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Monday, June 24, 2013

All About Spelling $50 Giveaway!

I've raved over All About Spelling from All About Learning Press in many of my posts. I honestly can't say enough good things about it!

I came into homeschooling being labeled as a "poor speller" and it caused me great concern. It didn't matter that I graduated from high school 10th in my class of 405, or that I entered college with 18 course credits from my AP classes or that I excelled in college and graduated magna cum laude with my degree in middle grades education. None of that mattered. I had been told early on in my education that I was a poor speller and I just needed to study harder. I did study. I studied a lot. Spelling was still hit or miss with me. No matter how had I tried this was my main struggle in elementary school and I dreaded the yearly spelling bees since I rarely made it past the first round just within my classroom!

What a relief when middle school came and spelling was no longer required! It was also about that time that computers were becoming more main-stream and they included spell-checker, so I basically gave up trying. Why should I try when I had basically been told I wasn't going to ever increase my spelling ability? The irony of it all was that my reading level was much higher than most of my peers. I was told high level readers usually translated into high level spellers. So what was wrong with me?

No one ever taught me the rules. Rules? There are rules for spelling? Except for "i before e except after c (and a bunch of exceptions we don't have a rule for)" I don't remember learning any rules. All About Spelling has changed my entire understanding of this subject. I searched it out when my oldest, an excellent reader, was clearly not transitioning to spelling easily. Rather than giving up, I started researching. I prayed for wisdom then scoured the internet, read numerous catalogs, and asked veteran homeschooling moms their recommendation. I settled on All About Spelling and haven't looked back!


Since then spelling has only become more and more fun! Here is an update on my two girls using All About Spelling...

Beth...

Beth finished up her Kindergarten year a little over half-way through All About Spelling Level 1. I could have pushed her a little faster because she loved it and it seemed easy, but I chose to do only 1 lesson about every 2 weeks, practicing just a little bit each day. This worked well for her and I plan to up the pace a bit in the fall. She'll continue some through the summer to guarantee retention. 

Something knew we tried and love is spelling using alphabet stamps in addition to the tiles. I try to switch ti up for fun. I always use the tiles for teaching and the first set of words we work on, but I try to switch it up some after that. 

Another unexpected benefit for Beth has been improvement in handwriting. She really wanted to use a traditional notebook like her sister and in doing so, her handwriting has started becoming more mature. What a fun transformation to see this year! 

Rose...

Rose finished up 2nd grade and I am thrilled with her progress. We are about 1/4 the way through level 3 and will also continue during the summer. She used to ask me how to spell very short words she should not have a problem with, she now rarely asks how to spell anything, or tries it first and then just asks me to check it. I have also caught her making her own corrections. This is HUGE! She would frequently flip 2 letters and now she is seeing it. What a blessing All About Spelling has been for her! She especially likes finding Silent E in words and deciding which rule it follows. 


She also really enjoys using the homophones book. It is divided into grade-level appropriate practice. She has only done a few of the pages, but she now quickly recognizes homophones.

Although we do uses the tiles for teaching, Rose never uses them for spelling practice now. It is faster for her to write and since she likes that better it is fine with me! She also has improved her cursive as a result. The transition for a student from copying cursive to writing their own words can sometimes be tricky. All About Spelling has been a good medium to make this transition. We still have some work to do here, but she's definitely well on her way! 

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292 comments:

  1. We love All about spelling and could always use money to get the next level.

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    1. It's fun to anticipate! I have to hold myself back from buying them all now!

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    2. We love All About Spelling !! It is wonderful :) It helped my little boy so much !! Thank You ~ Amy Morehead

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    3. Both of my kids love All about reading. I can't wait til they get old enough to start all about spelling.

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  2. Haven't begun teaching spelling yet, but will very soon! I love spelling!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. This will be our first year to homeschool and had decided to use the "All About Spelling" due to many fabulous reviews. I am looking forward to having it!

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    1. Welcome to the homeschooling journey! That is how I found AAS initially as well.

