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4 Spelling Strategies You Won’t Want to Miss

Some kids are just naturally “good spellers.” And then there are those who need all the help they can get.

If spelling doesn’t come easily to your child—or if you want to get your child started on the right foot—this post is for you! Read along to learn about four powerful spelling strategies to help your student, including free resources to get you started.

Quick guide for spelling strategies printable
  1. Phonetic Spelling Strategies

    Phonics is the perfect place to start. When done correctly, phonics teaches a child how to listen for each sound in a word and then how to represent each sound with a letter or combination of letters.

    The ability to hear the individual sounds in words is called segmenting. You can see how we teach segmenting in the video below, or find out more in our Segmenting blog post.

    Would you like to give it a try with your student? Download this free segmenting activity.

    After learning how to segment, your student will represent each sound in a word with a letter or letter combination, also known as phonograms. Phonograms include the letters of the alphabet A to Z, as well as combinations such as CK (for the sound of /k/), SH (for the sound of /sh/), and OW (for the sound of /ow/).

    Image depicting how cow is split up in to two phonograms

    If you are new to phonograms, be sure to check out our comprehensive article on How to Teach the Phonograms, including free printable activities and a free app.

  2. Rule-Based Spelling Strategies

    Though hundreds of words can be spelled phonetically, there are often several possible spellings for the same sound—the sound of /j/ can be spelled J, G, or DGE, for example—and that’s when knowing some rules comes in handy.

    The Kids’ Club Rule™ is a great example of a reliable spelling rule.

    This rule helps you determine whether to use C or K for the sound of /k/ at the beginning of words such as kitchen and camp. You can download the rule poster here.

    Spelling rules are easy to demonstrate with the Letter Tiles app  or the physical tiles. Here are some more ideas for incorporating spelling rules into your teaching:

  3. Visual Spelling Strategies

    Sometimes phonics and spelling rules aren’t enough. This is where visual spelling strategies come in. Does the word look right? Good spellers often try spelling a word several ways to see which way looks correct.

    This is why we use word banks in the All About Spelling program. Each word bank focuses on one concept, such as the sound of /er/ spelled UR, and helps build the student’s visual memory of words related to that particular concept.

    Word Banks for words with UR

    After becoming familiar with UR words, the word nurse spelled nerse will look wrong, prompting your child to correct her own work. Visual memory is important when it comes to correctly using homophones, too, like pray and prey or tale and tail.

    Extensive reading and word games are a huge help in building visual memory. Be sure to check out some of these resources:

    Download image for free Drag Race game

    Rev up your review with Drag Race, a fun reading and spelling review activity. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

    Download image for free Pirate Ship game

    Your young swashbucklers can turn up the fun on spelling review with our Pirate Ship file folder game. Ahoy there, matey!

    Download image for free Popcorn Party game

    Reviewing spelling words can be easy and delicious when you have a Popcorn Party! Don’t forget the butter and salt!

    Download image for free Bingo Smash-Up game

    When two words get “smashed up” to form a new one, you get a portmanteau! Make a few of your own with Bingo Smash-Up!

    Find even more fun with words here!

  4. Morphemic Spelling Strategies

    Morphemes are the smallest units of meaning. Morphemes include roots and base words, prefixes, and suffixes, as in the word invisible.

    Image depicting the morphemes of the word "invisible"

    An understanding of morphology helps kids spell words like knowledge and action even though the base words know and act change pronunciation. That’s why All About Spelling teaches words with Greek and Latin roots, how to add prefixes and suffixes to base words, and how to form compound words and abbreviations.

    For a taste of how understanding morphemes can help your student, check out this 30-second Word Tree demo and download your free Word Tree printables.

So there you have it: the top spelling strategies that good spellers use. If your child is a struggling speller—or if you want to help your child reach the next level—be sure to incorporate these strategies in your lessons. That’s exactly what we’ve done in the All About Spelling program!

Where does your child fall in the continuum from natural speller to struggling speller?

Be sure to download our free spelling rules posters for extra reinforcement!

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I have to be honest here, I had to sub in a couple of days while my wife was out of town. After reading the content and teaching it, I realized there was a lot about spelling I didn’t understand. I obviously could spell; however, I didn’t understand some of the “whys” or the helpful rules given prior to teaching the content. I can’t help but wonder how much better in school I would have done if I would have learned reading and spelling through this program. My kids are doing great and love reading. My boy, 8, has probably read about 30 Hardy Boys books and is constantly using his down time to read. I highly recommend this program. Worth the investment.

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Thank you for these tips!

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My students are really finding ways to connect to these lessons and using them in their writing.

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I love your spelling rules posters. I would enjoy even more of them. Perhaps one to go with all of the silent e rules.

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Trisha,
We do have a printable poster for the Jobs of Silent E. Here is the link to download it.

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Great advice!

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Great post! Thank you!!

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How wonderful that you can help non-English speaking learners, Megan! I’m glad the newsletters and blog posts are inspiring, and I hope you have a great 2020!

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Great tips – thank you!

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I have a 12-year-old who still struggles with spelling. I’ll give some of these a try, thank you.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Cindy! It’s never too late to help a struggling speller (my oldest was 11 when I first found AAS years ago.)

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These spelling strategies worked so well to help my son with his spelling !!

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I do enjoy your blog and get a lot out of the tips you share.

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Thanks for all the great spelling tips!!

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Laura

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My son does very well following this program during its’ allotted time, but I’m struggling to get him to follow the same principles when he is writing. Words he spells correctly in lessons are unrecognizable when he is writing a story or prompt. If I make him go back and rewrite certain words he will then fix them, but it is like he isn’t naturally integrating. I’m hoping some of these strategies may help.

Merry

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Hi Laura,

This actually isn’t too uncommon. Many children have trouble spelling in the context of their writing, especially if they don’t have a separate editing time. Often they are not ready to put all of the skills they have learned together in outside writing until junior high or older, depending on their struggles. When students are writing outside of spelling time, they have many more things to focus on–content, creativity, organization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, capitalization, what kind of audience they are addressing–it’s a lot to think about at once.

Use the dictation and Writing Station exercises (which start in Level 3) to teach basic editing skills–how to look for errors and how to think through how to correct them. Even professional writers need proofreaders, so students definitely need ongoing training in this area. Here are two articles with tips to help you:

Helping Kids Achieve Automaticity in Spelling: http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/helping-kids-achieve-automaticity-in-spelling/
How to Handle Spelling Mistakes: https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/handle-spelling-mistakes/

We provide ongoing support, so if you ever want to discuss specific issues and strategies that might help as you are teaching him, please email me at support@allaboutlearningpress.com. I’d be happy to help!

Larae

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These are great! I have one child who is a natural speller and another who needs all the help he can get.

Tarah Todd

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This was a great breakdown of all of the skills that are needed to make great spellers and eventually great readers! I’m excited to use some of these activities during speech therapy.

Tiffany

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All of these rules and tips would have been good to have when I was going through school. I am definitely glad they are available for my kids. Hopefully they will not struggle as much as I have with spelling.

Ana B.

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I LOVE AAR, and AAS… my son has learned so much with both programs…

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That’s wonderful, Ana!

Melissa

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Some of these strategies have been really helpful for my struggling speller.

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Love this post and ALL ABOUT SPELLING!

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Thanks, Jessica! 😊

Kim

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Excellent phonics based tips to break spelling into easier chunks.

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I love how much my kids (and I!) have learned from your curriculum. I am a reading specialist and still have learned so much while teaching my kids. Thank you for this group curriculum.

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You’re welcome, Kori! That’s great that you can help other kids and also show them, we’re all always learning!

Mary

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I love AAS and AAR they really have worked wonders for my struggling learners!

R Smith

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The strategies are so helpful!

Rebecca

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More great ideas!

Angie Meseke

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This helps us so much!

Jessica Biby

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Thank you for sharing! These posts are so helpful!

Terri Baehr

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All three of my girls have struggled with spelling. My oldestis a very logical learner and spelling is not logical. it makes teaching even harder when things do not make sense. I will put some of these ideas and strategies to work with my youngest.

Merry

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English is definitely a challenging language to learn to spell! But often there are logical structures if we learn them that way. Hang in there as you teach your girls!

Dawn Miller

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My 16 year old son still struggles with spelling. He spells completely phonetically. He has struggled to get through Level 3 of the Barton program.

Merry

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Hi Dawn,

That’s actually a good first step that he can spell phonetically though. It’s a lot of work helping dyslexic students learn how to spell. Hang in there! Let us know if we can help in any way.

Emma

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We are doing AAR Level 1 right now on lesson 20, we purchased AAS a few months ago to have it ready for when it’s time which will be soon. This is very helpful.

Merry

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Wonderful! I hope you’re having fun in AAR 1!

Ashley

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We need all the spelling help we can get! Thank you for this post!

Kim

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We’re currently using AAS1 and on step 4, my 6 year old is really enjoying this!

Merry

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I’m so glad your 6 year-old is enjoying AAS 1, Kim!

Rachel

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These look really helpful, thanks

Merry

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You’re welcome, Rachel!

Nicole

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Excited to try this

hasheema mh

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i need to guide poor non english speaking students on spelling n reading also older students as well as younger students. tq

Rachel

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These look really helpful, thanks

Linda Venter

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Great job with the c and k! Will definitely be of huge help! Thank you

Kathy

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The reading and word games look fun! My son loves games and these themes would really snag his attention.

Beth

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These blog posts are so helpful! Thank you! AAR and AAS have made reading and spelling subjects that my kids look forward to completing each day.

Jessica Cummins

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All About Spelling has helped my son to learn in a new way. I can see the improvements already and am very grateful for this resource!

