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Using Letter Tiles to Teach Reading and Spelling

Color-coded letter tiles are a fantastic way to help your child learn to read and spell! Whether you’re using the Letter Tiles app or the physical letter tiles, letter tiles enable your child to quickly and easily grasp new concepts.

Here’s a short video demonstrating how letter tiles can be used to teach reading and spelling. This particular lesson from All About Spelling teaches when to use K and when to use CK at the end of a word.


Do you see how easy that concept was for Oliver to understand? Letter tiles are awesome!

7 Benefits of Using Letter Tiles

Whether you use the Letter Tiles app or the physical letter tiles, the benefits to your child are the same.

  1. Letter tiles help you explain reading and spelling concepts very clearly.
    Concepts and ideas become something your child can see and manipulate.
  2. The different colors help students visualize the different roles that letters have.
    In the video above, for example, colored tiles helped Oliver distinguish between vowels and consonants.
  3. Your child can try out the rules and see how they work.
    With letter tiles, concepts are no longer abstract or difficult to understand.
  4. Letter tiles hold a child’s attention…
    …especially a child who has attention issues or auditory processing difficulties.
  5. Mistakes are no big deal.
    It’s much easier to exchange tiles than to erase and rewrite a word.
  6. Letter tiles make it easier to stay on task for longer periods of time…
    …especially for younger kids who are still developing fine motor skills and for whom writing is more tiresome.
  7. Letter tiles lay the groundwork for the accomplishment of bigger goals.
    Letter tiles don’t take the place of spelling words with paper and pencil. Instead, they act as a fantastic learning tool that will enable your student to learn to spell more quickly and accurately, helping him get to the real goal: writing.

Color Coding Makes Learning Easier

Color coding makes it easy for students to see the role that each type of letter plays in a word. For example, consonants are blue, vowels are red, and phonograms representing the sound of /er/ (such as ER, IR, and UR) are purple. The chart below shows all our letter tile colors.


Letter Tiles App or Physical Tiles—Which Should I Choose?

You can’t go wrong with either the Letter Tiles app or the physical tiles. They are both great options! Here are some considerations to help you decide:

letter tiles app

With the Letter Tiles app:

  • It’s easy to capitalize words
  • You can hear the sounds of the phonograms as you teach
  • No more worries about lost letter tiles
  • Lessons are easy to teach “on the go”
  • Need to switch between students? No problem! Simply select your current lesson in All About Reading or All About Spelling and you’re ready to begin.

The Letter Tiles app has been our most requested product of all time, but the physical letter tiles have devoted fans as well.

physical tiles

With the physical letter tiles:

  • No tablet is required to complete the lessons
  • Larger tiles are easy to read
  • It’s easy to incorporate hands-on alphabetizing practice
  • Tricky word parts can be highlighted with markers
  • Timeless and traditional educational tool

As you’re deciding between the app and the physical tiles, consider which option would be the most engaging to your child. Which one would your child want to use? Some clues to consider: Does my child prefer colored pencils, or does she like computer games? Is my child used to learning from technology, or is he more comfortable with traditional methods of learning? Does she prefer to read paper books or eBooks?”

And be sure to consider your preferences as well. Do you like the larger format of the magnetic white board? Do you have a place to store the board, or are you attracted to the compact nature of the app?

The bottom line is that teaching and learning will be the same no matter which option you choose. What’s most important is that you have a way to teach the concepts and your child has an enjoyable way to practice and experiment. The physical letter tiles and the Letter Tiles app both provide interactive methods that make spelling and reading concepts more concrete for your child.

Additional Resources for the Letter Tiles App

Video of App Benefits

How to Use the App
The Letter Tiles app is intuitive and easy to use. Here are two videos to show you the basic and advanced features.

Basic Features:


Advanced Features:


Where to Get the Letter Tiles App
Follow these links to purchase the Letter Tile app:


Additional Resources If You Use Physical Letter Tiles

How to Set Up Your Letter Tiles
You can use your letter tiles on a table, but it is much easier to use a magnetic white board. You can get magnetic white boards at stores such as Walmart or Staples. Two feet by three feet is a good size because it will hold all the tiles while still allowing work space in the center of the board.

When you first set up your magnetic white board, you’ll only include the tiles that have already been introduced. You don’t want to clutter up your board with tiles that your student hasn’t learned yet. If you are just starting out in Level 1, then, your set-up will look like this:

By the time you get to the end of All About Reading or All About Spelling, your board will contain all the phonograms:



If You Ever Lose a Tile…
Here at All About Learning Press, we know that even in the most careful households, letter tiles sometimes disappear. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s Rachel with all the details!



Would you like to try our brand new Letter Tiles app? The Letter Tiles app is 25% off until February 9, 2018, so now is the perfect time!


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Jolie

says:

This Letter Tiles App is awesome!

Amber David

says:

I love using the letter tiles!! I wish I could get the app in the Windows app store so I can use it on my Asus tablet/computer 🙁 but still love the tiles, my kids love using them too!! ❤❤

Anneta Phillips

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I haven’t used letter tiles with my child but I am excited about using them.

machele hoo

says:

What a great idea for teaching for teaching spelling, very hands-on, and visual too!

Carrie

says:

The letter tiles have been helpful for my son who is a hands-on learner.

Laurel

says:

Love this manipulative idea!

Sharee

says:

That looks very interesting! I would love to try it!

I didn’t know there was an app! I totally purchased it the minute I saw it! My daughter stopped doing the tiles because she got tired of dragging the tiles down to spell. This app will make it much for fun!

