A Day’s Lesson With All About Spelling

Since my last post on All About Spelling I’ve had a few emails asking how I implement an actual AAS lesson.  One reader even said that “all those tiles made the program look a bit intimidating”.

So last week I took the opportunity to snap pictures as Mira worked through her lesson so I could try to stress the ease with which All About Spelling(AAS) works.

Mira is currently on Level 3 and we do spelling three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Each lesson takes roughly 15 minutes.  Sometimes a little more; sometimes a little less.  We do one lesson per session and thereby most weeks we complete 3 lessons.  But I have heard many people say they break their lesson up and do one lesson a week- so you can cater it to the needs of your child and your family’s schedule.  AAS is really rather flexible that way.  If Mira ever seems to struggle with a new concept or rule we’ll review and take as much additional time as needed.

Our lesson began with a “Word Analysis” (a break down of a word to understand why it’s spelled the way it is) and I took the opportunity of using the spelling tiles on our table in lieu of our magnetic board so we could review the practice of segmenting our words.  Here is Mira using colorful tokens to segment out the sounds in the word “brakes”.

All About Spelling is a scripted curriculum so you can rely on it completely or use it as a general guide to ad lib and interject with as much as you feel comfortable doing on your own.

My prep work to prepare for the day’s lesson is minimal.  I normally take less than 5 minutes to look over the lesson and gather any necessary supplies.  I can easily do this while Mira is finishing up her handwriting practice so Mira is never left “waiting” for me to begin.  I’ll read over the lesson and make sure I understand the rules and items scheduled for review.  Then during the actual lesson with Mira I’ll leave the book open as we go along in case I need to reference anything, but for the most part the initial look-over will be enough.

Mira’s lesson this day included practice on the four main ways to make the long-a sound:

  • a
  • a-consonant-e
  • ai
  • ay

I made this chart and read off some words for her and she tried to figure out which words utilized which team.

At the end of each lesson there is a dictation section where Mira writes various words and sentences that I read aloud.  I add this on depending on the the rest of Mira’s subjects that day.  If she has already done a fair amount of writing we’ll skip it.  Or I will use these sentences during one of Mira’s other subjects- like handwriting.  This way I kill two birds with one stone.  She completes her practice writing in cursive while technically completing her week’s spelling sentences.

Roughly 15 minutes later the lesson is complete and Mira picks out a sticker to place on her AAS Progress Chart.  I have noticed that both of my girls eagerly look forward to this part of their AAS and AAR lessons. (You can see Stella working through her All About Reading program, along with my review, here.)

I love this following picture because it shows how Mira has been “getting fancy” with adding long curly tails to the ‘a’ at the end of her name.  I hadn’t noticed the weird embellishment on this one until I snapped this picture.  I mentioned it to her and she informed me that it means “Mira LOVES Level 3.”

With a child’s seal of approval like THAT you know you’ve got yourself a great program.

Share on TwitterSubmit to StumbleUpon
This entry was posted in Curriculum, Homeschooling, Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to A Day’s Lesson With All About Spelling

  1. MrsH says:

    Hilarious, my daughter does the same thing with the little heart at the end of her name! She also loves doing the dictation sentences to practice cursive. Great idea to practice the word sort on the easel, I’ll definitely use that idea!

  2. AHomeschoolMom says:

    Great Review! I love this program, too. Like seeing how someone else does it.

  3. Amy says:

    Looks like a great program! I’ve never used it, but the steps seem similar to what we do (breaking down new words/rules, writing previously learned words, dictation, etc.) I just really like anything that actually teaches a child WHY a word says what it does =) Thanks so much for linking this up to Trivium Tuesdays!

  4. Kristine says:

    I know this is an old post, but I just discovered your site! I’m wondering what you think of using AAS vs AAR. I am homeschooling kgtn and plan do continue for first-grade next year, but I am considering All About _____ for next year. But I’m confused about whether I would be best off getting one program over the other, or whether they are used together. I would really appreciate any thoughts you have on that!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Kristine,
      When my oldest started AAS there was not an AAR on the market. I started AAS when she was in kindergarten and for her at the time it was a perfect fit. However, my middle daughter requires a lot more review and repetition in her learning so I was thrilled when AAR game out in time for her. It’s gradual approach, along with the plethora of games and activity sheets really appeal to her. My middle daughter will be starting kindergarten next year and my plan in to start AAR 2 with her at that time. (She is currently working on AAR1 after doing the PreReading level last year.)
      I do however hear of folks who use both program at the same time with their child. Since I haven’t crossed that bridge yet I can’t say for certain which path we will follow. I have a feeling I would prefer to do AAR2 and possibly even three before moving on to AAS but I really can’t say until I see where Stella is after completing AAR2.
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Have you tried the All About Learning placement tests? You can use to try and gauge what you feel will be the best fit. You can download them and compare different levels.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *