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How We Make Reading and Spelling Easy to Teach

I know you’ve got a lot to do in a day! And teaching reading and spelling should be one of the easier things on your list. That’s why our programs are designed to help you teach your children in the most efficient, effective way possible, with no fluff and no gaps.

With All About Reading and All About Spelling, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never taught reading or spelling before. The teacher’s manuals walk you through each step—with no previous experience and no special training necessary. You’ll be teaching like an expert from your very first lesson.

What Makes Our Programs Easy to Teach?

1. Open-and-Go Lesson Plans

All About Reading and All About Spelling were designed to be easy to teach right out of the box. I’ve done all the research and prep work so you can devote your time to teaching your child. Gently scripted lesson plans ensure that you’ll know exactly how to teach every single lesson with no preparation required.

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2. Adjustable, Mastery-based Pace

Our programs make it easy to adjust the pace of your instruction to suit your child’s developmental level and attention span. Both programs are mastery-based rather than grade-level-based, so students are placed in the program according to ability rather than age or grade level.

Mastery-based instruction plays a huge role in your success as a teacher. Since you aren’t restricted by grade levels, you can place your child in the level he needs. Your child moves on to the next level only after he has mastered the content in the previous level.

Contrast this with a grade-level program, where a child moves on to the next grade level regardless of whether the previous material has been mastered. This can set up a miserable cycle of defeat and frustration.

Can you see how mastery-based instruction allows your child to be successful as he grows in confidence and ability?

3. One Concept at a Time

Our lessons teach just one new concept at a time. This respects your child’s funnel—the amount of information your child’s mind can assimilate and put into long-term memory at one time. Overloading your child’s funnel only leads to failed lessons and wasted time, so we avoid that.

4. Teach for 20 Minutes per Day

We recommend teaching for 20 minutes a day. When the timer goes off, wrap it up for the day and place your bookmark in the teacher’s manual. Pick up there tomorrow. A lesson may take one day or two weeks, depending upon your child. That’s pretty freeing for mom, isn’t it?

5. Motivating Activities

Kids are motivated by the wide variety of activities, so there’s no more dragging your child through the lessons.

Making Reading and Spelling Easy to Teach - All About Learning Press

6. Focused On the “Why”

Our approach to teaching reading and spelling focuses on the logic of language. Instruction focuses on the rules, patterns, and concepts that teach children how to read and spell, so instead of relying on memorization, you’ll be helping your child understand how the English language actually works. Understanding the “whys” behind reading and spelling takes away the guessing that makes language so difficult for so many children and adults.

7. Support for the Teacher

Unlike many other Orton-Gillingham or Spalding-inspired programs, our program was written with the student and teacher in mind. Everything is clear and laid out just how you need it. There is no flipping back and forth between resources, no puzzling over instructions, and no confusion. You’ll know exactly what and how to teach.

With our programs, you’re never on your own. In addition to offering expert “Tips for the Teacher” within many lessons, I am also committed to providing you with all the help you need every step of the way. If you need help, just email us or give us a call!

With All About Reading and All About Spelling, you can teach your children with confidence. We’re so sure you’ll be happy, that we guarantee it. After all, “When mom isn’t happy, nobody’s happy!”

Which of these easy-to-teach features would make you the happiest?

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Nyssa

says:

I switched to AAR Levels 1 and 3 this year after using other programs that also teach the rules. This program is so easy to teach, and I like the easy-to-assemble activities. My two very distractable boys are flying through the lessons and enjoy the readers.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nyssa,
Thank you for sharing how easy All About Reading has been to teach and how much your boys are enjoying it.

Catherine

says:

We love All about Spelling. I am a homeschool mom and AAS is so easy to teach. I am also learning rules that I was never taught at school. Thanks for a brilliant program.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Catherine,
You are welcome. I have learned a lot of rules I never knew too!

Annie Rosas

says:

We just got our pre-reading set in the mail and opened it today. My daughter is so excited to get started! Thanks for putting out such a great curriculum!

Stephenie

says:

All About Learning has been a huge blessing for our family. Reading was difficult for my child and we tried several different programs with no success. After using All About Reading and All About Spelling, he is reading almost at grade level and his spelling is continually improving.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stephenie,
This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing his success with us.

Miriam

says:

This program sounds like just what we need.

Shannon Parker

says:

I am looking forward to getting started with this program!

Kim McNeal

says:

Love using both programs! Can’t believe I ever taught my older ones to read with AAR:) Looking forward to using all levels with my youngest.

Hannah North

says:

This program is amazing and has completely changed our entire homeschooling day–because it’s FUN! My second grader is a struggling reader and my kindergartener is just beginning so I started them both at Level 1. I feel confident now about the reading instruction I am giving them– I know I am giving my struggling reader the foundation I never gave him, and I know that I am starting my Kindergartener in the right program. The teachers manual makes the lessons so easy to teach, and best of all–my kids LOVE IT!!!! I cannot thank you enough!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hannah,
You are welcome! :D

Heather

says:

My first child learned to read with CLE and my second taught herself. My third is now reading cvc words, and I’m trying to decide what to use to teach her. Having five kids, I need something easy to teach, and quick!

Amanda

says:

I am so grateful for All about Reading!

Amy Cook

says:

We Love Love Love All About Reading !
We just started with Level 1 last year and are ready for Level 2. It has been awesome to see how much her confidence has increased thanks to this reading program !!!

Kristen

says:

Thanks so much for all the research and work that has gone into this program. I’m using it with 5 kids and they all enjoy it.

