I had heard much positive feedback about this program from other homeschoolers, so I decided to give it a try. I purchased Level One at the beginning of the school year, and Rylan and I have been working through the program since then.
I can safely say that it lives up to the hype! This is a very well thought out, easy to use, easy to teach program. The multi-sensory approach to spelling (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) is also a big factor in the program working for Rylan. He gets bored with monotony, so the fact that we sometimes work orally, then with magnetic tiles, or writing (and I change the materials we use with writing – dry erase board, chalk board, paper and pencil, paper and markers, etc) to practice spelling words keeps the interest level up and utilizes multiple skills.
Each level comes with a teacher’s manual (all you need to do is open the book and follow the instructions and steps which are clear and simple, couldn’t be easier for the teacher/parent), several sets of flashcards which are used for teaching and review (a box and dividing cards are provided to make it super easy to organize the cards and keep track of what skills are mastered and what needs to be reviewed), magnetic letter tiles, tokens for word segmentation, a phonogram CD-rom, progress charts, and a completion chart.
The thing I love the most about All About Spelling (apart from the fact that it is teaching Rylan how to spell, of course!) is that it takes a subject with the reputation for being boring, and makes it enjoyable and very straight forward to follow.