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Polar Bear Pack – Limited Time Freebie!

Polar Bear Reading and Spelling Pack

Just in time for some winter fun, All About Learning Press is offering a limited time freebie for reading and spelling practice – the Polar Bear Pack! This full-color pack contains 30 printable pages of delightful reading and spelling activities that are positively popping with polar bears. Included in the pack you will find:

  • Polar Bear ABCs – practice letter knowledge, handwriting, and letter sounds with some help from these cheerful polar bears! Perfect for preschoolers!
  • Rhyming Polar Bears – Match up the pairs of rhyming polar bears and build important reading skills.
  • Polar Bear Word Searches – Word search puzzles are a great way to practice reading and spelling skills, as well as a great way for children to have fun with words. Great for all ages!
  • Arctic Animal Fun Facts – Polar bears live in the far north, but many other birds and animals live in the Arctic region as well. Explore sixteen different Arctic inhabitants in this fun fact booklet.
  • Polar Bear Breakfast – A fun polar bear breakfast treat to enjoy on a wintry morning.
  • Polar Bear Library List – A list of books you need to check out at your local library!

All of the activities included in the Polar Bear Pack correlate with All About Reading and All About Spelling and will give you a fun peek into the quality of their products. If you aren’t using either of those programs, don’t worry – they will easily go along with any curriculum you are using and will be a fun addition.

free polar bear printable pack

Grab the FREE Polar Bear Pack HERE!

      See Why We LOVE All About Learning Press!

    Curious about All About Reading and All About Spelling? Our family has been using both programs for years and we highly recommend them. Get a peek into some of their different programs and how they’ve worked with our children in the following posts:

    Animal Babies Matching Activity – Free Printable



    To celebrate Mother’s Day, All About Learning Press has a special downloadable reading activity: Baby Animal Names Matching!  This simple learning activity includes a few animals that you won’t see in a typical matching game, including a raccoon and a kangaroo. Just match the animal babies with their mommas!

    Additional FREE Reading and Spelling Activities

    If you’re looking for a few other reading and spelling activities to use with your children, be sure to check out these fun games too. They are ones that we’ve used with our kids over the years and love!

    Be a Lumberjack syllable game

    Be a Lumberjack – works on dividing multisyllable words

     three letter blend game

    Word Flippers – works on common three letter blends (str, spl, scr, and spr)


    ee blend words

    Wake Up the Sheep – works on reading words with the ‘ee’ blend


    feed the anteater game

    Feed the Anteater – a fun game for kids to make the anteater ‘eat’ the word ants


    Win a Level of All About Spelling!


    Be sure to enter to win a full level of spelling from All About Spelling too! Each month, there is a wonderful giveaway and this month is no different! Our family has loved this hands-on spelling program and we have used it for years now. It was the first curriculum that really clicked with us and we haven’t looked back. Read our review of All About Spelling here.

    The BEST Homeschool Spelling Curriculum

    The best homeschool spelling curriculum - and why we like it so much from homeschoolcreations.net


    Six years ago our family started using a homeschool spelling curriculum that literally changed the way I looked at curriculum overall.  All About Spelling helped me realize that I COULD teach a subject with confidence, and there were programs available that would reach a variety of learning styles while still keeping life simple for me as a mom and teacher.

    Our kids are at different spelling levels now, ranging from Level 1 up to 6, and All About Spelling has been a fabulous addition to our homeschool curriculum. (I have to admit that I am a bit sentimental over the fact that our youngest is just about finished with the first level – and I honestly don’t want to give it up!) Each of our children has used the program a bit differently than other siblings, but that is the true beauty of All About Spelling – you can adapt it to fit your family! We are all hooked on the program and look forward to spelling time together each week.

    A Quick Look at the Spelling Curriculum

    All About Spelling teaches phonograms, spelling rules and patterns, word segmenting, syllables, and so much more.  It is an easy step-by-step spelling curriculum with multisensory lessons that focuses on spelling mastery. The program is based on Orton-Gillingham methods combined with the latest research.

    Ten Reasons to Love All About Spelling

    Each of our children has used the program a bit differently than the others, but that is the true beauty of All About Spelling.

    1. The lessons are amazingly easy to follow.  Step-by-step lightly scripted plans are given for each lesson in the level being worked on, letting the teacher know what materials are needed. Each lesson also includes ‘teacher tips’ to explain various concepts and rules.
    2. Lessons can be customized to your child’s specific needs. When we first started, we went through the early lessons rather quickly. Now we pace the lessons based on a rate that is comfortable for each child, making sure concepts have been mastered.
    3. Each lesson includes opportunity for review. Lessons Each include a way to review the steps and rules that have been taught in previous lessons, along with reinforcement for the rules that were learned during that lesson.
    4. The materials are hands-on and geared toward a variety of learning styles. Whether your child is a hands-on, auditory, or visual learner – or anything combined – there is something in the program to help! One of our favorite parts of All About Spelling are the magnetic letter tiles used spell out the words and sounds that are being practiced. Each level also includes flashcards for review. This hands-on aspect has really helped the learning with two of our children. (Not sure about your child’s learning style – check out this post for a little help.)
    5. The focus is on spelling strategies, not on spelling list memorization. Rather than handing your child a list to memorize and practice, All About Spelling focuses on the rules behind spelling. If there are any exceptions to the rule, they are covered as well (the English language can be tricky, and even I’ve learned a thing or two over the years!).
    6. Concepts are taught one at a time and introduced at appropriate levels. Let’s face it – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the different rules and phonograms. In All About Spelling, a concept is taught, practiced, and then continually reviewed in upcoming lessons to make sure that mastery is achieved.
    7. The lessons are short and effective. Each lesson takes between 15-20 minutes to complete, but the objectives are clearly stated and there isn’t any prep time required. (No excuses for not working on spelling now!)
    8. It is a complete curriculum from preschool to high school. There are seven levels in the program. It’s a one-stop spelling curriculum, and I LOVE that! Our oldest is currently 7th grade and working on level 6, but
    9. The program is non-consumable. For our family of four, this is a huge help! Both the teacher’s manual and student materials can be re-used with younger children because NONE of it is consumable! That adds up to a huge savings when the cost is spread out between children – AND it can be sold when the level is finished.
    10. The company has a fabulous guarantee and support. There have been times that I’ve had questions over the years, and the office support has been a HUGE help to me. In addition, All About Learning Press offers a wonderful guarantee – you have a FULL YEAR to try out the All About Spelling program. If it doesn’t work for you, just return the materials at any time within one year and they will give you a full refund. (That’s how much they believe in their program).