Alyssa

says:

You DO make reading easy to teach! I was unaware of many of the rules, and now I am a much more effective teacher.

funmilola ajayi

says:

This cool. Am interested

Tamie

says:

I have read so many of the emails from Marie Ripple that this sounds wonderful for my not so great speller. Hope to be able to try AAS soon.

Sarah

says:

We love both AAR and AAS in our house! Switched to these programs a few years ago and haven’t looked back.

Laurie Jonas

says:

I enjoyed this article. This looks like a super way to teach spelling.

Kelly

says:

I start to get choked up when I think about how much I love this company. A friend of mine just started her daughter in level 1 after I recommended it and they are loving AAR as well! My girls love their reading lessons so much that they never want to throw away any of the paper activities. I’m so grateful for the products you’ve created and the love of reading they are helping to build, but also for your customer service. Any issues I ever have are resolved over the phone so graciously. It is always such a pleasure to recommend AALP to others because I know they will never be disappointed. Thank you!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kelly,
Thank you! I’m going to share this with the entire AALP team!

archana

says:

Hi. I am a teacher in India and would like to purchase this product for the school. Can u please tell me where can I find this program and how much will it cost.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Archana,
I have emailed you with more information.

Heather J

says:

I was very impressed by the Support for the Teacher I received last week when I emailed to ask for a PDF of the Level 1 Progress Chart (First Edition) and a couple of other pages I had lost and needed to start AAR with my second child. Response time was same business day with exactly the pages I needed. Love the program and the support. Thanks All About Reading!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
I’ll let Merry know much you appreciated her!

Annie Bleuer

says:

I LOVE how easy AAR and AAS are! THANKS so much!

Jen S.

says:

My daughter has dyslexia and AAR has been great for her. She has made significant progress since starting this program.

Kim Fielding

says:

We’re using AAR pre-reading and Level 1. My kids love this program and so do I.

Gretta

says:

Our son has Dyslexia & Dysgraphia and we love AAR & AAS to help him gain the confidence he needs to master these skills.

Deann

says:

We love both programs for all of these reasons!

Nicki

says:

I couldn’t agree more with the setup and execution of this program. Teaching my kids to read is an honor and I’m so happy to have access to this amazing program! I look forward to the spelling program ahead of us as well!

Sonya

says:

Wow, only 20 minutes a day! I’m thinking about this for my struggling reader :)

Katie

says:

I’ve heard so much about this from other homeschool moms and I can see why! Really considering this for my struggling reader!

Amanda

says:

What a helpful read! Especially for a just-starting-out-in-homeschooling-mama!

Iqrab

says:

Beginning the homeschooling process with my little one and so glad to have found this amazing resource.

Yes, please! With two 7th graders, and a baby to juggle while teaching my youngest son to read this looks like a God-send! I love that there are no gaps. I wish I had this with my oldest kids when they were learning to read.

Regina

says:

Can’t wait to start this with my little one.

Anna C

says:

I think we’re going well with reading, but I like this option for spelling!

This looks great! I have all about spelling that I want to use with my oldest this year. :)

Caroline

says:

I feel like my kids are loving shorter chunks of daily work. That daily repetition seems to be huge in maintaining success. And my daughter especially loves learning the “why” behind what she’s learning!

Cassie

says:

I love the fact that this is mastery-based. I hate that we push all kids to be the “same” by putting them into one grade level simply because of their age; it forces the kids who could go further to wait for those who can’t and makes those who may not be quite up to the level yet feel they are stupid! Looks like a great resource.

After being confused by teacher instructions for Spalding programs, yet inspired by the effectiveness Orton-Gillingham’s research, I was VERY HAPPY to find what people were saying about ALL About Spelling. Finally it seems, ALL ABOUT SPELLING has taken the proven approaches of Spalding/ Orton-GIllingham, and made them easy to teach. AAS also apparently tells you WHY our crazy, inconsistent English words are spelled the way they are. I am using the qualifiers “seems” and “apparently” because I have not yet ordered or used ASS, but I am ready to buy, based on multiple reviews and the raving accolades of my friend who is the most thorough researcher of homeschool materials I’ve ever known. Since they guarantee their product, I’m pretty confident I won’t regret this purchase.

Tracy

says:

I would lie to try this with my struggling reader!

Melissa Hillberry

says:

Very good article!

Ann

says:

Looking forward to doing this

Heather

says:

We are loving our first experience with AAR! It almost seems too easy for me as the teacher. Just open and go. Perfect! And my daughter LOVES Ziggy!

Melanie Davies

says:

I have a 7 year old who really struggles with reading. I would like to look into this program more.

katie

says:

Thank you for the great ideas!

Bibi

says:

Awesome!Thank You for all these ideas and advices!

Megan

says:

Would love to try this program.
In the process of teaching my 6 year old son to read. I sometimes feel like I do think know what I’m doing.

Anina

says:

My kids LOVE this curriculum. They definitely find all the “why” rules comforting, because they aren’t guessing. Even with a new word they can use their knowledge to decode and figure out how to read it. The activities are so fun too. Often times they will want to go back and do them again later on!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Anina,
Yes! Knowing the why of English IS comforting. It’s not nearly the irrational language that some people make it out to be.

Rebekah

says:

This is so helpful. Really looking forward to getting started this school year!

jenny

says:

I have been working on the lessons with child and it is so nice to just open the teacher’s manual and go. I am surprised at the fluidity of the program and how wonderfully it flows for my child.

I am so grateful for this program! It truly is teacher friendly! Teaching my daughter reading before finding this program was a nightmare. But now she loves to read and her brother is well on his way, too! And there is no stress involved!

Tania

says:

Love our All About Reading and Spelling!

Heather Harvill

says:

All About Spelling has been a lifesaver for my struggling 3rd grader. He is the 4th of 6 children, and we have completely changed our spelling curriculum for the other kids to AAS.