Karianne

says:

I really like the idea that mistakes are not a big deal. My daughter is quite the perfectionist and will get hung up on things she got wrong. Instead of being a big deal to erase and do it again she can move on smoothly with just exchanging tiles. The momentum of the lesson won’t be haulted.

Lisa

says:

Can the app be used on a touch screen computer or only a tablet or phone?

Rebecca F

says:

This looks like a fun way to teach reading and spelling!

Courtney W

says:

This looks like a great learning tool! Thank you for the video example of how these letter tiles can be used!

Tanya

says:

This does work well

Molly Cash

says:

This looks like a neat resource. I’ll have to add it to my future curriculum aids list. 😊

Kristin

says:

I think my son would really the app!

Brenda

says:

I am anxious to try the letter tile app!

Julie

says:

Just ordered my first AAR kit. Can’t wait to use the letter tiles.

Cheryl

says:

Great ideas…I want to try the app.

Anna

says:

I love the letter tiles! They really are wonderful for kinsthetic learners! The way they are organized on the board makes them user friendly. I don’t use the app, just because my son does best with less screen time. However, we love the physical letter tiles. :)

Melissa

says:

I just purchased the tiles app for our IPad. I use it with my 10 year old. She likes it better than the tiles. Having been using AAR & AAS for 2 + years she was feeling the tiles were “baby-ish”. She’s responded better to the app. I know the tiles have helped her progress to where she is at in reading so I’m thrilled with this new option.

Brandi

says:

My 10yo struggles with spelling, I’ve been looking at this program and the more I see,the more I think it might help.

Melissa

says:

It was just what my 10 year old needed. She was feeling the tiles were too baby-ish as she’s used them and her preschool sister is starting letters also made it worse. May not work for every 10 year old, but has helped mine feel better about the lessons.

Heather

says:

I love this,

Karen H

says:

We have used the magnetic tiles for several years and are considering a switch to the app now.

Nichelle Isaacson

says:

I love this idea!

Sharon

says:

The letter tiles are a hit with my son age 8. He started age 6, on the spectrum as they would say in publuc school. This method works for him

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sharon,
We are happy to know that the letter tiles have helped your son. Thank you.

Margaret Cox

says:

Can’t wait to try these!

Erika

says:

Wonderful! I can’t wait to know these tricks inside and out!

Abbie

says:

We are in LOVE with AAS! It has transformed spelling from something my son dreaded, to his second favorite subject (coming in, just after math…which he also loves because of manipulatives). His improved spelling skills have made him a much more confident writer, and he no longer groans (as much) over writing assignments…Andrew he often writes comic strips and short stories, just for fun, now.
We have purchased the app, and look forward to using it, on the go!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Abbie,
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how much of a difference All About Spelling has made for your son! Way to go!

Suzanne W.

says:

I think my boys would really enjoy this app. I may buy it.

Stevie Arledge

says:

I can’t wait to use this app in our homeschool!! My Dyslexic son loves using the tablet. I think he will so enjoy this. Thanks!

Amber

says:

We love using the letter tiles hands on, but I am excited for the app too! It will be great to have options and add variety and flexibility to the lessons.

Betty So

says:

It is great to have an electronic version for the tiles, especially for overseas users! I hope All About Learning will consider selling their books in electronics version as well in future.

Lisa R

says:

We can’t wait to try the app! It solves our wandering letter tiles problem! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Lisa!

Stacie

says:

Thanks for the helpful info!

Lori Price

says:

I’m excited about the tile letter app! It is great to have options with this program.

AJ

says:

Thank you for your program! It has truly been a blessing. Teaching my son this program, I am learning things I never learned in school.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, AJ. (I’ve learned lots of new things through teaching All About Reading and All About Spelling too!)

Dawn

says:

We LOVE AAR and AAS!!

Rachael P

says:

This looks awesome! I’d love to try it

Aliesa

says:

My daughter and I are loving the new app! So much easier and faster and neater!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Aliesa,
Thank you for letting us know that both your daughter and you are loving the app!

Heather Trowbridge

says:

I wish we could try the app for free. My 9 year old hates the letter tiles. I would love to do the electronic version, but I would be so upset to spend the cash for her to hate it that way, too.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
Depending on the device you have, you may be able to return the app if your student does not like it. Apple store allows for refunds within 90 days and Google Play store allows for refunds within 48 hours. However, Amazon specifically states that all app sales are final and they don’t accept returns of apps.

Emily Hart

says:

Looks amazing!! Would love to try it with my kids!

Julisa

says:

I have the physical tiles but now you’re tempting me with the app! Ahhhh!

Kimberly

says:

I’ve held off on buying this because the tiles end up all over my house. So excited about the app!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kimberly,
The app does solve the wandering tile problem!

Heather F

says:

The app looks great! I might just have to try it out 😉

Julie

says:

My son loves using the letter tiles to form words. He has created his own games and likes to quiz me too.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Julie,
Having, or allowing, students to quiz the teacher is a great way to review!

I love that you have two options of tiles now. I have some students who need to be able to feel the tiles in their hands, and build things hands on and I have others who get frustrated and overloaded with having to handle the tiles so much. But they needed the colorful visual so we used markers, but the tiles app will be perfect for them! Also love that you replace lost tiles. Awesome work ya’ll!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
We love that our two options will help you better teach your students and meet the differing needs!

Batmom

says:

Love love love the new tiles App!!! Thank you!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Batmom! We love that you love the app!

CASSANDRA HUBER

says:

I love the idea of letter tiles. We have not tried this yet, but now we will!

Colleen

says:

We can’t wait to try the app!

Candice

says:

My son has ASD and suspected dyslexia and we are going to give this a try.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Candice,
You may find our article on Teaching Reading and Spelling to Autistic Children helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

Kathy

says:

We love the tiles!