Cindy

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All your posters and books are so brightly colored, which makes them inviting and “friendly”, I’m working with some 8th grade kids and we just discussed the Floss Rule. Thank you for the poster! Any other helps for middle school/high school will be greatly appreciated!

Robin E.

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I’m glad you find this poster useful, Cindy!

We do have a blog post on Using All About Spelling with Older Students that you may find helpful. Let me know if you specific questions.

Rebecca

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I’m excited to try some of these!

Patricia O'Leary-Dunn

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Love the posters. Colorful and helpful.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Patricia. 😊

Stephanie Gordon

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This is such great information! I printed off ALL the free information that you have! I am a SPED teacher, teaching resource reading. My students struggle so much with reading. I’m always looking for ways to make it easier for them to learn & remember so that they can become better readers.

Robin E.

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Stephanie,
Thank you for the work you do for struggling students! I’m very pleased that you can find help for your work on our website. If you ever have any questions, please let me know.

Lela

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I wish my school district would use this.

lori

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Very parent friendly

Jen

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I want to win

Jennifer

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We have enjoyed the clarity you bring to a process which can be overwhelming when your child is struggling. Thank you!!!

Autumn

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I’ve used AAS with my oldest 2 children and have been very happy with it!

Lisa Farwick

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AAS is hands down the best! I love the knowing the rules, which helps decode the words and make sense of spelling. My second grader is off to a much better start than I was as a child. We tried another reputable spelling program first and it didn’t hold a candle to the preparation we get with AAS. I plan to continue it on for the coming years.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for sharing this, Lisa!

Lindsey

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My son is a GREAT reader but struggles with spelling! Adding these tips to my list. Thanks!

Brittany M Nguyen

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Love the AAS program and your blog! Such wobderful resources!!

Yulia

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My daughter benefited from learning the FLOSS rule!! It is a simple and effective way to memorize high frequency words spelling. Thank you!!

Nicole G

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We switched to a different, similar program and now we are coming back to All About Learning. We really do need to move at different paces in spelling and reading. And e things we thought were missing in these programs are in there and especially in these blog posts!
Thank you.

Kordelia Froese

says:

Love the all about spelling program. Has helped my son so much!

Lorraine Gilliam

says:

I love games! Thanks!

Tiffany

says:

Considering the spelling you see next year. Like all these spelling tips -thank you

Ao

says:

My reluctant reader is loving the All About Reading program. This is a great article, I think I will try the spelling program with him as well.

Jill

says:

I love having all 4 of these strategies written out that I can reference when needed. Excellent article!

Dawn

says:

Such wonderful ideas!

Cheryl A Thomas

says:

especially enjoyed the latin root word tree

Larissa

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I am rather daunted by the prospect of teaching spelling but these steps give me hope that this is something that I can do!

Cara

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I Love all the helpful learning games to make learning so enjoyable for kids.

Robyn

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My daughter is really struggling with reading and spelling so this is super helpful!

Joy

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I love that you teach phonics in a level-appropriate innovative way. I am so eager to see how this works in real life. Thanks.

Hanna

says:

Spelling has lead to writing for my formerly reluctant writer – good to see there are so many good options to continue to engage them.

Kristina

says:

Thank you for these!

Karen Hannes

says:

HELPFUL for my tutoring with kids with IEPS…

Jeremiah Watterson

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I am a Special Education teacher and I plan to share this post with the general ed. teachers tomorrow.
Thanks

Heather Young

says:

My son struggles with spelling. This information is so helpful!

Lavinia

says:

Thank you for the tips! They are very helpful for a non nativ english speaker too.

Ina

says:

Great overview. Thank you. We have enjoyed using AAR and AAS and are making great progress.

Amanda Hubert

says:

These are great!

Rachel Timmermann

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Thank you!

Sarah

says:

Thanks for the tips! I really enjoy the hands-on ideas you provide.

Julia Thomsen

says:

Thanks for the giveaway

Angela Dunlap

says:

This is amazing stuff it has really helped me and gives me confidence I can do these things with my children reading the blog and everyone’s comments! Thank yku

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Angela! I’m happy that you have gained some confidence. Let me know if you ever have questions or need anything.

Alina

says:

We have All about Spelling curriculum and love it. Hope that we would win the All about Reading and have chance to try it. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Kristy Aldren

says:

A comprehensive reading program to encourage your beginning readers!

Laura

says:

This program is just what we were looking for…it is exceptional in every way!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Laura! Thank you.

Katie

says:

I love all of the tips and learning ways that I’ve have learned to teach my child. It had helped so much.

Robin E.

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It’s great to hear that our tips and such have been so helpful for you, Katie. 😊

Tracey Wood

says:

Awesome resources, thanks!

Rachel S Narwold

says:

Wow! Thanks!

Jennifer Cook

says:

Great info and thanks for sharing!

Jingzhe

says:

Thanks for sharing such much free resources

Monica Peckinpaugh

says:

Love the logical approach to spelling! Wish I had this as a kid.

Jennifer Wright

says:

The Kids Club rule is awesome. Thank you for giving me a way to explain these spellings!

Rachelle

says:

I have 2 children that’s struggle to spell. There are some good ideas in here. Thank you!

Lorraine

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This is great information and it helps so much. I love that you give us the understanding and tools to use for helping our children learn in an amazing and fun way. Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting all this together for us to use. Extremely thankful!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Aww, you are so welcome, Lorraine! 😊

Melissa

says:

Can’t wait to start AAS when we finish AAR 1! 13 lessons left :)

Mandy

says:

Thank you for all the helpful information. Just starting out on my homeschooling journey!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Mandy! Let me know if you have any questions or need anything as you begin.

Reina Sutantri

says:

This is so helpful! And I love the resources to help reinforce these concepts.

Tiffany Hendricks

says:

Very helpful

Carrie

says:

Very helpful!

KRISTAN

says:

Thanks for the tips and tricks

Jessica Horsfall

says:

Love these!

Jessica Horsfall

says:

Love these tips! Saving for later!

Michael B.

says:

Thanks for these tips!

Jessica Hunter

says:

Thanks for these great tips. While I don’t struggle with spelling I do struggle with explaining it to my kiddos. This is great!

Raquel

says:

I like Simple and unique! All About steps above and materials are made for my teaching and my children’s learning experience!

Heather

says:

Spelling is my arch nemesis. I plan on not making it stressful for my kids thanks for the tips.

Dorothy

says:

Great tips!

Kassi Johnson

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Love these! Thank you!

Danielle

says:

My children actually enjoy this!

Katy

says:

Such great tips! I still struggle with spelling as an adult. Hoping to give my children a better spelling foundation through using All About Spelling next year!

Noel

says:

I am so thankful for this program! It takes all the guess work out of what to teach!

Amanda

says:

The multi-sensory approach has been a perfect fit for my son. Thank you AAR and AAS!

Mary

says:

Thanks for all your help!! My son and I are really getting a lot out of AAR and AAS. We are truly grateful!!

Lyndsey

says:

This program is amazing! Thank you for showing me how to help my children!

Katrina Brown

says:

These strategies have been so helpful for my twins. They had been homeschooled, but I put them in school because I was having so much trouble teaching them spelling and reading. Their teacher suggested the All About Reading and All About Spelling curricula, and together we are working to get them up to grade level.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Katrina,
It’s great to hear that All About Reading and All About Spelling are helping your twins succeed with reading and spelling!

Maria Inocencia Herrera

says:

Great tips to make spelling fun!

Tabitha

says:

My son loves all about spelling!

Katie

says:

Thanks for these great tips! I use these programs with my son and daughter.

Jeanette Westhoff

says:

We love AAR!

Amanda

says:

My oldest really struggles with spelling and I’m looking forward to using all about spelling to help her!

Ashley

says:

I love all the great information in this article!

Jennifer

says:

Amazing reading and spelling resources!

Clarissa Berg

says:

We just started using this program and so far I am really liking it. Thank you for the additional materials.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Clarissa, and I’m happy to hear that it is working out well for you. If you ever have any questions or need help, just ask!

Megan H

says:

Thank you for all of the additional resources your company provides! The longer I use All About Spelling the more impressed I am!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Megan! 😊

Barbara Postma

says:

Thank you for this post! I downloaded many of these resources last week and have already used them with students. Good fun and excellent instruction!

Renae B.

says:

This post was informative and I have it saved to show my son the fun posters and videos. We use AAS, but it will be a good way to remind him in a fun way of the rules he is learning. Thank you

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Renae.

Emma

says:

My son will be starting on 2020 his AAS, this will be very helpful. Thank’s

Mary Schuh

says:

Thanks for this! I was always a “good” speller and I’m trying to help my son when it’s not so easy for him.

Tracey King

says:

My son will be starting next year on the spelling this article was very informative. Getting ready for what’s coming! Thank you for the tips.

Tyler G

says:

I won a few spelling bees when I was a child, but my son struggles with spelling. I’m going to look into these. Thanks

Nichole

says:

I love the All about Reading ~ Has been a great program for my two kids so far.

Jennifer Wanless

says:

I just found this website and I love all the ideas! I can’t wait to use them in my intervention groups!

Natalie Petersen

says:

My nine year old a is a voracious reader, but is
really struggling with spelling. A friend recommended I check out this curriculum. I am hoping to find something that will help him.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Do you have any questions about All About Spelling, Natalie? It made all the difference for my daughter when she was 10. Here is a video that overviews our programs and how they work.

Natalie Petersen

says:

Thank you! I’ll check out the video.

Chanel B

says:

Thank you for these great spelling tips for my struggling spellers!

Bethany

says:

My oldest has always struggled with spelling but we have made huge strides using AAS. It’s so easy to use and it makes sense. I’m even learning why I do what I just had to memorize as a kid.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

It’s wonderful to hear that All About Spelling is working out so well for your child, Bethany!

