Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I was using Spelling Workout for my first grader, but really wanted to try Sequential Spelling. I waited for 6 months and just kept doing what we were doing. Last week I bit the bullet and just switched in the middle of the year and gave SS a try. It is terrific! I love interacting with my son over his spelling instead of just handing him the work book. I know that he is really learning the words better this way, too. He would do fine on the workbook pages, but he was just filling in the blanks and moving on. With this system he has to think before each word and come up with the spelling himself, but it is in the context of words that have similar roots. The book says that on day 5 your child will be able to spell "beginning"...and he could! I have been amazed at the connections he has made and what big words he has been able to spell on his own because of this teaching method. You basically just give them the test (with no previous studying) and then if they misspell a word you tell them the correct spelling right then and they erase and rewrite it correctly. That is it! It's simple, but it has really worked for my 7 year old son. Give it a try!