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  4. We are still finishing AAR level 1, so we haven't started spelling instruction yet. We plan to use All About Spelling because I love how the spelling rules are taught! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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    1. If I had enough money I'd buy AAR for reading instruction. Since I only have one more to go I'll just stick with what I have, but it looks SOOOOO good!

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  5. Spelling is not easy for me to teach. I never learned the rules so it's hard for me to explain why words are spelled certain ways.

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    1. I feel your pain and you will LOVE AAS! It is scripted as well which really helped me feel more confident.

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  6. My younger son is a naturally good speller but my older son is not. So it's kind of a mixed bag. I personally enjoy teaching spelling.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy
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    1. I didn't look forward to it at first, but now I love teaching spelling!

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  7. I SO want to win this giveaway! I need this very very much! Thanks for doing this! :) We need All About Spelling Level 1 :)

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    1. I wish everyone could win :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Love AALP! Excited to see AAR 3.

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  9. We use All About Spelling too. At first I was a little skeptical, but as we got into the later levels I was sold. It's a great program.

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    1. I was skeptical at first because of the cost, but it is so worth it and especially since it is completely reusable!

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  10. I'm really looking forward to trying all about spelling!
    sosborne521@ gmail.com

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  11. Spelling comes pretty naturally to my oldest, but I'm having trouble finding something to work for my middle daughter. This would be great for us!

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  12. My oldest has just turned 5 and we haven't done any spelling work yet, except for a few things with the Montessori moveable alphabet. I'm not sure yet how I feel about it!

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    1. I think this would fit in well with a Montessori approach. It would be great if you could get your hands on the curriculum and see it for yourself. It is very flexible for just about any style of learning!

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  13. We're hoping to use All About Spelling this year - this giveaway would certainly help. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. I am a good speller, but how to teach it is something quite different from just doing!

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    1. I definitely have learned that lesson with other subjects while homeschooling!

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  15. Spelling has been fairly easy to teach for us, but I attribute that to All About Spelling that we've been using!

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    1. It is so incredibly easy to use. It has taken all the anxiety out of teaching this subject for me.

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  16. Yes it's easy to teach because I'm somewhat of a a natural speller.

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    1. That's great! I love the subjects that come easily, particularly history and literature. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. We're using All About Reading Pre-Reading and loving it. I hope to keep going with all the programs with my 5 year old. Great review!

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    1. AAR looks so incredibly amazing! I'm glad it has been great for you!

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  18. Never heard of this before but I am thinking it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing :-) born2instruct@Yahoo.com

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  19. I an not sure how easy it will be for me to teach. We start spelling this coming year so we shall see!

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    1. That is one thing I love about AAS. It is scripted, so I don't have to worry if I'm doing it right!

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  20. AAR has been a good fit for my soon to be 1st grader who will finish level 1 in the fall where we will move on to level 2 and also begin AAS level one.

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    1. I wondered how the two programs fit together. That sounds great!

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  21. I plan to start later this year with AAS. It seems like it will be easier than other spelling programs.

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    1. It is so much easier and logical for our family. There are lots of great things out there, but this one is my favorite :)

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  22. We are just starting home school for first grade. I hope it will be easy to teach spelling because he did so well in Kindergarten & learned how each letter combination makes different sounds.

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    1. My daughter excelled in kindergarten and I brought her home in 1st grade as well. I'm sure you'll do fine!

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  23. We started AAS last year with our first grader, she struggled to learn how to spell, and I struggled to teach her. I am very good at spelling, but all I could say was " this is just how it is" Being able to start AAS was a blessing for us, having the rules it just clicked for her. This would be a great help in ordering for fall. Thank you so much for the chance :)
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  24. We are just about to start teaching spelling, so I don't know for sure how it will go. My daughter seems to be a natural speller so far. She spells most of her sight words for reading so far!

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  25. I think spelling is actually easier to learn at a young age, then to teach at an older age. I think as we grow older we use memorization and not rules to define why we spell a certain way.