Michelle

says:

I think I have found just what we need!

Katie

says:

I love the layout and helpful tips provided in the teachers manuals. The scripted lessons are a life saver and worth the investment! We love using AAR and AAS!

Laura Gosnell

says:

We just started using this program for my son who is struggling to learn to read and we could not be more pleased at how easy it is to use and how fun it is for him.

Stacy

says:

I would love to try this with my dyslexic children!

Amy

says:

I LOVE this program. I’m so impressed with the way it is designed. To be able to just open it and go without any preparation has been a huge time saver for me. Homeschooling 4 children takes a lot of time so when things are already planned it helps so much.

Nicara

says:

My oldest is one level two spelling and she is loving the jail for rule breakers.
My pre reader is loving all the rhyming games!

Stacy

says:

My boys love playing the rhyming games with Ziggy, and I love that they ask to do school!

julie

says:

Excited to begin AAR! I LOVE the guarantee.

Maria Lloyd

says:

Hope to win as this is the program we are going to use with my 5 yr old son this year!!

R G

says:

This looks like a very solid curriculum.

Wendy Thelen

says:

We have been using AAS for several years now and I am very happy with how teacher friendly it is.

Christy

says:

Excited to try this!

Kyra

says:

I wish I would have started with a program like this for my now 5th grader, we’ve struggled through the hard way.

Coral N

says:

Love AAS and AAR 😊
They make reading and spelling fun and interactive !

Natalie Kenny

says:

I love that lessons are so short!Ihave heard great things about AAR!

Morrighan Crowe

says:

Thank you. I am excited about #4. Teach for 20 Minutes per Day

We recommend teaching for 20 minutes a day. When the timer goes off, wrap it up for the day and place your bookmark in the teacher’s manual. Pick up there tomorrow. A lesson may take one day or two weeks, depending upon your child. That’s pretty freeing for mom, isn’t it?

Bridget

says:

Can’t wait to start!

Valerie

says:

Interested in trying this method for my up and coming 5 year old.

Jessica

says:

We have used all about spelling, and look forward to trying all about reading!!

kayla

says:

My daughter is a struggling reader and it is difficult to motivate her to do any sort of school work. I purchased AAS and she has been more engaged and willing to participate. This has been the best approach for her so far.

Keri Meyers

says:

We need a good spelling program.

Dakarai Gritts

says:

I hope to be able to try this.

Erica

says:

We look forward to continuing this year with All About Reading!

Robyn Burnett

says:

I just order AAR 2!! Looking forward to using it with my daughter this year.

joan green

says:

I’m eager for a system that can really teach Spelling. it’s the most troublesome part of the language curriculum. Iook forward to learning a lot from your program!!

Heidi Daily

says:

I will be teaching my daughter spelling this year, and this sounds like such a great and easy approach!

Erica Eastman

says:

I have used the first four levels of All About Spelling with my oldest two children. Spelling is their favorite subject! The content is great and my kids are becoming great spellers. But the part I love most about this program (and the wonderful blog posts) is that the approach and techniques are applicable in almost all other subjects too. I have tried to implement some of these in other areas. For example: review with flashcards, short frequent lessons, a reasonable progress reward chart, and multiple ways to reinforce new learning (tiles, oral, written, etc.). Our spelling and overall school have benefited greatly from AAS. I haven’t tried All About Reading, but with 3 more little ones to teach, I am still considering using it in the future.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Erica,
Thank you for sharing how you have applied aspects of All About Spelling’s approach to other areas of learning. This is really interesting, and I imagine it’s highly effect!

Olivia

says:

The spelling lessons really are open-and-go! Also, the reading activities are fun (some cutting out and stapling required); it barely feels like schoolwork!

Lindsay

says:

So helpful! We’re looking forward to using AAR this year! :)

Amanda Adams

says:

Have heard so many great things about these products.

Amanda

says:

Love that you have a video for this! so neat :)

Caroline Landon

says:

Thanks for providing a program that is so easy to use! My kids love it.

Shan

says:

Can’t wait to try this with my son. He has speech apraxia and other popular programs have failed but I’ve heard great things about AAR.

Maria Surratt

says:

Love all about spelling and have heard great things about other products. Would love to try.

Juli

says:

Praying the raffle copter lands next to my mailbox. I have struggling readers!

Priscilla Jindra

says:

I can’t wait to try this program with my daughter. I think the variety of activities will keep her engaged and happy.

Deanna

says:

This program is well thought out and designed!

Yetta Garwood

says:

We are so happy with all about spelling! Finally my kids are spelling and having fun!

Cassandra Smith

says:

My friend uses this curriculum so I can’t wait to try with my kiddos.

Diana Cote

says:

I have heard great things about about AAR and AAS and I think it would be perfect for my daughter who just turned 5 on Thursday. She’s already trying to read and spell out of her own initiative but when she struggles I have a hard time explaining and helping her. I think this could make all the difference. :)

Tami B

says:

I’m looking forward to starting this program with my struggling reader and beginning reader!

Amy

says:

This program is helping so, so many of my students! I absolutely love it!

Jillian Harrmann

says:

My children are young still, but I am looking ahead for when they are ready to learn how to read.

CM

says:

I have found this program very easy to teach & helped my son out tremendously. I will use for all my kids.

Trish

says:

This would be so helpful for my daughter

Dawn

says:

We started All About Spelling a few weeks ago and it is working fantastic with our struggling speller. We would love to try the All About Reading with our younger children!😃

Charlene

says:

We started using AAR last year and the kids love it! Looking forward to starting it with my youngest this year!

Jennifer

says:

The All About Reading curriculum sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it with my little one!

