All About Spelling Review

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews All About Spelling

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This year, we used two different levels of All About Spelling. My 2nd grader used level 2 and my 5th grader used level 5. They have both used AAS from the beginning.


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All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can learn more about here!



We have adapted All About Spelling this year in some creative ways. My kids got tired of the board and the tiles so we switched things up a bit and tried some different ways of presenting the words and rules.

One of her favorite methods is using the Boogie Board. She will gladly write on this for just about anything it has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool.

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She also gets very creative on the dry erase board and loves to create elaborate pictures out of the words. Hey, whatever makes it fun!

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My son {5th grade}, has asked to keep things simple and honestly we have gotten to the point where we use the AAS book and discuss the rules, practice the words on the Boogie Board, and then review at the end of the week. He is picking the words up pretty easily, so it has worked for us to not be so intense using the board. For his busy schedule dues to his gymnastics training, quick and simple has worked better.

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Below you can see and download the year-at-a-glance sheets I made for each level. I actually make these for each of my kids’ subjects because it really helps me see the focus for the year and keep track. It helps with weekly lesson planning, since I only like to plan one week at a time to allow flexibility. I just pull out these sheets and type up the plans in Lessontrek for my kids each week. Yes, it takes me a lot of prep time in the summer, but is so helpful to me, and entirely worth it.

You are welcome to download and use these if you are using AAS 2 or AAS 5, just click on the images below to download. Forgive any errors, when I created these, they were just for me to use, but I figured some of you might like to use them too.

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Wondering which level to start with, you can see placement tests here and get answers to more FAQ by scrolling to the bottom of this page!



Wondering about the differences between All About READING and All About SPELLING? Read this!



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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

Spelling Resources

Spelling Resources for Homeschoolers


It’s no secret that we love All About Spelling. We will be using level 2 and level 5 this year in our homeschool. All About Learning Press has some fantastic spelling resources that I wanted to compile all in one post to make it easy for you to jump around.

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First, here’s a great article explaining the basics behind All About Spelling’s approach. Here’s a great article where you can decide if All About Spelling is right for your child.




All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can specifically read more about here and scroll to the bottom of the article and look for this graphic to read even more!.




Wondering what level to start withThis is a great article to help!




Wondering about the differences between All About Reading and All About Spelling? This article explains the differences! This article shares why they recommend teaching reading and spelling separately.




Finally, here’s a free printable for you, just go here to download the spelling rules posters!

Printable Spelling Rules Posters

Try-It Sheet and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

Try It Spelling Printable and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

I have been busy creating many writing tools for my daughter, and sharing them with you!  I have been using a Try-It sheet with all three of my kids since they began writing, and used them back when I taught Kindergarten.  I have never shared a printable on my blog until now! 

How we use the Try-It Sheet

A young writer is often discouraged when words or sounds come up that s/he doesn’t know how to spell.  Instead of spelling words for my daughter I encourage her to try the word first, writing any sounds she hears in the word.  She then brings the paper to me and I show her the correct spelling.  If time permits we discuss the sounds she got right, and learn from her mistakes.  Sometimes it’s a quick pass back of the paper so writing can flow freely. 

Below you can see a peek at her recent Try-It Sheet…

Try-It Spelling Printable


Below you can see my daughter in action as she uses her Try-It Sheet.  She is using our writing paper and also something new we will be sharing very soon!  Here’s a peek from our Instagram!

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There’s also a basic early writing checklist in 2 formats.  One with a space for checking off when editing a paper, and one without check boxes to display on a wall or in a writing notebook.

Basic Writing Checklist Printable  Basic Writing Checklist Printable


Download your free Try-It Sheet and Basic Checklist here!

Young Writer Printables


Be sure to grab our free Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack and Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart too!

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Invented Spelling ~ Her First!

Invented Spelling

I love invented spelling.  I love watching young children learn to express their ideas on paper.  My daughter who recently turned 5 has just started doing this!  While we were camping recently we found some sweet baby kitties in our woodpile.  She wanted to write a story about them, so I simply suggested she listen for the sounds she heard in the words and write those down.  She was thrilled and kept going and going.

When we got home, I scanned in her story with my translation.  The bolded parts are what she wrote to stand for that word.  I sat with her and helped her hear the sounds, but she wrote only the sounds she knew.

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Here’s a video of her reading her story to me.  At this stage kids sometimes forget what they wrote, you’ll see her stumble a bit and me help her along. You’ll also see how excited she was at the end.  She proceeded to go show the kittens her story and was just so proud of herself!


New to the idea of invented spelling?  Here’s a great post about Invented Spelling from my friend Becky over at This Reading Mama. Ladybug is in the early stage so she is hearing beginning or ending sounds, some both, and just a couple of middle sounds {was able to sound CAT with help}.

I do encourage invented spelling when a child is learning to spell words.  I want ideas to flow freely when writing and invented spelling allows for this.  I have taught many Kindergarten students using this method and all three of my children {well, I am teaching the third now}. We transition into correct spelling as we learn words and more sounds.  As we work through You Can Read I will begin to expect her to write words she has learned correctly.  Our sight word caterpillar will help with this. When we begin All About Reading Level 1, I will begin to expect her to write phonetic sounds and words she has learned.  It is a gradual process and I like to keep things fun and creative for a child.  She loves to draw and write and invented spelling will give her the freedom to express herself even now as she learns new spelling rules!

I am beyond excited to walk this journey with her, it is my favorite stage of teaching!  My Kindergarten teacher heart is melting every time she writes something!

Our Favorite Spelling Curriculum

All About Spelling is our favorite spelling curriculum.  We began using it when PacMan was struggling in 1st grade. All About Learning Press has an awesome blog and has written a series of articles focused on spelling, which I am sharing below.  Just click on the graphics to read more and see why this spelling program is so awesome!

I know many of you are hunting for spelling curriculum and thought these articles might be helpful as you review All About Spelling as an option!

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Spelling Can Be Easy

Click to see the 6 articles in this series…

Spelling Can Be Easy When It's Multisensory