All About Spelling Review and Giveaway!

Last year we used the built in spelling lessons that were a part of the boxed curriculum that was the base of our homeschool.  It was the first year that we had implemented spelling since my oldest was only in the first grade.  I had never given much thought to how I wanted to teach this particular subject.  I figured that it would come easily when the time came.

I was wrong.  

My daughter was a natural reader, memorizing books as a toddler and then requesting reading lessons as a very young preschooler.  By kindergarten, she was reading chapter books.  She picked up on words so quickly that she began to learn them merely from following the words on the page when I read them aloud.

Eventually, we hit a stumbling block.  She’d been through a complete and thorough phonics program, but she was so used to being a little advanced that she really didn’t like when she came across a word that she had to sound out. She’d get very frustrated and say that she didn’t remember the phonics rules that applied.  When I suggested that we go back through our phonics program to refresh her memory, she complained that doing so would make her feel bad because “it was for younger kids.”  I went to some other homeschooling mothers for advice because I certainly did not want my girl to be so discouraged and one suggestion was made time and time again—All About Spelling

I was told that not only would this program help resolve my daughter’s reading frustrations, but it would also give her the tools that she needed to be a successful speller.  So far with what we’d been using, retention was not happening.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to remedy this problem but I hadn’t expected to jump ship on our current curriculum.  Though I was hesitant at first, eventually I decided to make the move and give something new a try.  I purchased Level One and dove right in. 

Let me tell you that I am so very happy that I took this chance!  I could immediately see a difference in my daughter’s phonemic abilities.  The best part?  She didn’t realize that she was reviewing her phonics skills because they were a part of her spelling lessons!  When we completed Level One she was so proud of her accomplishment. 

 
We were then blessed to receive All About Spelling: Level Two for review.  Just like the first level, this one is also multi-sensory.  Children learn spelling rules through sight, sound, and touch so no matter what sort of learner you have, All About Spelling can work for them.

Instead of learning through rote memorization of an arbitrary list of words, this curriculum breaks words down to their bare bones.  It shows students the how and why of the formation of words and syllables.

Building on the foundation of the skills learned in the first level, the twenty five steps in level two will further strengthen your child’s spelling muscles.  Flashcards are used for review daily to provide reinforcement, the whiteboard and magnetic tiles give a visual component so that your child can physically build the words, and dictation exercises assess retention.

In level two, concepts include:

  • Open and closed syllables
  • How silent E can make a long sound
  • Ways to spell long E
  • Soft and hard C and G
  • How to divide words into syllables
  • Lots more!

The teacher’s manual is designed to be completely open and go, so you won’t have to spend precious time preparing lesson plans and organizing materials.  It has guidance throughout, but isn’t heavily scripted.  Though there are twenty five steps, you should move only at the pace of your student until mastery is achieved.  Don’t feel like you must rush through or skip steps.   Take your time and ensure that your child really absorbs the lessons. Mastery is more important than temporary memorization!

Customized spelling lists accompany every step and aid you in continually reviewing the concepts presented.  By using a variety of words instead of a set list, I found that I could better assess whether or not my daughter was truly learning the rules or just memorizing particular words.

Dictation exercises provide penmanship practice while also testing to see if your child has learned the given words without having an official “test.”  This is one of my favorite features because I don’t believe in testing in the younger years.  Again, mastery is more important than temporary memorization!

If you have been in search of the perfect curriculum to help teach spelling, then I think you should absolutely check out All About Spelling!

All About Learning Press has offered to help send this giveaway series out with a bang by offering All About Spelling Level 1 PLUS a Deluxe Spelling Interactive Kit!  All you need to get started with this fantastic program!  *Note: if you enter this giveaway, but already own Level 1, then you will be allowed to choose the level you are ready for next!

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!  U.S. residents only.

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Comments

  1. My 4 yr old daughter is very smart but lazy when it comes to sounding out. She does however love to write. She is constantly asking me to spell words so she Can write them down. I think she will learn to read through writing and All About Spelling will help that happen.

  2. We plan on starting All About Spelling this coming school year. Would love to win!!

  3. We are currently using the All About Reading program and my daughter LOVES it! I would love to add in All About Spelling too…it looks fantastic.