Amanda Madison

says:

I have heard so many great things about AAR. I would love to try it with my kindergartener and 1st grader this year!!

Adra Bouren

says:

Wish I had this with my older two children. Look forward to using it with my younger two!

Ashley

says:

Would love to try this with my kindergarten student this year.

Shelly

says:

My son has Dyslexia, this program’s methodical approach would be fantastic!!

Erica

says:

Want to try this as it seems to be a good method.

Tiffany S

says:

I love AAS! It works great for my 3 kids!

Stacy Secoy

says:

Awesome So Far he is enjoying it!

Kate

says:

Excited to start

vanda

says:

I like this concept.

Karen

says:

This curriculum has been amazing for my son. He saw a reading specialist this summer and when I brought her the curriculum to look it over she was blown away by how spot on it is!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karen,
This is great to hear!

Joy

says:

We would love to try AAR!

Baindu

says:

I’m looking forward to the start of the school year to use this program. I’m coming from an online school and like that this was designed with teachers in mind.

Ma Miller

says:

I look forward to trying this wonderful system with my youngest!

Emily S.

says:

Would love to give this a try!

Nathania

says:

About 20minutes a day —concept is really great to hear as it puts a weight off of my shoulders and no pressure when it comes to learning.

Leah

says:

Loving the AAR pre-reading program!

lindsey

says:

what a great approach.

Latista

says:

Im teaching my children (3) children all about spelling this year and so far we love it! I would love to try all about reading as well! I am already seeing a huge improvement in just a gew short weeks.

LeAnn Harbert

says:

This looks like a good teaching plan that will keep kids interested.

Brandi Vidrine

says:

I love the idea of a mastery based pace and 20 minutes of instruction a day.

Courtney

says:

I’m so happy that I found this program. My daughters have made tremendous progress in both reading and spelling since we started.

Christine

says:

Looks great! Would love to try this program!

Jamie

says:

I love the thoughtfulness. Variety, yet structured. 20 min lessons, moving on at child’s pace.

Jasmyne Wisniewski

says:

This looks great!! Love using AAS!

tasha

says:

I have no set program to help with spelling and reading so this looks really good.

Amri

says:

I love the small amounts of time required, what a great way to keep it age appropriate!

Sarah Wyglendowski

says:

I’ve been using All About Spelling for three years now and love it! So easy to open and go!

Angela

says:

Thank you!

Alea

says:

Loving AAR!!

Corie

says:

We love AAR!! It has helped my daughter tremendously!

Nicole

says:

So thankful for all your advice!!

Amber Schaney

says:

I’ve been using AAS with my son for the past three years and LOVE it!! I haven’t tried AAR yet, but hope to start it this year with my daughter!

Beth Prince

says:

We absolutely LOVE All About Learning Products. The AAS was the key that unlocked our son’s ability to read. He struggled for years and we started AAS in January (before he turned 8 in March) and he jumped to grade level reading in 2-3 months. He was attending reading intervention at our university and had been tested in November at level B. When he was tested after only 1 week on AAS, he tested at level G. He had been stuck at B for years. They said, “you must have worked hard over Christmas break”, but we explained the new program we were using and everyone was asking questions. Can’t recommend AAL sets enough! We are so thankful to have found them!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Beth,
That is amazing progress in such a little amount of time! Thank you so much for sharing your son’s success with us!

Sheena Cannon

says:

This is very food info! Love it!

Samra

says:

I would love to try this program as I have heard a lot of good stuff about it.

Erin Naeger

says:

I am excited to try AAS level 1 soon!

Katie

says:

Sounds like a program I need to take the fear out of teaching reading!

Christy

says:

I love AAS and would like to try AAR too! AAS is so easy for the teacher and explains topics so thoroughly for the students.

Ashley Sublett

says:

I hope we win!! Love this program!

Andrea

says:

This looks so exciting! My daughter loved watching some preview videos on Youtube and can’t wait to start.

Lori

says:

I used AAR Pre-reading with my oldest daughter and found it extremely user-friendly.

Rachel

says:

This program looks fantastic!

Jillian Fuller

says:

This looks like a great program, I would love to win this.

Elizabeth R.

says:

Looking forward to starting AAR with my oldest this year! With 3 little siblings I love the open and go aspect!

CHRISTIE ROACH

says:

Love AAS and excited to start AAR with my youngest!

Melissa

says:

We are loving AAR and AAR in our home!

crystal

says:

Great post, thanks!

Melissa Ferraro

says:

I would really love to win this program. I have children who could really benefit from it.

Katie W

says:

I am using various elements of your program with 4 kids, I am so grateful for all that I am learning right alongside them. The simplicity of the program makes it easy for me to use it at so many levels! Thank you!

Steph J

says:

I love that the lessons are quick and only take 20 minutes a day!

Nancy Stegner

says:

I love the idea of respecting your child’s “funnel”.

Lisa Donati

says:

I would love to implement this program at home

Kiesha

says:

Would love to try this program!

Laura A

says:

I think this program would be so helpful for my kids!

Mel

says:

I’m ready to use this with all 3 of my kids. Thanks for the article.

Jennifer

says:

Nice — but so pricey!

KBB

says:

My son loved AAR pre-reading! He especially loved the readers!

Muffet

says:

I have heard great things about this program.

Shannon

says:

Would love to win the AAR set!

Jessica

says:

Great info!

Gen

says:

My littles (and me) are LOVING AAR Pre-reading! I am excited for Level 1 and so hopeful to win it–thanks for the chance! :)

Melissa Capps

says:

All about reading is an amazing program! I have and would recommend it to other moms!

shelly

says:

AAS3, starting AAR1 soon.

