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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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Babalwa

says:

I am a Grade 4 -7 English teacher I was not trained to teach since I had a teaching and library qualification it was always my desire
to teach leaners to read and write but, I have those that are struggling to an extent of having a negative attitude to the whole thing. How can you help me to instill the reading and spelling desire to these children .

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Babalwa,
Often students resist learning to read and spell and have negative attitudes because they have had so little success with it over long periods of time. It is understandable for people to want to avoid tasks that they have failed at again and again!

In such situations, it is because to start at the beginning and build up from there. It ensures that students are starting from a place of success, to build confidence, plus it ensures that you fill any gaps in knowledge and skill that they may have that is keeping them from succeeding at higher levels. See our “No Gaps” Approach to Reading and Spelling.

Donald Errol Knight

says:

Is anyone in South Africa using this material?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Donald,
Yes! There are lots of families using All About Reading and All About Spelling in South Africa. There is a South African retailer that carries our materials too! Check out The Book Connection.

Penny

says:

I have been using All About Reading and Spelling since July 2020. I bought it from The Book Connection in S.A. after finding their website.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Penny,
Thank you for mentioning that The Book Connection carries All About Reading and All About Spelling!

Nikki Petzer

says:

I tried to purchase the set but I got a message saying that they cannot ship to South Africa. I don’t know if that has changed. In the meantime I try and formulate my own lessons based on the info I get from the site.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nikki,
While we do not ship to South Africa ourselves, there is a retailer in South Africa that carries our materials. Check out The Book Connection.

Carol B

says:

I’m so pleased with AAR ! My son is reading so well. He has ADHD and English is not our 1rst language. We did Level 1 and we’re now finishing Level 2.
The variety of activities in a short 20min and the stories of the readers are a hit for a kid like him.
We just started AAS.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so pleased to hear that All About REading is working so well for your son, Carol! Thank you for sharing.

Allison

says:

So thankful for this program! So many creative ways to teach/practice reading!

Carolyn

says:

This program is working so well for my child!

Ashley

says:

I am using All About Reading in my tutoring program. I like how it is laid out and organized, but also customizable for different learning needs and ages.
I also really appreciate all the free resources, blogs, etc. They have been very helpful!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Ashley! It’s wonderful to hear how well All About Reading is working for your tutoring.

Carla A Price

says:

Your information is very useful. I am preparing to start the All About Spelling series and I find that your ideas and research is a great resource!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad the information has been helpful for you, Carla! If you have any questions about placement or need anything, just let me know!

Jennifer Philippe

says:

My son is 8 yrs old and on the Autism Spectrum I had tried doing my own homeschool curriculum as a newer homeschool mom and with a-lot of trial and error I needed to try something else because although my son’s strong point is reading and spelling I needed him to stay engaged and I needed a guided way of teaching so I didn’t fell I was missing something. I saw AAR on another site and decided to explore it further for my little guy. He has loved it from day one. I intend to continue on too next levels.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so pleased to hear that All About Reading is working out well with your son, Jennifer!

Janelle

says:

I am so glad I found this program and decided to give it a try. My 8 year old was struggling with reading, and this program has been so helpful. She is near the end of level one and is excited to complete the lessons and move to level 2. It is also great for my 6 year old who picks things up quickly. They both enjoy the activities and I enjoy it too! I love that it’s open and go as well.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Janelle,
It’s wonderful that All About Reading has helped your son have success reading! Congratulations on nearing the end of Level 1! Thanks for sharing this.

Charise Vlok

says:

I can’t wait to start using your products, I am more excited that my children : )

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Children pick up on their teacher’s excitement, Charise!

Laura Stephenson

says:

I have used AAS and AAR for several years in our homeschool. It has greatly helped my children learn to read and spell and overcome several learning obstacles. It has made are days go so much more smoothly having the open and go lessons.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This is wonderful to hear, Laura! Thank you for sharing!

Linda

says:

Just “restarted “ spelling with my tween at level one. Going really well

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad to know it’s going well, Linda!

If you haven’t seen it already, we have a Using All About Spelling with Older Students blog post you may find helpful.

Babalwa

says:

What can you recommend for my 19 year old son who stopat Grade 6 due to
ADHD. I am in south Africa eastern Cape.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Babalwa,
I would recommend working with your son with All About Spelling and with having him read aloud to you every day for about 20 to 30 minutes. All About Spelling will fill any gaps in language skills and knowledge he may have, and the reading aloud to you will provide the practice with reading necessary for reading to improve.

As he reads aloud to you, require him to read accurately and help him to sound out words as needed. It is preferable for him to read aloud from books that are somewhat easy for him than to read from books that are too hard.

Lastly, there is a retailer in South Africa that carries All About Spelling. Check out The Book Connection!

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.