DeLisa L Whittaker

says:

Trying to find our curriculum for our first time schooling. So far AAR is leading the pack!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information as you make your decision, DeLisa.

Corrie David

says:

I am so thankful that we found your program for my dyslexic kiddos. We are slowly making progress with reading and spelling.

Christa

says:

I am loving this program with my son! His reading and spelling have come so much farther using your strategies.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That is great to hear, Christa! ❤️

Glenda

says:

Great tips! I’ve never used AAR but I’ve heard so much good things about them!

Ellen

says:

A lot of good advice I can use with my new speller. Thank you

Lisa Hopewell

says:

So helpful. Thank you.

kate M

says:

Thanks for the blog post about segmenting. It reminded me of the importance of really getting a thorough understanding of phonetics.

erin

says:

These are really helpful & I like the extra resources for some extra practice

Annii

says:

I will be implementing these awesome ideas in the next few weeks.

Heidi

says:

Thanks for all the wonderful resources! I have a few spellers who will benefit from these posters and games.

Margaret Cox

says:

Cant wait to try some of these tips.

Tara

says:

This is so helpful! Great article, thank you!

Elisa Llamido

says:

I absolutely LOVE All About Spelling. I purchased it for use with my son who has learning challenges with reading and writing. He is in 4th grade and the strategies that they taught him in school just didn’t stick. I started him with Level 1 so that we didn’t miss anything, but we were able to skip many of the lessons because he can already read fairly well and has a good grasp of phoenics. I was so glad that we started here, though. Learning the C/K rule, which consonants double at the end of one-syllable words, etc. has been invaluable. Best of all, because of the letter tiles, we can skip the writing part entirely! This is wonderful for my son! He is able to have success with something that has been a huge struggle with him for many years. I will ask him to spell a word from the lesson and he will turn the white board so that I can’t see it, and then make a funny phrase or entire sentence that incorporates the word. I can’t believe that he is actually inspired to PLAY with words, when they have always been a source of pain, associated with failure. It is absolutely amazing that he is enjoying it and retaining everything that he learns. What an incredible program!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, Elisa, this is so wonderful! I love that All About Spelling has encouraged him to play with words and allowed him to have success with spelling. Thank you for sharing this. 😊

Ruth

says:

Great tips as always!

sus

says:

It is so important the kids know the rules and not just memorizing. This is suc a great resource!

Codi O'Brien

says:

Love these ideas and games! Can’t wait to try with my dyslexic child!

Lori

says:

We use AAS and AAR and love that the two programs work together. They are even asking to go through all of the levels! Gotta love it when they want to do more!

Angie Street

says:

Great tips! Thanks for sharing so many strategies!

Jessica

says:

I love how concise and clear this post is. It makes teaching spelling feel more doable by having a better grasp on specific ways to teach it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jessica,
I love that you found this post helpful!

Angie

says:

I can’t wait to try these. We are getting ready to start spelling in a couple weeks!

Karin

says:

So excited that I found these materials to help my students! I also love the strategies that are sent along with free downloads.

Bethany

says:

This program has been the best thing to happen in my son’s education. He went from stumbling over the simplest words to poweri g through a whole spelling lesson in 30 minutes. We love AAS and AAR!

Holly

says:

These spelling strategies are so useful! I will be using them with my students.

Cori

says:

AAS is such a great program. My children have improved their spelling so much in just the first few levels. What is really cool is that they love it too! We will be using AAS all the ways through. Thanks for these spelling strategies!

Cassandra Bernard

says:

My daughter and I really enjoy this program! The free posters are great she really likes learning spelling it’s something I have always struggled with and along with her

Jamie lewis

says:

This looks very interesting.

Elizabeth

says:

thanks for sharing! Will definitely save for future use. Even my middle schooler could really benefit from some of these activities

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you found this helpful, Elizabeth.

Rebecca McMillan

says:

Very helpful article. My daughter loves to do her spelling work.

Tracy

says:

Such great ideas!

Jenny.

says:

This is so helpful!

R Chupp

says:

Love this program/ teaching material!

Renee

says:

Great resources! Thank you.

Danielle

says:

Thank you for providing us with such a useful article. What age school kids would you introduce these to?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great question, Danielle. It’s less an age and more ability. Students are ready to begin phonetic and rule-based spelling when they are reading well on a beginning level. For example, recommend starting All About Spelling level 1 after students have finished All About Reading level 1.

Visual and morphemic strategies come later after students are doing well with phonetic and rule-based spelling. This is particularly important with visual spelling. If students try to rely on visual spelling too much, it will hinder their progress. It is hard, maybe even impossible, to visually learn a thousand unique words, and proficient adult writers regularly use two or three thousand unique words. Rather, it is best to save visual strategies for when phonics and rules don’t help, such as why we spell rain as rain and not as rane. Phonics supports both spellings and there are no rules to suggest one over the other. It is then that visual strategies are the most useful.

Does this help? Please let me know if you have further questions.

Lizette

says:

Thank you, really like the speeling posters.

Maya

says:

Such great tips. Thank you so much!

Janine A Martin

says:

These are great strategies! They’ll come in handy with my son and AAS.

Tiffany

says:

Great article! I think I have used all of those strategies at some point with my kids. I plan on printing those charts! Thank you.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Tiffany!

Charlene Charriez

says:

This email came at the most needed moment for my children! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad the email was timely for you, Charlene. You’re welcome. Let me know if you have any questions or need anything.

Stefanie Sprenkle

says:

I love All About Learning Press. I’ve been using the information and freebies from this website to help a student with Dyslexia learn to read and write. Nothing really worked before, and we both felt the struggle, but now things are clicking and making sense! I’d love to be able to get the whole program for my school, but we already have a different purchased program, so they won’t approve it, so thanks for the free advice emails and materials you have available. They are amazing. We both say thank you so much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stefanie,
Thank you for what you are doing with your student! I’m pleased that our resources are helping you help your student.

Sarah Self

says:

Great article!

Linda Owens

says:

Just started using both spelling and reading and I have been enjoying them both. Thank you so much for the great information and tips

Sara

says:

I just started using All About Spelling this year, and we love it! I highly recommend this program!

Lisa Popovich

says:

Good tips – love AAS!

Chase

says:

I’m excited that I found this blog. The resources are awesome and are going to be very helpful to some of my struggling 4th graders.

Bethany T Kingsley

says:

I think the word banks would work well with my 3rd grader

Tanya

says:

My kids were not good spellers when we left private school at 3rd and 1st grades and they did not like traditional spelling lessons with pencil and paper. All About Spelling was a breakthrough for my 2 boys. They love the hands on with tiles. Now, they are using level 4 and level 3 only 2 years later. Great investment!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

It’s wonderful that All About Spelling has helped your boys have success with spelling, Tanya!

Christine

says:

I’m so appreciating these strategies. Teaching my kids has helped me to better understand spelling!

Kim

says:

Great info!

Neva

says:

I’ve heard good things about this curriculum. We might try it next year

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Let me know if you have any questions, Neva. Here is a video overview of our programs that you may find helpful.

Jessica

says:

We just started homeschooling and love AAR. Helping my daughter sort out things that were skipped and teacher my other correct from the beginning! We love all the games and fun activities too!

Melissa

says:

Helpful post–thank you!

Teresa Dalsing

says:

My 5 year old see’s his big brother doing AAS and can’t wait to start AAR. He wants his own cards (-:

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

How cute that he wants to have his own cards, Teresa! 😊

Diana

says:

Thank you for all the great resources and advice.

Lizzie Ater

says:

Great tips!

Michee

says:

Thank you for these helpful tips! As a classroom teacher, this is a handy resource!

Rehab

says:

thanks so much , i was searching for a method to help my kid
and am so grateful that i saw your amazing website i hope it will work

Margarita D

says:

These are great tips!! We’ve been homeschooling for awhile now and are always looking for ways to improve. Love this!

Louise

says:

Awesome! Thank you! All my kids at different stages will benefit from this

adebimpe ogunkoya

says:

very useful

Karen Chan

says:

Great for struggling students! Thanks for the ideas.

Nyemahame Nyebuchi

says:

I want to increase my spelling skill

Faith

says:

Thank you so much this has given me get relief . And I believe it would work out for my daughter.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Faith,
Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.

Fabulous

says:

I am a Nigerian. I love your program on reading and writing. Please, I want AAR and AAS. How do I get it from here? Thanks

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

We ship directly only to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. For other countries, we recommend using a freight forwarder located here in the U.S. Freight forwarders are pros when it comes to helping folks receive shipments from other countries in a timely and hassle-free manner. They can also help you save on overall shipping costs by combining your orders from many companies into fewer shipments. On our shipping page, we now provide a link to MyUS, a freight forwarder that many of our international customers have used with great success. Check out their video, How MyUS Works. (You are also free to use a different freight forwarder if you already have a favorite one.)

Another option is to order through a distributor:

Rainbow Resource carries All About Reading, All About Spelling, and All About Homophones, and they ship worldwide.

Thanks for your interest. I hope you can find a way to make it work. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Muhumuza James

says:

Am a teacher in primary four, my learners are badly off with spellings! How can i solve this?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Muhumuza,
All About Spelling is designed to take the struggle out spelling.

All About Spelling is multisensory. This means AAS approaches learning through sight, sound, and touch. This helps students remember what they learn because they take in information in various ways and also interact with it in various ways. It focuses on encoding skills, spelling rules, and other strategies that help children become good spellers.

The program is laid out in an orderly form for the teacher so that each day you can simply open and go. It is easy to teach without special training or previous experience.

If you have further questions or would like more information, please let me know.

Cyndi

says:

Thanks for going over the methods used to remember how to spell words. I have been using the “All About Spelling” program for about a year and a half now and I have found it to be very effective.