A Crain

says:

I am currently working through AAR Level 1 with my first grader and AAS Level 1 with both of my boys. This is my first time using AAS and I’m hoping it’s the tool that will finally help my boys learn to spell!

Angela

says:

Have heard great things about this program. I have been wanting to try it.

Kelly

says:

My son loves this program

Melinda

says:

I love programmes designed to make our job easier

Kerri

says:

Great information!

Kelly Adkins

says:

I love all about spelling and reading!

Virginia

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I like that the program has everything in one place, you don’t have to gather various materials before you start. I look forward to starting something new with my girls. I have never gotten through the other program I used with my boys, but stuck with it because it was familiar. I’m excited to now try something new!!! I’m entering the giveaway…maybe I’ll win the Level 1!

kerranne Byrd-taft

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Thanks for this great product.

Mattie B

says:

I’ve heard this is the best program. Looking forward to using it with my boys as we start homeschooling this year.

Mary S.

says:

We have used All About Spelling for years. I would love to try All About Reading.

Katherine

says:

It is so refreshing to have the “why’s” spelled out simply for me as the teacher!

Samantha

says:

We love AAR Pre-Reading. Keeps my son engaged while he completes his lesson for the day, even those his mind always wanders.

Amber

says:

I’m all for making something easy! Thanks!

Diana

says:

I’ve read so many wonderful reviews of this program and would love to own Level 1 for my soon-to-be first grader. But, life happened and other things had to be paid for so we won’t be getting this program in the near future. Though I would surely love to own it.

Manesseh

says:

All About Reading & Spelling has been a huge help for us in our homeschooling adventure!! We love it!

Megan

says:

My favorite is that it’s open and go! With 3 littles lots of planning time just won’t happen.

Candice

says:

I love AAR Pre reading. I can’t wait to use level 1 with my son.

Emily

says:

Excited to start it this year!

Christine

says:

Love AAR’s focus on the why!

Lindsey

says:

I can’t wait to start AAR and AAS with my children!

Jen Jaquay

says:

Looking forward to using aar 1 with my son this fall!

Deirdre

says:

I love your programs! My youngest daughter used AAR 3 and 4 last year and both my girls have been using AAS. We are continuing AAS and I am going to use both programs with my son in the near future.

Julie Patterson

says:

My son would really benefit from this program!

Jamie Failla

says:

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Andrea McLaren

says:

I love the AAR and AAS programs – my children have dyslexia and these are the survival guides to our homeschooling success.

Heather Walter

says:

Oh my goodness. My son FLEW through AAR Level 1 and we’ve slowed dramatically since moving on to Level 2. I hadn’t considered using a timer to do our work. That’s a terrific suggestion I’ll implement today. Thanks for another great idea to help us keep it fun and engaging.

Martha England

says:

I love that we can just grab out bag of AAR and sit down and do the lesson. And my son loves it.

Christy Hockaday

says:

Can’t wait to try this out first year with my 6 yr old!

Jean r

says:

My daughter loves it so far!

Kristina Poehls

says:

😄

Marisa

says:

We have started setting the timer and taking a 5 minute break before moving on to our next task. It has changed our schooling time completely! My daughter applies herself more knowing she will have a break.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Marisa,
This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Jenni Jones

says:

I can’t wait to use AAR for both my boys (3.5yo and 5.5yo) – this appears to be the best curriculum option out there for us!

Kimber

says:

Can’t wait to get started!

My daughter loves the program and is doing really well!

Tonya

says:

We love AAR and AAS! It is super easy for our first-time homeschooling. Thank you!

Sharon

says:

I use this program for my 6 year old son. It’s easy to follow for me and he’s learning to read! It’s so fun to watch the process.

Melissa

says:

Can’t wait to start using AAR and AAS for my twins this coming school year

Nichole Burke

says:

So excited for this curriculum!

Tasha

says:

This looks amazing. Love that it’s multi sensory.

Kim

says:

Excited to try this curriculum!

Tanya Rohlofff

says:

Great Curriculum

Kaimaya Underwood

says:

I have all about spelling level 1 and I am so happy with the results I am using it with all three of my children.

Tia M

says:

The open and go element is so important to me. Our previous program took me an hour a day to get the lessons ready and organized for my daughter’s learning style and my teaching style. Our had been so much easier since 1st switched.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

An hour a day of preparation for one child for one subject? Yikes, Tia! I am very thankful AAR and AAS is open and go, as I have 3 children working in them currently.

Vesteen

says:

This looks like an awesome curriculum! I need a re-start and this looks great.

Jess Martin

says:

We just got AAS this weekend and my son already is begging to do *more* work!

I would love to try out AAR!

Crystal

says:

I love the teacher guides for All-about resources. They really aren’t intimidating at all.

Amber Clark

says:

This looks amazing. I have a hard time finding stuff for my daughter because it’s grade based but she moves so quickly and gets bored with overly repetitive learning.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amber,
You may be interested in this blog post about a dad using All About Reading with his gifted son.

SC Momma

says:

We have enjoyed All About Spelling!

Anna Helton

says:

This program came highly recommended, and I can’t wait to start it! I was very anxious about my ability to teach my child, but this program has eased my anxiety greatly.

Linda

says:

Would have been nice to have this with my older children, but, since I didn’t, I realize what a treasure it is. I tried some of those other, earlier , difficult to follow programs! Thanks for all your research.

Stacy

says:

My daughter has really struggled to learn to read even after faithfully using AAR for the past year. She can’t seem to remember the phonemes despite daily practice.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stacy,
How old is your daughter? What level of AAR are you using? Did you use the Pre-reading level with her first?