        Get Started with All About Spelling

    • Spelling Materials (Teacher’s Manual and Student Packet): Each level of All About Spelling comes with a materials packet that includes flashcards,  a progress chart, a completion certificate, and other tools to help you teach. The program also uses letter tiles that can be used in all seven levels. The letter tiles are not included in the material pack of each level (so that you wouldn’t have six sets). If you are teaching more than one student at a time, you can order additional materials packets.  
    • Spelling Interactive Kit: The basic or deluxe interactive kit is used through all seven levels of All About Spelling – and you only need to purchase one (even if you are teaching multiple children). Kit components can be purchased separately – I personally recommend buying a few extra review boxes and divider cards to store all of the cards for the seven levels. Don’t miss their FREE phonogram sounds app either!

    There is nothing that I haven’t been pleased about with this curriculum – seriously! If you are interested in learning more about how to teach using All About Spelling, know that they a 100% learning satisfaction guarantee. This is definitely a program that we recommend – and also that you check out their homeschool reading programs!

    Not sure where to begin? Find out if your child is ready to begin spelling or determine what level to start with by visiting the All About Spelling site.


    Start your All About Spelling journey now!



    New to Homeschooling?

    If you are new to homeschooling and aren’t sure where to begin in choosing homeschool curriculum, please don’t let this post overwhelm you! Here are a few posts that you might find helpful as you discover what is best for your family. Be sure to check out the entire Homeschool Basics series for answers to more frequently asked homeschool questions.

    Homeschool Teaching Styles and Philosphies.png Identifying Children's Learning Styles copy How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum

    This All About Spelling Review was written based on our personal use of the program over the past six years.

    Free Phonogram Sounds App

    It’s no secret that one of our favorite homeschool programs is All About Spelling from All About Learning Press. Both their spelling and reading programs are ones we recommend for any family.

    Especially now that they have a FREE app that anyone can use to help with the pronunciation of some of those pesky phonogram blends!

    phonogram sounds app for spelling

    This week, All About Learning Press released a FREE phonogram sounds app for the iPad, iPhone/iPod, Windows, Android and Mac OSX  {don’t worry, a Kindle app is coming soon!}. Use it on your computer, tablet devices, iPod and more!

    We are SO excited to use this during our reading and spelling time because it gives the pronunciation of 72 various phonograms that are taught in All About Reading and All About Spelling.

    All About Spelling phonograms

    Today we were working on the -ng sound and it was so handy to pull out the iPad. Kaleb found the appropriate tile to touch and then heard the pronunciation of the blend {he likes any excuse to use the iPad!}.

    The colors of the buttons within the app even matches the Letter Tiles on our spelling board, so the learning is carried over from the app to the board. The phonogram buttons are also grouped according to the labels we use with the Letter Tiles.

    Phonogram App

    Don’t use All About Spelling or All About Reading? It’s ok! This free app will still be a help to you, so try it out today!

    Other Helpful Links for Spelling and Reading

    Should Reading and Spelling Be Taught Separately?

    This article and video by Marie Rippel caught my eye this past week, so I wanted to share it with you all.


    Should reading and spelling be taught together? Or separately?  What has your experience been?

    Find out more on the All About Learning Press blog.

    Shape Word Cards for Read, Build, Write Vocabulary Mats

    Many of you all have asked for a set of shape word cards to go along with the Read! Build! Write! Mats! Although Kaleb knows his shapes, we are working on identifying shape words and these will be a great help to us in using the vocabulary mats.

    Shape Word Cards


    There are two different pages in the word cards – one in black in white and another in color.

    All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

    The Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats

    Not familiar with the Read! Build! Write! mats? Basically, they are a fun way to work with your child on word identification and spelling.

    Read, Build, Write collage

    Here’s how you use the mats:

    Read: Place one of the vocabulary cards in the top box and read the word together.

    Build: Use letter tiles or magnets to build the word in the second box.

    Write: Finally, practice writing the word in the bottom box.

    Print the mats onto cardstock and then laminate them so that you can use Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers on the mats.

    Read, Build, Write collage 2

    Check out the Read! Build! Write! page to find additional themed vocabulary cards to go along with all of the Early Learning Printable Packs that I’ve put together so far.

    All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

    Additional Early Learning Printables

    Looking for a few other free printables to use when practicing those numbers? Check out these resources:

    ~ Color Matching Cards and more

    ~ Number Tracing Cards ~ great ‘take along’ activity for numbers 1-20

    ~ Number Playdough Mats {for numbers 1-20}

    ~ Number Matching Cards ~ colorful and they also include Roman Numerals for older children to use!

    Hope these help you all out! Feel free to ‘pin’ the printables and share them with others! If there are some other vocabulary cards that you would like to see me put together, leave a comment and let me know!