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06
2013

Homeschool Spelling Curriculum Forum

Hi everyone and welcome to today’s homeschool curriculum forum! Today we’re discussing the every so popular subject of spelling.

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It’s no secret that I LOVE All About Learning Press products. And I’m particularly fond of the All About Spelling program. I started using them last year for our phonics and spelling help and we’ve never looked back.

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.

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Why do I love All About Learning Press so much?

  • It’s easy to do with no prep work on my part
  • The phonics rules are reviewed often so kiddos remember them
  • It’s a hands-on learning style that makes learning fun
  • Results: I personally witnessed in overnight improvement in all of my children’s spelling and reading skills
  • The kiddos love it. ‘Nuff said.

We also rotate around how we do things, some days they use tiles, some days a white board, and some days my iPad chalkboard app. We’ve stamped words, said words orally, and something we lovingly refer to as Stair Phonics. I love the flexibility and effectiveness of this program, and my kids love how fun it is.

Pros:

  • Hands-on.
  • Great review using flashcards and key questions.
  • Easy to teach.

Cons:

  • Can be pricey if you purchase multiple levels at once. To help combat this we share the student flash cards.
  • Is teacher intensive time-wise as you direct all of the lessons so it’s not something you can hand to your students to do on their own.
  • Word lists are appropriate for each skill, but typically too easy for my students, so we’ve added in BJU Spelling workbooks for a  spelling list each week.

 

So, now comes the fun part!

What are your favorite Spelling curriculum, resources, websites, etc? Leave a comment below discussing your choices for this year and why.

Feel free to ask questions or reply to each other too!

It’s my way of doing a forum without actually doing a forum haha!

And hopefully this will help us all as we start the process of researching curriculum, and trying to decide what will be the best fit for our homeschool.

Note: Please keep today’s conversations geared towards SPELLING, I will be posting one for each subject separately so we can keep our comments organized.

Click here if you missed my previous Homeschool Curriculum Forum posts!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post, I may however be affiliated with one or more products mentioned. The opinions expressed in this post were not influenced by the company. They are products I have used and felt like sharing, cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to.

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Comments

  1. With the all about spelling, if I was to start it next year for my 6th and 3rd graders, would I need to start on level one? How do you find the right starting place?

    • No matter the grade level, start them all on Level 1. It’s recommended as the best way to ensure there haven’t been any gaps in their learning. If one child has a concept grasped well, you just move quickly to the next concept, and vice versa if one if having trouble you keep reviewing it until they’ve mastered it. You have to work with each child independently regardless so it’s simple to pace it at their individual need. My son is in the fourth grade, has an accelerated reading comprehension and we found that he lacked a concept in this area so the added review and reinforcement helped. With that said, we love AAS and plan to follow through the levels. And like Erica said, the words are not very challenging for my fourth grader so next year we’re adding in vocabulary spelling words.

      • Also, like Erica mentioned, we only need one set of cards, I just use colored clips in each section to show where my adavnced child is compared to my younger. And the certificate you can copy and reprint on stock paper so savings there!

      • Thanks Ronnie! I have been looking into using next year but had no clue as to what level to start my second and third grader. Really appreciate the advice.

    • LeCricia ~
      All About Learning Press has a blog, there is a recent post on how to use AAS with older children. The basic concept is that you go through it at their pace, if they get it/know it – just keep pushing through. They also have a PDF explaining how she customized the first 16 lessons for her older students. Here is the link to the blog post:

      http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/using-all-about-spelling-with-older-students/

      Hope this helps! :o)

  2. All About Spelling, ‘Nuff said!! Couldn’t agree more.

    We LOVE this program!

  3. I do Spelling Power. I like it alot. It is really quick and easy and uses the spelling rules to teach kids to sound out the word and then spell it. I really like that they do tests instead of writing the word over and over again to commit the word to memory.
    The program is just a book that is for all grades. It seems a little complicated, but is really easy. The book is a little pricy, but it is reusable and you can use it for all grades. You only need the book for the program. The words are the most misspelled words in the English language and they get harder as you go through the levels.

