All About Reading Level 1 comes out today

And I’m super excited because I’ve been waiting for it for a while.  Now to ensure there’s money in the budget for it……..  But, All About Reading Level 1 is on sale right now!

Why am I so excited about All About Reading Level 1?


1.  We love All About Spelling, and this looks to be in the same genre.


2.  I’ve been using the sample of the program with Princess for the past few weeks and I haven’t had any fights recently about reading.


3.  Did I mention I love All About Spelling?


4.  I’ve looked at the samples of the book online and the length of the stories are a good length, as opposed to some of the other early readers I’ve gotten.



5.  Another use for my spelling board………  Which by the way is working marvelously!


Now the only thing I’m debating about, and I’d love your thoughts, should I order the entire kit or just the teacher’s manual and workbooks?


Here’s my dilemma, I’m trying to be a good steward, and I have a lot of readers already.  So, I probably don’t need them, but I want them.


I need opinions fast because IT’S ON SALE RIGHT NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 6!

homemade tools: spelling board

We use All About Spelling and it has 100 or so spelling tiles.  They encourage you to get a magnetic board that is about 2 foot by 3 foot for this.  The problem is I have problems knocking the magnets off and losing them.  Enter my solution:
Supplies: laminated file folder (for durability), All About Spelling letter tiles , velcro (bought at Feiner supply [thanks to Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations for giving me the heads up of where to buy]), scissors
This is fairly self explanatory, but I figure I’d give you the tips I learned in making three of these.

1.  Measure out the space between velcro strips and figure out the right distance.  I figured out it was roughly an inch space.

2.  I figured out it worked best for me not to have all of the multiple letters out at this time.  There might come a day someday when the kids need them, but right now there are no double letters out, and only the 3 digraphs we’ve started on.

3.  I used rubber cement to put on the labels for the different phonemic segments consonant blends, vowel teams, etc).  I had originally used packing tape, but that makes it harder to pull up if I need to rearrange, which I’ve already had to do once.

4.  Figure out roughly how much space you need for each section before gluing down any labels (see above comment on the packing tape).  I figured out the primary alphabet needs 3 rows with some extra space left over.  The vowel teams needs about 2 rows, and the consonant blends needs a row (maybe 2, wasn’t real sure yet), and the other two categories can pretty much split a row).

5.  I’ve got the extra letters and such in ziploc bags right now and squirrelled away, hopefully somewhere I can find them again.

I got this idea from something I saw on pinterest, but I just spent 20 minutes scouring my boards and can’t find the original post.  If you pinned this idea or have seen it, could you let me know the source so I can credit it.  Also, they had a printable to some plain alphabet tiles if you don’t want to buy the AAS ones.

Giveaway and Review: SpellQuizzer

I got contacted about a week ago to review and host a giveaway of a product called Spellquizzer. I emailed him back and said my kids aren’t reading yet, but if you don’t mind it being my input I was up for the challenge.

So, here goes. I think my boys are right on the verge of being able to use this. It’ll take some teaching to show them how, but they can do this. Here’s what you do:

1. Download the program here. Install it and open.

2. You can use their premade spelling lists, or there are group lists here made by the other users already there.

3. As you’re making your list type in the word, then you can choose to use a reminder phrase. I did because then my kids can see the word they’re typing, which is the level they’re at now. Then you say the word aloud and record it to be played back.

4. Once you’ve made your list save it. And, this is all super easy to do, that’s what I loved about it. I had so much fun thinking up words for them to type.

5. Now, put your kid in your lap and let them have fun typing their words. If you actually are practicing spelling words the program says the word to type, and they type it in. Then it tells you if the word is spelled right. For my kids the listened to the word being read and typed it as it was.

+++ Side note, I had emailed him back with a concern that the reminder phrase was kind of small for beginning readers, and I was amazed at how quickly he’s gotten back to me. He’s already sent me a beta patch to try out with my kids. I downloaded it last night, and it’s just about the perfect size, I’d like it a hair larger, but I probably make the font too large anyways.+++

I can see so many uses for this. This is a great way to practice typing skills. Superman loves to sit on my lap and type words, and this would be a great way for him to sit and do it forever with his premade list. It also ends using endless amounts of paper for spelling drills (I know you could have done that just using another typing program, but does that read it to you?).

There is a site for homeschoolers, that I haven’t checked out, but given what I’ve seen so far, and how responsive he’s been to my emails (I think I’ve sent him about 5 so far with questions), I think it’s going to be a great site with lots of tips.

So, I can really and truthfully say I love this product. I admit I’m a bit of a nerd, and have a fondness for things like this.

++Legal mumbo jumbo: I received a free copy of this to try out, I have not been paid for my review, and these opinions are all mine.++

Now, to the fun part for ya’ll, I get to giveaway one of these to ya’ll, and since there’s no mail to worry about this is open to ANYONE!

How to get entries:

1. Tell me your favorite thing to practice reading or writing skills, I always like to see more great ideas. This one is mandatory.

2. Start to follow me, or tell me you already are. Another entry.

3. Blog about it and give me the link back. This is two entries, make two separate comments for each entry.

4. For a final entry you can give me an idea for spelling practice that’s not on the computer (I know a bunch from teaching, but would love to hear some other ideas).

Don’t forget to make sure I have a way to contact you. This is a really cool product and you want to get a chance to win it. This giveaway ends 2 weeks from now on September 27.