All About Spelling


We just started using All About Spelling this year, and frankly at this point you couldn’t take it from me if you wanted to! Yes, we LOVE it that much! And not only do I love it, but my kids LOVE it! Every now and then I’ll let them pick the order of their workboxes, and I’m not kidding you, unless there’s a candy bar in one of the drawers, they’ll pick the All About Spelling box first every time!


Some benefits to All About Spelling:

  • The program is multisensory, approaching spelling through sight, sound, and touch.
  • The lesson plans scripted for you. They are easy to follow and leave nothing out! And it’s not just spelling, it’s a phonics program as well, and they teach all the rules in an easy to follow and understand manner.
  • It works! I can honestly say I’ve noticed an improvement in both my 1st and 2nd grader’s spelling since we’ve started.
  • It’s fun! This is an activity that we do one-on-one and since it involves many different activities, the kids seem to really enjoy it! They are learning quickly and we are all having fun (including me!) and that’s huge in my book!


I am so thrilled about this program, and I hope to use it with all of our kids from here on out.

One thing to note, there are only about 25 lessons in both the first and 2nd level books. I’m used to doing 1 lesson/day with my other curriculum, so obviously that wasn’t going to work. Some of the lessons for my 1st grader are pretty easy so we’re blazing through them quickly, but you are to teach to mastery with this program so after talking to the super nice people at All About Spelling I realized that you don’t need to go through 1 lesson each day. Instead you are to stay on that lesson until they’ve got the rules down pat, so we’ve slowed down a bit.


(This box has cards for both level 1 and level 2 in it, I found it in the office supply section of Target, it had a paper pad in it!)

Each level comes with a set of Phonogram Cards, Sound Cards, Key Word Cards (we call them trivia) and Spelling Word Cards. Each day you go through the cards they say to as well as review those your child hasn’t mastered which is nice. The cards help remind me what they need to work on, and I don’t know about you but I can use all the reminders I can get!

If you haven’t tried this program yet, all I can say is that you won’t be disappointed! Just make sure to call them first, or go through the test on the All About Spelling site under the FAQ page to see what level to buy. Their levels don’t quite correspond with grade level.


  1. This is a good project to help Heaven w/ recognizing letters, thanks =)

  2. Where did you find the box for all the cards? I'm stuck with two small boxes and its just not working smoothly!

  3. We've been using AAS for a year now with both my 8 and 5 year old. It is AMAZING! I love it and so do they! Also, where did you get your card box… they don't all fit in a typical index card box which is what I have. What to go Erica on another great find!

  4. I like it a lot, too.

  5. I've heard such great things about this program! I am going to bookmark it to remember for next year.

  6. i am wanting to buying AAS… just saving some money. i am quite unsure which level to buy..

  7. Thanks for the great review. I'm a teacher that works for a charter home school. I'm definitely going to pass this new information on to all of my families that I service!

  8. We started AAS this year with my 6yo son and feel the same way you do! He gets super excited putting a sticker on each completed level and begs to do the next one…amazing! I really appreciate all the phonetic pronunciations this program provides instead of long/short sounds. A+++

  9. It's on our list to buy! saving our pennies! Heard lots of great things about it! Can't wait!

  10. Thank you so much for reviewing this! I had never heard of it before and had been wondering what to do to teach spelling to my little ones (I'm just beginning my eldest son's 2nd year of school, and my 2nd son's first year). I just followed your link and read the whole AAS website! I will DEFINITELY be getting this curriculum! Now to wait till our budget makes some funds available 🙂 Do you have more than one letter set, or do your kiddos do fine sharing?

  11. We use and love AAS too. And our cards don't fit in our box either, yours is huge!

  12. I have been on the fence AAS for a year now. You shoved me off. I am off to go order it.

  13. Alice: My kids share a letter set. It’s hard to do it with more than one at a time anyway, so I usually do it 1 on 1.

  14. Ooooooh, I want this!

  15. We just started using this about 3 weeks ago. It is all you said and more. My guy is special needs and it really has help his reading in a very short time. I am sold!

  16. I am using it this year too. I love it. I too had to slow down the lessons for my 6 year old where as my 8 year old is doing one lesson a day because I started at the beginning and it is easier for her. I think by the next book I will have to slow it down for her too. I like this program a lot. My kids don't dread spelling any more and that is huge in my book!

  17. This seems like it could replace a phonics program as well…do you use it along with a phonics program or have you noticed there is no need for a separate phonics program? Thank you for reviewing this for us. I will be ordering it soon.

  18. What were you using prior to using AAS?

  19. I love it too. I also purchased the Neuhaus Education Center's Reading Readiness packet but find AAS more stimulating and easier to teach. But it's that darn box issue that bugs me. You'd think they'd come up with a box to keep the cards in instead of leaving us in search of the holy grail of containers that fit with the cards. I still haven't found one!

