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Review: All About Spelling Level 2

I love, love, love All About Learning Press! So with that of course we have kept with All About Spelling after finishing level 1. Just like before I have organized it by getting the teacher manual's spine cut and the pages spiral bound. It is so much easier to go through the book that way. The student pack comes with the cards (phonogram, sound, key and word), syllable tags, syllable rules, word banks, jail for words that break the rules when spelling, the progress chart with stickers for it and the certificate. You will need the tiles but if you have used either All About Reading or Spelling before than the tiles are the same. We got the app (for tablet only) instead so that there is no chance of losing the tiles. In level 1 there were tokens to help with making sure your child sounds out each sound in a word and then writes it. Level 2 does not come with any tokens but you can really use anything as a token. Our daughter likes to use Hot Wheels if she is missing sounds in a word


I got a lot of people asking for my reviews/tests I give my kids. If you would like one let me know by emailing me at Each grade’s review cost 1$/subject. Below is part of our review. Payment in the form of PayPal or Zelle. Please keep in mind the reviews are based off our curriculum. By no means does it mean you are not doing enough if your child doesn’t know the answers or y’all haven’t gone over what we have. Our curriculum of choice is Timberdoodle. You’ll find everything we use here .  Pre-K Subjects:      Math      Geography/Social Studies      Thinking Skills      Science      English (reading)      Social/Emotional Skills (emotions to know) Kinder Subjects:      Math      History      Thinking Skills      Science      English (reading)      Social Skills (emotions to know) 1st Subjects:      Math      History (history, a little of social studies (US based) and geography)      Thinking Skills      Science      English (reading, writing) 2nd Subjects

Review: All About Reading Level 3

This is the second to last level of reading! All About Reading  has been an amazing curriculum for it. Everything is laid out so nicely. The thing I love best about this curriculum is that even as a dyslexic parent I have been able to effectively teach our daughter to read all on my own! If you have read our previous reviews you know I organize this curriculum very particularly. the teacher manual gets spiral bound by Staples. The student book get the pages torn out and sheet protected. The cut outs get laminated and put into a zip lock with an index card to know what level and lesson they go with. The phonogram cards and word cards get laminated as well. This level has two books with many stories in them for your child to read when they pop up in the curriculum. My daughter loves the stories and likes to read the title for the next story before she learns the new lesson that will be in them.  I love that there is plenty of work so that the child can practice the new concept being taug

Review: Story of the Word Vol 2

We really enjoyed using Story of the World last year and I found it super informative even for me. So of course we are using volume 2 this year. For volume 2, I bought the item separately because we did not use the audio book last year. The main reason I do not use it is because some of the things in the textbook are gruesome and our daughter is sensitive. So instead I read the sections before had and summarize or omit the gory bits. I did get the activity book  and the test booklet . Volume 2 of Story of the World goes over the time period from the fall of Rome to rise of the renaissance. The activity book I feel is a must have for this curriculum. It has a bunch of information in the teacher manual section and the student pages are so much fun for kids. The teacher manual is hands down my favorite part of this curriculum. It lets you know other books you can get that talk about the same things that you are reading in that chapter. Review questions to ask on the most important inform

Review: Test Prep: Grade 2

I know that a lot of homeschoolers choose not to give test or do any sort of testing. Some states will require that you get test done or go to a place to have a test administered. In Texas, this does not apply to us. However I do give tests, quizzes and we do reviews. I do not tell our daughter when we are doing any of these except the review. I will mutter to myself while looking at my planner and say that week is a review week so she sometimes overhears this. Does this make her nervous? No. Solely because I do not make a big deal about it. I know a lot of kids get test anxiety and I do not want our daughter to think that they are a daunting thing. Last year We used Test Prep  and I really liked it. It touches and 2 of the most important classes in school: English and math. The English portions cover reading, comprehension, vocabulary, writing and grammar.  A lot of the reading will be reading passages and then answering the questions that go with them. The will need the skills of suf

Tips & Tricks: Setting Goals

I set goals for the school year at the beginning of the year. I go through all the curriculum and see what it goes over then make goals from that. For example in our Math-U-See curriculum for 1st grade it mostly goes over addition/subtraction and solving for X. While the child can use the blocks to help them I set the goal that by the end of the year I would like our daughter to be doing the problems either entirely on her own or using her finger or blocks as little as possible. For subjects like history and science my goals are they she remembers the main ideas from the sections we read. Our youngest, is 2, is just about to start school so she will be doing preschool. In preschool I just teach the basic things. So my goals for her are that by the end of the she can do the following: letters; upper and lower numbers; 0-25 counting shapes colors weather and what you wear for them animals and their sounds drawing different kinds of lines kinds of vehicles same, different sizes places bod