Tuesday, November 29, 2011

All About Reading 1 SALE and Astronaut Ice Cream!

All About Reading Level 1 is here!


And it's on sale, with a bonus this week: Order by midnight on December 6, and it's 10% off, plus a fun supplement, A Taste of Outer Space is added to your order FREE!


One thing I really like about the activity book are the fluency exercises. Kids get lots of practice reading individual words, and then they read phrases that gradually build into sentences. Breaking the work down in this way would have really helped my kids when they were learning to read. An early example:

had a nap
Dan had a nap.

And a later one:

Set the dishcloth
Set the dishcloth in the dishpan
"Set the dishcloth in the dishpan," said Mom.

Here are samples for the Activity book and Teacher's Manual.

Like all of their materials, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


Hope this will help some of you! Enjoy!

Friday, November 4, 2011

AAS Letter Tiles Mini Office

If you have ever made a lapbook or mini office, you use All About Spelling, and you have trouble finding room for a full sized magnet board, you might like this idea! Another mom on an email loop made a letter tiles mini office, and I thought it was so clever I decided to make my own. Here are pictures:

Fully open:

Instead of regular file-folders, I used folder-pouches that had velcro-closures, and cut them open. I used 3 folders, and cut the closure-flap off 2 of them. There are 2 folders displayed in the picture; the third folder is glued on the back, joining the two folders together. Here's a close-up of the left side:

I adhered peel and stick magnet strips (spent $3 at stuff-mart) to the folder for the tiles to stick to. Here's a close-up of the right side:

Lay it flat on a table to work, and simply fold it up for easy storage when you are done:

I was concerned about how thick it might be with all of the magnet strips and tiles in there, but it's barely thicker than my hand:

It fits easily into my kids' workboxes:

Or into my Teacher File Box:

Or the rubbermade tote I use to hold our other AAS supplies:

I've opened and closed it several times to see how the tiles hold up. They rarely fall off. The first three pages always stay intact; the last page I open does sometimes drop a tile or two as I open it, I think because it's not a reinforced page. I'll probably try gluing another folder to the outside to add stability.

This would also work great for people who want to take AAS or the new All About Reading on the go--pack up the tiles too! Enjoy!

After using this for about a year, here's an update.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

$100 Giveaway for All About Spelling!

All About Spelling is having a $100 Giveaway this week. Enter to win a $100 gift certificate good toward any purchase of All About Spelling materials!

All About Spelling program

Full details on the AALP Forums.