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    1. I would have to agree with you. I have a hard time memorizing, but when there is a logical pattern or reason I do so much better. I love that I'm learning alongside my daughter!

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  26. We have been using AAS for two years and love the program. They kids always choose spelling as their first lesson, they enjoy it so much! alison at fatephoto dot com

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  27. Is spelling easy for me to teach? Not at all! I learned to read using a whole language approach and didn't really become a good speller until I was in college. I wish for my kids to have an easier time of it! We are also LOVING AAS and AAR. We started in January and are cruising right along. I'm hoping to start my pre-k son on the pre-reading curriculum in the fall :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. I learned with phonics, but still struggled in spelling. So glad you are having a good experience!

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  28. We LOVE AAS in our house. We look forward to our lessens.
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  29. We love AAR! Haven't started with AAS yet, but we plan to this year :)

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  30. It's amazing how much easier it is to spell when you know the rules. I wish I had been taught more of the rules in school, too!

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  31. I would love to try this program! It seems like it would help my daughter a lot!

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    1. It is honestly one of the best investments in homeschooling I've made.

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  32. We just finished AAS level 1 with my 9 year old 3rd grader. I see some improvement but I'm very eager to try the next level. IT's easy for me to teach in that I understand it, but hard because she has such a hard time with spelling. Can't wait for it to get better. :)

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    1. I like the later levels much better. Getting the basics down can be hard!

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  33. My son will start kindergarten this year so we haven't worked with spelling yet.

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    1. I started once we finished K-5 phonics. It is such a great follow up!

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  34. I've been using WRTR for the past month with my son. It's actually not hard to teach, but I'm not really seeing retention yet.

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    1. I've looked into that program but haven't used it. There are so many great resources out there!

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  35. We have used AAS level 1. Would love to win!

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  36. Spelling has been a hard subject for us to teach. We love your All About Reading books too :)

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    1. I haven't used AAR yet, but I would if I were starting over again!

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  37. Spelling is not easy for us! We have yet to find a spelling curriculum that works for us :(

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  38. We did All About Reading level 1 last year with my K and pre-reading with my 4 year old. This year for first we're doing AAR 2 and starting AAS 1. My 4 year old just started AAR 1, we love the program.

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    1. Sounds like you've had a great experience!

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  39. It was hard for us as well, but it's been great since we started all about spelling!!

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  40. I'm hoping to get both AAS for my DS (6) as well as AAR for my DD (3) for this fall. Winning this would be great. Also, thanks for the wonderful reviews!

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    1. You're very welcome :) I wish all my readers could win!

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  41. It is much easier to teach since discovering AAS. We love All About Learning products!

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    1. They are such a fabulous company, aren't they?

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  42. My son is a FABULOUS reader, read early, reads voraciously. He seems to have NO natural spelling sense at all, despite all the reading he has done and the usual pre-reading diet of alphabet blocks, magnets, Sesame Street, Leap Frog, etc. etc. etc. He just turned 11 and we are slowly working our way through All About Spelling - he has made it partway through Level 3. Would love to win the chance to pick up the next level or two!

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    1. My heavens that sounds like my daughter. I talked with a veteran homeschooling mom who is also highly versed in educational circles and up on learning differences. She told me to watch this carefully because it can, but not always, show a problem with processing in some way. AAS seems to have helped my daughter so much so I'm glad this isn't a concern anymore!

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  43. I haven't started teaching spelling yet, but spelling was always easy for me to learn... which probably means I will have a hard time teaching it since it came "naturally" to me!!

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    1. Not necessarily :) Literature was always the easiest for me and it is very easy for me to teach as well as being my favorite subjects!

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  44. We haven't had a chance to use AAS yet! But planning on doing so this year.

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  45. I haven't gotten to the point where I need to teach spelling but I have a feeling it will be difficult. None of the "rules" make sense and they seem to always contradict themselves. I only know how to spell because I memorize the spelling rather than remember some rule.

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    1. AAS makes the rules come together. You'll find great ease using this I think.

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  46. I really want to order this for my kids I have read so many great things!