Autumn

says:

Although they are good strategies but didn’t help me 🙂

michelle

says:

i have a ten year old boy Tyler, he is very slow in spelling words.

Alade Abimbola

says:

Thank for this post, I found it educative and hope that, using all those strategies will improve my daughter’s poor spelling skills at age 10

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Alade! It’s never too late. I started my kids in AAS 1 at ages 9 and 11. Hang in there, you and she can get there!

Renee

says:

Thanks for the assistance.

olubunmi adewakun

says:

Nice write up.Please i want to know more about teaching spellings and reading in the pre-school/primary.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Olubunmi,
We recommend waiting to begin spelling instruction until your child has a good start in reading. You can read more about this recommendation in this article, The Right Time to Start Spelling Instruction.
When your child is ready for spelling, All About Spelling offers multisensory, mastery-based instruction that takes the struggle out of learning to spell.

ian zulu

says:

i like this teaching.

mom

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why

ian zulu

says:

it has help me a lot at lest have leant one or tow things

DJ

says:

I have a son going into 5th grade, his spelling is really awful. He can repeat the “rules” taught in school to me but cannot put them into practice. He literally asks me to help him spell really easy words…like twin, next, come, bend. He tends to leave out vowels when he spells as well.
Any suggestions? He has a difficult time reading as well.
If you read him a story and ask him comprehension questions – he gets them all correct. If you ask him to read it to himself and answer the questions, he gets a lot of them wrong. When he is asked to write anything down, the frustration and arguments over getting the work done begins.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

DJ,
It sounds like your son is having trouble hearing each sound in words. This skill is covered in All About Spelling 1, and he would master words like twin, next, and bend in that level. We have a blog post on Using All About Spelling with Older Students that may be helpful to you. He needs to start at the beginning of spelling to ensure he gets the foundation necessary, but you will move through the levels as quickly as he can so that he gets to higher level spelling as soon as he can. To quote Anna Gillingham, “Go as fast as you can, but as slow as you must.”

As for his reading comprehension, Reading comprehension issues can happen for a variety of reasons. For example:

He may have gaps in phonogram knowledge. This results in students being unable to sound words out.

He may have fluency issues. Students can sound out what they read but can’t read it fluently. If they are focusing on the work of reading, they won’t be able to focus on understanding what they read.

He may be a word guesser. Students may rely on word-guessing strategies, and incorrect guesses lead to a lack of comprehension. Some also skip small words.

He may be reading too fast. Sometimes the opposite of fluency issues is the case. Students think that a “good reader” reads very quickly. Students who do this tend not to have time to think about the meaning of text. See our blog post on reading too fast for more information.

Vocabulary issues may be the problem. Students may have the phonics skills to sound out and read words that they don’t know the meaning of yet; this can happen especially with young, advanced readers. For example, think of a simple word like “milkman.” How many 21st century kids would have any idea what a milkman is?!

Lack of life experience can result in poor comprehension. If students can’t relate to what they are reading they can’t understand it. Again usually because of young age.

Lastly, students do understand but feel overwhelmed when asked to put what they know into words. This isn’t the case for your son, as you would notice similar issues with listening comprehension.

Do you have your son read aloud to you daily? If not, this is a really good way for you to be able to assess what’s going on and why he is struggling with comprehension. It’s hard to catch problems without hearing the student read. If the materials are beyond your son’s vocabulary or life experience, he will need more help to understand what she is reading, for example. If he is guessing at words or struggling to sound them out, you will hear that. Sometimes parents choose materials on the edge of a child’s reading ability; the student is capable of reading the words, but because the student has to work at reading, the student doesn’t have brain power left for comprehension. So, you might assess whether that is happening. Materials need to be easy enough for students to focus on reading to learn, instead of focusing on the act of reading.

You may consider looking into All About Reading as well. Here’s an article that specifically addresses how we teach Reading Comprehension. You might take a look at some of the sample All About Reading lessons for ideas too. The comprehension exercises are in the Teacher’s Manuals, and gradually get more involved with each successive level. So, look at several levels to see the progression. Unlike All About Spelling, you would start All About Reading at whichever level meets his needs. We have placement tests to help you decide which level to start with.

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

Nyssa Parampil

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Another technique I learned is to hold up the number of fingers for the number of letters in a word or draw dashes on a paper/board. For phonograms like ea, I would join those fingers together to indicate that it was a phonogram. If I am using paper, then I mark a box around the dashes. When there are different ways to create a sound like ea or ee, then I ask him to list the different ways we could make the sound, and consider the rules. After he writes the word, I ask does it look like words he has seen in books (if the word is misspelled). Since he is a good reader, he guesses correctly if something doesn’t look right. For example, for the word sorry I would say it is a 5 letter word and hold 5 fingers with my pinky being the “s” since I am facing him. I would join my ring and middle finger for “or.” You can even make more of a distinction between syllable breaks. I prefer writing this down than using fingers as you can imagine. Hope that helps.

mechille

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it’s very comprehensive.

Airene Orion Suan

says:

Thank You so much for this additional information

Gedeon Jeudy

says:

Hi My name is Gedeon, I find your article to be very informative…..
What would be your advice on how to help students struggling to spell words ending with “dren”; eg. children… Also words ending with “ause”, eg; ‘Cause’, ‘Because’…

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Gedeon,
Is the problem with words like children that the students are hearing chiljren, a /j/ sound instead of a /d/? If yes, then this is a fairly common problem. Explain to the students that when we speak at a normal speed our tongues can’t keep up and some sounds become muffled. In English, there is NEVER a jr. It is always a dr that has been muffled. Along similar lines, students may also try to spell the tr sound as chr. Explain that in English the /ch/ sound of ch (as in chin) is never followed by an r. If they hear chr it is a muffling of the tr sound, i.e. train not chrain. (In English, the only time chr apprears is when it is the /k/ sound of ch, such as the word chrystal.)

For words like cause, the au phonogram is saying it’s normal sound /aw/. The S is the most common way to spell the /z/ sound at the end of a word, and there is a silent E because the word is not plural. The 4th job of silent E is to keep non-plural words from ending in S. Teach because as a derivative of cause. Explain that because means the reason or the cause of something. You can ask, “Why did that happen? It happened because.” Then switch it around and say, “What was the cause of it? That was the cause.” The two words are closely related and the spelling reflects this. You would also teach pause, clause, and applause all at that time, stressing the pattern.

I hope this helps. If I misunderstood what spelling difficulties your students are having, please let me know and I’ll attempt to give hints to help with their specific difficulties.

Gedeon Jeudy

says:

Thank you much Robin….

enhle

says:

hi can you help me this question…Discuss three strategies that the educator can use to help adults learners discover spelling patterns

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

enhle,
It sounds like you are doing the same assignment that users pontsho and Simon are doing. Without more information we cannot answer with any more detail than we have already.

pontsho

says:

hi…pls help me with the three strategies that can help learners to explore sound and also the three strategies that educator can use to help adult learners discover spelling pattern

Merry

says: Customer Service

Hi Pontsho,

It sounds like you may be working on a class assignment. Perhaps the strategies described above will help!

Simon

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Hi Pontsho
I’m not answering your question but I believe we have registered the same module and busy doing the same assignment experiencing the same challenge so I wish we can work together

Thabisile

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I would absolutely like to be sent or apdated about everything from this page.It really can improve the spelling of a person.

lavinia shomongula

says:

thank you so much, this really helps

Michelle

says:

I love these strategies also. Something that has helped my children to spell is chunking words or writing them down by syllables. This makes words more visually manageable and helps with memory.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Michelle,
All About Spelling does teach spelling multisyllable words one syllable at a time. It is highly effective.

Limor Tager

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Loved it! I believe in this method and use it with my students

Faith

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I am using an A-Z word wall chart I created for my students that allows for quick reference to site words with which he is struggling.

Holly

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If I have a 10 year old that just begun AAR this year and is doing Level 3 but going slowly, shoukd I even begin AAS with him? I don’t want to overwhelm and discourage him because he already lacks confidence with his reading struggles.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Holly,
Unlike All About Reading, we recommend beginning All About Spelling from level 1. This level will contain a lot of review for him, and is likely to build his confidence. However, it will still be a beneficial level, as we find that many students simply memorize easy words like “cat” and “kid” but have no idea why one uses a C and the other uses a K, or that the same rules that apply to these words also apply to higher level words such as “concentrate.” Other students switch letters or leave out letters entirely. This usually occurs because they don’t know how to hear each sound in the word. AAS 1 address both of these things, plus much more.

In addition, some struggling readers find spelling is back door to improving reading. AAS won’t take the place of AAR, as it doesn’t have the reading practice that struggling readers need to build fluency. However, AAS often is helpful. So, yes, we do recommend beginning AAS with him at this time. You will do just 20 minutes a day, and he will work at his pace in AAS independently of AAR, so it is unlikely to overwhelm.

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

Ritesh

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Dear sir/madam
I am 38 years old. My problem is that I make lots of spelling mistake. I really want to over come this wikness of mine. Please let me know can you help me with this. I can read well but writing is a big issue with me. Pls suggest how to improve this.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ritesh,
If you have a tutor or friend who can help you, the All About Spelling program might be a good option. We have had adults who are helped by the program, and a friend or tutor would be able to help you through each of the lessons. However, our program is not designed to go through it on your own.

Abbi

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My son is working on Level 2, and really struggling with spelling. He is an auditory learner. Is it good to just have them spell the words over and over? I would love any suggestions! That said, as much as spelling is a struggle, he LOVES AAR and can’t wait for Level 4.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Abbi,
Exactly what kind of struggle is he having in All About Spelling 2? My guess is it might be with when to use AI, when to use AY, and when to use A-consonant-E to spell the long A sound. Or, maybe it is when to use AU versus AW, or OU versus OW. If I knew what he was struggling with I could give suggestions for how to help him master it.

