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Unboxing All About Spelling Level 4

  Today we are Unboxing All About Spelling Level 4 Program.  All of the levels are set up very similarly.  This will give you an idea of what comes in each of them.  I did forget to include a small set of mini pieces in this kit.  They will come in the package when you order.  If you want to see my full review of the All About Spelling Program you can click HERE. You will need to purchase the basic spelling interactive kit with any of the levels.  This one-time purchase is used with all seven levels.  It includes Letter Tiles, Magnets, and Divider Cards.  The divider cards help you store all the flashcards properly.  If you don’t order this, you will need to come up with your own divider system.  You will also need to purchase the Letter Tile App as you won’t have any Letter Tiles.  You can read more about the Letter Tile App in my full review.  The only thing not included in the kits is a magnetic white board which you will need. If you enjoyed Unboxing All About Spelling make sure to check out their website Here.  They have a lot of free homeschool resources on their website for you to use.  It also has their entire program as well as the All About Reading Program.  The programs can be used individually or together.  Each of the spelling levels runs approximately $44.95 plus shipping. If you enjoyed this unboxing, be sure to check out my other ones below. Unboxing Talkbox.mom Language Subscription Kit Unboxing Barnabas Robotics Simple Robot Kit Please feel free to let us know if you have tried the program.  If you have any questions or I forgot something, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments box below.  

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My Experience With All About Spelling

  Today we are going to talk all about spelling.  One of the main reasons we chose the school my child went to for Kindergarten was their reading and spelling program.  I had attempted to teach reading myself at home and was unable to do it.  Everyone has strengths and weaknesses with their education.  This was definitely not my child’s strength.  Our kindergarten teacher was amazing and by the end of the year we were on the same level as the average child.  But first grade didn’t go as planned.  My child began to struggle with spelling and I didn’t feel like we were getting the assistance we needed from the school or the teacher.   Once the pandemic hit we moved to distance learning like everyone else.  This is where I really felt like things stalled.  I realized that my child would memorize the spelling lists.  But then, when my child would go to spell anything not on the list, every word was wrong. Once I made the decision to go to homeschool and build my own curriculum, I knew that spelling was on the top of my list. Deciding on A Spelling Curriculum After much research I settled on two curriculums.  The Logic of English and All About Spelling.  I really loved how detailed the Logic of English is and I really thought that was what we would go with.  It is a full English Curriculum that aptly teaches the Logic behind English.   If you are looking for a full English curriculum make sure to check them out.  Their customer service department is excellent.  When I called I got a real live person and they were more than helpful.  They sent me links and information pdfs right away. It’s a very comprehensive program.  It covers multiple years in one book so its great for multiple students.  It’s also great to reuse with the same students.  The main problem I had was that we already had an English Curriculum from Shirley English we were using and a separate Reading Curriculum.  The Logic of English Curriculum would have been to much.   Why We Chose All About Spelling   So in the end we went with the All About Spelling curriculum.  It is strictly a spelling program.  There is a separate reading curriculum you can get if you need both.  As the website suggested we started at book 1.  They recommend beginning at the first book and if your child is further along to work at an accelerated pace.  The reason for this is that All About Spelling teaches you the rules of spelling.  So there is an order that needs to be followed. Can I just say that I wish I had this curriculum as a child.  When I was starting to teach spelling my child would say things like “why do we do this?” And I would reply, “You just do.”  I personally have learned so much from these lessons that it’s incredible.   Not only that, my child has become a proficient speller in just a matter of eight months.  Whenever we run into a problem I simply ask what the rule is and the spelling is instantly corrected.   What the Kit Comes With The Level 1 Kit comes with everything you need.  It comes with the instructional manual, four kinds of flash cards, physical letter tiles, a certificate of completion and stickers with a progress chart.  You will need a magnet white board for the physical tiles. To use the book you start at the beginning.  As the teacher, you read the instructions to your child.  Each section will tell you how to teach each lesson so there is no guess work.  If you have multiple children near the same age you can use one level for them all.  This will save you time and money in the beginning.  You can advance the students at their own pace and move them up levels when they are ready. There are four sets of flash cards. They are the sound cards (red), phonogram cards (yellow), key cards (blue) and word cards (green). The Phonogram Cards & Phonogram Sounds App The Phonogram Cards have each of the phonograms on the front with pronunciations on the back.  The cards are designed to help your kids with the sounds letters make.  I have used these off and on but All About Spelling makes an app called Phonogram Sounds that is free on all the App Stores.  The Phonogram Sounds App not only gives you the phonograms broken out by categories, but it clearly pronounces them as well.  We have used this app almost exclusively.  I actually prefer it because the sounds are said properly with the right intonation.  I realized that someone like my mother who has an accent would pronounce the phonogram different than I would.  Improperly pronouncing the sounds of phonograms leads to difficulties for your child later on.  An example of this is the letter “l”.  Many would pronounce the sound as “luh”.  This is incorrect.  I realized I was putting this “uh” sound on almost every letter.  So I highly recommend using the app.  If you don’t want to use it, I encourage you as the parent to listen to it and then use the flash cards with your child.  This will ensure you are giving the correct pronunciation.   The Sound Cards The Sound Cards require that your child dictate sounds back to you or answer questions regarding sounds.  I use these occasionally as a refresher and to change up the work.  But, I don’t use them regularly as they are repetitive of the other cards.  I can see using them for a child that is really struggling with phonogram sounds.  It would help with retention and memory. The Key Cards The Key Cards are definitely my favorite.  They contain all the rules of spelling.  We review these the most.  It not only helps my child to remember the rules, it helps me to

