Did you know that a hundred years after the last wagon went over the Oregon Trail, you can still see the wagon ruts? Now that was a well-worn path!
This is what we want for your students: permanently ingrained learning.
All About Spelling is an excellent program if you are just beginning to teach your child spelling, or if your child needs remedial help. Here's why it works:
The All About Spelling program won't give your student time to forget anything. Continual review is so important that each day's lesson begins with a review of previous material.
And you won't have to remember to do it, either, because the daily review is worked right into the lesson for you. We will keep treading that path until it is permanent as the Oregon Trail - and you & your students will still see the effects years from now!
All About Spelling is designed to work with how the student's mind naturally learns, and this is an important concept.
Think of a filing cabinet: instead of tossing information in randomly, we are helping your student collect all of the information about the letters in one location and neatly file it away in the cabinet. When we enable the student to learn information in an orderly manner, the end result is greater learning.
All About Spelling is multisensory. The lessons involve sight, sound, and touch. Children learn best when they are physically involved in the learning process, so we take advantage of that fact with this hands-on approach to learning and teaching spelling.
All About Spelling is logical. Spelling concepts are taught in a logical, understandable order. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. The sequence has been carefully tested to produce long-term results. And this is as much a benefit to you as it is to your student - especially if you've been struggling with how to teach spelling.
No gaps. This is something that you can trust with the All About Spelling program: your child won't be left with gaps or holes in his or her understanding of spelling. If there is a reliable rule that will help your child out, we teach it. If there is a tip that will help your child master a certain spelling pattern, it's in there. And it's all presented in a very logical order.
The program is mastery-based, not grade-level based, so when students master a specific concept, they move on. If a child needs more practice in a certain area, we allow for that so the child can really master each concept. There's no sense building on a shaky foundation, because that will cause spelling difficulties down the road when the spelling words get harder. At All About Spelling, we've identified the concepts that are most important for your child to master, and we've weeded out any busy work.
All About Spelling has continual review. As the child learns new material, he or she also constantly reviews previously-taught concepts. We don't just "teach it and forget it" - we make sure that it really sticks.
Finally, the program is clear. This means that children are taught what they need to know in a direct manner. They don't have to guess or come to their own conclusions about the English language.
These techniques have long been used by Orton-Gillingham practitioners, and now they are available to home educators and tutors through the All About Spelling program. All About Spelling combines the very best of the Orton-Gillingham approach with the latest research and proven spelling rules. And best of all, the scripted lesson plans are very clear and easy for you to follow.
This program has helped thousands of kids learn how to spell.
All About Spelling addresses the three learning modalities in these ways:
Watching as new letter and phonogram combinations as well as spelling words are demonstrated with letter tiles
Seeing the spelling words written down
Looking at & reading the flashcards during the review sessions
Reviewing flashcards orally
Segmenting words aloud
Saying the sounds of the phonograms as they are written down
Writing down dictated phonograms, phrases & sentences
Building new spelling words with letter tiles
Practicing spelling with the pointer finger on various surfaces
"All About Spelling might have been titled All About Reading since this might serve as both a reading and a spelling program ... One of the most impressive features of this program is the instruction for teachers. Lessons are explained quite thoroughly, and they include teaching tips and cautions regarding common problems where pertinent in each lesson. This eliminates the need for parents/teachers to first read through a separate manual for teachers - you learn as you go--when you need the information."
"The kids are engaged because it's multisensory. They like using the tiles, especially now that I've put the magnets on them and have them up on our whiteboard. A lot of it is oral right now, because we're memorizing the phonogram cards, and really paying close attention to the sound each letter makes.
I belong to a Yahoo Group for struggling readers/dyslexic learners and they raved about AAS so much I just had to try it. "
Components of Level 2:
Level Two in the All About Spelling series continues to bring together the three pathways to learning - auditory (hearing), visual (seeing), and kinesthetic (touching). This multisensory approach, combined with a built-in review system and reinforcement activities, ensures that students retain what they learn and understand how to apply it in practical situations.
In a practical, hands-on way, your student will learn:
The open and closed syllable types
How to divide words into syllables
How to spell multisyllable words
When y can say /i/
How Silent E can make a vowel long
The vowel-consonant-e syllable type
Two spellings for the sound of /z/
The two sounds of long u
The difference between hard and soft c and g
Ways to spell long e
That English words don't end in i, j, u, or v
The most common way to spell the sound of /er/
When to use oi/oy, aw/au, and ow/ou
The multisensory learning tools and activities included in the program help your student master important spelling concepts.
Concept-oriented spelling lists that are grouped by similar phonograms and spelling rules accelerate learning by organizing ideas in the student's mind and allowing the student to concentrate on and master one or two main concepts before moving on.
The Label Syllables activity helps the student understand why and how we divide words, provides practice with identifying different syllable types and applying division rules, and enables the student to spell multisyllable words more accurately.
The Word Banks help build visual memory of words with a particular sound so the student can successfully choose the correct spelling when he is faced with multiple spellings of a sound.
The Spelling Review Box helps you organize the flashcards so you can quickly see which words, phonograms, and spelling rules your student still needs to learn and review. (Flashcards and dividers are included; you supply the 3x5" index card box.)
The Jail provides your student with an engaging, memorable way to learn Rule Breakers the first time around, eliminating the need to remediate later.
The Concept Review section reviews previously learned spelling rules to keep them fresh in your student's mind.
Key Cards clearly present key ideas, concepts, and spelling rules that help your student thoroughly understand why a word is spelled the way it is and how to apply that knowledge to many other words.
The More Words and Dictate Sentences sections reinforce current and previously learned concepts, increase the student's repertoire of words, and allow the student to apply his knowledge in practical situations.
Tips for the teacher anticipate and provide answers to your questions and give you on-the-spot strategies for helping your student overcome stumbling blocks. Worked seamlessly into the lessons, tips are placed right where you need them, when you need them, so you can continue your teaching uninterrupted.
The Progress Chart gives your student a visual reminder of how far he has come and motivates him to master the next step.
Features are arranged in three easy-to-follow sections:
Review: The Review section provides continual review of phonograms, spelling words, and important concepts so your student can advance confidently from one lesson to the next without the frustration of having to re-learn previous material. All About Spelling doesn't "teach it and forget it."
New Teaching: The step-by-step lesson plans lay out new material clearly and concisely and save you valuable time. You don't need a degree in education or hours of planning every night to teach All About Spelling - all the work has been done for you.
Reinforcement: The important Reinforcement section gives your student the opportunity to apply what he has learned and to use that knowledge in practical situations.
By the end of Level Two, your student will be able to write sentences such as:
Her child found a red flower.
Is the soil moist or dry?
My aunt saw a small tiger.
Why is the pig in the hall?
See the huge cage of mice!
The storm swept over the land.
The 25 steps of Level Two progress in a logical, sequential order. Through direct instruction, students learn exactly what they need to know in order to spell well.