Caroline Pope

says:

Love this program! It is so simple to teach and my kids have really taken off with their reading and spelling!

Angie

says:

We started All About Spelling this year and I have seen great improvement in my daughters spelling.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angie,
Thank you for letting us know that All About Spelling has lead to great improvement in your daughter’s spelling. That’s exciting!

Carrie

says:

We love the letter tiles and have found them so useful in helping my dyslexic reader/speller!

Erin Kell

says:

Would love to try All About Spelling with my son.

Stacy Farm

says:

I’ve just bought the physical letter tiles so that my little ones won’t spend too much time on the screen. But the app is so tempting too!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stacy,
We understand! For some the physical tiles are better and for some the app is better. And, for some, it is better to have both, such as using physical tiles at home and the app when traveling.

Jessica

says:

We love the letter tiles, but I hope to try the app soon! I am always so worried we’re going to lose the tiles, especially with a 2yo little monster running around that loves anything that belongs to his older brothers!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jessica,
Toddlers and tiles can be a problem!

Christine Baird

says:

We are loving both the reading and spelling programs and how the tiles help my son build words. He loves to create his own! I’ll probably continue to use the physical tiles the most, but the app is going to make travel so much easier! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Christine,
You are welcome. Thank you for telling us about how much your son enjoys the tiles!

I just discovered All About Spelling and really want to start the curriculum with my children. I see benefits for my 4th grader to learn the “why” for spelling while my Kg will begin to learn spelling as she is strengthening her reading skills.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Grace,
All About Spelling is an excellent program for both of the purposes you described, learning the “whys” of spelling and strengthening reading skills. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Is it possible to photocopy these blogs. There is so much helpful information.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Deidre,
You are free to print the blog pages in order to read them at your leisure if that is what you are asking.

Lotus

says:

So much info need more time to read.

Jenni

says:

We love AAR. Looking forward to using AAS!

Jenny Downs

says:

This looks like a great spelling program! If my son is in third grade next year would he start at level 3? Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jenny,
No. 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. AAS Level 7 takes students up to high school level spelling. The program teaches all of the words on the Ayres list (except a few which aren’t in common use anymore), which ranks words up to 12th grade, as well as words from other lists that are ranked between 9th and 12th grade.

We recommend that most students start with level 1 to build a strong foundation in spelling.

For example, 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. Level 1 has specific techniques to solve these problems.

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

Level 2 of AAS focuses on learning the syllable types, when they are used and how they affect spelling. This information is foundational for higher levels of spelling. Three syllable rules are introduced in Level 2, and then more in Level 3 and up. For this reason, we don’t recommend starting higher than level 2.

However, we encourage parents and teachers to “fast track” if the student knows how to spell most of the words but does not understand the underlying basic spelling concepts. In this case, very quickly skim the parts that he already knows and slow down on the parts that he needs to learn. Pull out several words as examples. Make sure he understands the concept being taught, and then move on. This blog article has a good example of how you might fast track.

Andrea Ott

says:

Omg! I didn’t realize this was available! I will be downloading this app right away! We are a military family and will be moving soon. I have been going through our curriculum to see what we can take with us and what has to be shipped with our furniture and such. I didn’t think we could do our spelling on the go, because we wouldn’t have our board. Now I will be able to continue with our spelling lessons! Thank you so much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Andrea,
You are welcome! The app is excellent for learning while traveling!

Kimberly DeBlasio

says:

Love all about reading and spelling

Mindy

says:

We LOVE AAR and AAS! These really are great programs with great results. Fingers crossed for the giveaway…haha!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mindy,
Thank you for letting us know that AAR and AAS are working out so well for you!

Ana

says:

So cool! Thank you!

Anita

says:

This looks like a great idea for teaching. Do you have recommended ages?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Anita,
Letter tiles, whether physical tiles or in the app, are a great teaching tool for a very wide range of ages. They are wonderful for very young learners, even as young at 4 years old for some children, that are eager to learn but need something more hands on than plain paper. However, letter tiles can be the difference between continuing to struggling and grasping abstract concepts for many learners even into adulthood.

Older children and teens often feel too old for tiles, even though they made need them. You can work around this by using the tiles for demonstration of concepts only for these students.

I hope this answers your question. Please let us know if you have further questions.

Jenni

says:

I enter this contest every year and have never won. I wish I could afford this curriculum.

Emily D

says:

I am excited to use the new app and learn the program.

Sara

says:

I didn’t know about the app! Excited to look into that further!

Sharon

says:

I love the new app! Thanks!!

Katherine

says:

What a difference AAS has made for my daughter who struggled with spelling! And I’m learning so much, too, that I never learned! It’s exciting for me and encouraging for her that I’m still learning, too! :) What a great program!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Katherine. It’s wonderful to hear how much of a difference AAS has made for your daughter!

Amanda

says:

I have had the tiles sitting in the closet and just couldn’t get it together. I think I understand now. But somehow I think the app would be more popular at my house. :)

Shauna

says:

Can not wait to try this!

Christine

says:

This looks great!

Jessica

says:

Great 👍 information

Hannah

says:

Great info!

Andrea

says:

The app is very expensive. We use a white board.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Andrea,
The app took a lot of research and programming to make it correlate with all of the levels and lessons in both the reading and spelling programs. You can easily select the specific lesson you are using from the drop-down menu and see the tiles introduced up to that point.

The Letter Tiles app is not a necessary component for success using AAR and AAS. We developed this for those who want the option of taking their lessons on the road, or for those who prefer to use an app instead of the physical letter tiles and magnets.

The program will continue to work well with the physical tiles.

Denette

says:

Love this!!