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    1. That is the main reason I landed on AAS :) Personal reviews are so helpful.

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  47. Spelling is easy for me to teach because AAS is AWESOME!!!! We've been using it for my 5th grade son since K and we're about to start Level 6. I'm excited to use AAR when my 2yo is old enough!!!!

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  48. We used AAR last year and will be using AAS this year. Love it.

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  49. My daughter who will be going into the 6th grade has struggled with spelling.... so we started at level one with her ( the words are so simple for her) , but she is learning the rules to look for and follow, so for that we are happy. We just ordered level 2 but would love to win the gift card for all the other levels to come! :) Thanks for the fun give away!!
    allgoodhood@gmail.com

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  50. We have used AAS for two years now so spelling is easy for me to teach. My boys are thrivi g on this program!

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  51. Spelling has not been hard to teach yet, using AAS makes it pretty straitforward.

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  52. We haven't started spelling yet, since my son is just starting to learn to read. We use All About Reading and love it!

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  53. We are going to give level 1 a shot this year. I have heard nothing but great things!

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  54. I am looking forward to using AAS this year for the first time. I am hoping for great results.

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  55. This is our first year using All About Spelling and we are very excited! Joanne D.

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  56. I have heard so many good things about All About Spelling. I think it will be a perfect fit fir my oldest son!

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  57. I love All About Spelling! I need more for next year.

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  58. have not started teaching spelling yet but hoping this would help as we start that this coming school year!

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  59. I'm learning along with my little one! I was never taught all the rules!

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  60. We will be using AAS and AAR for the first time this year with my first grader and preschooler. I'm excited about it! I have very little knowledge of phonics rules myself. I'm sure I learned them at some point, as I am a strong speller, but for me, it has always been "does it LOOK right," so I think I probably learned to read and spell more by sight than by phonics. I have ZERO confidence in my ability to teach phonics rules, and I know my son, who thrives on routine and rules, will likely need them in order to learn how to read and spell well.

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  61. We are still going through AAR level, so we haven't started spelling yet. I wasn't good at spelling when I was younger, so I am hoping that AAS will help my son be better at it than I was.

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  62. We need to start spelling this year.

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  63. We love AAS & AAR! We are always excited to make it to the next level! ~ Jessica

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  64. Spelling is never easy - but I've heard so many good things - Hope to win - Thanks!

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  65. Spelling is a challenge for our 1st grader.

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  66. I think it would be easy if I taught it. I didn't do spelling this year because the curriculum I purchased did not work at all, I gave it several tries. I really, really want All About Spelling!!

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  67. I was a poor speller in grade school and I still am. I am using All About Spelling with my boys and I truly believe, if I had been taught the spelling rules (who knew that there was a find gold rule or the "floss" rule?) I would be a better speller today! thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. Spelling is easy for me to teach since I tarted using AAS. Thanks so much for the chance!!

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  69. We would love to win this. I want to purchase AAR Pre for my daughter.

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  70. So far spelling has been easy to teach, but it is getting a bit tougher. AAS sounds like a great program!

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  71. Just started AAS level 1 with my daughter this week and she is loving it. So excited to watch her progress through the levels!

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  72. This was our first year homeschooling and to be honest, spelling fell by the way side. My 10 year year old boy misspells just about everything but he is also not a strong reader. My 8 year old is still struggling to read, and we did some spelling. I have aas 1 and we will use soon and I plan to start the aar level 1 with my youngest. This would certainly be nice to win because I have not bought because I am trying to save for it.

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  73. We love all about spelling and the reading too!

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  74. Spelling is not easy for me to teach!
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    use to get this for my son who struggles with spelling and reading!!!!!!
    CherylB1987@hotmail.com

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  75. Just started using All About Reading with my two boys, on of which is a struggling reader. Can't wait to get All About Spelling to use with it. Thanks

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  76. I have tried other spelling curricula, but none have been successful for my dyslexic son, so this year I am thinking of using AAS. Thank you for your review...and giveaway!