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Teaching Kids About Homophones

  I never realized how difficult it was to learn English until I started teaching my child. So many different rules to learn. We take words from so many different cultures and mix them with our own. Just when you think your child has it all down they throw in Homophones. What is a Homophone If you are unfamiliar with Homophones, they are words that sound the same but are spelled completely differently. They also have different meanings. English has a lot of them. It makes spelling very difficult for many children. We had experienced Homophones when we were in school a little bit. They always caused us spelling issues. I knew that when I went to a homeschool curriculum I wanted something that addressed them. We had seen such wonderful results with the All About Spelling Curriculum that when I found out they had an All About Homophones book I purchased it right away. All About Homophones   All About Homophones is meant to be used in conjunction with another spelling program. It is not meant to be used alone.  It really works best when used with the All About Spelling program.  I have written an in-depth post about it HERE.  It has five main sections of use. The first is a graphic organizer which allows you to make copies for each child so they can learn the meanings of the homophones. Then there are the homophone worksheets. These are categorized by Grades. It goes from grade 1 to 8. This is really helpful so that you know approximately at what age your child should know each section. It also is nice if you are teaching multiple children at the same time. You can just photo copy pages and reuse the book. Each homophone is broken down page by page so the child is only learning one homophone at a time. This keeps it simple and concise. The next section contains crossword puzzles. These allow the child to review the homophone they have learned in a fun way. They use humor in them to create an additional element of fun. After the puzzles is a card game section. You cut out each of the provided cards. I would suggest laminating them for long term use as the paper is thin and would definitely not survive 8 years of abuse. But they can be used to play games such as Go Fish and Old Maid to increase memorization of the homophone. They come with full instructions on how to play the games. The final section has additional teaching tools that help you to teach homophones to your child. It has books that can be read, tongue twisters you can teach your child and additional fill in pages for them. Final Thoughts In all, this has over 200 pages of material. At under $20 it is a good value for the cost.  Especially when you consider it can be used for multiple students and over multiple years.  It is very easy to use and to add to your curriculum. It requires no prep time for me. I would consider it an open and go book except for the card games which only need to be prepped once. I use it in a very simple fashion. I add it one day a week. I choose one page to focus on and then I do a puzzle review on the lesson the next week. I plan to continue memorization with the card games at the end of each section. But overall, I am extremely pleased with not only how easy this book is to use but also how easy it is for my child to use. The pages only take around 10-15 minutes to complete. This is definitely something I could keep in my curriculum for many years to come.  

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