Tagged: All About Spelling
I see All About Spelling on Christie’s plans and haven’t been able to find it discussed in depth in any other threads. We use Spelling Wisdom, but I wouldn’t mind adding a compact introduction to general spelling rules. Would this fit the bill? Thanks.crazy4boysParticipant
What ages are your kids? I use All About Spelling and LOVE it. There are a few of us here that do. What specific questions do you have and I’ll try to address them.
Bradstreet – I have used many phonics based spelling programs and I like AAS best. However, it isn’t exactly compact. There are 6-7 levels and while you can go through at a high speed at times, it may not be ideal for a compact solution. If you simply want a list to use alongside of spelling wisdom, look at the alpha list book that goes with Spell to Write and Read. It may give you enough info. Another reference you could use a/ SW would be The ABCs and All Their Tricks. I really like the set-up of Delightful Dictation by Wiggletoes Press. At one time, I was making something similar to go with SW, but I had to lay it aside.
Megawords is another interesting looking option, though I’ve only seen the online sample.
Heather, I have a DS8 and a DS10. Sorry I didn’t mention that.
Christie, thanks for all the suggestions for supplementation. I appreciate so many options.crazy4boysParticipant
Like Christie mentioned, there are many levels. You learn a LOT of rules the first 2 or 3 books and then it slows down a bit. My kids go through 2 or 3 levels a year. It has worked very well for one of my sons who has language processing issues. I love the way it’s laid out, is easy to use and all the boys are becoming proficient spellers. My oldest is almost done with Level 4 and I’m really not sure I’ll have him move on or if he’s got a solid foundation and will learn the rest from copywork, dictation and reading. Still deciding….MichaelaParticipant
I recently found a stack of old school books in my Great Grandmothers attic. They are all from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I feel like I found a treasure! Anyway, going through them, I found a book called New World Speller. As I was reading the section called To the Teacher, I found myself thinking that this must have been the base on which AAS was built. I believe there are three books taking you through all the years of school. And they are free on Google books. So if you like AAS but not the cost, these may be for you! I have the first three levels of AAS, and I’m going to start using these old books instead.JanellParticipant
Maybe reading through The Writing Road to Reading by Romalda Spalding would better fit your needs. This is an inexpensive text (older editions are fine) that introduces all the phonograms and rules at one time rather than spread out as in the All About Spelling program. I teach the phonograms, rules, and marking system using Spell to Write and Read, another Spalding spin-off, and then use Spelling Wisdom as our foundation. We mark the unfamiliar words in our studied dictation passages using the marking system as taught in SWR.
Thanks, Michaela, for the sharing your vintage speller title. I have two levels downloaded on my ipad now and like them.CarmenMember
I will use AAS and AAR in my upcoming year for my 7.5 and 5 yos. I plan to use AAS 2x/wk and AAR 2x/wk. Do you think that’s enough for them? Or should I use both 5/wk?
Thanks to all for the great and varied suggestions!
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