us to homeschooling. No matter what level each of our kiddos is at, we can give him the attention and direction he needs.