    • I LOVE Spelling Power! It’s an all-in-one program for grades 3-12. The initial cost is around $60, but you are receiving the ENTIRE program — for all grades! I love that my kids are only re-tested on words they automatically misspell. There is plenty of review and delayed recall “programmed” in, so fear of your child misspelling the same words over and over is basically eliminated. Also, there are spelling and dictionary activities included in the book — for all levels of learning. You don’t need anything fancy to complete the suggested activities, either. I bought magnetized letter tiles from Amazon and have not bought anything else in the two years I’ve used this program. I also love that there’s a printables CD-Rom included, so I don’t have to purchase workbooks or extra paper — I can print off (two-sided) what I need each week.

      I can’t say enough good things about this spelling curriculum! :D

    • I just wanted to add that is is sooooooooo important for the child to write the words over and over, this makes it more concrete in their brains. It seem tedious and boring for us adults, but it is super important for the kids to be doing this.

  4. Hi Erica,
    What about AAR? Any reason why you didn use this as a reading curriculum? Any mummies tried both?

    • We do both! They wok great together.

    • Christina says:

      We do both for my second. It wasn’t around for my first. They just released level 2 this year. I may be mistaken in my memory, but I think Tinker Bell is using AAR this year. I loved AAR 1 and 2 so much that I ordered the Pre Reading version for my 4 and 5 year old.

    • Christina says:

      They recommend that you start AAS level 1 after you finish AAR level 1. So you would be doing AAR level 2 while you are doing AAS level 1.

  5. We are using Sequential Spelling. I wouldn’t say my girls love it, but they are amazing spellers!

    • Erika Hargrave says:

      We use and like sequential spelling, too! Price is hard to beat! I printed off and spiral bound my own book. The kids like having candy involved to encourage them. I can’t say it’s fun, but it certainly does the job for the right price. Even my 5 year old is doing it and it’s helping boost my 7 year old’s confidence. The program is based on word families.

  6. I just purchased All About Spelling but I must admit I’m having some reservations. We’ve been using Spell to Write and Read but boy was it difficult and complicated to get going. I didn’t get the STWR in the mail until about 2 week before we started school and I was absolutely not ready to start teaching it when school started even though I’d been preparing for those 2 week . Having said all that I’m still not ready to let it go completely because I’ve read some reviews that say that STWR is more comprehensive than AAS. I too have noticed that the spelling words in AAS are really easy. Also, AAS seems to include “Word Jail” which appears to me to be a way to teach certain words that don’t follow the rules (am I correct?). I think STWR teaches rules for most words so there would be fewer words, if any, considered rule breakers which could cause confusion for kids. I guess I feel that if I were to persevere with STWR it would be the better program. I wish I could attend the training seminars but they’re about $180, I believe, and I can’t afford that. I found 3 videos that may provide some training but based on their description I can’t tell if the training would be complete and thorough enough. I guess I’d like to know has anyone out there used both AAS and STWR, has anyone purchased any of the STWR training videos, and is the “Word Jail” in AAS what I think it is, a way to teach words that don’t follow the rules. Thanks.

    • Hi Lily,

      The words in AAS do start easy because they use words that *only* follow the concepts taught up to that point. The concepts are used in more advanced words, but those words typically contain other concepts not yet taught. So…while it starts easy, the word lists go all the way up to high school in Level 7, and include teaching on Greek and Latin roots, words borrowed from Spanish and Italian, and so on. It’s very comprehensive. Also, there are not many words at all that will end up in “Jail.” Only a few per level. AAS and SWR both draw from the same base–Orton Gillingham. (SWR is based on Spalding which is based on OG). So there are many similarities in the two programs. One of the biggest differences is the one you have noticed–the order that words are introduced. SWR introduces words in order of frequency, while AAS introduces them in order of concepts. This order in AAS can also make words seem deceptively easy, because you first see them in the context of other words following the same pattern. But you will also get plenty of mixed review with the dictations and with the card system (you shuffle the cards when you do reviews so that they aren’t in order). Also when the Writing Station is introduced in Level 3, that adds another layer of review, and also acts as a bridge to writing independently. I hope this helps! BTW, for other differences between AAS and SWR, check this article from their FAQ file: http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/spell-to-write-and-read

