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Spelling….that word is not liked by one of my children. He can read fabulously and comprehends what he reads, but to spell the words? It just doesn’t come easily for him.
I saw so many different blogs post about All ABout Spelling. I have to admit, I wasn’t drawn to it right away because I was looking for an easy “sit down and study the words” textbook approach. This school year has been anything but easy for me. I’ve been pulled in a hundred different directions and have had to rely on textbooks more than ever before. I’m learning more and more that certain subjects work well for the standard textbook approach, but other subjects need the hands on time with Mama.
All About Spelling provides an excellent way to spell using your eyes, hands, and ears (sight, touch, and sound). We talk through how to spell a particular word and the how behind why we are spelling a word that way. This program teaches one concept at a time, building slowly upon each new skill.
I’ve been so pleased with the quality of the program and everything they send. Nothing has been forgotten; they have thoughtfully put together every item in this program.
The Teachers Guide tells you each step of what to do, and what to say. Love that. I don’t want to think about what to say when I have a baby crawling on my lap while I’m trying to teach spelling.
Students learn about digraphs using these tiles. The teacher introduces the digraph tiles, pointing to the individual sounds and then blends them together.
These tokens are used by the student as he spells a word out loud. As each sound is being spoken, the child pulls a token down the board in front of him.
As the student passes each step they can put a sticker on the chart. I’m saving this back for my next child since my older child is going through this program and does not need the sticker chart.
All the cards you use for the student are stored in this handy box!
Everything fits in this sturdy bag, which I love! We do school upstairs and downstairs, so the bag just goes where we need it that day!
Overall I’m very impressed with this program. I think the first level was a tad too easy for my child, but I wanted to cover all the basics quickly before moving on to the next levels. There are seven levels all together! You can view sample lesson plans of all seven levels here.
It’s a wonderful feeling to find curriculum that works. I’d love to know, do you try various curriculum frequently, or just stick with the same thing each year?