In AAS 1, students learn 1 way to spell everything, and as long as they segment the words and learn the rules, it is easy to spell in AAS 1. It only uses the first 2 spelling strategies, phonics and rule-based.

However, in AAS 2, children learn that you can spell some sounds multiple ways and some children struggle to remember which phonogram to use in which word. Sometimes there is a rule that helps out (AI and AU may NOT be used at the end of English words), but most of the time there isn’t much to go on.

This is the point in spelling where students have to start using the 3rd strategy, visual. They have to start developing an idea of if a word looks right. For some students, this is easy. They just naturally know what a word should look like. However, for others this is more difficult.

Use the word banks that are introduced in AAS 2, and use them much more than just when scheduled. My youngest student struggled with how to know what phonogram to use to spell a word, so I had her reading one word bank a day even if it wasn’t scheduled.

Reading the words together help will him associate them together. Each day as he reads a word bank, have him note how the long /a/ sound is spelled, or how the /aw/ is spelled, or whatever sound the word bank is based on. Have him circle it. Build some of the words with tiles and have him circle and highlight the spelling with a yellow marker, and use a syllable tag to label the words. Even if he is capable of reading very quickly, have him read the word banks slowly and really focus on each word.

You may need to stop and review for a good while before moving forward again in AAS 2. Students need to really master AAS 2 before moving on, as more and more ways to spell the same sounds will be taught over time. Long A can be spelled 7 different ways (A, A_E, AI, AY, EA, EI, and EY). Long E can be spelled 9 different ways! English has just 45 sounds, but approximately 250 ways to spell them. Here is a blog post with lost of fun ways to practice spelling words. Be sure to read the “Tips from our Readers” part at the bottom of the article too for more ideas. Use not only the word cards, but use the More Words and words from the word banks as well in review.

I hope this helps some. Please let me know where his specific struggles are so I can give you more specific suggestions.

Nicole

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Hello Marie,

I have purchased all about spelling, I don’t understand how to use the word cards. When do I know if my child has mastered each card? Do I review every card before each lesson or only those he has not mastered?

Thank you

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Nicole,
You know that your student has mastered a word card when he can spell the word easily, without hesitation. Before each day’s lesson you will review the words cards behind the review tab.

Twice per level All About Spelling schedules a master review, where you will spend a whole day’s lesson just reviewing the mastered word cards. These are scheduled at the beginning of each book (reviewing the cards from the previous level) and mid-way through each book.

Many children do fine with these twice per level master reviews, but some children need somewhat more frequent reviewing of mastered words for them to stay mastered. I have a couple kids like this, and for them I review 5 mastered word cards every day along with the review cards. I place an index card in behind the mastered word cards. Then each day I draw 5 mastered cards out from the front and review them. If my child can spell them easily without hesitation I file them behind the index card. If they hesitate or have to self correct, I put it back in a little ways from the front so that we review it again in a couple days. If they misspell the word it goes into review. After a while the index card will work it’s way to the front and I know to shuffle the cards and place the index card to the back again.

I hope this clears things up for you.

Jen

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I can’t wait to start AAS! My son is such a wonderful reader, but struggles with spelling. Looks like a great approach for him.

Jennifer S

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My child is a pretty good natural speller but is doing really well with the orderliness of AAS. Thanks!

I have a question – are “either” and “neither” rule breakers? We haven’t seen them yet. Thanks!

Merry at AALP

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Hi Jennifer,

Yes they are! We revise the traditional “I before E” poem to a version that has many fewer exceptions than the original, but these words are still exceptions. You’ll see “either” and “neither” in Level 6.

Dawn

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It is frustrating for both student and teacher to teach spelling into the teen years. The student believes he/she is doing something childish. The teacher believes it is necessary and helpful. We continue on, hoping that we can make headway before the child refuses any more instruction. Modifying this series slightly for the age of the student has been helpful and the rules seem to stick better than traditional spelling instruction. Thanks for a great product that can be used with any age.

Dawn,
I’m glad you and your student have found All About Spelling to be so helpful. Many older students find satisfaction in knowing why words are spelled the way they are, and All About Spelling helps with that.

Thank you for sharing here. Keep up the great work.

Angela O

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One son is a decent speller when he thinks about it (which often isn’t the case). But the other son struggles so much because he is not a visual learner at all. I’ve asked him whether he can “see” the words in his brain and he just said, “What do you mean?” It’s been really hard trying to get him to get past phonetic spelling and to apply the rules. I can’t imagine how he would be doing if we weren’t using AAS!

Angela,
I find it fascinating how people learn and think so differently. My husband can visual how the plumbing runs inside the walls of our house in perfect detail, even though he wasn’t here when the house was built. Yet, I struggle to visual what store is next door to the place I shop at at least once a week for the last 5 years.

That’s why I love All About Spelling and All About Reading so much. It hits all the learning and thinking styles, so that everyone can find something to help them learn.

Let us know if you need some ideas to help you help your son with applying the rules in spelling. It sounds like you have things handled,, but remember we are here to help in whatever way, big or small, at support@allaboutlearningpress.com or 715-477-1976.

Have a great weekend!

Alisha Howard

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This program is making such a difference for my struggling speller. She is 12 and after years of trying almost every program on the market and a few years of dictation alone I finally gave in to the tugging in my mind to try AAS even though it seemed to remedial for her. She has come so far in just 4 months of using it and has admitted that she loves using the letter tiles. She thanks me every time she realizes she is using a rule to spell a word.

Alisha,
This is wonderful!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us how your student is doing, and I am so glad that we had a part in her finally having success. Keep up the great work, both of you.

I hope you two have a lovely week.

As a teacher, how can I become an effective language art teacher

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kindness Egwu,
You can become an effective Language Arts teacher by educating yourself on the subject. Here are some links that may help you get started:
Language Arts in My Household
Help Your Child’s Memory
Helping Kids Sound Out Words
How to Teach Phonograms
12 Reasons Teachers Love All About Reading and All About Spelling

I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have additional questions.

Abigail's Mommy

says:

This was very helpful. Thank you for posting.

Sylvia

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I appreciate how many different approaches are used in this program. One problem that I’ve dealt with is my daughter’s ability to spell correctly on a test but then misspell those same words when writing a letter to her grandma or such. Hopefully using this program will help ingrain the correct way to spell so that it comes naturally in all aspects and not just on tests.

Merry at AALP

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Hi Sylvia

It’s common for students to have this problem–they either learn it for the test but then forget it, or they struggle with automaticity–they aren’t ready to put the skills of writing and spelling together yet. The customized review in AAS can really help in both cases.

We even devoted a blog entry to this topic: Helping Kids Achieve Automaticity in Spelling. http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/helping-kids-achieve-automaticity-in-spelling/

When students are writing outside of spelling time, they have many more things to focus on–content, creativity, organization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, capitalization, what kind of audience they are addressing–it’s a lot to think about at once. In fact, even adult writers need to take time to rewrite and edit their work (and sometimes there are still mistakes!). Our students definitely need a separate editing time if the piece is going to be polished at all. Also, remember that since even professional writers need editors, our students will too. I think you’ll find some helpful tips in the article I linked. HTH! Merry :-)

Ahmed

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How to make a spelling program for ESL learners with learning disabilities?
How to start( from single vowels or consonants) and what will be the last level in the program that meet their normal grade spellers(4th grade)?
Thank you.

Merry at AALP

says:

Hi Ahmed,

AAS is used in ESL classes in the US and around the world, as well as for students with learning disabilities, so you could definitely use it for your students. The thing that sets AAS apart is the emphasis on the sounds of the English language. We approach spelling from sound first, and then we translate that sound into written letters. ESL teachers appreciate the fact that we teach the sounds, and we have the Phonogram Sounds Download, which is also helpful.

Our program is logical and methodical. The challenging part of English spelling is the different vowel sounds, and the many ways to spell a single sound. There are more than 250 ways to spell the 45 sounds in the English language! Many languages have a reliable vowel-sound correspondence, and students need to learn our many more vowel-sound correspondences. AAS teaches this in a methodical way.

Our lists are arranged according to patterns, rather than according to word frequency or grade levels as some lists are. For example, when kids learn that AW says /aw/, they learn a list of AW words all at once. Our brains like patterns, and AAS emphasizes the patterns of English spelling.

We break words into syllables, so that students can see how syllables affect spelling.

Our method is multisensory, so kids learn through sight, sound, and touch.

We have continual review built into the program, so that you can spend extra time on just the topics and words that are tricky for your students.

As a side benefit, AAS has the structure needed to help ESL learners pronounce words properly, too.

And, AAS is based on the Orton-Gillingham method, and has many built-in strategies for helping students with various learning struggles.

As far as how many levels to do to bring a student up to 4th grade level–the levels and word lists in the All About Spelling program are arranged by concepts and spelling patterns rather than by grade levels. Though many of the words presented in Level 1 are found on typical first grade lists, other words in the same book can be found on typical fifth grade lists. The method we use defies normal grade level classification.

For example, 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.

All About Spelling groups words in a logical manner based on similar rules or spelling patterns regardless of their supposed grade level, which allows students to progress quickly and confidently.

Level 7 includes many high school level words, but before that it’s really hard to put a grade level on any of the levels. So…there’s not going to be an “exact match,” but if you could get through at least 4 levels, that would definitely help.

Ashley

says:

Great points!

Sara Klasing

says:

We are working on spelling with our older ones. I am thinking this would be a great fit since they do not like the spelling course we are trying now.