Staci pickens

says:

I think it’s very cool that you developed this app.

Faye

says:

I am a volunteer tutor for two adults in a literacy program. One student is 70 years old and reads on a 2nd grade level. The other student is 56 and reads on a 1st grade level. I am interested in the physical tiles, but I didn’t see a place to order the tiles. Am I missing something. I do not have a budget so I am thinking about making my own tiles. Are they copyrighted?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Faye,
Here is the link to our letter tiles. Our tiles are copyrighted.

Sarah

says:

Love having a choice between the new app and the physical tiles!

Eilene Glasgow

says:

Even my big kids enjoy using the tiles.

Kristien

says:

After reading this I am eager to try letter tiles. I would rather buy them though because i do not like using apps for learning.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kristien,
That is one of the reasons why we will continue to offer physical letter tiles as well as the app! It great for people to have options.

Koren Klein

says:

Started using letter tiles for my son just to copy words with. He really took to it. He likes holding them and not always writing. The tiles are a great second to when he starts to whine about writing too much, ha!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Koren,
Yes! The tiles are wonderful for little hands that tire easily!

helen lee

says:

I started homeschooling my 2 girls this year, ages 5 and 7 and I’m confident that “All About Spelling” is for us! Love the ease of use for the parent but doesn’t’ compromise on the great content. My 7 year old is already reading and writing above her age level, but I’m really seeing how this curriculum gives her a really good foundation for her writing/spelling skills. Looking to use this for the years to come!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Helen,
Thank you for sharing how All About Spelling is laying a good foundation for your students!

Lynette Williams

says:

Pretty excited about the letter tiles app. We tried out a different letter tiles app that didn’t align with the colors or even all the sounds. It worked for when we were on the road, but not nearly as well!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lynette,
We are very happy to provide an app specific to All About Reading and All About Spelling!

Dawn

says:

Thanks for the tutorial of the new app. I just purchased it today and will start using it tomorrow, so this gave me a heads up as to how to navigate within the app.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Dawn,
You can access an “Advanced Options” video either here or in the app by opening the menu in the upper left-hand corner. It’s helpful for knowing how to fully use the app.

Nicole

says:

Thanks for developing the tiles app! We’re so excited to use it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Nicole!

Beverly

says:

I love this concept. We’re getting ready to learn phonics in homeschool

Carol

says:

I love this! I will start right away with using tiles to teach my children about spelling.

Beth

says:

This looks great! We have recently gotten ADHD and high functioning autism diagnoses and already had fine motor and sensory processing issues, so we are looking for a way to revamp our learning into multisensory areas. This looks like a very promising option!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Beth,
You may find our article on Teaching Reading and Spelling to Autistic Children helpful.

Janice Cundiff

says:

The hands-on materials will be great for my grandsons and my students! Thanks for such useful resources and the lessons plans to make effective use of them.

Robert

says:

I think that’s a great idea. Anything that makes it easier for kids (or adults) to learn to spell properly should be a winner. Having a choice between app and actual physical tiles makes it even better.

Kim

says:

I’m using AAS with 6 of my children in two different groups (yes, it does work to teach them together). We only use the tiles with my older ones (in Level 4) for new concepts or to really illustrate something. They just don’t seem to need the tiles much and think it takes too much time. My three younger ones in Level 2 use them much more, but still not for every word in every lesson.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kim,
It is natural for students to need the tiles less and less as they progress. However, it is often extremely helpful to go back to the tiles, either physical tiles on in the app, when they are having difficulty with a concept or word.

Ivylynn Newell

says:

How do I get the 25% off?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ivylynn,
The price in the app stores already reflects the 25% off. Currently, the price is $14.99, but after the 9th of February, the price in the app stores will be the full price of $19.99.

Ivylynn Newell

says:

Ok, thank you! We are super excited to use this new app! 🙏🏻

Holly Grenoble

says:

Can the new app be used for general spelling or only with the lessons from All About Press?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Holly,
The app as an “All Tiles” option that will give the student access to all the tiles so that any word the student wishes to spell can be built with the tiles.

Tamara

says:

The school I worked at a few years ago had letter tiles in the special ed room and I loved them! They were so useful for helping the student I worked with to remember all of the spelling rules we were working on. They were also great for teaching how rhymes work.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tamara,
Yes! Thank you for sharing your experiences with tiles.

Nancy Ball

says:

Wish it was available for our computer that switches to a tablet😐 or for a mobile device.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nancy,
Unfortunately, the bank of tiles would be super tiny on a phone or mobile device and it would take multiple screens to access the 165 letter and word part tiles plus syllable tags. The tiles would be so small that one finger would “touch” more than one tile. It would be frustrating at such a small size.

I will pass along your request for an option for use with a computer that switches to a tablet.

Lynn Chambers

says:

HI there. I would like to know if the Letter App would be useful even if one isn’t using the All About Spelling Program? I live in South Africa, so the resources are much more difficult to purchase, but I think the Letter App would be a great addition to my tutoring practice. Please let me know your thoughts.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lynn,
The app is useable to spell any word that the student or teacher desires, but how much it would be useful would depend. It doesn’t teach by itself, but if the teacher could introduce the student to phonograms and spelling rules, it would be very useful.

However, we do have a South African distributor that sells All About Spelling and All About Reading. It’s The Book Connection.

I love using tiles. Hand on learning. The students love playing with them. It is a quick and easy way to show them word families.

Jennifer

says:

I love the hands on, multi-sensory approach of AAS with the letter tiles. I briefly used it for some remediation over the summer but then switched back to another program I had already purchased. I wish now I hadn’t. I have kids with dyslexia and attention issues and the other program of lists and writing just seems to go in one ear and out the other. No retention! I want to get my kiddos on this program and continue with it!

