My spelling curriculum isn't working out. I've been doing lots of searches here, and it seems like many people swear by either Spelling Workout, or All About Spelling. Spelling Workout looks dry, but inexpensive. All About Spelling looks more interesting, but parent-intensive, and expensive.
She's a pretty strong reader (for a 1st grader, at least), but an absolutely abysmal speller... I know it's early to be saying that, but I swear she spells worse now than she did 6 months ago! She wrote a whole paragraph the other day using "wea" for "we" consistently. I expected her to be a good speller because she's such an avid reader, so I didn't put much thought into a spelling program.
So I'd love it if someone could recommend one program over the other (or some other program, if you just want to complicate my life even more!). But I'd also appreciate it if someone could tell me a bit more about just what makes an effective spelling program.
And my second conundrum... logic. She loves games like that, and finished the workbook I got her in about 2 days, so I'd like to get more. Lollipop Logic says it's for grades k-2, but it looks really easy. Should I do it anyway, or jump to Logic Safari? Or should I use the Critical Thinking Company books instead? The one she had was from them. I'm also interested in any other suggestions... secular, please.