Kim Sciandra

says:

Great article. My daughter used to hate spelling until we switched to AAS which uses these strategies. Now she is so successful at spelling she often asks to do spelling.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Kim, thanks for sharing your daughter’s progress with us! I loved hearing how she looks forward to her spelling lessons now! Keep up the good work!

Sherry

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We just started AAS 1 and I have a question about the phonograms for the letter a. Why does it not include the short “u” sound since many words have that? It seems that “a” makes the short “u” sound most often at the beginning of a word, but sometimes also at the end of the word.

Sherry,
Great question!

Actually what is happening in words like “about” etc… is that the vowel sound is muffled because it is in an unaccented syllable. This is what is referred to as a “schwa” sound. Usually vowels in unaccented syllables will muffle to a short U “uh” sound, though sometimes they may sound like another short vowel. Every vowel can make the schwa sound, but it would be confusing to add the short U sound to every vowel phonogram.

The letter A does not normally make the /u/ sound unless it is in an unaccented syllable. The letters U and O CAN make the short /u/ sound in accented syllables (like the O in love and mother), so that is why you see the sound for those letters but not the others.

AAS uses visual, auditory, and morphemic strategies for the schwa sound. One starts in level two with words like cabin, problem etc… Kids are taught to pronounce them for spelling. Sometimes I say, “when we say this word normally, we say the vowel so fast that it doesn’t say it’s correct sound–it sounds like ‘cabun or problum.’ So we need to say it slowly to hear the vowel–cab-IN, prob-LEM.”

Words like “about, above, away,” and others are taught together in level 4. The lesson is scripted and says, “Sometimes when the letter a comes at the beginning of a multisyllable word it doesn’t say its sound clearly. It sounds like /u/.” And then it goes on to introduce the words and to let students know that in all of them the /u/ sound is made with an A. There is also a word bank for “unaccented A” to help kids gain a visual memory for these words.

In the upper levels, kids are given the clue that thinking through another form of the word can help you decide which vowel to use. For example, the “a” in “formal” is muffled, but you can clearly hear it in “formality” because the 2nd syllable is accented. Thinking through other forms of a word can help a student choose the correct vowel in many cases.

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have other questions.

Angela

says:

My girls are making great progress with AAS & AAR!

Shannon

says:

Just wanted to tell you how much I love your spelling program! My 9 yo son and 8 yo daughter both started the program back in January, level 1. We have had several interruptions to our schedule, and are almost finished with this level. They have both improved so much in their spelling and reading abilities. This is filling in the phonics gaps that my son just couldn’t figure out. Thanks so much for your program!!

Merry at AALP

says:

Thanks Shannon! I’m so glad that it’s helping your daughter and son so much–what wonderful news!

Caroline K

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I am impressed with the quality of the posts on this blog – I’ve read a lot about AAS online and have come across one glowing review after another. The informative articles from AAL are very helpful. I always loved to spell – this helped me think about how to break it down for my eager learner. :-)

Merry at AALP

says:

Thanks, Caroline! I’ll be sure to pass your comments on to Marie.

lindy

says:

Mnemonics really work! I also use rhythm to help master the spelling.

Aleacia

says:

Great tips, will be focusing on spelling with my daughters next school year

Kathleen Calabrese

says:

I like the suggestion of keeping a personal spelling list of words that the child tends to misspell.

I know there are still certain words that I really have to think about when spelling them myself. Maybe I should make a list for me too:)

Teresa

says:

I can’t wait to try this program!

Mindy

says:

I have the app and love it! Hope to get help with spelling for next year.

Teresa Grodi

says:

My son has just started reading so I’m still a newbie, but I’d really like to get a head start when he’s ready with this program!

Katie Jason

says:

I can’t wait to try this program with my daughter!

Danielle

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My son has enjoyed and done so well with level 1 AAS. He can’t wait to move on to the next level. Thank you AAL for making such wonderful products!

Sarah Scott

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I just finished using AAS Level 1 with 2 of my children and we are starting on Level 2 tomorrow. I love this program. I’m learning rules I never knew along with my kids, and my kids are actually understanding spelling, not just working on their memorization skills.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

I’m glad to hear that AAS has been beneficial for your two children! I wish you the best of luck as you start Level 2 as well! Have fun!

Karleen Mauldin

says:

There are some great tips in this article! Thank you!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Karleen!

A

says:

Such good tips to help my struggling speller

Wendy Ross

says:

My youngest is dyslexic, I think, and is a struggling reader and struggling speller. We have been using AAR and AAS this year. Praying for improvements….

Merry at AALP

says:

Hi Wendy,

Let us know if you have questions along the way. We’re used to working with struggling readers and spellers as well as children with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, and we’re always glad to help. Kids with learning struggles tend to need lots of review. Did you see the series that Marie recently did on memory and how to make things stick? There were lots of tips in those articles that helped my kids. Here’s the final one (it was a series of 5–links to the other 4 are at the bottom of the article) http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/improving-working-memory/

Hang in there!

karen poe

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I am using Level 1 for my twin girls and they LOVE it!!!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Thanks for the kind words, Karen! I’m glad to hear that Level 1 has been such a big hit in your house!

Em F

says:

Very good ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

Jennifer Fulmer

says:

We have started using All About Spelling for my 2 struggling spellers! Awesome program!! It has helped them so much, but even more, it has helped me know how to help them because I was always a very natural speller.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

I’m happy to hear that, Jennifer! I’m thankful that it’s not only been helpful for your two kids, but for you as well!

Alia K.

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I am so excited to try AAS. It seems like some of the other programs I’ve come across only focus on one strategy.

Heather

says:

I have natural spellers who are zooming through level 2. Understanding why words are spelled the way they are is great for everyone to know.

Julie

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I just purchased AAS 1 for my son at a homeschool conference. After reading several more reviews this evening I can not wait to get started. It seems like it is going to be a perfect fit for us to teach phonics and spelling.

Stephanie Hardenbrook

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Thank you for these great helps!

Dawn Kilgore

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I have one girl who falls on the natural speller and one who is dyslexic and spells horribly. We are currently working through All about Spelling with both girls. This is the first program that has helped my girl who has memory issues.

Merry at AALP

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I’m so glad it’s helping her!

April B

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My DS8 is finishing up AAS 5 and loves the program. We used Spelling Workout before, but he is horrible at memorizing random facts. The rules-based system is wonderful for him, and his two younger brothers do well with the tiles since their handwriting is still being developed.

I am amazed at how the teacher’s guide predicts potential problems and they are right on the money! I feel so well equipped to teach my children spelling. Thank you!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Heather! I’m thankful to hear that the teacher’s tips have been helpful!

Katherine McGuirk

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We have loved AAR so I’m excited to try AAS

rebecca f

says:

love this! thanks for posting

Kristine L

says:

This looks great… I will have to explore the rest of the website!

Ginger Rumph

says:

This is great info. Thanks for posting!

Laura

says:

This program is working great for my son who has been having difficulty reading and spelling!

Jamie

says:

Love this program!

Awilda

says:

I’m considering using the Reading and Spelling. My son has mild Autism and I home-school him.

Jenni

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My son is in between…I wouldn’t say he is a poor speller, but he isn’t excellent either. We just recently switched to All About Spelling. So far, it is so great for us. He loves working with the tiles but also going over to the dry erase and writing words too. Thank you for developing this program! :-)

Shannon

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I always struggled with spelling. This looks like a great way to teach my children so they don’t struggle as well.

Kimberly

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My oldest daughter was an early and natural reader; so, her visual memory for words are not as effective as the other strategies. She just sees whole words while reading; so, it is hard for her to focus on individual letters she sees when trying to spell from visual memory. This whole program that gives her rules and strategies has helped her tremendously.

Merry at AALP

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I’m so glad it’s helped her. The best spellers tend to use a variety of strategies–phonetic, rules-based, visual, and morphemic. Here’s a post with more information: http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/effective-spelling-strategies

Sarah

says:

We love our AAS and AAR. So far each level has been great!

Andrea

says:

Can’t wait to get this program next year.

Stacey parker

says:

This spelling program is so much funnier than just the traditional list.

melissa

says:

my 10 year olds struggle with spelling and reading and I am eager to try your programs with them.

Tara

says:

Love these ideas! My youngest son is a really great speller but as we get into harder words, I will be using some of these techniques.

Michelle Mansfield

says:

Great info!!

Katie

says:

I like the idea of the resource list. My son has trouble with certain words over and over. I think I will have to give this a try!

Tracey

says:

We will be starting level 1 in a month. We are looking forward to it!

sara

says:

Spelling is an area that we are focusing on.

Sandi W

says:

I’m a natural speller–I haven’t figured out my daughter yet, right now we are surviving spelling…

Ashley Pittman

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I have one very natural speller, one lousy speller, and two to be determined. I think I’m going to start using the key cards with my natural speller also. It’s been great for me to also learn the rules behind why the words are spelled the way they are.

Cathy T.

says:

Great tips thanks

Casey Scott

says:

Looking forward to starting AAS 1!

Christy Kennedy

says:

I can’t wait to start this program with my son. He already loves AAR.

Joan Scott

says:

My kids need so much help in spelling!

Sonja Rea

says:

My 8 year old daughter could definitely use some remediation in spelling. Somehow she missed some basic rules and now struggles with spelling certain words. I am considering switching to this curriculum for all of my kids. It looks fantastic – just what I was looking for. I want to start with level one!

bridget brown

says:

this is awesome

Mindy Warren

says:

I can’t wait to get started. I’ve just pulled my 7 year old out of public school. I’ve been looking for a complete program and I’m so excited I found you!

Amber

says:

This program looks so great! I am thinking this may be the perfect fit for my 5 year old son.

Michelle

says:

My boys’ spelling is improving with AAS. My oldest is still pretty bad, but my second seems to have a more natural affinity for spelling.