  20. We just started this year with a child in Kindergarten. We are doing one lesson a week. I taught and I've seen all kinds of spelling programs and I am so impressed with this program. I love that it teaches all the sounds of a letter from the start.

  21. We have been using AAS for a little while now. I was using Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading. I liked the Orton-Gillingham concept, but wanted something less intensive. I found a box that the cards fit into at Walmart. It cost a little more than the regular plastic index boxes. It was in the school supply area. It is a metal type box, with a latch. Hope that helps.

  22. I have enjoyed your blog so much, thank you! I purchase your letter of the week curriculum a few weeks ago and we are loving it so far. Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas!Bon

  23. City Sister: We were using Abeka Spelling last year, then tried Spelling Power this year. I don't like Spelling Power b/c it is just one long quiz and it doesn't really teach my kids "WHY" we spell words as we do, it just teaches them to memorize them all. Abeka is okay, but still teaches to memorization more unless you use it in conjunction with their phonics program which I was doing.AAS is a phonics AND spelling program, so you don't need to use another phonics program at the same time. I still do Abeka worksheets to re-enforce / test what they've learned, but we do the phonics lessons from AAS.

  24. This person uses the Sterlite flip boxes from Walmart.

  25. I am totally sold on this curriculum and can't wait to order it! Do you buy the videos or do they do ok without the videos? Trying to save money, but don't want to skip it if they need it! Thanks so much for your blog….Love it! Carla

  26. Hi Carla,No videos, they offer a phonograms CD so you can hear the sounds, and the teacher book. You do need to get the level one starter kit with the alphabet tiles and word cards though, they are used for all the levels.

  27. Hi Carla, first let me say that I love Love Love your blog!!!Shipping to New Zealand is so expensive I am trying to only get the essentials.Have you found it necessary to purchase an extra Material Packet for each child? Thank you, Melanie

  28. Melanie: I actually did NOT buy an extra material packet for each child. We just shared and so far it's been working fine. I know they suggest getting 1 per child, but I just buy one per level we do to save money. So far so good!Thanks for reading,Erica :o)

    • Stephanie Oldham says:

      Hi Erica,

      I am interested in using the program without purchasing each packet for each child. How do you keep track of the ones each child has mastered? I have 8yr old twins and a Kindergartner. Each twin started out with their own box and kept track of which cards they each mastered. Even though I combined the lessons for each, I thought it was necessary to keep track of which each individual had mastered.

      I was just about to purchase a third student packet for my Kindergartner when I saw the great way you combined level one and two in the office supply box from Target! This way seems much better to me! So, how do you keep track of where each individual is?

      Many thanks!

      • Hi Stephanie,
        We share the levels too. I don’t usually have 2 students in the same level at the same time though. But maybe you could use a colored clip to keep the words each one needs work on together so you can tell them apart if they’re in the same level at the same time?

  29. Erica, I am so sorry for calling you Carla, of course I know that your name is Erica. I must have just seen the name from the comment above and written it down without thinking. Thank you for your reply. Melanie

  30. This looks like a great program! I would love to see if this would help my eight year old, who is somewhat struggling with spelling and reading! Thanks for this review and information!

  31. Would love to win this! I think it’s a great program.

  32. I would LOVE to win this!

  33. By the way, I already subscribe to Confessions of a Homeschooler by email. LOVE IT!

  34. I would love to win this!!! I have heard such great things.

  35. Love Confessions emails.

  36. Stephanie says:

    Did you laminate your cards, the colored ones, before using them? And if so, did you cut them first or after you laminated them?

  37. This sounds perfect for my son!!! He loves being hands on and is a visual learner too. Since this is multisensory, it would be perfect for him. He is going into 1st grade this fall. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win this. Thank you!!!

  38. Kathy Dungan says:

    I am going to purchase this next week so your response would be great. My son is in second great and average at spelling. We have done spelling workouts in prior years. Should I start him with level one or will it be to easy? I also refer to your website often and love love the artists and composer curriculum.

    • HI Kathy,
      I would probably start him with level 1 only because the majority of phonics rules are included /taught in that level. The words will probably be too easy for him, but it’s still important that he learn the basic phonics rules before moving on to the other levels. You can probably go through level 1 faster than you normally will the other levels.

  39. We currently use ABeka for language/phonics and spelling. I like how it all goes together. My 2nd grade daughter is doing fine with it. My son who is now in 4th grade has always struggled with spelling. Now, I realize I probably should have lookied into a different program before now. But, at this point, what level do you recommend? Thank you!

    • I always recommend starting with Level 1 because it includes almost all of the phonics spelling rules. Since your son is older, the word lists will be too easy for him, but the rules are fundamental and without those he’ll continue to struggle.

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