Spelling Workout vs. Spelling Power?
Posted 19 March 2009 - 08:12 PM
Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:08 PM
I've used SWO exclusively, and really like it, but am also intrigued with Spelling Power, so I'll be listening!
Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:10 PM
Posted 19 March 2009 - 11:45 PM
For older average speller:
Spelling Workout was just busywork, with no real rhyme or reason as to a rule of what words were on each list, and no real learning occurred from the types of worksheet exercises -- in fact, at the end of a year of using it, he tested at *exactly* the same level (now a grade behind!) he had tested at the end of the previous year!
For younger struggling speller:
No connection with Spelling Workout at all, plus great frustration with all the writing, as he also struggled with just holding and using a pencil and writing.
For both, there was just not any real instruction as to the "why" the vowel patterns made that sound, and again, younger son's learning issues cause him to NOT learn from all the writing of the words to practice them ala Spelling Power method of word practice. Also, older son was in tears daily with Spelling Power, feeling he was "failing" what felt like a daily spelling test of words he had never seen or practiced, no matter how often I reassured him this was just to find out which words he *didn't* know, so we would only focus on those. Way too stressful!
What finally worked for us is not for everyone -- a lot of one-on-one, and creating our own individualized spelling program geared very specifically for each student, using:
- vowel sound explanations from "The ABCs and All Their Tricks
- word lists from Natural Speller
- whiteboard working with words, and out loud spelling practice
Also, Megawords as a very helpful spelling supplement for the struggling speller.
Megawords is also used very successfully as a stand-alone spelling program for average and good spellers, and is done mostly independently by the student.
Sorry if we burst your spelling bubble! BEST of luck in finding what works spelling-wise for your family! Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 19 March 2009 - 11:48 PM.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:22 AM
We're using Sequential Spelling now and love it.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:03 AM
I used Spelling Power with my son and oldest dd. My son has really struggled with spelling, and I think for us Spelling Power was the most effective program that we had used up to that point. We had also used Sequential Spelling, but I found that he was not retaining anything. My dd, who is strong in spelling, didn't seem to benefit in any great way from SP. I am sure it was fine for her, but I think any program would have been fine.
My older children no longer use a spelling program, but my twins used AAS. I have seen the most retention and application with this program.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:29 AM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:32 AM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:28 AM
Note: We've been through OPGTR, so she's got her phonics down pretty well.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:47 AM
I've just decided that it's time to focus on writing and will address misspelled words there. For a young child just starting, I think SWO is good and solid. The early levels do have phonics rules tied to the words. The bonus with SWO is it is so easy to use.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:01 AM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:02 AM
I switched my not-so-natural speller to Spelling Wisdom (from simplycharlottemason.com), she's doing well with that. My oldest checked out the samples from R&S and examined his sisters Spelling Wisdom book, then chose R&S. He'll start that later this year. He's had enough of a break from Spelling Workout to not despise spelling books now.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 02:51 PM