Sheila

says:

My younger ones love “playing” with the tiles in the white board even when it is not school time. I am excited about the app.

Grandma Nine Times

says:

Anytime manipulatives are involved the learning factor grows and stays.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes! We are big fans of multisensory and kinesthetic learning around here!

Angelina Vickers

says:

Love idea of Letter tyles and the app is very user friendly!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angelina,
Thank you for letting us know you find the app user friendly!

Nanabug

says:

Just purchased the app and LOVE it!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Woohoo! Please let us know how your student (or students) likes it too.

Olga Lobban

says:

I want to add to my last comment that this program has been revolutionary for my daughter. She went from not reading at all to nearly reading chapter books in 8 months. It has been truly remarkable for her!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE AAR! I just want the letter tile app on my phone, so we can keep up lessons on road trips and on the go. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Olga,
That is amazing progress! Thank you for sharing it with us. We are so pleased to have had a part in your daughter’s success in reading!

Olga Lobban

says:

When oh when oh when oh when will the letter tile app be available for my Android phone? We don’t have an iPad, tablet or Kindle, but we are always on the go, and I so often wish I had a letter tile app with me!!!! Until then, please oh please oh please, can you redesign the physical magnet tiles with stronger magnets, so they *stay* on my magnetic whiteboard hanging on the wall. Thank you!!!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Olga,
Unfortunately, we will not be able to make the Letter Tile app available for phones. The bank of tiles would be super tiny and take multiple screens (there are 165 letter and word part tiles plus syllable tags). One finger would “touch” multiple tiles at that small size.

I will pass on your suggestion for stronger magnets. Thank you.

rebecca walters

says:

I bought the app as soon as I read the email! My kids have loved this program but have dreaded the tile work. This is my oldest DD’s second year in both AAS and AAR and it’s been a fight since day one. The rest of the work she enjoys, but the tiles were “sooo slow and boring”. My other two children agreed but haven’t given me nearly the same fight. As soon as I bought it last night my 6yo noticed and began playing with the app. Instead of watching the TV (which was on) she sat next to me on the couch asking for spelling words! We used it for all our lessons today and the kids were so excited to be using the tablet instead of the white board. Even stubborn DD was happy with the tile App! It was so much quicker and easier to use. As soon as we were done this afternoon I packed up the tiles and white board. We have a very small study space so having less clutter is AMAZING! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

However….My son and I had some trouble breaking words apart to read. Most of the time it didn’t work…and when it did it never broke the word where we were trying to separate it. Oh and a small glitch…my DD is in Book 2 Lesson 15 learning about bossy R and the syllable tag is missing. It doesn’t show up until some time in AAS 3 somewhere near the end of the book. I couldn’t figure out exactly where.

We still really enjoyed the app regardless and all new apps have some hang ups.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rebecca,
We are so happy to know that your children enjoyed our new app so much! We are very excited to have it available!

Regarding the problem with the syllable tags, we’re working on this issue and it should be fixed by the end of the week. You can check in your app store for the free update at that time. In the meantime, if you need a workaround for this Syllable Tag issue, you can select “All Tiles” from the program selection menu.

I will pass on your problem with dividing words into syllables. Can you tell us what device you are using and what operating system?

rebecca walters

says:

Samsung Galaxy Tab (some number I do not remember) Android base.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rebecca,
We are looking into this, but I wanted to let you know that the free update to fix the syllable tag issue is available! Find the app in the Google Play store and there will be an “update” button (unless you have your device set for automatic updates, then it might have updated already).

Jen

says:

My son is struggling and I wish I could afford this. It looks so good.

Karen

says:

I use my MacBook with students. Will you adapt the app so I can download it to my laptop?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karen,
Right now it’s only made for tablets. I’ll be sure to pass your request on to our app developer, though!

Karma

says:

Looking forward to using the new tiles app!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karma,
Let us know how you like it!

Jenny

says:

Great info!

Deb Dell

says:

This is so great. My children both received kindle fires for Christmas and this is a great way to save space than the large white boards. I’m excited to see the sale price as well! :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Deb,
Great timing that your children just received Kindles and we just released our Letter Tiles app!

Julia M.

says:

This is very helpful. I love the app, would be great for in the car and road trips. At home we have fun with magnetic letters and make super long crazy words that I sound out for him.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Julia,
I love the challenge of sounding out the crazy long words little kids create!

Carol

says:

I’m a tutor and use All About Spelling with 3 4th grade students, 1 6th grade young man and an 8th grade girl. If you have older students do not be afraid to use this program with them. There are no age boundaries here.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for sharing this, Carol! Sometimes people wonder about using All About Spelling with Older Students and it’s great to hear from teachers and tutors that have done it successfully.

Rosie

says:

Thanks for the info

Kelly M

says:

Thank you for the free downloads! Your spelling curriculum is on my wishlist for next year. I am learning a lot from your blog posts.

Miranda

says:

I like the idea of the easy to use magnetic letter tiles! Also, thanks for the free Spelling Rules posters!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Miranda,
You are welcome!

Joni Jones

says:

My Kindergarten boy is captivated by the letter tiles. As an active boy, the kinesthetic connection is improving his reading by leaps and bounds!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

I’m happy to hear that your son likes using the letter tiles, Joni. Thanks for your kind words!

Kellie Duggin

says:

My 3rd grader loves using the letter tiles! We used them in 2nd grade too. Can’t wait for my daughter to start using them!

Stephanie H.

says:

So thankful for AAS!

Jennifer C

says:

I think the tiles have helped my little one retain the information. : )

Erin

says:

I love using the letter tiles. It makes building words so easy!

