Skeeterbug has just finished All About Spelling Level 2. This comes just in time for our week off from school, so we’ll have a short break before starting Level 3. The first lesson is always a major review of the material learned so far, so it will be good to wait until after our break to start it.
So far AAS has been a good fit for us. The words he is spelling are not all that difficult and sometimes I worry that it’s not challenging enough. But then I remember he is learning the rules behind it all. Each level builds on the prior, so down the line when he is spelling words that are more difficult he will be able to tell you why. Or at least that’s the idea! We only started AAS last year and Skeeterbug was already reading well at that point. Had we started this when he was younger we could have used this as a phonics program as well and gone at a slower pace. I probably won’t start Jitterbug with AAS until he is reading CVC words.
We do alter the curriculum a little to work for us. Skeeterbug doesn’t like to spell with the word tiles, so after any new teaching we go straight to dictation. So far we’ve done this on a whiteboard instead of paper since he really enjoys doing it that way. I’ve also pretty much ignored the red sound cards and the green word cards thus far.
I ordered our next level from Adnil Press here in Australia. Usually I would order this as part of a larger order from Rainbow Resource in order to save on shipping. I wasn’t ready to place a large order now, the best price I could find for ordering just this item was Adnil. Even though the price is $10 higher than ordering directly from AAS or Rainbow, when you factor in the international shipping it was the least expensive option. This is still pricey for a spelling curriculum but since I will be using it for three kids it isn’t so bad. (I’d still be using it if it was just for one kid, it’s that good!)