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Sequential Spelling Level 1 Student Workbook
This workbook is designed for younger students and includes puzzles and worksheet pages to provide further spelling practice. I personally haven't felt the need to use these, but rather use the regular response book for all my children. If you want to provide additional practice for your young student, this may be your answer. See below for information on the Sequential Spelling program. Though the workbook/response book is optional, I have found them to be very helpful. As mentioned, I opt for the response book rather than the workbook.
For years I have been looking for a twaddle-free spelling program. I believe I have found it! This is one of the programs that my kids actually ask to do! No busy work, the approach is so unique. All you do is give your kids a “spelling test” each day - without first teaching a lesson. They correct each word immediately. They practice the same group of words for several days before moving on to a new logical progression of a word family. For example, they might learn: all, tall, stall, install, uninstall, installment, etc. They get 25 words each day (for 180 days). Though the series is intended for grades K-12, I wouldn’t recommend starting this series before 2nd grade (for good spellers) or 3rd grade (for poor spellers). Regardless of their grade, start them in the first book (it is not at all dumbed down). This year I used the first book for my 3rd, 6th, and 8th graders. Each level comes with a teacher’s guide and one student workbook, although you can purchase additional worbooks separately. What I like: So easy to use, twaddle-free, highly-academic, multilevel, and so economical! What I don’t like: The author’s philosophy is that spelling rules confuse the student, so you shouldn’t introduce the rules. Just show them the word. This smacks of “whole language” to me, so I make sure I explain the rules to my kids as I go: “Remember to double the -t- before adding the -ing,” etc. For an older student you can add Apples for a perfect spelling course.
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