All About Spelling recommends using a large 2’ x 3’ magnetic whiteboard to hold all your tiles. This allows your alphabet to stretch across the top with plenty of room for the other tiles down the sides and room to write in the middle. We started with a board that big, but we wanted to be able to use it at the table. It was just too big and awkward and Skeeterbug would balk at the idea of doing spelling. I finally realised it was the size of the board that was the problem. We down-sized to this smaller board and he was suddenly happy to do spelling again! The board came in purple or pink. Ladybug was too young to vote when we got it so we went with purple.
This board is not quite 2’ wide. As you can see, the alphabet tiles wrap around to a second line. (Yep, we are missing a letter ‘t’!) I don’t think the second line is a problem if you are starting AAS with a child who knows the order of the alphabet well. The biggest issue is having enough room for writing. So far we still have plenty of room on our whiteboard. We are on Level 3 and have not yet added all of the tiles for the current level. If we do run out of room we will just do our writing on a lap-sized mini-whiteboard, which is what we use on days when we aren’t using the tiles. These small whiteboards are one of my favourite homeschooling tools! We use them all the time.
I store our AAS whiteboard on top of a tall bookcase where little hands can’t rearrange the tiles. Occasionally the other kids want a turn so they might play with it after a lesson but then it goes back on top of the bookcase when they are done. This smaller board works for us!