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  1. We've tried All About Spelling and are currently doing Spelling Workout. Is there a spelling program out there that is between the two? I like AAS, because it teaches the rules. I like Spelling Workout because of the way each day is laid out; crossword puzzle, fill in the blank, etc. My son is currently working his way (very quickly) through SW B. I'm looking for next year, 3rd grade. Thank you in advance for your replies :)
  2. I just need some confirmation here. I was researching spelling methods and trying to find the best fit. But trying to apply WTM suggestions is leaving me feeling overwhelmed with Language Arts. My son is now mid year into 2nd grade. Feeling like a curriculum junkie :drool5: . Explode the Code review- Thought it was a great series. We followed OPGTTR and whatever dipthongs they introduced-- or phonics they would go with, we did the same in ETC. For Ex. th words, we'd find whichever book had th in OPGTTR and do the exercises in ETC. I dropped ETC because the sentences were too hard for him at the time (k'er) to read and respond with the written and because someone told me it was just reinforcing phonics, not spelling per se. At the time, it was a lot of writing for my K'er. He got up to book 5 though. Spelling workout Book A review - I like how it was laid out, because it covered dictionary practice, proofreading, rhyming, vocab comprehension, writing, and provided some rules. I wasn't understanding how the word lay out was of benefit to my son in the long run, because the lists put words together in odd ways. Ex = words beginning with v, y,z, qu The list words were van, zoo, you , queen, zip and very. The visuals on the page were great for my son, but he had too much writing for his grade (early 1st grade at the time, we dropped it because cursive, WWE 1, grammar, and reading took precedence). Then I saw Sequential Spelling (It was free from a friend, and my portfolio reviewer said I needed to help him do it- I previously dropped spelling in favor of concentrating on Reading, Cursive, grammar, and WWE 1 during 1st grade), my son finished (Ordinary Parent's Guide to teaching reading and now is in 2nd grade.) So I thought he was ready. He got 14 out of 20 words correct on his first spelling test after Lesson 40. He doesn't take 15 minutes to do a lesson like the book says, it's more like 30-45 minutes and this is teacher intensive on my part. (He sometimes stops at 15 words) I have to use a timer, and set it to one minute after each word on the list or he won't focus. I will draw on my ipad (chalkboard app) instead of the whiteboard. SS doesn't provide the other things like in Spelling Workout, but he's able to spell complicated words through word families and patterns. No rules. He and I like rules, so I was considering purchasing Uncovering the Logic of English to tell him the rule that associated to particular words he had problems with. We use Writing with Ease 2 and FLL 2 and Abeka readers at the moment. It is taking a very long time for us. So I ask maybe we should change curriculum? He only got through lesson 40 and we started in September 2012. Spelling Power - I have the 365 activity cards,and the thick spelling list book but the rules aren't logical to me as to the why or how they should be applied when we would be stuck on a spelling. So far, this week, I will be continuing with SS and possibly purchasing ULOE unless I get other feedback from people. I have a 4.5 year old and a 2 year old that are totally testing my patience. Would love an open and go curriculum that isn't teacher intensive for my DS 7 yr old. Should I switch back to Spelling workout and force independence? I feel like it's going to take forever which ever curriculum I employ, as he gets distracted easy with the youngers. I am trying to get a feel for if I should employ something that is all inclusive come 3rd grade, because my K'er will be a handful-- or if I should continue breaking out all the subjects in LA like the WTM suggestions that I follow. WWE takes 45 minutes, FLL (grammar) is 10-15 minutes, Reading is in 1 hour increments 2 times a week (he read all of a Frog and Toad book in one sitting) . Spelling 45 minutes. The LA seems too time consuming.
  3. For those of you who use Spelling Workout (from Modern Curriculum Press), have you ever purchased the Teacher's Manual? If so, at what level did you need it? How much does it add to the lessons vs. just using the student books alone? My daughter is about to begin Level F and I'm just wondering if I should spend the extra $$ for the teacher's edition. Thanks!