  4. I would love to try this program out next school year!

  5. This looks like a helpful spelling program.

  6. I want to win because I need AAS 6 and 7 to make my set complete. Or because I want AAR 1 and 2 for my younger children!

  7. We started using AAS this year, and are really enjoying it! I hope to continue to use the program with all 4 children and use all levels!

  8. What a fantastic giveaway!

  9. Anonymous says:

    My dd can use a lot of help in spelling!

  10. We haven’t started spelling yet, and this curriculum seems highly recommended!

  11. We use and LOVE All About Spelling! I would like to continue using the materials. I would need to choose a different level if we won this giveaway. The methods used to teach spelling work well. My daughter enjoys learning spelling with the tiles making it more hands-on and interactive. I also appreciate the dictation exercises added in. She has learned a lot using this program. It is awesome! Thank you for the chance to win the next level we need.

  12. I would so love to win this for my girls. I hear nothing but good reviews on All About Spelling and their other products and so this is one of those products on my wish list.
    Thanks for hosting this fantastic Giveaway.
    Happy Birthday !

  13. We love All About Spelling!

  14. We already own AAS Level 1, and while it’s moving a bit slow for us right now, I think it will be great once we get past all the things she already knows. My daughter tends to memorize words and not want to sound them out, and I feel like the program will help her to start sounding out the words instead. Would love to own Level 2 🙂

  15. We have completed AAR 1 and are working through AAR 2. I plan to begin spelling with my son in the fall, and this would be perfect! 🙂

  16. I have been wanting to try this out!

  17. I would love to win this for my daughter who is ready to start kindergarten.

  18. So awesome. I’ve always wanted this curriculum! Thank u for the giveaway

  19. I have heard amazing things about these programs and would love to try them!

  20. Oh Dusty, this would be great for my Lydia and her brothers! Thanks so much for the opportunity to try to get it! 🙂 Blessings!!

  21. My 10 year old dyslexic son is almost complete with Level One. It has made a tremendous positive difference for him! I already purchased Level Two so we would love to win Level Three to continue on this journey. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  22. My 10 year old son who has dyslexia has made tremendous positive progress and is almost complete with Level 1. I have just purchased Level 2 and so we would love to win Level 3 as we continue on this journey. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  23. I’d love to win a level 2 or 3 because we’ve got level 1 already and these work so well for my kids.

  24. We love All About Spelling and hope to win the next level! 🙂

  25. I have heard nothing but great things about AAS & I have 2 kids who could use it!

  26. Trying to find the right spelling program for my daughter.

  27. tried AAS a few years ago and going back to it again for next school year.

  28. My kids need spelling help!

  29. I would like to win so I can use level 1 as review for my horrible-spelling 7 year old and to introduce the concepts to my four year old 🙂

  30. We are currently finishing up AAR level one and as soon as we do I was planning on starting AAS level 1 with AAR level 2.

  31. We’ve been using AAR for reading and I think it’s time to add in spelling!

  32. We would love to win this to help my oldest son the frustrated speller and his brother the emergant reader… 😉 They would both love this program! Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. Anonymous says:

    We are loving All About Spelling and Reading. Winning would certainly help financially, or we may have to pause our work in this department for a month. These are so worth the investment and I’m pleased to have found them for our 3 kids! Kate D dickeyhomeschool(at)hotmail(dot)com

  34. We would love to win this to help my oldest son the frustrated speller and his brother the emergant reader… 😉 They would both love this program! Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Jennifer M says:

    I would love to win because we plan on using AAS soon!

  36. Laura Stephenson says:

    We are really learning with the All About Reading program and would like to begin All About Spelling as well.

  37. We love the program! I would love to be able to get AAS2 since we already own level 1. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  38. christina k says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this with my two five year old boys! Thanks for the review!

  39. I have heard so much positive feedback on this curriculum that I would love to try it with my son.

  40. My daughter’s situation sounds just like you described. We started her on Level 1 AAS last year as well as starting little sister on AAR. It has been WELL worth every penny, but after buying AAR 1 and 2 and AAS 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the last 18 months, I’d LOVE to win AAS 5!