Shelley

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My 8 year old twins are great phonetic spellers so AAS is really helping them learn how the letters work together, like vowel teams, etc. I can really see their bank of words they can confidently spell grow and grow!

I am a new homeschool mom ( and ex teacher). I have done a ton of research on different curriculums and I am totally sold on yours. I just started my kiddo on the All About Reading and as soon as he is done I will be starting All About Spelling. I love following you information and tips. Thank you for a great program and an opportunity to win a set. Either way, I am excited!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

I hope your son flourishes with our program, Sabrina! Please keep us posted on your son’s progress and if you ever need anything, please email us your questions at support@allaboutlearningpress.com!

Rachel Hightshue

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thanks foR the opportunity to win! We use the reading program for our two sons and it is amazing!

Lacey

says:

My oldest child has struggled with spelling but we are seeing progress since we started with AAS!

MJ

says:

My oldest really struggles with spelling, he spells everything exactly how it sounds. He was in public school early on, and they taught by sight only, so now that we have been homeschooling, we bought AAS in the hopes that he CAN learn to spell! He is on level 3 now and improving, but he still spells many words exactly how they sound (i.e. what would be spelled wut, said would be sed). I have noticed him stopping himself, using one of the spelling rules from AAS, and then correcting himself, so there is hope!

Tonya Dodd

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These are great. I love number 4 especially because I’ve always found word origins fascinating, but I never thought about using that as a spelling strategy for my kids. Thanks for the tip!

Jennifer

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I have both natural and struggling spellers, and I have seen a huge improvement in my strugglers this year that we’ve been using AAS! We’ve nearly finished our level, so I’m back for the next.

lisa emerson

says:

Very interested in this program for my 6 year old!!

shawn

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We have been using AAS for two years now and it has been fabulous! I’ve never been a reliable speller and both of my kids have struggled with it. AAS had been the only program that made sense to them or me and the lessons seem to “stick” in their brains – mine too.

Abrumme

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Spelling has been our weak point in schooling. I’ve not been able to find a program we’ve been happy with long term. Hoping this might be it!

Tricia

says:

This looks great!

Rachelle Baumann

says:

Love all the info here! Thank you!

Andrea

says:

I can’t say I thought much about teaching spelling…that may sound silly but I assumed it would fit in with reading or writing somehow. This program looks interesting and interactive which seems like such a step up from spelling lists.

Esperanza Gailliard

says:

I like using the good old fashioned dictionary! :D

Tere Maher

says:

We have been using AAS with success after trying nearly every other program available. The visual learning strategies of AAS bridge the gap between knowing phonics rules and implementing phonics rules. Great product for every learner, including Mom!

Melissa

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I would say phonetic. If it doesn’t make sense, my daughter gets lost sometimes.

Andrea

says:

Thank you! Good information.

Julie B

says:

Great info! Thank you for creating such a wonderful product!

Sheri

says:

This is great! Thank you!

Peta

says:

My boys have improved greatly with the use of AAS. The younger even reads better now, having learned so many of the spelling rules by listening to his older’s lessons! thanks

Brei

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My oldest falls somewhere in the in in between :-)

Angela

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My daughter loved the All About level one readers, so we decided to try the All About Spelling. I’m so glad we did. I wish we had dumped our old spelling program sooner & made the switch when I saw how much she loved & excelled at reading the readers without much guidance. The spelling program is easy to implement & covers many learning types. Thank you.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Angela! I’m glad to hear that your daughter is doing well with AAS, and that she’s having fun to boot!

Caroline F

says:

Have not used AAS yet but would love to start. My kids are 7, 6, and 3.

Cindy Rinna

says:

We love your tiles!! They are such a great help :)

Michelle

says:

I want to try this out for my son who could use some help in spelling.

Ashley Wiggins

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I hope to give All About Spelling a try. My 9 year old does struggle a bit in this area. I would love to win the Giveaway. I would put AAS back for after we finish AAR 1.

Judy

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Look forward to getting started with All About Spelling. So glad to find something for my hands on kids.

Anne

says:

I love that AAS teaches roots! I look forward to using this soon!

Christi

says:

I have heard such wonderful things about this curriculum. I look forward to bringing it home.

DailyWoman (Lacey)

says:

I am lucky to have 2 natural spellers but I still work to find a great program that will help them progress smoothly.

Karyn Johnson

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I LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOVE AAS!! I have searched & searched for a good phonics/spelling program FOR YEARS & I’ve finally found THE ONE!!!! My youngest of 3 is doing so good with this program & I’m sad I didn’t know about it with my oldest 2. I love the 20 minutes of Spelling Time we have! And as he is doing so well, he is starting to love it, too! I’m super excited to continue in future levels!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Thanks for your comment, Karyn! :) I’m happy to hear that your youngest is doing so well with AAS!!!

a

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We have one very natural speller, and one who has struggled, historically. We are just finishing up AAS4 with the latter child…recently we had the very gratifying experience of hearing the struggling speller correct the natural speller with a rule learned from AAS!

Staci

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We have been using all about spelling for a couple months now. My kids are really enjoying it and my oldest who has always struggled is now becoming a really great speller!

Cathy

says:

I used All About Spelling level 1 with my daughter who has borderline dyslexia and that in combination with doing the stuff the language therapist recommended for her has really helped my daughter with her reading and spelling skills tremendously. She went from hating reading to loving it. The language therapist recommended All About Reading and All About Spelling.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Cathy, I’m glad to hear that our program has been so beneficial for your daughter. I’m also overjoyed to hear that she’s gone from hating reading to loving it!

Jackie

says:

These are great tools! We play scrabble a lot to help her build up her vocabulary and spelling strategies. She’s doing phenomenal on her own at 7 with little use of the dictionary. These books are great help.

Kristen

says:

I am very happy with the multiple strategies All About Spelling uses in their lessons. We are almost finished with Level 1 and I plan on continuing with AAS!

Trisha DeLorme

says:

I appreciate all the spelling strategies my oldest child has always struggled with spelling.

Jessica

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I have one naturally good speller and one who is a struggling speller, so AAS has been great, because we’ve been able to build up real skills to teach the WHY’s and HOW’s of spelling. So grateful to have found AAS!!

Simone Coster

says:

Love AAS! So thankful for this curriculum.

Wendy

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My daughter is in the middle of Level 2 AAR (and AAS) right now. She was so excited the other day when she was able to read “different” and “fantastic”! Of course her first words were, “That’s such a long word! [Whine]. I love these programs, and more importantly, she WANTS to do reading and spelling (just not the dictation). Thanks, Marie.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Wendy! Thanks for the update on your daughter’s progress! It’s so much fun when kids hit those “big words” and can nail them!

Anna

says:

I am learning right alongside my daughter with this program. I think it is a wonderful tool for all ages!

Amber

says:

Any tips on how to help a child who reverses b/d and p/q? My 6 year old can tell you dog is spelled with a d but half the time he’ll write it bog and the other half he’lol write it correctly as dog. Thanks!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Amber, here is an article on our website about how to help solve reversals: http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/how-to-solve-b-d-reversal-problems/ .

Ola

says:

Always heard good things about your curriculum!

Tabitha

says:

great tips

Tamara Adams

says:

I love AAS!

Robin

says:

I can’t wait to start all about spelling over this summer with my girls 1 and 3rd these strategies should be super helpful! Thanks for sharing.

Christine

says:

I am looking into using AAS and love the layout and tools.

Karen

says:

We love AAS. We are on Level 2 and I recommend it to everyone I know.

Kelly

says:

Thank you. Very informative. We’re using AAS level one & my newly 9 yo ds has gone from having breakdowns to smiling & high – fiving me. Thank you so much from the both of us,you make it so easy to teach.

Christina Wells

says:

My oldest is a pretty good speller, we are in AAS level 2 now, working on syllable division rules.

Gamm

says:

This would be great for the grand kids.

raye

says:

My little one is too young for spelling yet, but we’ll be there in a year or so.

Kelly

says:

Just started my almost 6 yr old with AAS1. So far, so good.

Dustee

says:

Spelling is something we are working on right now. I am using All About Spelling 2. Thanks for the post.

Kristen Tully

says:

Awesome curriculum! I had a slow start at first adjusting but once I continued I found that I was learning also. I know spelling rules that I never knew before. My kids are doing well on their spelling quizes and most of the time they can spell the words without reviewing them. Thank you. Spelling has always been my worst subject and teaching it seemed ominous but now I enjoy it.

Buffie Rose

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My twin girls, 5 years old, just started All About Reading! They love it. They each learn in their own way and this is perfect! The program is able to meet both their learning styled! Thank you for such a great program!

Anna A.

says:

My son is just starting to want to spell phonetically. He’s 4. I cannot wait to start AAR and AAS, but it sure would be great to win the giveaway :)

Lindsey

says:

Can’t wait to see if I win in your AAS giveaway – thank you for the chance!

Jenna Dickson

says:

We are in Level 4 of AAS. I have seen a vast improvement in my son’s spelling ability since beginning this program.

Djuana

says:

Thankful for your program! We are ready to start level 3!!! Wish I had had All About Spelling with my older children.

Penelope

says:

This looks like something we need to try in our home.

Victoria B.

says:

i would love to try this with my children!!!

Melissa

says:

My 2nd grader is dyslexic, so spelling does not come naturally to her. But we’ve just finished AAS Level 1 and it’s helped her so much! I’m looking forward to moving on to the next level with her. :)

Meredith

says:

New to AAS but I like it and it is helping my reluctant sellers.

Wendy

says:

I love this! My son is not good at spelling and I look forward to helping him with this curriculum!

I would say overall I am quite pleased with how all four of mine are progressing in spelling. It definately is something that needs to be continually worked at though. Thank you for these strategies.

