ForeverFamily Posted August 17, 2012 Share Posted August 17, 2012 (edited) I know this topic has probably been discussed a lot. After searching through some old threads I couldn't find one that answered my questions. If anyone knows of one feel free to link it. I have been debating back and forth between the advantages of each of these methods, Spalding (particularly teaching spelling) and AAS (I am sure there are others like AAS as well). I did the same thing this time last year as well. I feel like I am going in circles. I am not a spalding expert, I only basically understand the idea of Spalding from the PR dvds I have watched. But I am drawn to the approach. But I am also drawn to AAS as well. The thing I like about AAS is that it gives the student plenty of opportunity to practice and focus on a single rule at one time. But at what point does the student stop thinking about what he/she is doing and start just "plugging and chugging" if you will. I like the fact that PR (or the Spalding Method) makes the student think about each word they are writing and it becomes a problem solving exercise. However, they usually don't have more than one word in a single lesson that follows a single spelling rule. Therefore they only get to practice it once that day. As a kid I remember doing best when I had at least more than one opportunity to practice a new rule/skill. I guess when I compare these two methods to math curricula, PR (Spalding Method) would be like a mental math program that is spiral. AAS would be more of a plug and chug method that is mastery. Of course that is just an exaggerated comparison. I guess my problem is I want a program that has mental-math and at the same time uses a mastery approach:lol:. I can't decide which approach is "better" (I know that there is no one "best" program for everyone). What I am getting at is which one will my child have the best chance of remembering the spelling rules?! I like the idea of having the opportunity to practice a spelling rule until you have it down pat, at the same time I don't want them to just go through the motions because they know all the words look alike. I want them to have the opportunity to problem solve and think about the words they are spelling. Ahhhh!:willy_nilly:I am going in circles again. I think I really like the Spalding method, I am just worried that my kids will not retain the words they learn because they will not get enough practice with each rule. And I am worried that because similar words with similar rules are not introduced at the same time they will have a harder time keeping them in their heads. I don't know if any of that made any sense. :001_huh:If you have read this far thank you. I would love to know others thoughts on this. I have no one else to think out loud with, my Dh wasn't that interested in talking about methods and programs, he was just glad that I was trying to decide between two programs that I have already purchased:lol:. What have your experiences been with each approach? Has your child retained spelling rules better with one or the other? Why do you prefer one method over another? Any thoughts would be very much appreciated? I know there have been lots of threads comparing PR to AAS. That is not what I am trying to do. I am trying to compare the two different methodologies (when and how they present the new spelling words, even if that means talking about experience with a similar program that uses the same type of method). Thank you for any help that you may have! I would also love to hear your opinnion on why you think that your chosen program or method is best for your family. I am really just trying to explore the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to teaching spelling. ETA: I wanted to add that I started last year using PR with my Dd6. My goal was to combine the two, somehow. I ended up just using AAS by the end of the year. I absolutely Love both programs. I have however, decided that I need to just pick ONE method and mainly stick with that. So as I explained I have fears about each one not being adequate. ANY wisdom, thoughts, or opinnions would be very much appreciated. Edited August 17, 2012 by ForeverFamily Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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