Correlating All About Reading 1 with All About Spelling 1 {Updated}

"Spell on Paper" from All About Spelling Step 15. 

In my review of All About Reading 1, I recommend that you use both All About Reading (AAR) and All About Spelling (AAS) concurrently. I share a partial list of how I would do that in my review, but I have been asked to share the rest, so here it is.

Please note that Marie recommends that you complete AAR1 before beginning AAS1 and I agree with this for a preschooler or young kindergartener. If you are using All About Reading 1 with an advanced kindergartener or first grader, you can easily use both together.

You will learn all the sounds of the first 26 phonograms in AAS step 1, but only the first sounds in AAR, initially. You pick up the additional sounds toward the end of the program, so you could just teach the first sounds initially in AAS and follow the scope and sequence in AAR to introduce the additional sounds. 

Here is what I recommend: (Updated 8-6-13 with a suggested weekly schedule.)

(Week 1)  Suggested scheduling for a 1st grader, but please work at your child's pace.

Teach Step 1 in AAS -The First 26 Phonograms. Use this lesson to introduce the phonogram sounds. (OR use it to review the sounds after completing AAR Lessons 1-4).

Teach Step 2 in AAS - Segmenting Words. If your child has completed All About Reading Level Pre-1, he or she will be familiar with the exercises!

(Week 2)

Teach Step 3 in AAS - The Letter Tiles. Your child will be introduced to the letter tiles as well as the key concepts of vowels and consonants.

Teach Step 4 in AAS - The Sound Cards. You dictate the sounds and have your child point to the letter tile that makes that sound. Once they can do that, they write the letters from dictation. Now you are ready to add in AAR and continue on with AAS!

Here's how:

(Week 3)

  • Teach Lesson 1 in AAR.  Letters m, s, p, and a.
  • Teach Lesson 2 in AAR. Letters n, t, b, and j.

(Week 4)

  • Teach Lesson 3 in AAR. Letters g, d, c, and y.
  • Teach Lesson 4 in AAR. Letters h, k, and r.

(Week 5)

  • Teach Step 5 in AAS as an introduction to the short vowel sounds.
  • Teach Step 6 in AAS. Short a
  • Teach Lesson 5 in AAR. Read "Jam" and "The Tan Hat" 

(Week 6)

  • Teach Lesson 6 in AAR. Letters i, v, f, and z.
  • Teach Step 7 in AAS. Short i.
  • Teach Lesson 7 in AAR.  Read "Hit the Gas" and "The Bad Rat"

(Week 7)

  • Teach Lesson 8 in AAR. Letters o, l, and w.
  • Teach Step 8 in AAS. Short o.
  • Teach Lesson 9 in AAR.  Read "The Hot Rod" and "Jan Did It"

(Week 8)

  • Teach Lesson 10 in AAR. Letter u and the Second Sound of s.
  • Teach Step 9 in AAS. Short u.
  • Teach Lesson 11 in AAR. Read "Kip the Pup" and "Run, Bug, Run!"

(Week 9) 

  • Teach Lesson 12 in AAR. Letter e.
  • Teach Step 10 in AAS. Short e.
  • Teach Lesson 13 in AAR. Read "The Gum" and "The Sad Hog"

(Week 10)

  • Teach Lesson 14 in AAR. Letters qu and x.
  • Teach Step 11 in AAS - s, x, and qu.
  • Teach Lesson 15 in AAR. Read "Fox in a Box"

(Week 11)

  • Teach Lesson 16 in AAR. Consonant Team th.
  • Teach Lesson 17 in AAR. Read "The Red Pen"

  • Teach Lesson 18 in AAR. Consonant Team sh.
  • Teach Lesson 19 in AAR. Read "Six Fish"

(Week 12)

  • Teach Lesson 20 in AAR. Consonant Team ch.
  • Teach Lesson 21 in AAR. Read "Get the Moth, Meg!"
  • Teach Step 12 in AAS. th, sh and ch.

(Week 13)

  • Teach Lesson 22 in AAR. Words with Final Blends.
  • Teach Step 13 in AAS. Segmenting Words with Blends.

