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Listen and Write: Your child is beginning to experience the printed page and needs your help to develop concepts of how spelling works and how letters are formed and put together to make words.Listen and Write is a fun and natural way to ease your child into the world of English spelling. In this level your child will learn correct pencil grip, correct letter formation, consonants, and short vowels. Listen and Write will provide your child with the foundation they need to become confident, competent spellers.
Jack and Jill: Jack and Jill uses fun and engaging nursery rhymes to teach spelling skills and introduce new words. Nursery rhymes tell a story, helping students develop an understanding of simple narrative sequences and provide expanded opportunities for vocabulary development. Easy to say and easy to learn, nursery rhymes add an indispensable auditory component to this level.
Wild Tales: Wild Tales will continue your student’s journey through the skill development stage of spelling. For the first seven weeks, your student will continue to work with the nursery rhyme theme from Jack and Jill before transitioning into nonfiction passages about animals beginning in Lesson 8. Students will read a passage with the instructor each day. Guided reading helps readers of all ability levels become familiar with the passage. Students will also “chunk” the appropriate letter patterns indicated for that day’s lesson and will have opportunities for copywork, free writing, and writing from dictation throughout the week.
Americana: In Americana, students will read nonfiction stories about American history and culture while learning to spell new words in an interesting context. Americana utilizes the three core activities of Spelling You See: chunking – which provides hands-on experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns, copywork - which requires the brain to pay attention to details in print, and dictation – which gives an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context.
American Spirit: American Spirit continues to guide students through the skill development stage of spelling. Students will read about various people and events from American history, with a gradually increasing reading level. At the same time, the emphasis on the mastery of everyday words continues, building a strong foundation for the next stage of spelling. Just as in the previous level, American Spirit utilizes the three core activities of Spelling You See: chunking – which provides hands-on experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns, copywork - which requires the brain to pay attention to details in print, and dictation – which gives an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context.
We used this program for most of the year for my child with extensive spelling issues. We stopped because he is older and felt it was "too young" for him. But, I felt he still experienced good results from the program.
I really feel this program is why my son is as good of a speller as he is. He looked forward to this every single day it was his favorite. Everything about it is perfect. We did Jack and Jill and he really enjoyed the nursery rhymes a lot.
I started using this curriculum with my daughter, because I thought she needed a different approach to spelling. She is not a great speller and I was desperate. She really enjoys searching for the various "chunks". It's like a puzzle to her. Her spelling has improved. I wouldn't say she's a great speller now, but I have noticed her incorporating it into her writing. If she is stuck on a word I can say it has a "vowel chunk (or whatever)," and it helps her figure it out. I also like that it incorporates learning into the passages. We are using Wild Tales and she has learned many interesting things about animals. I am also using volume 1 with my son. It has really helped him figure out how to spell CVC words.
We enjoy the story format so much more then spelling lists. The ones for older kids are especially great.
Writing anything is a challenge. So having the option to draw out a story with Jack and Jill( even if it is stick figures!) love that. Our 4yr old was spelling quickly and working out words!(listen and write. ) we are using it again this year!
My son used this this year and has done very well with it. I am very pleased with how much he learned this year.