Nikki Jackson

says:

I love the letter tiles! My son is very visual and this helps him to see the spelling rather than just discussing it. My daughter also loves to “teach” her stuffed animals using the tiles.

Christina Chisholm

says:

I love the letters tiles! And so do my kids!

Michele Flowers

says:

This is very helpful! Thanks!

Sonja

says:

My twins love letter tiles!!!

Erica

says:

This is something I am going to try to implement. What I like is the ability for the child to have less stress with mistakes because they can trade tiles easily. Thank you for sharing this post!

Gretchen

says:

We just started All About Reading Level 1 this year. This Spelling program looks like it is going to be great for my hands on daughter!

Lisa Glendinning

says:

My daughter is a hands on learner and having a program with letter tiles would be so helpful to her! This program looks great, I would love to own one!

Kristen

says:

I use this program and AAR with both my kids. My daughter, who is a hesitant reader, asked if we could use the letter tiles because she LOVES them. Both kids also love organizing them and looking at tiles we haven’t learned yet.

Robina

says:

I haven’t used AAS spelling yet. But I think my girls would love it.

Cassy Brackett

says:

Wow, these are a great tool to teach spelling and reading…and FUN!

Shelley

says:

I haven’t used AAS before, but really feel my kids would be drawn to the letter tiles. I have visual and kinesthetic learners and we love more hands on approach and would keep phonics and spelling from being boring.

Tamara Gordon

says:

The use of color-coded letter tiles really appeals to my visual and kinesthetic learners! I also love how this program combines a review of phonics and spelling into one program. Phonics used to be a drudgery for us, but we’re all much happier with “All About Spelling.” Thanks for the great product.

Sarah

says:

I just started AAS with my 3rd grader. Before using this program, I felt that we just pushed to memorize the words with no true lessons being learned. Now we are understanding why words are spelled a certain way. She loves the tiles. They are much for fun than the typical spelling contract tasks, it is almost like a game. She is doing great on her advancement through the steps and enjoying it too!

Sarah

says:

I just started AAS with my 3rd grader. Before using this program I felt that we just pushed to memorize the words with no true lessons being learned. Now we are understanding why words are spelled a certain way. She loves the tiles. They are much for fun than the typical spelling contract tasks, it is almost like a game. She is doing great on her advancement through the steps and enjoying it too!

Jacqueline scifres

says:

I love the letter tiles. I believe it makes the learning process easier and lots more fun for kid and mom!

Eileen

says:

I have now used AAS and the tiles for 4 kids. We are in Level 4,3,2 and 1. I get a break and then kid number 5 will start in 2 years, but it has been incredible for my children. We love the tiles and the visual and tactile combination really helps (my boys especially) retain the information! Thank you for this program!!!

Julie K.

says:

The letter tiles were great for my son! I like using them for spelling practice instead of only pencil and paper.

Christina

says:

We love using the letter tiles in spelling – they are great for practicing alphabetical order, easy to move around if a mistake is made (no hunting for that ever elusive eraser!) and I love that they have a permanent home on our magnetic wipe board. We have many levels of AAR and AAS and thus a handful of replacement letter tiles – we’ve changed one “n” to “ñ”, and “l” to “ll”, and added a few accent marks to half tiles. We now use our AAS board for reading/spelling Spanish. It’s perfect!

Amancia

says:

I honestly often use a whiteboard that she or I write in. But she wants to use tiles now and this post has got me ready to do it!

R

says:

My struggling writer is able to focus on his spelling when using the tiles.

rebecca f

says:

my kids love using the letter tiles!!

Tracie W

says:

My daughter loves this method. She is the sort that gets bent out of shape about making a mistake on her paper, and insists on erasing am every small incorrect mark. A practice run with the letters tiles seems to take the stress off when it is time to write on paper.

Hannah Wetzel

says:

Ah! Now it makes sense! You know, I was actually wondering over the purpose of the tiles. I’m starting All About Spelling with my oldest in January so this clears up some of my concerns.

steph j

says:

Love using the tiles for spelling. Helps them to see them and touch them.

Melissa

says:

really enjoy using the tiles with my children and it makes practice fun. i am always looking for more ways to use them as the color coding REALLY does help them SEE the word after they have built it!

Connie May

says:

Love this idea, this will definitely help my son. Thank you.

Amber

says:

I’ve never used All About Spelling, but I really like this idea of using letter tiles. I have a visual learner, and this might be a big help to him when he gets into spelling (still in K4). I am definitely interested in looking into this further.

Aimee

says:

My 10-year old son loves using the tiles for spelling. He loves moving them around, and I think the visual color aspect is helping him see the difference between vowels and consonants. It is easy to make sure you have one vowel in each syllable when the vowels are a different color than the consonants.

Anne S.

says:

Love the letter tiles idea. I have been trying to figure out how to do this with magnetic letters and it’s just not working. Thanks for the tip!

Diana N

says:

I’ve backed off using the tiles. These are some very good reasons to break them out again. Thanks for the reminder!

Brooke M

says:

We just recently received AAS level one, we are excited to use it!

My kids adore letter tiles, and they really work well for my dyslexic son!

Kimberly

says:

I should have been using letter tiles all along with my “must-move” child! Why did I not think of it before – it’s so helpful to have something to physically move around!!!

Susan D

says:

The letter tiles make it easier for my children to stay focused for longer periods of time and make the lessons more fun. So grateful for this curriculum!

Kala

says:

The letter tiles has helped my hands on daughter so much!

So many great tips & tricks in this post. I love that the letter tiles allow the kids to be hands-on. We look forward to using AAS when the time comes!