  7. I know AAS is a good spelling program but because my kids are naturally good spellers, I don’t want to devote too much time to spelling so we use Spelling Workout, which is recommended by Susan Wise Bauer. For each lesson, we discuss the phonetic/spelling rule and I give them a pretest each week. If they pass the pretest, no spelling for the week, and if they don’t pass the pre-test, they work through the workbook on their own and take a final test at the end of week. Every few weeks I give a review test of the words they have missed. It’s not glamorous or exciting but the lessons are quick and it is definitely a solid spelling program. They don’t complain as it doesn’t take a lot of time to complete the exercises. And, as a bonus it is VERY inexpensive. You don’t even need the teacher guides really but since they are only $10 I get them as they give good sentences for the pre and final tests and some additional review worksheets. If your kids are naturally good spellers, I highly recommend the program as an efficient, inexpensive way to cover spelling.

  8. I am so very thankful you are doing this forum! I have been looking at AAS and Spelling Power ( & some others I can’t remember!). I like AAS, but they are a little pricey (I just ordered My Father’s World so trying to be careful where $ goes!). I am still open to getting it, though. With Spelling Power, do they go over the rules and such like AAS? With my (limited) research, I just kept finding how they teach common words and the kids just work on the lesson until they get them all right. M oldest is 8, but I have 3 boys total… so I need a boy-friendly curriculum- which is why AAS seems a better fit. Any feedback from experienced users? Thanks!

    • Spelling Power is pretty much just lists of words with a spelling rule at the top. They are supposed to write the spelling rule and then take a test on the words. You are supposed to stop them after they miss like 3 words or they take the test for like 10 minutes. I find it VERY good for boys who don’t like to write a lot. All he has to do is write the word once and he is done. It is pretty motivating for my son. He just turned 7 in March; we started it in August 2012.
      I don’t really follow the program super well (this is a common theme in my homeschooling). I have adapted it to fit us really well. My son is a natural speller. He hated the workbook style spelling of copying words, putting them in alphabetical order, and unscrambling. What we do is I made a list of the rules. I just looked through the lists and typed up the rules from each list for each level. I give him the list to look over twice a week as “memory work”. Then when he takes the test instead of getting him to write the rule (he hates to write), I say how do you spell oy (or whatever). He will say oy can be spelled oy or oi and then I write it on his paper and test him until I feel like he is done. Sometimes he will do a whole list which is anywhere from 15-20 words and sometimes he will do half of a list. I keep track of what he misses and make sure to retest him, but they do have tests in the program of the harder words called review tests and delayed recall tests. I do really like the program. It is really easy to use.

    • We used Spelling Power for awhile, but didn’t find their rules as helpful. The lessons would say things like the long A sound can be spelled ai, ay, eigh or a_e, but wouldn’t really say if there was a rule for any of these spellings. AAS teaches these one at a time, will tell you if there is a rule that applies, and lets children master each one before putting them together in one lesson for a mixed review. My kids needed this more incremental approach.

    • I have an 8 year old son that we started usin AAS with in January. He loves it! It’s very tactile and hads on which is a good fit for his wiggly body! We went through level 1 really quickly, like in a month. Then level 2 took us just a bit over a month. So it’s totally been worth the money for us. I know in the beginning it’s a bit of sticker shock, but really if you have multiple children its worth it. I highly recommend AAS especially for struggling spellers, and boys! :)

    • Christina says:

      I also recommend AAS for boys. My 8 year old likes this way of doing spelling. I do not make him write all of the words they say to. We do a lot orally if he seems to be getting the lesson. He LOVES that he can just zoom through and doesn’t have to do a bunch of busy work when he gets it. I love that it is catching areas of weakness that we had missed because he is a good reader and decent speller already.

