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.
One thing that I really like about All About Spelling is that it is multisensory in the way you teach. Your child will hear, see and actually write the words. Just like with level 1 you will start out by going over the letter sounds. All of these should be a review until lesson 2 when you start with new phonograms. This level of spelling will go over lots of spelling concepts. Some of them are a continuation from level 1 but more in-depth and some are completely new. A few of the things you will be teaching in this level are spelling even when a vowel is silent or says a sound it does not normally say, division of syllables, when to use what letter if more than one letter says the same sound, spelling with S or ES, spelling with ER and soft letter sounds.
Even though the curriculum does not have spelling test I do them to make sure that our daughter has retained the information. A lot of times I will use words from that lesson and words from previous lessons. Sometimes I will add a bonus word and these are always a word with a concept I have yet to teach. I do this just to see if she can spell it. I also let her type the words instead of writing them down. Not all the time but about once to twice a week. This helps with typing practice and it is just fun for kids. I noticed with level 1 of spelling that the computer keyboard was a bit big for her little hands so I let her type them on my iPad since I have a keyboard case. We got level 2 with our 2nd grade Timberdoodle kit. Again this is definitely a curriculum I recommend and I consider it a must have for all homeschoolers. If your child struggles with reading or spelling in school then this curriculum will absolutely help them. Do not use All About Spelling, what do you use? Let us know in the comment section below.