AMY WARREN

says:

I used this method with my struggling speller several years ago, now he is a great A speller at 14

Amanda B

says:

The letter tiles are great!! My kids love to practice spelling words…which is great because they don’t realize that they’re actually learning and not just having fun/1 =)

Sheryl

says:

Using letter tiles has helped my daughter see how words are put together for spelling. . She is able to see the rules put into practice and catch any mistakes easily.

Angela S.

says:

These letter tiles have been key to my son’s letter reversals, as well as giving him a break from the task of physical writing.

Linda Waldman

says:

I love this. I found out that my son didn’t really know all of his vowel sounds when we started using this program and can see why spelling was a challenge for him. We’re still on level one, but moving through it, I an see how much it helps.Using the letter tiles for writing will be a great help since he hates writing.

Jen

says:

We like the letter tiles and I agree, they are great for tactile learners. My daughter loves to spell words using them and it makes the lessons fun.

Anita

says:

I like using letter tiles! They are really helpful for the tactile learners.

Natasha Puryear

says:

We love the letter tiles….just wish my youngest would leave them alone so we quit losing them lol

Teena

says:

I love the letter tiles. It has helped my daughter so much! It makes learning fun for her too.

Kristen

says:

My daughter and I have found the spelling tiles help her SO much. I am so happy with this program.

penny

says:

I love love love the spelling tiles, and the kids love them too!

Angela

says:

The letter tiles are great! It’s so helpful when the kids spell a word to see right away that they left our a vowel, or that a word has a suffix, or is a vowel team, etc. My 8 year old daughter has even corrected me by replacing the two phonograms I used with the correct vowel or consonant team!

Sela Y.

says:

I’m just starting AAS 1 with my second child. My first one is a natural speller and hasn’t needed the tiles as much, but this second child of mine…he does so much better with the tiles than without because they are tactile and they do indeed keep his attention longer. So glad we’ve found AALP, thanks!!

Michaela Cooper

says:

I’m a newly graduated speech pathologist & using tiles sounds like a great idea. It could particularly help my clients that have handwriting difficulties. I think the colour coding aspect is particularly important as I have a significant number of clients even in the upper primary grades who do not have a clear understanding of vowels versus consonants.

Tracy

says:

My children spot their errors very quickly with the tiles. They don’t seem to get as frustrated as they did when working with pencil & paper alone. My son has derived great benefit from AAS – those developing fine motor skills won’t let him work with pencil for very long before his hands are tired and work gets sloppy…. but he can slide those tiles around for a long time! We have them on a large whiteboard, and we combine tile work with writing the words in dry erase marker. Somehow that’s WAY more fun than a pencil! Thanks for AAS Marie, it has made a world of difference for us!

Maxine N

says:

I love how the letter tiles encourage my reluctant writers to still learn spelling. They enjoy it! I didn’t know how useful they were with understanding and development though. That’s great!

Letter tiles have really helped me see my daughter’s problem in spelling as it happens, rather than later on when I’m looking at her work.

What a good reminder! We have some letter tiles, and I think my 4 year old might be ready to start working on some letter names. If nothing else, I can work on her spelling her name.

jenna sybert

says:

I would love to try AAS, Currently we are doing AAR, but looking forward to adding this component!

Sephra

says:

My son loves AAS! He actually begs me to do the lessons. Great program!

Karesa

says:

I haven’t used these specific tiles but have used the concept of these spelling rules before when tutoring dyslexic children. These rules worked wonders. Even my five year old can understand most of them. I love the Orton-Gillingham methods.

Julie Larsen

says:

Looks like fun– ;)

Danielle

says:

I’ve always wondered why spelling tiles seemed so much easier for my child.

Question: My daughter has gotten into the groove of the lessons and wants to skip doing the letter tile part, she isn’t making any mistakes (we are about two thirds done with level one), should I let her or is it worth the battle to get her to use the tiles?

Merry

says:

Hi Danielle,

What you can do is use them just for the demonstrations, and then let her decide if she’d like to practice with the tiles first or just go to writing them.

If you start to see mistakes, you can always have her do more practice with the tiles.

Karina

says:

Hi Marie,
Letter tiles – what a brilliant idea! I’ve been using all kinds of other items and this seems so much easier. At least my kids are getting several tactile methods of learning letters. Thank you for sharing.

Sincerely,

Karina

Shevon

says:

The use of letter tiles is a great way to give your child the opportunity to manipulate words and play with spelling patterns.

Elaine

says:

We’re excited to get our letter tiles; I think they will help my kids tremendously!!!

Ashley Barrett

says:

We love our letter tiles. We also took it a step further and got reading rods which use the red and blue as well. They have been fun to mix things up and to make the tiles more portable by just taking our bucket with us and building. Our letter tiles live on our whiteboard :)

Lisa

says:

Can’t wait to try this with my daughter!

April

says:

We have been using AAS for several years. The tiles may it more visual for my daughter. It is better for her than just reading, memorizing, and writing on paper. Thank you for this program.

Sarah Marie

says:

Thank you for these great ideas!

Valerie

says:

We used to use the magnetic letters on the refrigerator. Now that we have been using the letter tiles as directed in level one on our magnetic board, our son has really responded to improved spelling in a concrete way. I really appreciate that the lessons are well written and easy to follow. Our son is continually improving with each lesson. When he gets stuck, I just go back to those tiles and it works!

Taneil

says:

My boys like the tiles and compete with each other to see who can alphabetize them the fastest.

Kerri

says:

We have loved the letter tiles in aar1! Excited to see how they work in aas for us!

Aila hoori

says:

Letter tiles were great with all about reading now we are going to start level of all about reading.. I’m sure they help a lot with spelling too.