  41. I have heard nothing but good feedback about AAR and AAS. I would love to be able to get this and start using it for my son next year and for future children.

  42. Always looking for a good spelling program for my children.

  43. We have just started using All About Spelling and would love to continue with all of the levels. Thanks for the chance to win and for the great review.

  44. I have been wanting this and the All about Reading for sometime to start with my 5 & 7 year old. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. I have heard wonderful things about this program and have been wanting to get it but do not have the money for it at this time. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Thanks for the opportunity to participate. I have a 5 yr old and 7 yr old on the spectrum. I have heard great things about the and the All About Reading as well.

  47. We are just starting K this year and this is the program I want for our homeschool. It would be a tremendous blessing to win this. Thank you so much for the great review and giveaway!

  48. Heather H. says:

    I have always wanted to try All about Spelling because I have one who is naturally good at spelling and two others who are really struggling.

  49. My son was in title 1 reading programs in public school and has had no success in spelling or reading fluently. The programs we have tried for homeschool this year did not seem to improve his spelling. I would love to give All About Spelling a try with him!

  50. Having trouble with my son, would love to try this!!

  51. We started using AAS level 1 a year ago with my 5 year old, but have put it off to the side, I think it is time to get it out, finish it, and start level 2! It has already helped me as well! (Spelling was completely memorization for me, I never understood phonics… and I don’t want that to be the case for my kiddos!)

  52. My eight and ten year old daughters are not natural spellers, and AAS is on my wish list for curriculum. It would be so wonderful to win it! I am thrilled that it worked so well for your daughter.

  53. We are JUST starting out our homeschooling journey in a couple months. I’m SO excited to use All About Spelling and All About Reading with my children. To be able to start out with these programs would be awesome!

  54. Sarah Rosenberg says:

    I wasn’t sure if my comment went through earlier and it doesn’t look like it did.

    We love AAR and AAS. Desmond is zooming through AAS1 and loves it, it is working great for him. Both he and Eloise are enjoying AAR as well.

  55. My kindergarten started reading last year April. We want to start the Reading Level 1 and then do the Spelling Level 1. We love what we have seen with the All About Learning programme!

  56. We love AAS and currently use level 1. As the mom to a child with multiple learning challenges, I’m pleased to hear I is working so well for the dyslexic child above.

  57. My 8 year old has done so well with this program…I would love to win level 3 since he’ll be ready for it in about 2-3 weeks. I would also love the Deluxe kit because we didn’t get it the first time around and I’d love to have it to use with my next 3 little ones!

  58. Must win, must win, must win!!!!

  59. I’d love to win because I love All About Spelling. I currently just started Level 3 with my daughter, so I would love to get level 4. It’s such a great program.

  60. I want to win this for my son. Jack is 5 and has autism. I homeschool…this would be a wonderful tool for us. Thank you.

  61. I’m starting to think about next year’s curriculum picks, and this sounds like it would be good for my Hannah, who is going to be a second grader.

  62. I’d love to win level 3, my son just started on level 2. We love AAS!

  63. I would LOVE to win this because I am/will be new to homeschooling my child in the fall and have been looking into all about reading/spelling but don’t know if we can afford it right now.

  64. We currently use All About Spelling & it has worked so well! We will be ready for level 4 next year so this would be a blessing to our homeschool budget to win!

  65. Love All About Spelling. Just in time I need Level 2.

  66. Wonderful spelling program! Would love to win a level! Thank you for a great giveaway!

  67. Wonderful spelling program! Would love to win a level! Thank you for a great giveaway!

  68. I teacher kindergarten English language learners. This would be awesome.

  69. My son struggles with phonetic sounds as well. I’ve heard rave reviews even before your blog but I struggle to pay for curriculum. This would be a huge blessing.

  70. My son just started All about reading and is loving it. We would love to win All about spelling, we haven’t tried it yet.

  71. oh we love all about spelling — we’re just finishing up level 1 and would love to be able to get level 2. thanks for the chance.

  72. Oh how I’d love to win this! I’m seeking out a new spelling program for pretty much the same reason as you wrote about Gabby. He’s not really retaining what we are learning.

