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  1. I'm looking into switching to another spelling program that's more independent and just read an old thread about R&S that got me thinking maybe I should make a switch since we just finished level 3 today. I'm wondering which level I should go to after going through AAS Level 3 and how it compares? Or are there any other good independent spelling programs? I haven't looked through AAS4 yet but I'm starting to feel like it's too teacher intensive than they need (though we do our own modified version.) and we already do too many other teacher intensive things. The last steps, I felt lik
  2. Basic question, is AAR/AAS less overwhelming than LOE? I would really, really appreciate any thoughts on AAR/AAS. We have been doing LOE Foundations. We have gone through A, B, C, and are currently in the middle of D. I had planned on continuing with Essentials, but we are struggling! I have four kids in the various levels of foundations and we are all overwhelmed. It seems like there is just not enough review of the different rules and things before we are off to learn another. So, either I need to figure out my own way to review or switch programs. Is AAR/AAS less overwhelming?
  3. I just got an e-mail about the new AAS app. No money in my pocket. But, I've been hoping for something like this for a while. Huzzah! :) https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/letter-tiles-app/?utm_campaign=Letter%20Tiles%20App&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=59851633&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_lFfpSRDj7GL0IrWDl48ObrktM2aX7NroAAalBR_Y1kFHijq67DEabCJ1_-0lcYLw65dsXDf-OZBR6_U8_yADk46UFnw&_hsmi=59851633
  4. My son is not a natural speller, which I discovered while using ABeka's 1st grade spelling. We switched to AAS and used levels 1-4. Then this year in 4th grade, I have him using R&S's grade 4 spelling. I needed something independent, since I have many little ones who need my time as well, and I just didn't feel I had time to devote to his spelling as well with something so teacher-intensive as AAS. However, I loved AAS and felt it worked for him. He has requested to go back to it. He doesn't like R&S so much. I don't feel he's retaining the words that he had a problem with. Most of
  5. Rising 3rd grader (8 in October) needs to become a more fluent reader. Since K, been trying to teach him to read using the same program as his 4 older siblings (Phonics Pathways and SWR) but it was only after we tried AAS1 and AAS2 last year that it finally clicked. He finally"graduated" from easy readers to beginning chapter books and was reading with more ease. He's even read a few of the older Sonlight Core 2 readers we already own (Question of Yams, Secret Valley, Viking Adventure, The Littles, Last Little Cat...). Didn't really check his comprehension as I never did with the older ones.
  6. My ds8 likes to read and doesn't have trouble spelling. I think he has a little bit of a photographic memory, he doesn't need much practice before he remembers how to spell a word. We will be finishing AAS through level 7 next year (3rd) but I don't know what to use next. I thought about something that teaches the Latin and Greek roots, but am open to suggestions. I don't want something too tough because he does have the maturity you'd expect for a typical 3rd grade boy.
  7. My ds8 likes to read and doesn't have trouble spelling. I think he has a little bit of a photographic memory, he doesn't need much practice before he remembers how to spell a word. We will be finishing AAS through level 7 next year (3rd) but I don't know what to use next. I thought about something that teaches the Latin and Greek roots, but am open to suggestions. I don't want something too tough because he does have the maturity you'd expect for a typical 3rd grade boy.
  8. Ugh. Wrong board. That's what I get for trying to multitask ;)
  9. I am currently using AAR level 2 with my son. I was wondering if anyone using AAR uses something different besides AAS. Wondering if there was another spelling program that worked well with it. Thanks
  10. I've seen a few homeschoolers (here and on a couple blogs) mention that they use AAS without the student packet. :huh: :confused1: How is that even possible? What does a typical lesson look like using only the Teacher Guide? My dd did SO well with AAS years ago but it just has not been in our budget :tongue_smilie: Someone is sending me the TG's for levels 2-4, but no student materials. We've been flopping around with freebies for too long and now her spelling is becoming an issue. I don't want to attempt using AAS without the student materials unless I know it has been successful
  11. We started back to school this week after a month of break and a month of "light school" before that. My 8yo was finishing up AAS3 with 2 lessons to go when we stopped for break. So we just jumped back in where we were yesterday, using the review cards. Gah! She spelled "graceful" "g - a - c - backwards e - s - f - u - l" and "where" "w - a - r - e - r". There were also some more straightforward mistakes, like not doubling the consonant in "giggle," "middle," "wetter," and "dropped". And, of course, there were all sorts of spelling mistakes (on things we had covered in AAS2 or AAS3) in h
  12. I'm looking for an app for either an iPad or Kindle that is simple. I'm hoping to find one that would support an Orton-Gillingham approach similar to All About Spelling/Reading or Logic of English. I have both of their apps, and while they're helpful, I'd love to find one that would alleviate the need for actual manipulatives for youngest ds. Something travel-friendly. Any suggestions appreciated. :)