  9. In all my years of homeschooling, I have found the best way to learn to spell and remember what you learned is to write sentences. I try to get my children to write one sentence a day for each grade they are in. If they are in 5th grade, they write 5 sentences.

    I have one really bad speller that went through all kinds of workbooks and still doesn’t spell well. I think that just because they complete a workbook, it doesn’t mean they will remember how to spell the words in the book.

    We used AAS and Spellquizzer (computer program) with our youngest for one year and they worked well.

  10. I just started using alas level 1 with my 6 yr old and we are flying through the first lessons. He is finishing up his kinder yr but working at a first grade level. I love the program so far. Simple compared to other programs I looked. He is not sitting in front of a workbook. I like the cards and we turn them into some kind of game often. Also, he loves putting his sticker on the included progress chart! He is so proud to show papa and others his progress!! I have seen improvement in his journal writing!!!! Will be ordering all about reading because of the success with AAS.

  11. We are on AAS level 3 and I love it!

  12. I just ordered AAS 1 for both my boys to start on this summer! VERY excited…the materials are all top notch in my opinion. I also ordered AAR 1 for my soon to be 1st grader. The quality of all the material I have received from All About Learning press isn’t comparable to anything else I have bought in my first year (this year) of homeschooling!

  13. I use AAS and AAR for all of my children. My oldest is 5th grade, and my youngest is 1st grade. My youngest loves AAR and is almost done with level 2. We plan to do level 3 AAR with AAS level 1 and 2 next year. She should move through those with no problems based on what she has learned all ready. My middle two have no problems with spelling, but my 5th grader does. He is currently working through level 2 and we go at his pace. Some lessons we do two days and some are only one. He still has trouble hearing the phonograms and often confuses i and e and wh/w. It was just this week tat I noticed he stopped confusing his B and D. So exciting! I just love this program! He wants to do spelling and can see that he is learning and it’s sticking to the point that he is actually willing to write sentences. I can’t recommend it enough!!!!!

  14. Erica, are you using the 2nd or 1st edition of BJU Spelling? We are using BJU DL for the coming year but I am trying to decide which edition to use. The 1st comes with the package.

  15. We use Spell to Write and Read with the Wise Guide for Spelling. It’s a k-12 currilculum, you just need a new composition notebook for each student every year. I love it because it’s phonics based (it IS our phonics curriculum as well) and between phonics and spelling rules, spelling is simple. The kids read a lot, too, and I consider that part of spelling – seeing so many words spelled correctly has to help!

  16. I’m almost through AAS Level 2 with my 6 year old and I thought I loved the program until a few weeks ago when he started complaining every time we pulled out the spelling book. He seems to enjoy pretty much everything else we do, so this was surprising to me. I’ve realized that he’s just bored. He was an early reader and a natural speller, and I totally agree with Erica that the spelling words in AAS are pretty easy. In the first two levels we haven’t come across any words yet that he didn’t already know how to spell. So now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m starting to wonder if so much emphasis on phonics rule is necessary for someone who is a naturally good speller. I didn’t know many of the rules we’ve covered myself until I started teaching him AAS and it hasn’t hindered my ability to be a good speller because words generally just look right or wrong to me. I just don’t want to see him struggling as he gets older if we don’t put enough emphasis on it while he’s young. If anyone has any insight about this question, or any recommendations for a program that works better for an already good speller I’d love to hear it!

    • I would think it’s not the program. My son gets really bored with everything, so I just have to mix things up. My son is a natural speller (so am I). I’ve tried to get him to tell me when he is bored and I give him a few options. He can read over the spelling rules, he can copy the words, or he can take the test. We do Spelling Power. I personally think that phonograms and spelling rules are really great learning tools. I am a natural speller and definitely didn’t learn any of these, but I do think it helps him. I think it probably helps with reading more than spelling, but reading and spelling are so closely related that I’m not even sure you can break them apart.
      I also try to go pretty quickly through things b/c of the boredom issue. I try to give him breaks when he needs them and try to give him as much variety as possible.