(Week 14)

  • Teach Step 14 in AAS. Final Blends.
  • Teach Lesson 23 in AAR. Read "Lost in the Bog"

  • Teach Lesson 24 in AAR. Words with Initial Blends.
  • Teach Step 15 in AAS. Initial Blends.
  • Teach Lesson 25 in AAR. Read "The Big Top"

(Week 15)

  • Teach Lesson 26 in AAR. FF, LL, SS.
  • AAS Step 18 FF, LL, and SS.

(Week 16)

  • Teach Lesson 27 in AAR. Read "Slim Went West" and "Mud Milk"
  • Teach Lesson 28 in AAR. Read "The Wind on the Hill" and "The Ant Hill"

(Week 17)

  • Teach Lesson 29 in AAR. Two Sight Words.
  • AAS Step 17 Sound of /k/ at the beginning.
  • Teach Lesson 30 in AAR. Read "The Hit" and "Fish Class"

(Week 18)

  • Teach Lesson 31 in AAR. Read "The Big Mess" and "The Plan"
  • Teach Lesson 32 in AAR. Read "The Runt Pig"

(Week 19)

  • Teach Lesson 33 in AAR. Consonant Team ck.
  • AAS Step 19 Sound of /k/ at the end.
  • Teach Lesson 34 in AAR. Read "Fun at the Pond" and "The Nap"
  • Teach Lesson 35 in AAR. Read "At Camp" and "The Pet Duck"

(Week 20)

  • Teach Lesson 36 in AAR. Consonant Team ng.
  • AAS Step 20 Consonant Team NG.
  • Teach Lesson 37 in AAR. Read a "The Bat" and "King Sam"

(Week 21)

  • Teach Lesson 38 in AAR. Consonant Team nk.
  • AAS Step 21 Consonant Team NK.
  • Teach Lesson 39 in AAR. Read "Frank Shrank"

(Week 22)

  • Teach Lesson 40 in AAR. Compound Words.
  • AAS Step 22 Compound Words.
  • Teach Lesson 41 AAR. Read "Cobweb the Cat"

(Week 23)

  • Teach Lesson 42 AAR. Plural Words.
  • AAS Step 23 Plural Words.
  • Teach Lesson 43 AAR. Read "Ten Wishes" and "Fast Fun"

(Week 24)

  • Teach Lesson 44 AAR. Additional sounds for a, i and c.
  • AAS Step 16 Letters C and K.

(Week 25)

  • Teach Lesson 45 AAR. Additional sounds for o and g.
  • Teach Lesson 46 AAR. Additional sounds for e, u, y and ch
  • Teach Lesson 47 AAR.  Short vowels and counting syllables.

(Week 26)

  • Teach Lesson 47 AAR. Open and closed syllables.
  • AAS Step 24 Open Syllables.
  • Teach Lesson 49 in AAR. Read "Off We Go!" 

All done!

(To get a visual of how I combine AAR and AAS, see A Day in the Life (and Review!) of All About Reading Level 2.)

I put the original (not the updated version) in Google document so that it can be printed, but it is just as easy to write the spelling lesson at the top of the page in the reading manual!

As you can see, all of the reading lessons are in order and the spelling lessons are plugged in where they seem to fit best!

It makes sense to do both programs together, since so much of All About Spelling is phonics based, but I did not start Eliana (who is 5) out this way. I didn't think she was ready, but now that we are half way through All About Reading (lesson 25) and have covered all of the short sounds of the phonograms, as well as initial and final blends, I may pause our reading lessons, teach the first 15 lessons in AAS as a review, and then pick up the last half of the program combining both AAS and AAR.

Eliana is still developing her pencil grip and fine motor skills for writing, so I will have her  spell words orally, with tiles, with a board marker on the white board, with a salt tray like we did for AAR Pre-1 or some other creative way! She loves chocolate pudding, so that might be first on my list to get her excited about spelling!


  1. I love this! I think this is what my boys need at this point. Thank you thank you!

    1. You're welcome, welcome! :) It was just what my 1st grader needed, too. If at any point, they are struggling, consider using AAS as a review of what they are learning in AAR. I did that with my daughter in K and it worked well for her, but we ended up spreading it out over two years.

  2. Have you ever tried correlating Level 2 as well?

    1. Hello Jenny, 
      I do have a post for level 2, if you have not found it already:
      Have a wonderful day. =)

  3. This is fantastic and exactly what I was needing! Thank you SO much!