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All About Spelling Level 2 Completed!

I’m writing this on the last day of my first grade son’s Christmas vacation. Bruce was halfway through AAS Level 2 when school got out, and after two weeks of working on this consistently every day, he has now finished the book. Since we are an Afterschooling family instead of a Homeschooling family, I told my son that we will hold off on Level 3 until Spring Break.

For the most part, Bruce has really enjoyed our AAS lessons. But admittedly, cranking through the book at breakneck speed these past two weeks hasn’t been the best way to go about it from a “fun” stand-point. As my Dad would say, “Tough noogies”.  I know that AAS is really helping Bruce, and a good compliment to the Evan More Grade Two spelling book he is doing at school (only way better).

At the start of vacation when we were still on Step 15 I quizzed Bruce on the remaining Word Cards in Level 2, and pulled the ones that he did not know how to spell. For me as a teacher, this is one of the truly amazing things about this program. I don’t know if the picture is big enough for you to see (you could try clicking on it), but that fan of cards was like a visual slice of Bruce’s spelling brain. I could tell just by looking at the cards, the type of words and word patterns Bruce needed the most help with. That didn’t mean that I only had to teach Steps 23, 24, and 25 though. The spelling rules and patterns that were important for those steps were introduced or “pretaught” in earlier Steps. So we still went through Level 2 step by step, but I was careful to put some extra emphasis on what was needed to complete Steps 23, 24, and 25.

My husband and I were having a causerie about AAS Level 2, and in our brief chat I told him about the fan I made from the green cards. I said I was tempted to purchase Level 6 and start using it myself! I am such a horrible speller, that I would love to see what the Level 6 fan of green cards I couldn’t spell would look like for me. The nice guy that he is, my husband  pointed out that only doing Level 6 wouldn’t help me very much, because there have been rules I have been unfamiliar with in both Levels 1 and Levels 2. Maybe by the time I’ve taught both Bruce and Jenna I’ll know longer feel so stupid. 🙂


2 Comments

  1. Claire H. says:

    A cheaper way of learning the rules for yourself is the book Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Eide. I borrowed it from the library a few months ago because I had heard such good things about it. It really is excellent!

    She’s coming out with a curriculum soon and that might be a better option for “afterschooling” than AAS since it’ll cover everything in a single book rather than the multiple levels of AAS.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I’m going to add that to my library hold list. If you combined something like that with kinesthetic a-b-c tiles, that could definitely be a cheaper alternative. But if you can afford it, AAS is truly amazing.

      I’ll be blogging about this soon, but I went ahead and ordered Level 6 for myself. It came in the mail today and Bruce has been giving me spelling lessons…sort of. He’s reading through all of the green cards and quizzing me. I can already see how much I’ve learned from levels 1 and 2, because when I was spelling words like “accident”, or “occupy”, I could actually picture the open door, closed door syllable tags in my head. For the first time, I understood why there were two c’s. I’m also picturing the tiles, where I have never been able to “see” how a word was supposed to look before. I still can’t see a word in my head, but I can see the tiles for some reason. Weird.

      Even just ripping all of the green cards out was a big deal to me, because I saw how the words were grouped. I had never really thought about words a, b, c, and d going together before. Since I could spell word c, that meant that I could also spell a, b, and d. But I hadn’t realized that they even matched up. It’s weird how those gaps are there in my brain. Most of the level 6 words are too easy for me, but I can already tell that there are going to be big chunks that I don’t know for some reason.

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