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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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  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Motivating Activities

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

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  8. 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.

  9. 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 lessons, I am 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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Sara

says:

Love the “20 minutes a day” approach. It is very freeing =)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, great point, Sara! It is freeing for teacher and student to know each day’s lessons doesn’t need to be stressful or tiring.

Sue

says:

This is my first school year using All About Spelling! So far, the lessons are very user friendly! I’m pretty happy with my decision to use All About Spelling this year!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

It’s great to hear that All About Spelling is user-friendly for you, Sue! I’m glad it’s going well.

Robyn

says:

My two boys and I are enjoying this program. They are motivated by knowing the lessons are 20 minutes long. I like knowing the lessons are highly effective, and my boys are making progress.

Carla Andrews

says:

My daughter is always so eager to do the activities!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love that your daughter is eager, Carla!

April Youngblood

says:

We have used all four levels of AAR. I wouldn’t use any other reading curriculum.
Although, we haven’t tried AAS but I’m sure it is fantastic too!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m pleased to hear that All About Reading has worked out so well for you, April!

Leigh Ann Rippy

says:

Thank you so much!

Jess Thompson

says:

I appreciate all the resources All About Learning provides. Truly a life saver!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Jess! It’s wonderful to know you find the resources helpful.

Kristin

says:

Love this program!!

Heidi

says:

We love All About Reading!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Heidi!

Cassandra D

says:

Looks amazing!!!

Holli Weeks

says:

We have just started AAS Level 1 with my 3rd grader. He is an excellent reader but spelling is a struggle for him. I can already see improvements and trust this system to help him succeed! Also- the open and go program makes it so easy to teach! Love it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m pleased to hear that All About Spelling is already helping your student, Holli!

Stephanie Paul

says:

I have done a lot of research. This program sounds like it could help my child that finds spelling difficult.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stephanie,
Do you have any specific questions or concerns?

Here are some ways that All About Spelling can help kids that have struggled with spelling:

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

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

– AAS 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.

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

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

– AAS has built-in review in every lesson. Students that struggle generally need lots of review in order to retain concepts. With AAS, your child will have a 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.

– All About Spelling has a gradual progression for increasing the student’s stamina and fluency in writing, from words and short phrases in Level 1, to phrases and short sentences in Level 2, to 12 dictation sentences per step in Level 3. Partway through Level 3, the Writing Station activity is introduced. In this exercise, students write sentences of their own that they make up using some of their spelling words. In this way students have begun to use words in a more real-world context through dictation and writing, to help them transition to longer writing assignments.

All About Spelling has a one-year “Go Ahead and Use It” 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 of the purchase price, excluding shipping.

I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have further questions, need help with placement, or anything else.

Heidi

says:

I am very impatiently waiting for AAS1 to arrive at the door! (checking tracking again LOL) I have heard so many great things. I have a struggling 10 year old speller. We purchased Level 1 and can’t wait to get started!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Heidi! And as you get started, remember that we provide full support. If you have questions or need help with anything, just ask.

Angela

says:

Your spelling program looks amazing, and I’ve read such good reviews. I’m hoping to try it out soon!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Angela! Let me know if you need help with placement or anything else.

Mira

says:

Your program just looks amazing!

Ember

says:

Our 6 year old son is thriving using AAR and we’re planning to start AAS this fall!

Manda

says:

I wish I would have switched over to AAS sooner (We’ve used AAR). I just started it on my two. Previously, the spelling we’ve used didn’t seem to do anything other than learn how to spell that word, which you hope they remember. Glad to have something to teach the rules so they can apply them to any word. We’re starting level 1 for second grader and level 3 for fifth grader.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Manda,
Yes, sadly, many spelling programs focus on memorizing the words on the list and not equipping students with skills to spell the majority of words in English.

Jonathan Clancy

says:

It’s so good to see that your company does not emphasize memorizing, but focuses on the rules and logic of spelling. I remember my son’s fourth grade spelling lists….there was no rhyme nor reason to them. And the bonus words made the student rely 100% on guessing! I’ve seen a lot of subpar teaching in my day. You folks seem to get it right!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Jonathan! We discuss spelling lists that don’t make sense in our Does Your Child’s Spelling List Make Sense? blog post.

C. Schmidt

says:

Using All About Reading to teach my granddaughter. We really enjoy it and she is learning so well. She is on Level 3 this yea

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful to hear that All About Reading is working so well for your granddaughter!

Olga

says:

We used the first one and we loved it!

Jen Overton

says:

I love that this program is open and go. We are very excited to utilize this with our five year old and look forward to the flexibility o it!

David R.

says:

We have been using All About Spelling Level 1 and love it! My son is a very tactile learner and this program really keeps him involved. He loves reviewing the “mastered” cards and moving the letters around the whiteboard to spell. Thank you for rescuing us!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, David! I was excited to read that All About Spelling is working out so well for your son. Thanks for sharing.

Edna Williams

says:

I never have tried a curriculum that looks so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Rhianna

says:

Looking forward to Teaching my son how to read using your materials!!

Amanda B.

says:

Seems like a great program that would fit our family well.

Jill

says:

I am looking to use this with an older child who struggles to read. I can’t wait to see the results.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Let me know if you have questions, need help with placement, or anything else, Jill.

Sally Chancellor

says:

I have emailed before and gotten help, I love this program!

Sarah

says:

Tried another program that didn’t work out.. ready to try this one

Callie

says:

We just received All about Spelling level 1 and so far I am really excited to use it! It looks very well laid out and simple to teach. I think that my daughter will really enjoy this!

Natalie

says:

I have always been intrigued by All About Spelling!