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I’ve been using All About Spelling to teach my 4-year old how to spell. He’s been reading since he was 2 years old, and now at 4, he’s a very proficient reader so I thought it was time to start teaching him how to spell.
After much research, I settled on All About Spelling’s multi-sensory curriculum. I purchased Level One in December and we’ve been using the program diligently since then. We work on spelling about 2-3 times per week for about 15-20 minutes each time. My son often asks to do All About Spelling.
My favorite thing about the program is that it requires no preparation for daily lessons. The only preparation involved is the initial set up of your spelling board and flashcards. My second favorite thing about the program is that it’s multi-sensory. Kids learn best when they are learning in more than one way. They are much more likely to retain the information and learn it faster.
When it’s time for us to practice spelling, I simply take out our white board and my All About Spelling bag and turn to the current lesson and start teaching. It’s really that easy.
Another great thing about All About Spelling is the creator the program. Marie Rippel is very hands on and if you’re struggling in an area or have any questions, she welcomes your emails and will quickly respond to your questions in a very thoughtful way.
After a few months of the program, my son started to lose focus on the lessons and I wasn’t sure why since he was so enthusiastic at the beginning. What I soon realized was that I was taking too much time reviewing lessons he already knew. He was bored!
We started off learning how to segment words and then learning about the short-vowel sounds and how to spell simple words using the short-vowels. The words we learned were non-blend words. WJ clued me in on the fact that he was bored when he started completely making up spellings of words that didn’t make any sense at all with a big grin on his face. I’d ask him to spell “did” and he’d say something random like “qrd.”
So, one day I just started asking him to spell non-blend words with short-vowels without using the tiles and he got almost all of them right. So, now we’ve moved on to learning blends! This is another great thing about this program – you go at your own pace. You can spend as little or as long as you need to on each lesson.
If you’re interested in learning more about All About Spelling, you’re welcome to download a report on its features here.