  4. I have an incoming K5'er who's going nuts with writing everything and using lots of invented spelling. I was planning to wait until 1st grade to start spelling, and was planning on using Spelling Workout, but I think she is forcing my hand here and I'm looking at starting spelling in K instead. (We have been doing K4 with phonics, handwriting, and math.) I'm trying to figure out whether I ought to plan on using All About Spelling, which seems like it might be more appropriate for using with a K'er, or Spelling Workout, which was my initial plan. I really think that AAS would be the better curriculum for her learning style at this point (visual and interactive), but concerned about it matching up with the rest of our plans down the road (not to mention that I don't WANT to have to spend extra hands-on time on spelling...but that is just a little selfish consideration). ;) Some specific questions: 1. Has anyone used Spelling Workout with a K'er? How was that experience? We will be about halfway through OPGTR by the time we start K. 2. How much of the repetition in Spelling Workout do you find to be useful repetition as opposed to busy work? At this stage and with her still-kind-of-short attention span, I don't want to load her up with busy work that takes time and bores her. 3. I LOVE the way AAS teaches the rules of spelling in such a comprehensive and clear way. Is Spelling Workout as effective at really teaching the rules, or is it more like a "memorize a list of words and then spell them" curriculum? (I have looked inside a few of the workbooks, but have had a hard time getting a feel for the curriculum.) 4. How does All About Spelling transition into SWB's recommendations for vocabulary in middle school? I know that Spelling Workout has Latin and Greek roots toward the end of elementary/into sixth grade and really sets the student up for Vocabulary from Classical Roots in 7th and 8th grade. Does AAS have any Latin or Greek content at a similar stage? Or would I need to supplement with the 4/5/6 levels of Vocab from Classical Roots if I'm using AAS, as SWB recommends for those using Spelling Power? ETA: 5. What would you do? Thank you!!!!
  5. What would you recommend as the most thorough spelling curric? I have always been a terrible speller, having been taught in the most strange way in Britain in the '70's :confused: I am looking for a thorough, logical curric. We have begun with Spelling Workout & I have no problems with it & will finish the book, but i am looking around at other options. Apples & pears seems to be a good option. I would really like to get some opinions. Thank you!
  6. My daughter 6 just finished ETC7 and has started Spelling Workout A and seems to be doing fine. But then everywhere and everyone seems to be using AAS and I dont know much about curriculum yet since its my first year and I'm just following SWB recommendations in the WTM. So since I'm new to this I'm thinking I'm missing out on something good and maybe the right way to learn spelling is to learn the rules. Is that right? should I ditch Spelling workout and switch over to AAS? Will my daughter be somehow behind or at a disadvantage if she continues with spelling workout? How come a lot of you don't follow the WTM recommendations? :confused: It seems that majority just do the SOTW, FLL and WWE but not any of her recommendations. Is it because you've been in this for so long that you just know what works and whats good and whats not? Thanks for any advice!
  7. Can someone please give me some samples of words that are used in the middle and the end of the book. Samples at CBD give only the first lesson. The words like put, fox, moon and wind, I know Ethan can spell. Thank you,
  8. I just don't get SWO. Book D seems to combine grammar (we already use AG) and some writing (which I know some skip over due to using independent writing programs). Book A has my son name the pictures and then write and trace the letter of the beginning sound. He already writes the letters in handwriting and learns the sounds in OPG. It doesn't seem like we need SWO at all. Especially for my 1st grader. Is there an actual spelling program out there where your child learns to memorize/spell the word and then is given a test? Or is this not the "right" way to do it?
  9. My daughter is ready to start spelling. She's almost finished a complete phonics program. She reads like a champ. And she is writing her own letters and stories (with terrible spelling). So, I am looking into purchasing a spelling program. What spelling program do you all recommend and why? The Well Train Mind recommends "Spelling Workout (1994)." Do you recommend this? Also, it looks like the publishers updated Spelling Workout in 2001... Is there a significant difference between these two versions of Spelling Workout (1994 and 2001)? Does The Well Trained Mind still endorse Spelling Workout's newest edition (2001)? Any advice and opinions and experiences will be welcome. Thanks!
  10. Agonising (surprise!!) over what to choose for next year. Current decision is whether to go with AAS or SWO for my first grader next year. Any advice or suggestions really appreciated.... Thanks
  11. If you complete 2 levels in a year...does that mean you spend only 1/2 a week on a list? There are about 36 lessons in each book....not sure how that would work. Also, do you have your child copy the lists on a daily basis? We have always done this with spelling. What are your likes/dislikes about SWO?
  12. My son is starting 5th grade and we have used the Spelling Workout books all along. He is a good speller and I think these books are too easy for him. I'm considering dropping the Spelling book and just doing Wordly Wise. I know that it is not primarily a spelling program-- it does not teach phonics or spelling strategies-- so I am wondering if I should do both. I would love to hear your thoughts on this as I would imagine many of you have made this decision. Thanks! Amy
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