Mar 11 2006, 08:07 PM
We have been using Spelling Power for about 5 weeks and 1 son does fine with it, but my other son is really discouraged because he misses more words than ever. I don't think I am following the program exactly right, but the instructions on how to use it are almost 100 pages and I just don't have the time to read it all! I feel like my 9 yo who is struggling with it needs to goto a workbook type spelling where he has 20 words for the week and then other assignments to go with the words.
What spelling books/programs do you like??
Mar 11 2006, 08:11 PM
I use Spelling Power with my older kids... My youngest daughter uses Spelling Workout and we like it as well. My guess is that he's not in the right level which is why he isn't doing as well. have you considered moving him down a level. I never read the entire book either. I read only the sections I needed to get started. Let me know if I can help you sort through it.
Mar 11 2006, 09:16 PM
You are doing it correctly. Are you using just one group at a time and reinforcing the spelling rule before you give him the daily list? Its recommended to test no longer than 5 minutes. Sometimes we don't even make it to the 5 minute time limit because I stop if my son has missed 3. Some groups are harder for my son than others. I have also made a chart of each spelling rule w/the examples (not the word list, although sometimes those are included in the examples). He doesn't always use them, but there are handily taped to the wall if he needs to look.
I've had an off & on again 'relationship' (if you will) with SP and wondered if ds wouldn't do better with a workbook fill in the blank type spelling program. Currently, I've decided to stick w/SP. If he has to do the 10-steps all week on the same couple of words, then its really no different than a daily spelling assignment. Anyway, that's how I've decided to look at it.
I've also gone back to a couple Explode the Code books that I have on my shelves...the last couple of levels and have son working through them. I try to align them up with the spelling rule of the week, but it doesn't always work out nice and neat like that. I think it is helping because the daily spelling lists are going better.
Mar 11 2006, 10:06 PM
=[quote name='Sherinova' date='Mar 11 2006, 08:16 PM' post='196800']
"Are you using just one group at a time and reinforcing the spelling
rule before you give him the daily list?"
No.....sometimes groups overlap...we do 24 words a day. I haven't done anything with the spelling rules.
Mar 11 2006, 10:42 PM
I'm using the Building Spelling Skills by Christian Liberty Press. It is basically a 20 word per
week workbook format. I have to divide the list in half (10 words per week) for my oldest ds
with special needs, and then I supplement with additional activities.
Mar 11 2006, 11:25 PM
The spelling rules really help my kids and I set the timer and only give words for 5 minutes.
Sometimes we whiz through the list, other times we barely get half way through it.
Mar 12 2006, 08:11 AM
I bought spelling power a couple of years ago.
Did not like it....sold it....never looked back.
Yes, I did read the 100 page intro....ughh!!!