S.Long

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I won’t say “lousy” yet, but definitely we are at the very beginning of organized Spelling instruction!

Jaime B

says:

My oldest is definitely not a natural speller. We are at the end of Level 1 and I realized I moved her too quickly through the last steps and that created some confusion for her putting the “keys” into practice, so we are going back!

Kathryn

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I have a great reader, who sometimes wants to shut down during writing because he doesn’t have the confidence in his spelling. I am hoping that this program gives him the confidence to spell more words on his own.

Ayrielle

says:

My son seems to be a more natural speller, we shall see where the other two fall as they get older.

Lana

says:

Looking forward to the giveaway

Sarah

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My son is a pretty lousy natural speller. When he takes the time to stop and think about it, he actually isn’t too bad, but 99% of the time he’s in a rush and his impulsiveness takes over, so he just throws letters down.

Merry at AALP

says:

LOL, I used to say that my kids liked to “decorate with vowels!” AAS definitely has strategies that can help with that.

Kayla

says:

We are so thankful for this program! Love the fun interaction it provides!

Maxine Nunez

says:

This has really helped my two who take don’t take to spelling and phonics naturally! So glad we found this program.

Jen A.

says:

Looking forward to using this program with my daughter who has dyslexia

Quintana

says:

I’ve got one that is a natural speller and one that struggles some. AAS is working beautifully for both of them!

R McCall

says:

Looking forward to moving to level three!

Jennifer Mathesz

says:

These seem like all great tips. I hope we can afford your curriculum and give it a try!

Stephanie

says:

I am so excited to try this program with my daughter. She has loved reading but has struggled a little with spelling and I think this hands on approach is exactly what she needs!

Karen

says:

Spelling came very easy for me. I thought it was because I read so much as a child. Now I am realizing that is not necessarily the key. I have a daughter who learned to read easily, but has trouble with some spelling rules. I am so thankful for this program as it is very easy to teach and it isn’t just memorization. It makes the student think about each sound in a word as they spell it, which will help them be able to decipher words they come across in the future.

PS

says:

I have unsuccessfully tried to teach three children how to spell. Maybe it isn’t too late for the last one!

heather kaufman

says:

I could really use these suggestions for my 4 /6 yr olds :)

Sharon

says:

My son struggles with spelling. He has always done well on spelling tests, but real world application is entirely different. Thank you for the great suggestions. I believe collecting those normally misspelled words will help. He doesn’t like to stop what he’s doing to look a word up to check for correct spelling, so your idea of gathering those often misspelled words as a list to glance at while writing is super!

sheila

says:

thanks for all the great ideas

Sonja Z

says:

Just starting out with spelling with my son and this is great information!

Amy P

says:

Great information! Love AAS – wish I had found it several years ago, would have saved us much grief!

joanna

says:

This is an awesome program. I wish I knew about it years ago. :)

Sarah

says:

Thanks for all the useful info!

Becka

says:

Such great stuff!

Erin

says:

So much to know! Great resource

Amanda

says:

Have used Level 1 successfully and happily! We all would enjoy another level for free!! Thank you for offering this!

vera

says:

Thank you for the great tips!

Mary

says:

I love how concise your explanations are! I enjoy sharing with my teacher friends. Thanks for all your hard work.

kathy

says:

After using several spelling programs, I have decided that I really like the All About Spelling approach and am ready to buy (or win) the next level. I have three boys and two of them are decent spellers, the third one…well…I need the All About Spelling.

courtney

says:

Thanks for the tips

Monica F

says:

We love AAS. It has helped my non-natural speller tremendously and has helped me (a natural speller) in providing the logic of spelling in a detailed way. I wish I had had this program 7 years ago with my older children!

Steven F

says:

We love All About Spelling!!! The material is so easy to use!

Lynnette H

says:

My kids are great readers…but terrible spellers. I love that this program teaches all the rules, and keps them engaged with hands-on activities.

Sarah

says:

We just finished the first level of AAS! We love it!

Jen

says:

We are excited to be starting AAS Level 1 soon. We have finished AAR Level 1 and enjoyed it.

Cindy

says:

Wish I would have discovered All About Spelling sooner! Using it with our fifth child and can’t help but recommend it to everyone I know. ;) it’s so effective, yet easy to use!

wonderfun

says:

It’s amazing to me how much harder spelling is for our 8yo than for our 6yo. Even though he’s a great reader, he fails his spelling tests. Even though we’re only on step 9 of level 1, his spelling teacher has noticed an improvement in his scores!

Fawn

says:

I appreciate how you have explained the 4 spelling strategies. As a classroom teacher, I have found this post invaluable. Thank you so much for sharing.

Lacey E.

says:

My son has done very well as a speller so far, but I attribute a lot of it to your great AAR and AAS programs. The sequential approach really makes sense to his logical mind. Thanks!

Steph

says:

Between the dyslexia and the dysgraphia, my son’s spelling is mostly unreadable. It is not even phonetically correct. Hoping this will help.

Merry at AALP

says:

Hi Steph,

I feel for you! When I started with AAS, my son once spelled the word ask, “aic.” He used the C because he thought it could be both /s/ and /k/ in the same word, and he threw in the i because sometimes words seem to be decorated with extra vowels. In other words he left out vowels or other sounds all together (consonant blends were also difficult for him). He was 11 when we started. AAS helped clear out these confusions and many others, and gave him ways to reliably spell the majority of words. It really did make a big difference here.

If you ever have questions or hit a rough spot, please email us at support@allaboutlearningpress.com. We’re here to help, and we provide lifetime support for all of our programs. We want to help kids like your son succeed!

BTW, if you’ve never seen Marie’s story about her son, you should check that out. Amazing! (They were told he would never read or write, and to prepare him for a life without reading.) http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/about

Hang in there! I know sometimes it’s difficult, and just when you think they know something, the information all seems gone the next day–but keep on. It really does get better. (My student who wrote “aic” is headed off to college next year!)

Julia Molewyk

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My daughter is a natural speller, but my boys are not. All about Spelling has been a big help with my youngest. We have just completed book 1, and I am already seeing a difference. Thanks.

Jessie

says:

Love this info!

Melissa Huddlestun

says:

My husband is not a good speller. We pray our kids will be good! He never learned the phonograms or basic rules.

Betty Tracy

says:

I was a horrid speller in school. It has gotten better since I started homeschooling, but I’m afraid that’s not saying much. What has helped the most is learning the rules.

I have looked for something rule-based to teach with, but have only been frustrated, until I found your program. Now we don’t use it exactly as you wrote it. a couple of my kids find the tiles to be nothing more than busy work, while another finds it overwhelming to have so many different things to do. So we just use the cards and books. That is working great:-) I recommend this program to anyone who asks.

Eileen

says:

I agree that the traditional spelling books miss the mark when it comes to children that don’t “get it” when it comes to spelling. I think a program like yours that gives reasons why something is spelled the way it is is much more logical.

Rebecca

says:

We switched to this program from one that just had my daughter memorizing a list…this program is so much better!

Val

says:

This program has worked great for my dyslexic daughter!

Carly

says:

We started useing All About Spelling Level 1 with my 7 year-old a few weeks ago, and she LOVES it. And it is working! (I did add a puppet pal who teaches her the steps because she was so impressed by her 5 y.o. sister’s All About Reading Pre-K Ziggy puppet. LOL.) My 7yo is a great reader, but a terrible speller. However, she has become so interested in writing recently that we decided it was time to introduce spelling now. Our goal is for her to learn correct spelling from the beginning and NOT have to unlearn bad spelling habits later on… Did I mention that she’s a seriously right-brained, visual, kinesthetic learner? This program works beautifully for her, although other phonics programs we tried failed miserably. So, thank you, thank you! You have created amazing learning programs and we love them!

Julia

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I’m schooling three children from 7 – 10, and my spelling curriculums have been a hodgepodge. I think the first level would be a great review for everyone, and to be sure to fill in any gaps. It looks like a terrific program!

I am in love with this program. It gives me the reason why English words are spelled the way they are. It walks me through how to teach the rules and gives great examples.

Leslie

says:

Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Nancy S.

says:

I am homeschooling my own children now, but I very much wish that I had had this program, or at least the philosophy of it, when I was teaching in the classroom! My older son, who is dyslexic, is currently working (slowly) through AAS Level 2. It has been such an enormous help to him.

Loreen G

says:

Thank you for all the helpful hints! Your curriculum has been a lifesaver for us. No more tears spelling!

melissa

says:

My 9 year old son has dyslexia and this program has done wonders for him. We are grateful to have found it!

Starr

says:

my 1st grader loves this program. She is learning a lot and we are on level 3. The lessons are short and easy to follow. Not too much writing for her. Guided lesson plan for me. Win win.

Kristin

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With ten kids – 6 school aged – I have the entire spectrum of spellers. I wish I’d had AAS for my oldest two who are now in high school! I’ve considered employing their help in teaching the youngers so they are introduced to the “whys” of spelling (and reading/decoding) so they get what they missed. Looking forward to reading the new post about “when two vowels go a-walking!”

Kate

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Spelling is a struggle for my 9yo son. He’s new at it and very new to reading. Chanting the rules and moving those tiles help so much! I never mastered either of those approaches in my first eduction, I relied on whether the word “looked right”. As he reads more, I’m hoping he’ll better recognize the correct spellings too.

Elizabeth Beer

says:

These tips are so helpful! I’ve really only thought about teaching phonetics and rule-based. Thanks for your helpful posts!

Stacie

says:

Love this article

Stacie

says:

We are new to homeschooling and we love all the information on your blog. I would love to try out your program!

Jenni

says:

I homeschool my children and would love to try out this program. Thanks for sharing some of your strategies on your blog.

Ella Bindewald

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