Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sequential Spelling

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!

4 comments:

Luke said...

So glad to hear that Sequential Spelling is working so well for your family! Thanks for sharing [smile].

~Luke

Brandy said...

We love it! Thanks for stopping by, Luke :0)

Denise said...

We just started playing with spellingcity.com. You can add your own lists and the thing has games to reinforce the words you put in. Not sure if you have him on the computer yet, but Molly really likes to play around with it. I also have her write them down during the teach me portion so she is not just learning to type them.

Brandy said...

We actually just got our first kid software last week! It is Music Ace and they love it. Spelling City looks really cool. I will definitely tap into some of those games. Thanks for showing me :0)