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#1 mathmarm

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

How well does "Spelling by Sound & structure" accelerate?

We want to do a phonics & penmanship via spelling in K-2 with Jr. because by the time we reach K age, he will be reading and writing on a much higher than 1st grade level.

We probably don't 'need' it, but we want to cover our bases and since he really loves to write, I am hoping that a workbook based spelling might work in our favor to let us triple up on handwriting, phonics review and spelling.

We are thinking of using Spelling by Sound and Structure 2-5, but are open to suggestions.

If SbSS didn't work for your young AL, then is there a systematic, workbook based spelling curriculum that you recommend?

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:19 PM

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Just remember the word lists are on the lighter side on purpose, because the meat of the books is in the actual exercises. I put a higher priority on understanding the exercises than the word list.

 

The grade 2 book has two days of exercises per lesson. The rest of the week it's assumed you're practicing the words and testing them. For confident kids I have them do the two days of exercises and then give them a practice test the day after. If they get 1 mistake or less they start the next lesson the next day. If they make mistakes we discuss why those words are spelled the way they are, practice them, and retest the next day. I ran grade 3 the same way. Grade 4 stepped it up a notch in difficulty and has three days of work in the workbook, but sections A and B were still the most vital IMO. For grades 4-6 I have them do section A on day one, section B on day two, and run a practice test on day 3. If they smoke the test they advance to the next lesson. If not they go back to the workbook (a section a day), finish the whole lesson, then retest. We didn't use books 7 and 8, since they are root based vocab books that just graze actual spelling instruction.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:37 PM

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Just remember the word lists are on the lighter side on purpose, because the meat of the books is in the actual exercises. I put a higher priority on understanding the exercises than the word list.

Yes! That is what I wanted to hear.

Mainly, I want the lessons to stick. We can cover vocabulary through other means, so no need to cover exotic words that few people actually use.

I like that SbSS incorporates a lot of dictionary type skills that I never learned.

.... We didn't use books 7 and 8, since they are root based vocab books that just graze actual spelling instruction.

So, is book 6 more like 2-5? I really don't know if he'll be ready to copy from a textbook and work on a seperate sheet of notebook paper.

We will cross that bridge when we come to it. But our main reason for doing 2-5 is the structure of the material and lessons, and the student workbook.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:14 AM

Yes, 6 is still like the earlier books. It steps it up a notch like the 4 book did, and I found it to be a great capstone for studying spelling. It doesn't really require more writing than the workbooks did, beyond labeling a page. Occasionally writing out a few sentences.


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