We are here to help you. Please contact with the details of your daughter struggles, and we will work through them with you. We are available here, on Facebook, through email, and by phone at 715-477-1976.

Karen

says:

Can’t wait to start

Brenda Greeley

says:

With all the wonderful reviews & fun format, we are so excited to start all about reading this fall!

Denise

says:

This looks like it would really help my child

Michelle

says:

I have used the spelling program for my older kids and I’m looking forward to using the reading program for my youngest.

Mom of 2

says:

I am always looking for fun learning techniques!!!

Maria Nelson

says:

My 7th grader has improved by leaps and bounds with your all about spelling program.
I never knew there was an all about reading program too! I hope to win and help my
son become a confident reader. It pains me to see him back out of bible study or boys
youth group because he knows there is reading aloud involved.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Maria,
Is it possible you could talk to the leader for the Bible study or youth group privately? As both a mom of kids that struggle to learn to read and as a Sunday School teacher and high school science co-op teacher, I know that students can fully participate and learn without having to read aloud.

Lord willing, All About Reading will get your son reading confidently quickly enough that reading aloud in public will no longer be an issue. However, even if that is the case, consider taking the leaders aside and talking about this issue with them. Approximately 34% of children struggle with reading, and their policy of having everyone read aloud is keeping young people from wanting to participate in their program. Sorry that this got a little personal for me.

J.F.

says:

Excited to be starting with the pre-reader program this fall!

Allison M

says:

My kindergarten daughter and I have been working through Level 1 – and it is truly easy to use and has been very successful so far. I was worried about teaching her to read and having gaps, but with All About Reading, there are none. We are 100% satisfied with our experience!

Olivia

says:

Hoping to start the HS journey this year with my struggling readers and a free awesome curriculum like this would be AMAZING!!!

Haley Chenevey

says:

I would love to try this program with my son who struggles a bit with reading

Heather

says:

I love the ready to go lesson plans. I struggle with starting a new program when I feel like I have to do so much prep/research before hand just to be ready to teach each lesson. This program has completely solved that problem for me!

Stefanie

says:

Would LOVE to win some curriculum! Starting school in about 2 weeks with my 6 and 3 year old!

Danielle C

says:

Excited to use this program this year!

Sara

says:

I love the idea of using a timer! I’m definitely going to try that.

Jenn K

says:

I’ll be starting AAS with my children in a few weeks. Thank you for this bit of encouragement and help before I begin!

Patti

says:

We use All About Spelling with all three kids-what a difference it has made! Thank you

Denise

says:

Love this approach and it’s ease of implementation.

Shannon

says:

Our family has completed Spelling Levels 1 and 2. Working on levels 3 and 4 this year. My daughter loves their approach at teaching spelling. She always get 100 on her tests and it makes her feel better. We are beginning Pre-reading with my middle child. Looking forward to trying the All About Reading version from this company.

Cindy

says:

I am hoping all about reading will make a diffetence for my daughter. She has enjoyed the few free exercises from your program already.

Kathy D.

says:

I have been using All About Spelling for years with children who are diagnosed with dyslexia and those who just struggle with spelling. My students range in age from Kindergarten through high school! When I first begin the program, I tell them to be patient, even if they “already know” something. Without exception, I’ve seen results! Thank you for this wonderful program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kathy,
Thank you for these feedback! Sometimes kids think because they can spell a word, that they know all about it. But it’s not always so! As an example, often kids can easily spell words like cat and kid, but have no idea why one uses C and the other K. Concepts like these apply to easy words and difficult ones alike.

Stephanie Sanfrancesco

says:

I really like All About Spelling. Would love to try All About Reading for my youngest!

Lisa

says:

I am so excited to start this journey with my son!

Karen

says:

Love AAR & AAS. I wish spelling were as gun as reading though – it’s all business with none of the fun games.

Karen

says:

I like the idea of one concept at a time so as not to overwhelm a student.

Jennifer

says:

My daughter who struggles with reading just took off with AAR and AAS. We are moving slow and steady. We run into frustration when I don’t set the timer and am focused on her “catching up”. Thank you for posts which remind me of the true goal.

Brenda Lloyd

says:

Since I am teaching my ADHD granddaughter how to read, the easy to follow lessons and especially the teacher manual and teacher tips with the flexibility to teach at our own pace sounds wonderful!

Tanya

says:

Sounds like an excellent program.

Kimberly

says:

Looking forward to helping my daughter with dyslexia. Thank you!!

Joni

says:

Looks like a great program … I can’t wait to use it.

Joni

says:

Spelling is one of the most important subjects to include in any curriculum.

Lisa

says:

Loving the pre reading program!!!! Can’t wait for start the level 1.

Rosy

says:

Hi
I’ve read a lot about your reading and spelling program for the past year. Is it only designed for home schooling? I’m interested in helping my 4th grader with spelling and want feedback about combining it with school curriculum.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rosy,
Our programs are used in classrooms and also for “afterschooling”, that is in the home around the student’s school day. I have emailed you a pdf document we have about using our materials for afterschooling.

Carisue

says:

Seems like a good solid curriculum.

Evi K.

says:

Thank you! Amazing products!

mohith prasad

says:

thank you

jamie

says:

I am looking forward to trying AAR with my 1st grader. I love AAS and have used it with my older two. Thank you!

Amy

says:

AAR & AAS really do make it easy to teach!

Sarah

says:

Great info thanks

Christina Morales

says:

I will be starting spelling with two this year. So that will be two in reading and three in spelling. I will be sure to have question with my dyslexic daughter.

I like the cumulative effect. I know that nothing had been skipped.

Michele

says:

We are starting first grade and we would love to try out AAR and AAS!