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  77. Yes spelling easy for us because we use All About Spelling!

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  78. My dyslexic son loves All About Spelling!

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  79. We love AAS and AAR! We've only been homeschooling for one year but we are already seeing the benefits of the All About Learning products!

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  80. Absolutely love AAS. Would love to start my son on AAR

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  81. I would like to try this program with my daughter but do not have money to purchase it. Thanks for the chance.

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  82. It's not the easiest subject to teach to my second grader.

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  83. As an Orton-Gillingham tutor, I love to teach spelling. AAS is nice, because the planning part is already done for the teacher. ;-)

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  84. I'm a terrible speller and we love using all about spelling.

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  85. Spelling has been a challenge for me as a child and teaching it. I would love to have this prize so that I can continue to use this awesome program! becky

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  86. I've never used it but have been coveting it. Spelling can definitely be hard to teach at times!

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  87. We haven't started spelling yet, but we have started AAR pre-reading and we love it!

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  88. Laura StephensonJune 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    We would love to add AAS to our Homeschool this year. We have used other spelling programs, but this looks like it would really help our struggling spellers!

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  89. I will be ordering AAR Vol. 1 to start in the fall and this would be a tremendous blessing to our family.

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  90. I don't like the spelling program we use now. I think the All About Spelling program seems like a better fit!

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  91. I was super worried about teaching spelling but picked AAS and it's been so awesome. It's been a breeze teaching spelling!

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  92. I would love to try this!

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  93. Was looking into this for my kiddos!!

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  94. We love AAR level 1 and plan to add the spelling in once we finish that. We'd love to have a gift certificate to put towards it!

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  95. We love AAR and I would love to be able to do AAS also!

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  96. I love AAR and am looking forward to starting AAS with my kiddos!!!!

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  97. I used AAS with my son for the 1st time this year & we LOVED it!! He flew through it in no time & it isso easy to teach!
    I am going to be picking up AAR this year for grade 2 & cannot wait to start that with him as he struggles with reading.

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  98. I would love to win this gift certificate. WE have the spelling level 1 and need to get level 2 but had to replace the air conditioner. This would help ;0)

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  99. My story is the same as yours, always a top reader but a horrible speller! Even my spanish professor in college pointed out that I couldn't spell! I dreaded teaching spelling to my own children but with AAS I get to learn right along with them!

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  100. I enjoy teaching spelling. I would like to teach my kids to spell by rules instead of just memorizing words. I have been wanting to use All About Spelling for over a year now but due to the cost I have not been able to. Would love to win a gift certificate!

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  101. We haven't done a lot of spelling practice yet. We've got one good reader and one beginning reader. Thanks for the chance.

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  102. I am not great at teaching spelling, but I wouldn't say it is hard. I think that it can be overwhelming because there are so many rules.

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  103. We love AAS! Need to order level 3 soon!

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  104. Spelling is easy since we started using AAS! My kids adore spelling and this program makes it fun and easy. We are looking forward to continuing with this program and adding AAR.

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  105. We're just about finished with AAR 1 and I had to break the news to the hubby this week that we need to buy the next level plus AAS 1. This giveaway would be a great start. You are blessing so many of us with this opportunity. Thanks!

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  106. We've been using AAS 1 and plan to use AAR 2 this year and I'd love to be able to use their pre-reading program with my son!

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  107. We are currently using AAR 1 and like it very much! It gives my daughter options for learning. Tiles for those days she needs to touch, the books are great, and she loves the games in the activity books. We plan on doing AAS when she is finished with AAR 2. I definitely would recommend AAR to anyone.

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  108. I'm a horrible speller, too! It was very embarrassing having my sister who was two grades behind me correcting my spelling. I do NOT want my kids to grow up like that!

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  109. We are currently using AAR and AAS level 1, wanting to buy pre level for my 4 year old :)

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  110. It is easy to teach when using AAS. So much easier in fact that we are going to do AAS 2 and add AAR 2. I may also move my older learner to AAS.