  13. If you had to pick one or the other which would you use for a 7 y/o with basic phonics skills?
  14. I was wondering for those that use classical education and use any of the Orton/Spalding Spelling programs. I find myself learning more about Grammar Stage, and how easier is memorization for young children, and how logic, and a more analytical approach is best employed in 5th grade or so, depending on the child. Then I come to ask the wisdom from all of you that have used Spalding methods of spelling and agree with the classical aproach, I have used SWR and have read most of the other ones. Is the marking of the words a form of analylsis of the word, it is to me almost like a diag
  15. DS has little problem with words on the cards (AAS-1), but struggles with same concepts when mixed with longer phrases in the dictations. Has anyone implemented a successful review method for the phrase dictations? Maybe a spelling journal/notebook?
  16. Should I delay one or can it be done if scheduled a certain way? The half day woud need to include math, time for readalouds, independent reading, religion and science/history/art. :mellow: Too much?
  17. I am currently looking for a spelling program to go along with our R&S phonics, reading and English. The spelling was so awful when we tried it with R&S so we'll be using something different. I bought AAS and was impressed with the approach to teaching spelling but unimpressed with the cost and all the fluff that it involved. I can't keep up with it lol I've looked at How To Teach Spelling and Phonetic Zoo, each running into less then mediocre reviews. Are there any others you would recommend to me? Next year I'll be working with my K, 2nd and 3rd grader. Thanks in a
  18. I'm starting AAS this week with my ds6, and I'm wondering how you pace it. How many days a week? How many minutes per lesson? OR, how much of each lesson do you do every day? background: My son is halfway through his first grade year, and is almost through with phonics instruction through ABeka. We're switching from ABeka's spelling workbook for 1st grade. Thanks!
  19. I bought a used copy of AAS Level 3, but it is missing the Silent E book. Can someone describe the book so I can just make her one? Thanks
  20. If you have used OPGTR all the way through, at what point would you start adding in spelling. And if you wanted to add in AAS, after which lesson would you start? It seems like they overlap in a lot of areas, so I think it would work well together, just wondering when is a good idea to start?
  21. I have an incoming K5'er who's going nuts with writing everything and using lots of invented spelling. I was planning to wait until 1st grade to start spelling, and was planning on using Spelling Workout, but I think she is forcing my hand here and I'm looking at starting spelling in K instead. (We have been doing K4 with phonics, handwriting, and math.) I'm trying to figure out whether I ought to plan on using All About Spelling, which seems like it might be more appropriate for using with a K'er, or Spelling Workout, which was my initial plan. I really think that AAS would be the better
  22. I'm not 100% Charlotte Mason in my teaching philosphy, but I do like a lot of what she stands for in education. I believe Charlotte Mason recommended spelling instruction beginning the end of 3rd grade through 9th grade. And her primary means was via dicatation. I believe some of the reason for this is the thinking that they need to learn to read and write well first so they aren't thinking so much about the mechanics of writing and can focus on picturing the words first. I like the idea of my kids learning spelling rules and I was heavily contemplating doing All About Spelling next
  23. I have glued the magnets that you get on a roll from a craft store to the tiles because I didn't want to just place an order for magnets. They keep falling off & driving me crazy! Anyone else have this issue? If I buy the magnets that go with the tiles will they stay on? Help!
  24. Can someone list for me (unless it is a whole bunch of them!) the suffixes taught in All About Spelling 3? I am considering purchasing a used set, but the suffix tiles aren't included, so I wanted to see about making my own tiles, or buying some separately, depending on how many there would be. Thanks!
  25. Before I reinvent the wheel, I thought I'd ask if anyone knows of a chart that has been made to use the explode the code workbooks along with all about spelling. So, they are doing the ETC sheets that go along with the AAS step? Anyone know?
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