Inside the Mommyvan

Homeschooling & Life Inside the Mommyvan - an old dog learning new tricks



I love All About Reading and its companion, All About Spelling. from All About Learning Press.

We started with AAS 1 last year, and AAR 2 (since my kids already had some phonics under their belt) earlier this school year. The results have been nothing short of amazing. J has gone from a reluctant reader of one-line-per-page books to a kid who enjoys reading not only the stories that go with the AAR lessons, but all sorts of other books as well.

I often fall into the trap of thinking that we have to do something out of a textbook, workbook, or curriculum schedule. I forget that there are myriad ways for children to add knowledge to the little sponges that are their brains; and that the more fun they’re having, the more likely they are to retain the material.

This afternoon, one of my girls is creating a work of art on the chalkboard. She started labeling each of the items she drew. Realizing that she was not only having fun, but also practicing her spelling and handwriting, I encouraged her to continue. Her brother wandered over after a while and read all the words she’d written — bonus!

So, a reminder (I know I need it): learning really is everywhere. In the elaborate field trips, and in the simplest of games at home in pajamas. If they pick up an activity that uses any of their newfound skills, go with it! Encourage them! And don’t forget to add it to their portfolio! 🙂