This year, my 7 year old is using Sequential Spelling, and we are both loving it.
Instead of having children memorize a list of random words, the program teaches children to spell by having them learn patterns of the English language.
Every morning, I give Andrew a spelling test. I read a word and use the word in a sentence. He writes the word on his paper as he thinks it is spelled. I then write the correct spelling on a small dry erase board, and he corrects his paper as needed. Then, I give him another word to spell.
We are 5 days into the program, and my son is already spelling words like "inner" "begin" and "winning." I am surprised at how many words Andrew spells correctly on his first try. It took him a few days to get used to writing so many words in a single sitting, but he now moves through the lessons fairly quickly.
Sequential Spelling requires no prep time and it is self-correcting. Every page contains a motivational saying like, "Mistakes are opportunities to learn!" My son can be a bit of a perfectionist, and this program has presented me with an opportunity to work on his attitude about making mistakes while learning.
The only problem we've had with the program so far, is that my son gets distracted by the sentences. When I say, "Tree. Did George Washington cut down the cherry tree?" He starts thinking about the George Washington instead of thinking about spelling the word tree. You just gotta love that 7 year old attention span!
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