  73. I have been looking at curriculum for the upcoming year for my soon to be 5 year old (he’s currently reading at an early emergent level, and I hope to have him a bit farther by next year). I have really liked what I’ve researched about All About Reading and All About Spelling for him, but since it will be my first year homeschooling him (with curriculum) I’m nervous about spending so much money on just reading and spelling and still have to purchase math, science, and history curriculum. That’s why I’d like to win! 🙂

  74. This is a curriculum that I’ve been looking at for 2 years now. What a perfect opportunity to get to try it! I think it would be a perfect fit for my little ones 🙂

  75. This is a curriculum I’ve been wanting to try for awhile now – what a great way to finally do it!! I think it would be a great fit for my little ones!

  76. We love AAS & AAR so we are totally lovers of this curriculum! I need the next level of AAS!! I WANT THIS!

  77. i have heard so many great things about this program, id really like to try it with my soon to be kinder and 1st grader! thank you for the chance!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

  78. I have been looking at multiple spelling programs in preparation for homeschooling next year. This program makes the most sense to me. It looks awesome! I would love to win it as the curriculum expenses are climbing! Thanks for the opportunity!

  79. I would like to win this program because I’ve got a dyslectic little girl. She is very brave, but I’m not sure we are winning the spelling struggle. We need a good program that will make sure she gets the basics.

  80. I would love this for my son. His in the 3rd grade.

  81. I would love to win this for my son. He is having such a hard time with reading, writing and spelling. We just started homeschooling this year after a dismal 2 years of public school. This program would be so beneficial to my son’s success.

  82. Ah this looks like an amazing place to start!

  83. I currently am teaching my 10,8,and7. My 10 year old is a natural speller. My 8 year old not so much. This would be a great opportunity to try.

  84. We are just starting level 2 and it is working so well for my kids. It is building their confidence while they learn new rules to our language. Thank you!

  85. I have been considering this spelling curriculum for quite some time now. Thank you for the review!

  86. I’ve been using All About Reading with my 2nd grader, and am SO impressed. I think AAS would work great for my 5th grader!

  87. I would love to try this because….we don’t any spelling at all now! (gasp!)

  88. I am planning to use this all about spelling this year. It would just be great if I win it for my son.

  89. It would be great to win!

  90. We love, love, love, All About Spelling, I have a student in level 1, level 3 and level 4!

  91. We have been using AAR, and we’re planning on starting AAS in the fall. I would love to win this so I don’t have to buy it!

  92. I have really wanted to try this program and would love to see my kids phonics skills improved. Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. This will be my first year ever homeschooling. Winning this giveaway would help me financially. It would also ensure that we are doing this program! As a single mom it will not be easy to homeschool, but I am confident that God has brought us to it, and He will bring us through it. And I’m very excited!

  94. would love to win! i have twins who are almost done with level1 🙂

  95. My son has dsylexia and All About Spelling would be super helpful for him!

  96. I’d love to win as we are just about to get started digging into reading as my son becomes a kindergartener.

    BTW, in your giveaway for the spelling book you misspelled the word “Deliuxe” in the Rafflecopter. 😉 lol, just thought you might want to know!

  97. Priscilla Staley says:

    Would love to win!

  98. Thank you so much for the giveaway even if I don’t win. Don’t get me wrong, I would really love to win All About Spelling. I think it would be such a blessing. My son is pretty good at reading, but I do think there are gaps with the spelling and sounding out words. He doesn’t like to take the time to sound out the words. But then again, there may be some gaps with sounding out the words. I really think it would benefit my 6th. grade son very much.

  99. We already use this program and absolutely love it!

  100. Katherine Smith says:

    I would love to win because I have NO idea how to teach my daughters to spell! My kindergartener is doing very well with reading, but as a new homeschooler I could use all the help I can get!

  101. Been coveting AAS for a long time!

  102. This curriculum has been on my wish list for a long time. I have no idea how to teach spelling and this would really help.

    Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

  103. Candi Clark says:

    We just started All About Reading & love it! Can’t wait to try All About Spelling!

  104. I would love to win because we are just starting out and I hear amazing things about all about spelling

  105. I have heard nothing but great reviews about the All About Learning materials. I would love to win this giveaway!

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