Katie

says:

I think this would be great for my kids

Virginia

says:

We use cookie “letter tiles” from the dollar store with our 5 y/o. Would love to have an official set!:)

Rebecca

says:

I have been so thankful to use this program (and AAR) for my sweet daughter who has phonemic awareness deficit. It has opened up the world of reading in ways I doubted would ever happen.

Sarah

says:

My kids and I LOVE AAS! Thank you!

amy

says:

My son HATES to erase letters when he’s made a mistake. You are right though, if he makes a mistake using the tiles, he doesn’t think it’s a big deal!

Heather S

says:

My kids enjoy practicing with the letter tiles, but their favorite part is making silly words. They always spend far more time playing than it actually takes them to spell the words I ask. Little do they know I think it’s great to practice all those other words, too. :)

Ashley

says:

My son loves letter tiles!

Christelle

says:

Great idea! I look forward to trying this with my son.

Erica Stokes

says:

We love to make letters with Scrabble tiles and fridge magnets. Using tiles (manipulatives) really helps make spelling stick!

Jenny K.

says:

The letter tiles are a great help for my 2 girls. Both of my children are visual learners. Being able to see the letters in front of them rather than visualize them while staring at a piece of paper has made a huge difference. I wish I had been taught how to spell like this!

Kendra

says:

My son is a visual learner and loves using the tiles to make words and go over phonic sounds.

Helen

says:

Our son really loves using the letter titles. It helps to cement the words!

Kelly

says:

My kids love using the tiles.

Jennifer C

says:

Love this for my hands-on learner!

Teresa

says:

Thank you for your suggestions. They have been invaluable!

Maria

says:

My daughter doesn’t work well with the tiles and prefers pencil and paper but I still break them out every time we have a letter team to show her how they work together.

Merry

says:

Maria, that’s a good approach. Some kids are ready to move beyond the tiles sooner than others. Using them for demonstrations of new concepts can still help them get that visual of seeing the letters as one phonogram, and writing is a kinesthetic activity as well.

Maryna

says:

Love these, I have made some letter tiles some time back for our Afrikaans friends in South Africa, there are not as pretty as yours, but parents find them very helpful for their kids.

Anneri

says:

I tried to teach my daughter some spelling rules like c says /s/ before e,i and y rule, but she just could not remember it. We have started using AAS level 1 and I was amazed when she immediately understood (and remembered) that rule after i use the letter tiles to demonstrate it. Same with the floss rule. Now we are ready for level 2!

Mary

says:

I am looking forward to using the magnetic letter tiles with my son. I think seeing and touching the letters will really help him.

Michelle

says:

We are loving the program so far. The letters tiles have been very helpful!!

Erin R

says:

Letter tiles would definitely be beneficial for my son. He has some fine motor issues, so having to write out spelling words would be frustrating for him. These tiles are great!

Lydia R.

says:

Every so often I would jumble up the a-z tiles and have my son rearrange it to let him practice alphabetical order. Now, he’s on level 2, and I don’t have to remind him to rearrange the tiles after spelling out words!

Tiles helped him with the floss rule. For the most part though, he prefers writing instead of manipulating the tiles.

Amy

says:

I can’t say enough about what AAS has meant to our family! We stared Kindergarten going the Sonlight multi-subject package route and by 1st grade, we began discovering that we needed something “outside the box” but we weren’t really sure what we needed. We kept coming back to AAS and decided to try it this summer and are about done with Level 1. AAS really pointed out areas where my child was struggling and revealed some underlying reading issues and dyslexia. The tiles have been such a great addition because it gives my busy son something to physically put together. As he “builds” a word with tiles, he is building the word in his mind which creates this mental picture that he rarely forgets. The constant team tiles have really helped him put sounds together and to visualize a word before writing it. There have been lessons where, because of time, we skipped the tiles and just went straight to paper and those are the very concepts my son is still struggling with because we didn’t take the time to thoroughly learn the concepts when they were first introduced. We are having to back track because of that (lesson learned!!). Because of the success we’ve seen w/AAS and how it’s carrying over to reading as well as working with a tutor and seeing how her methods line up with the format of AAR, we are looking to switch over to AAR within the next month as well! While I wish we had started out with AAL in the beginning, we learned some valuable, life-changing lessons about homeschooling and letting go of the standard educational and age expectations as well as letting go of what’s not working despite the money invested in it for the benefit of our child and his education and future…lessons we wouldn’t have learned otherwise.

Brandy L.

says:

We love AALP products and own every single spelling and reading product and recommend them whole heartedly to everyone. We’ve had great success with both programs and it’s the some of the only curriculum I don’t want to part with once we are done with it. With that said, all three of my very different children LOATHE the tiles and no one was more surprised than me. After a few years of having them up on the board to use, I finally took them down at the beginning of this year because they just didn’t see any action. Even my young boys who do not enjoy the physical act of writing one iota, still prefer writing over using the tiles. For some reason, the tiles frustrate my kids. They all say they can just write the words much faster. For a few weeks I did color code the dry erase markers we used to write the words to match the letter tiles because I could see the benefit, but even that annoyed them. I think they also didn’t like how easily the tiles fell off the board. Turns out my kids just didn’t need to use them to be successful. They are all wonderful spellers and readers.

My daughter also loves using the tiles instead of having to write out the words when she is first learning. It makes it a lot easier for her to make a mistake. I also found that she is more tactile and uses the tiles to her benefit to remember something. For example, trying to remember that f, l and s are doubled at the end of a one syllable word with a short vowel….she started pointing to the tiles and now she has no problem remembering which letters usually double. Could not be happier. Thank you!!!

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