    • Christina says:

      My son also gets bored with it from time to time, but he doesn’t want to switch. He hates writing and workbook work. If he is getting it, shorten the word lists he has to spell and move on. You keep reviewing, so he will see it again. You will hit a point where it gets harder and then you can slow down. We have him write a few, then spell a few out loud, then build a few. You could have him get up and jump in place while he spells a word. My eight year old is a pretty good speller already, so we joked in the early levels about how ‘hard’ this lesson is going to be, and I would shake my head and say ‘oh this is a really hard one, get ready” and then give him something like ‘frog’ and he would crack up.

  17. I have some reluctant spellers and AAS has worked for us. We started it this year and my 2 oldest (2nd grade) went through Level 1 and almost half way through Level 2. My first grader is just going to finish Level 1. We enjoy it but probably don’t review as much as I should. I too alternate dry erase board, paper with markers, chalkboard, and tiles to make it more interesting. They write the sentences on paper so that I can include them in their portfolio.

  18. We’ve used Spelling Workout and All About Spelling. We are going to stick with AAS all the way through. It is the one program I cannot imagine homeschooling without! We love it!

  19. Hi Erica!!! Just wanted to stop by and leave a little blog love!! <3 It was nice to find a post on one of my favorite companies…I've never looked at their spelling program, but we've loved the handwriting!!

    Thanks for always contributing to the homeschool community!

  20. This year was our first year homeschooling. We used A Reason for Spelling. I initially thought my boys (6& 8) would love it because it is very colorful and had a lot of different activities and puzzles to do to help learn the words. My 6 year old has done fine with it but my 8 year old struggles a lot with the worksheet format and he just doesn’t learn and retain the spelling of the words as I had hoped he would. Also it is very much geared to a classroom setting rather than homeschool. That being said, we are making a shift to using My Father’s World curriculum for next year but have struggled with settling on doing Spelling Power. I have also looked at Sequential Spelling (DVD format) and just cannot decide. I would love to hear back from anyone who has used either of these programs successfully or not with boys (mine will be 2nd & 3rd grade next year).

    • I used sequential spelling with my autistic son who has processing disorders and loved it! It was used from age 9, he is now 18 and we still use it! The lists will follow some sort of pattern that build upon each other or change/add a letter to spell the next word. Each word is corrected immediately, so he didn’t have the chance for the wrong spelling to sink in:) it’s a straight forward program!

  21. I just recently received A Beka’s Language/Phonics/Spelling/Poetry system. We’ve not started it yet because we’re not *quite* finished with what we are currently using. I was going to purchase A Reason For Spelling and Handwriting, but I liked how A Beka’s curriculum overlapped with their lessons. Not that others don’t, I just liked how A Beka’s DID. We did NO SPELLING this year in K. I’m not sure our *big box* curriculum even had spelling in it. Never saw it. Looking forward to using his spelling words to work on handwriting soon. :) Good suggestions from everyone though! Many blessings on your school year!

  22. I am planning on using Word Journeys and Word Sorts and More by Kathy Ganske. I like this instruction for the main reason that it is highly individualized for each student. There is an assessment to give your child at the beginning to determine what level of spelling he/she is at, so you know exactly where you need to begin based on your child’s level. (There are five stages to spelling mastery.) The program is based on word work and word sorts, and the text gives you all kinds of ideas as well as word lists to choose from each level. I also like that it’s not worksheet based, which will be nice for my oldest student who likes to work with his hands rather than complete an endless amount of worksheets. However, since it is individualized, it’s up to you to create the lessons each week, so it’s a little more work on the teacher’s part since it’s not a pre-packaged, one-size-fits-all curriculum…

  23. I use AAS with my 1st grader, but it just took too much time to do it with my older children as well. So beginning in 4th grade, we transitioned to Megawords. It has the same rule-based-spelling concept as AAS but with larger words and a more independent workbook style so they can complete all but a weekly test on their own. They are wonderful! The only drawback, we do 1 lesson every 2 weeks (lots of pages) and we can complete 2-3 levels per year so it can be a bit costly if you choose to do that. The TM is $11.45 at Rainbow Resource and the student book is $9.75. Great continuation for AAS students if mom needs to focus on little ones or other subjects and needs spelling to be more independent.