Amy F.

says:

My child and I will be beginning level 1 in just under a month! I’m so excited and love everything I’ve heard, read, and seen about AAR.

Susan

says:

This sounds GREAT! I’m so worried that my kids have gaps that make reading hard and I want to close them up. I think a program like this will let each kid close the individual gaps they have so that they can all succeed!

Deborah

says:

I am currently using AAR’s Pre-Reading program with my 6-year old son and we both love it! Ziggy makes the lessons fun and my son is now excited to be making reading connections on his own. I am really looking forward to what the future will bring. Thank you!

Deanna Sallee

says:

Thank you for this!! I have a bad habit of trying to finish what we are on, or get more done, even past when my kids are done. Thank you for the reminder!

Sierra

says:

Love your program! Thank you for all you do!

B.P

says:

My child and I alike love love love AAR! We are looking forward to the next level. We are so happy that there is no need to look into any other reading programs.

Anne J

says:

I love how easy AAR was for me to use with my oldest son this past year when I unexpectedly needed to teach him at home. Thanks for designing such a great program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Anne!

Tabitha Moon

says:

This program is so easy on me. I love the fun lessons and the low prep. My children are engaged and we find that they frequently want to go back and play certain skill games again!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tabitha,
Replaying the games and activities is a great way to review!

K.L

says:

My daughter loves AAS! I love that it’s open-and-go. At level 3 now, my daughter gets to do Writing Station which is a great way for her to practice writing sentences! Thank you.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

K.L,
My kids view the Writing Station as sort of their reward for completing a Step. It’s their favorite part AAS!

Cheri

says:

I’m going to use the timer this year. What a great idea!

Sheila

says:

What a great program! The “open and go” format makes it easy for us and the variety of activities make is so fun for the kids!

Min

says:

We are loyal fans of AAR and AAS here! My third child is flying through AAR-Pre now so soon we will be ready for the new AAR1. :)

Jody Reynolds

says:

I love how simple the lessons are! I struggle juggling two young children, work and health problems so I don’t have as much time as I’d like for preparing. I love that I don’t need much time for preparing these lessons!

Lenita

says:

Getting ready to start All Spelling for the first time tomorrow! We are excited!

Launa R.

says:

We’ve really been enjoying all about reading pre! My daughter catches on to the soggy games so fast! I’m glad she’s getting a solid foundation and then we’ll jump into level 1.

Dezari

says:

Awesome approach

Samantha

says:

I just recently received my All about reading materials. I’m excited to begin our new school year. I homeschool eight children. Three in the am and four in the pm. Three of the the children I teach are dyslexic. I’ve searched for a program that would benefit them. Can’t wait to dive in😊

Sarah

says:

We love all about spelling and would love to try all about reading!!!

Tara Bowlen

says:

Seems somple enough.

Sarah Hull

says:

I’m getting ready to start Level One spelling with my son and I’m really looking forward to it! I reall y like that it is an “open and go” program, that just makes it so much easier for me. Can’t wait to see how this year goes!

Leigh S

says:

I’m looking forward to using AAS 1 with my daughter this year. I am certain that it will ensure her spelling skills will become as strong as her reading skills already are!

Simah E.

says:

My girls love the activities and stories in AAR. I love how easy it is to teach!

Lauren S.

says:

We LOVE AAR and AAS. My 7 year old loves the activities in the lessons.

Tara M

says:

I’ve been preparing the all about reading level one and two for my children, and I am getting so excited. Love all the different activities. I can tell they will not get bored and will love it!

Paula

says:

I’m looking forward to trying it out. Sounds so straight forward.

Jennifer

says:

I love this curriculum!

Shanee

says:

Thanks for the ideas!

Lori H

says:

Great ideas for teaching spelling. I like the 20 minutes and motivational activities.

Amy

says:

Thank you for this blog you are awesome

Krista

says:

My kids and I are really enjoying this way of learning to spell!

Kelly

says:

Love the 20 minutes timer tip

Sherri

says:

I have a kindergartener this year, this all sounds great!

Heidi Tibbetts

says:

Looking forward to trying this in our home school this year.

Dlayni

says:

I like using AAS because it makes it easy to teach at home. Looking forward to use level 3.

Cheri

says:

We love AAR and we are getting started with AAS!

Holly

says:

Setting a timer for 15-20 min for spelling (per your recommendation!) has been a game changer for us this year. Thank you!

Christine Smyth

says:

Really helpful information! I’m looking forward to getting started!

TW

says:

We used All About Reading for the first time today and all 3 of my new readers loved it!!!

Ann

says:

I would love to have an open and go phonics and spelling program that is well laid out and in logical order. Sounds like you’ve done an awesome job putting this together!

Bethany M

says:

I just started the sight Ziggy activities with my five year old and she begs to do them! I agree–it is wonderful for the kids and parents.

Bethany M

says:

I can’t say enough about AAS. It is the one curriculum that I LOVE teaching! AAR has been wonderful for my younger children as well. I recommend this to everyone who asks about homeschooling materials!

Laci

says:

Can’t wait to get started. 😊

Elizabeth H.

says:

This looks like a great program to check out

Stacie

says:

I love teaching AAR and my children Love learning to read with this program. I would like to try out AAS this year.

Deanna

says:

I used All About Spelling last school year with my two oldest children, with excellent results! I’ve heard great things about AAR. Can’t wait to try it with my Kindergartener!

andrea forcier

says:

We are so excited to start AAR1!

mindy

says:

Excited to use this program!

Lisa

says:

20 minutes a day seems doable even with multiple level children.

Sabrina

says:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how everything is at my finger tips with this program. You’ve done the work for me! Thank you!

Dsullivan

says:

Really looking forward to trying this with my struggling student.

