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#1 HeWillSoar

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:42 AM

Is this a good program for older kids?  My middle schooler took the highest placement test (level C) and got them all correct.  It says it is not recommended to start higher than book C.  He and my older high school son are still behind in spelling so I want to keep working on this. 

 

I thought I had decided on Sequential Spelling but now I'm also considering Megawords or Apples and Pears (because I hear such good things).   It needs to be easy to implement as well as effective. 



#2 Aurelia

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:35 PM

We used it. DD was a little younger and it got to the point it was going too fast for her, but it sounds like your kids could whip through C and do D with no problem. It only requires 2 books (workbook and TM) compared to some of the myriad parts and pieces of other curricula (I've used more than I'm willing to admit). Both books are required, though, because you can't do the dictation without the TM. 



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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:52 PM

Thank you.  I'm reading that it would take a child to about the 6th grade level so I don't know.  That's about where they are now.  But would knowing the morphemes help them apply it to more advanced words?  I'm just unsure what to choose.  



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:45 PM

I think if they're beyond Apples and Pears then Megawords would be a good option. Megawords also teaches using morphemes. 


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 08:00 AM

Are the complete books still available for preview on their website? If so, you could give the tests from the final books and see where they land. That might give you a good idea if there is anything to be gained by finishing the series. If they do pretty well, it might not be much benefit to them. (Referring to Apples and Pears)


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#6 HollyDay

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 03:13 PM

The best spelling success we had was with Spell to Read and Write.  Even though I was starting with an older dc, we started at the beginning and worked up.  It went pretty fast early on, but as we started filling in holes/gaps, the pace slowed a bit.  Ultimately we were where we needed to be and learning was taking place.