  24. We tried AAS this year and I’ve been very impressed!

  25. I love word study, which is somewhat related to All About Spelling, where kids focus on word chunks and phonograms. Words Their Way is what I use/adapt (I also create my own stuff), but homeschoolers who aren’t trained in word study would enjoy Spelling Mechanics Homeschool Word Study.

  26. I’ve been reading these posts and reviews and have been intised by a few of the curriculum ideas, this spelling being one of them. I have obsessively read descriptions and reviews of curriculum since we started homeschooling two years ago. I taught elementary school for five years and, from that experience, worry about ‘filling gaps’ in homeschool curriculum. I used My Fathers World in K and was disappointed that my daughter wasn’t very challenged and wasn’t an independent reader in the end. We used the Abeka complete dvd curriculum this year and love it. I feel that there are no gaps and that my daughter gets a good day of instruction between myself and the DVDs no matter what kind of day the baby brothers are having. She is reading above a mid third grade level now and with the repetitive phonics rules and spelling practice on the DVD she is an incredible speller. I’ve been tempted several times by other curriculum and learning styles but always end up back at Abeka.

  27. Haley Aldrich says:

    We will be starting AAS Level 1 as soon as we finish AAR level 1. My son really enjoys AAR so I’m hoping we’ll have the same success with AAS!

  28. Hey Erica!!

    So, do you use the whole workbook with BJU, or just the word lists from them?
    If so, how much of the AAS do you use in one lesson??!!
    So many questions!!!

  29. Thanks for hosting this spelling forum Erica :) We are currently using All About Spelling and I’ve been contemplating adding in or switching to The Writing Road to Reading. I just did a blog post today regarding the two…. http://reflectionsfromdrywoodcreek.blogspot.com/2013/05/speaking-of-spelling.html I’d love to hear more discussion regarding these two programs. Feel free to jump over and leave a comment there as well.

    Blessings,
    Melissa

  30. I have a question about AAS. My boys have been going to the school that produces Abeka since K4. They are in 2nd & 3rd grade now. My younger one is struggling with math and I am considering taking him out. My 3rd grader is the genius of the family, haha!. Anyway, “if” I decide to take both of the boys out of school, which level would you recommend us starting with? My 3rd grader has learned all of the phonograms (called special sounds at Abeka), the 2nd grader has learned almost all of them. I don’t want them taking a step backwards, but I don’t want them missing anything either.

    What would you do? Start with level 1 and quickly move through? Or just keep on going with Abeka 3rd grade?????

  31. Erica Lowther says:

    I am considering using the All About Spelling curriculum. I am interested in what level I should use for my daughter who will be going into 5th grade. Everything I have read suggests starting at Level 1 and working our way up…Suggestions for those who have used it?

  32. very helpful for us , i think for all student use and feel happy . I liked how A Beka’s curriculum overlapped with their lessons. , I just liked how A Beka’s DID. We did NO SPELLING this year in K. I’m not sure our big box curriculum even had spelling in it. thanks here in site very find more of helpful i love that.
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  33. just came across this forum trying to find a spelling curriculum for my 8 yr. old boy who has Auditory Processing Disorder. I was wondering if any of you more experienced homeschoolers could share some advice. He struggles greatly w/ spelling since it’s more of an “auditory” subject. He has a hard time remembering things and so writing repetition is pretty much useless. I haven’t found much info to help me in this area, but I’m feeling if I take it slow and help him remember the rules of spelling, and words, more visually and hands on, then it will stick more? I’m wondering if this program would be what I’m looking for or is there something out there that would work better for him? Thank you for any info that you have to share!