Kendra White

says:

I have the entire All About Spelling program and it really is easy to teach. I would love to try out All About Reading!

Betsy E

says:

I love how easy it is to teach my kids with your materials! My oldest doesn’t complain about boring, hard spelling any more, and I look forward to each lesson!

Chelsea

says:

I love that we are told to keep it at 20mins/day!

Erin D.

says:

So excited for all the giveaways. Thank you!

Kim

says:

I can not wait to start using this with my 8 year old son that has Autism and Dyslexia!

Renae B.

says:

thank you for providing the tools to teach in such an enriching way for the my kids and a doable way for me.

mimis mom

says:

my daughter is 21 years old Down Syndrome, we struggles with the school district a lot. was wondering if this program be able tp help her read ans spell , is ther a demo that we can try out. I need help

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

We have had people successfully use our program with their child with Down Syndrome. This blog post details one mom and her son.

We do not have a demo, but we do have a one-year “Go Ahead and Use It” money back guarantee. Use our materials, try them out for a good long while, and then return them if they do not work for your daughter.

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

Jessica

says:

I just started the AAS curriculum with my daughter and we love it so far. I’m wanting to start AAR with my Kindergardener next!

Lacey

says:

We love AAR and AAS for these very reasons. Thank you for doing the hard work to make it easy for us to teach, all while having fun!

Nicole

says:

Reading this affirms my desire to use this program with my kiddos. I’m looking forward to starting this journey soon!

Emma Hansen

says:

I teach my Autistic grandson and his delayed speech sister (both were preemies) at home and taught my own 2 children at home more than 20 years ago. I wish I’d had your newsletter then. Thanks.

Amy Springer

says:

I wonder if this program would benefit teaching someone with dyslexia?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amy,
Yes! We have two “Real Mom, Real Kids” blog posts showcasing real moms teaching their dyslexic children. Marianne writes about using All About Reading with her dyslexic children, and Heather writes about how All About Spelling made a huge difference for her son.

Both All About Reading and All About Spelling are Orton-Gillingham based, which is a proven method for helping students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. It’s also the approach that the International Dyslexia Association recommends. The author of AAR and AAS, Marie Rippel, is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, and has instructed graduate level courses in Orton-Gillingham Literacy Training offered through Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She is also a member of Pro Literacy, has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Literary Task Force in Wisconsin, and tutored students for more than 20 years. If you haven’t had a chance to watch their story about her son’s struggles, you may want to check that out (they were told he would never read). Quite amazing!

You might like to visit our Dyslexia Resources Page.

Here are some ways that All About Reading can help kids with dyslexia:

– Each lesson time is simple and explicit, and will include 3 simple steps: review of what was learned the day before, a simple new teaching, and a short practice of that new teaching.

– Incremental lessons. AAR breaks every teaching down into its most basic steps and then teaches the lessons in a logical order, carrying the students from one concept or skill to the next. Each step builds on the one the student has already mastered.

– AAR is multisensory. Research has shown that when a child is taught through all three pathways at the same time, a method known as simultaneous multisensory instruction, he will learn significantly more than when taught only through his strongest pathway.

– AAR uses specially color-coded letter tiles. Working with the All About Reading letter tiles can make the difference between understanding or not understanding a concept.

– AAR is scripted, so you can concentrate on your child. The script is very clear, without excess verbiage.

– AAR has built-in review in every lesson. Children with learning difficulties generally need lots of review in order to retain concepts. With AAR, your child will have a Reading Review Box so you can customize the review. This way, you can concentrate on just the things that your child needs help with, with no time wasted on reviewing things that your child already knows.

– AAR has lots of fluency practice. One of the things that Marie noticed when she was researching reading programs is that few programs have enough review built in for kids who struggle to gain fluency. AAR has fluency sheets or a story to be read with every lesson, so children can practice reading smoothly with expression and confidence.

All About Reading has a one-year guarantee. You can try it, and if for any reason you feel that it isn’t the right match for your child, return it for a full refund.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have additional questions.

I love the 20 minutes a day aspect! That keeps it from getting overwhelming for new readers!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Emily,
Exactly!

Kate Johnston Tucker

says:

What an exceptional curriculum!

Rebekah O.

says:

This looks great! Thank you for all the work you do to make our work easier!

Tashell Totten

says:

My kids and I all love All About Reading!

Rachel

says:

I absolutely LOVE AAR…It is such an awesome program and I tell everyone that is looking for a reading program how much my kids and I enjoy it:)

Sonya Morris

says:

This look like a great program!

Amber Green

says:

It looks like a great program! I am most excited about the open and go lesson plans. I am not a planner and I have a busy family with 5 kids so I like teaching to be easy to do and fast for me.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amber,
As another homeschool mom of 5, I completely understand!

Meghan Malicoat

says:

I just recently ordered all about spelling and I am so excited to try it with my kids!!

Teri Knight

says:

This sounds like a very innovative way to teach reading/spelling. I’m always looking for ways to make reading fun and exciting for the kids and this looks like a wonderful way to achieve that.

C. Webb

says:

This program sounds good!

Cassandra M

says:

The motivating activities, they look like they make learning fun :)

Kristin Evans

says:

What a great method!

Judith Martinez

says:

I love mastery based learning! It is one of the huge advantages of homeschooling for me. I’ve used a variety of reading curriculum over the years with some success (my older children can all read) but I’m excited to be using this with my youngest ones.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Judith,
Learning for mastery really is the best! It’s also how we learn outside of school, too. When I was learning to knit in my late 20s, I didn’t move on until I had each thing down pat.

Christa

says:

I would love to get this program.

Hayley

says:

Thanks for all the information you provide.

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