Has Anyone used Spelling Plus: 1000 words toward spelling success?
Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:30 PM
Also, I really think that he needs dictation to go with the spelling program. That was the other thing I don't like about SS. He might get the word correct in his list but later in his own writing he would get the word wrong.
So I have been looking at Spelling Plus and it has word lists with explanations for the parent (ie: spelling rules that are helpful for that particular list). Then the child does dictation sentences that pertain to the particular list they are working on. It seems like a great combo, so has anyone tried it?
Thanks so much,
Posted 22 September 2008 - 11:45 PM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 04:19 AM
All that to say, I am using (and loving) the Spelling Plus dictation book along with the SWR rules, markings, etc. The Dictation book has all the spelling lists from the program in it. My dd is now learning words that she actually uses, and also learning them in sentences, which for some reason, helps her remember how to spell them much better.
You could do the same thing with the ABC's book you have. Just look at the list, figure out and explain what rules apply, and go from there. I have never looked at anything but the Dictation Book though, so I hope someone here can tell you something about it.
Posted 23 September 2008 - 06:47 AM
It's not a program like Spelling Power that goes on for a long time. We will finish this up this year with my 4th grader. I add in a lot of personal words, too, so that half his words are from the book, and half come from words he's misspelled in writing, etc. It takes about 5 minutes of my time each day with each child to do this spelling. I also give them their words each week and they have to study them. I don't think they learn their words just by writing them a few times-it takes work to remember some of these words!
Posted 23 September 2008 - 07:13 AM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:26 AM
The other thing I could see happening is that a dc who really wants to know the why's and is that driven is probably already a very good speller or is going to want more advanced words. He may test out of Spelling Plus (which doesn't actually go that high, the real reason I didn't buy it last spring at the convention when I was looking over it). SWR and WRTR are going to go much farther, and SWR has more words, along with very challenging sentences to dictate, than WRTR. So I suggest you get WRTR from the library, read it to see the basic method, and then decide whether you'd like to use WRTR or SWR or Spelling Plus. If he's beyond a 6th grade level on spelling, you'll need WRTR/SWR. The words in Spelling Plus tend to be more useful, interesting, and age-appropriate, but they may not scratch his itch. It just really depends on the kid, kwim? And I think you'll find the explanations in SWR/WRTR more thorough and satisfying for him than those of Spelling Plus. Once you've learned how to explain words with WRTR/SWR, then you can carry that over to Spelling Plus, no problem, if you prefer those word lists or the spiraling of the sentences.
Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:39 AM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:42 AM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 09:36 AM
Another book I am using from Susan's series is the "Homophones" book - very simple fill in the blank sentences that help tell the difference between homophones - for example "be" and "bee"; "whether" and "weather"; etc.
Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:43 AM
I would definetly use the Dictation Book as well. I think you only really get an idea whether or not the child can actually spell the word when they are writing it in sentence form. The dictation sentences are all numbered so that if you are working on a particular list you can easily find a sentence (or paragraphy as you get further along) that has the words you are working on in it.
The only thing that I wish is that I had bought the homophone book as well!
Trish in Ontario