    • Hi Shari…
      My daughter is homeschooling for the 1st time this year. I’m 99% sure that she has APD too so I feel your pain:) I don’t know if All About Spelling is the answer or not…still trying to figure that out:) I will say that is very multisensory. It also has a lot of repetition. And it really teaches auditory phenomic awareness.

      My daughter has a terrible memory and she is remembering things because of the repetition. It is mastery based so you can go at their pace.

    • For APD, Earrobics is a great program. Make it more challenging by adding a metronome, sound machine, or other competing noise to the background. You have to be careful what you buy, as I think is only compatible with older operating systems. It is not really a spelling program, but more of a sound segmenting program which should improve their understanding of how sounds go together in words, and in the end spelling. I’ve also been using Explode the Code with 2 of my children who are second language learners. They have done really well with it, even when I worried over certain rules and how I’d explain them with a language barrier, they have caught on. It is a good “pre spelling” spelling curriculum, affordable, and easy to get through.

  34. I have taught in the classroom, home schooled my own children and now help others with the challenge. I like our recommendations. Currently, the family I’m working with uses Bob Jones, which I’m not that found of, but it is via a home-school depot they are involved in. We work with it.

    Regardless of your curriculum I believe that the best way to learn spelling incorporates old and new ways of learning. Nothing substitutes for reading and writing those words. Activities provided with your curriculum should emphasize the “usability” of the word.

    I also like to use free online software to create games. It puts a little bit different spin on working with spelling words. Whereas, I first thought this was a waste of time, I’m seeing that the mistakes made in transitioning from reading and writing to technology are the very mistakes which need to be eradicated and practiced.

    Just my two cents on spelling. Thanks to everyone for your input.

    Lenora

    Related article: http://voices.yahoo.com/homeschool-helper-tips-teaching-spelling-homeschool-12532653.html?cat=25

  35. Lisa Fetty says:

    Although we LOVED AAR level 1, AAS level 1 was not such a hit. What made AAR great was the hands on fun activities that helped cement what we were learning. I found that AAS really did not have that. Moving the letter tiles around was just not cutting it for my hands on learner. He wanted activities, fun worksheets and games again and AAS level 1 does not offer that. Spoke to Marie and she said they will be adding fun stuff, but I don’t know when. So, looks like I am going to try A Reason For Spelling with him for 3rd because he is still not a strong speller and not even writing sentences yet.

  36. I homeschooled 4 sons who had to work hard at spelling and my daughter who spelled well naturally. We tried many different curricula, but especially liked A Writing Road to Reading for a really solid understanding of phonograms, marking each word as a study aid, and keeping a spelling notebook for rules. Later we used Spelling Power and were happy with the multi-sensory methods. Now that all of my children have gone on to college and career, new spelling programs continue to be offered. I am very impressed with All About Spelling. If it had been available for 1988-2011 when we homeschooled, I would gladly be using it. The author, Marie, basically guarantees it.

  37. Hey everyone! I have been looking at all about spelling and reading to use with my 7 year old son this year. He does so well with everything in school but struggles so much with reading. We used My Father’s World for 1st grade and although it helped him a lot, he is still struggling. I am pretty set on using the reading program, but think the spelling program may be too close to the same as reading program and that he may get bored with it all. For that reason I am wondering if I should pick a different program for spelling, just to give him some variety and keep him interested. Another question I had was if these programs introduce grammar at any point. If it does when, if it doesn’t then what do you all use for grammar? I feel like having 3 programs (phonics, spelling, grammar) Is going to be a little much. For that reason I am wondering if I should find an all encompassing program, but don’t even know if there is a good one out there. Thank you!

    • Hi Karen,
      If you continue with MFW you’ll definitely want to find a good phonics program to supplement as we had the same issue when using theirs. I ended up using Abeka phonics/reading to get Strawberry Shortcake caught back up and she did great. We now use Abeka phonics/reading for our children until they get to first grade then we add in All About Spelling lessons for spelling/phonics.

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