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  111. Spelling is easier to teach using the teaching methods found in curriculum such as AAS. I love it! HEATHERLBRANDT (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM

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  112. I will start teaching spelling in the fall to my kindergartener, and I will be buying AAS. This would help tremendously! thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  113. We use AAS so it is very easy for us to teach!

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  114. Spelling is my most difficult subject to teach. Most likely that is because my daughter struggles with it so much and I just haven't found something that has helped her overcome her struggle.

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  115. Just found out about AAS this spring. Looks wonderful! The gift certificate would be a big blessing :)

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  116. I've loved AAS Level 1 and the AAR level 1 readers. Saving up to order Level 2 this school year.

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  117. We love AAS and will be using it again this year.

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  118. We love AAS because Spelling is NOT easy for me to teach! :)

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  119. I have had difficulties teaching spelling and am very interested in AAS

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  120. We love AAS! We do about 1 lesson per week. Would love to win to buy level 3!

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  121. Spelling is quite challenging for me to teach.

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  122. My oldest daughter starts K in the fall and I'm super excited about beginning this homeschooling process. AAS and AAR look so great, I can't wait to give my kids a solid foundation that is fun too:)

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  123. We love AAS for all ages of spellers!

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  124. Spelling has been a difficulty with us in the past, but AAS has helped!

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  125. We liked the AAR 1 readers so much I want to purchase AAS 2 complete program for my first grader and pre-1 for my preKer. My first grader will continue with AAS ! this year and move on up as needed :) Love their stuff!

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  126. I think this program would be a good fit for my daughter. She is just starting to read and has shown interest in spelling. She loves making cards and always try her hardest to spell words based on her phonics knowledge

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  127. I have been terrible about teaching spelling and would love to have this program.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  128. We just started AAR 1 a few weeks ago and so far I love it. Would be fun to add in AAS!!

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  129. eek! i have LOVED the AAS program...so much that i switched over to AAR as well. LOVE!

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  130. I haven't really started teaching spelling, my daughter is just learning to read. I think I'll love it - I love everything that involves words!

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  131. I have been looking at this program for a year now. I have four kids, two natural spellers and one who struggles with the easiest words and an upcoming kindergartener. I know they would all thrive on this, but it is a bit pricey for us.

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  132. I love AAS too! Love your separate metal trays idea. As far as teaching spelling, other programs were hard to figure out or I felt like it wasn't thorough or teaching principles (just memorizing words). AAS makes it easy to teach but also teaches how to apply spelling rules.

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  133. Spelling is easy to teach with All About Spelling! It used to be boring and mundane and I always thought it was busy work both with my children in home school AND the students I taught when I was a public school teacher. I LOVE AAS and AAR!

    Renatta Welsh

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    1. Spelling is not easy for me to teach since I am not familiar with all of the spelling rules myself! I look forward to using AAS and AAR with each of my kids who are up and coming...

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  134. I love this program!
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  135. We are going to start spelling this fall in K with AAS, so I don't know if it will be easy or not. We shall see!

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  136. We love AAS. This program is making a speller AND reader out of my daughter! Thank you Marie Rippel!
    Nikki

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  137. Teaching spelling is challenging. I don't remember ever being taught the rules nor much phonics in the 70's. I want to make certain DD doesn't miss any of these. I think AAS can help!

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  138. We love All About Learning Press and would love to be able to save some money on our next purchase.

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  139. Spelling is something that wasn't easy until I found AAS!

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  140. spelling can be so much fun

    Roy

    lawnmowerdad@yahoo.com

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  141. I've been eyeing this curriculum for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  142. Sorry...didn't see what I was supposed to reply on. :-)

    My son will be in Kindergarten this year so we've not yet attempted spelling, although we are more than halfway through "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons".

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  143. I use to teach and spelling was not hard for me to teach but I'm always looking for more hands on spelling activities for my son!

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  144. We did All about Spelling this year for the first time and LOVED it!! I would love to win so I could get level 2!
    jkdemeyere@yahoo.com

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