- Publisher: Wave 3 Learning; Revised edition (2011)
- ISBN-10: 1935943073
- ISBN-13: 978-1935943075
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Sequential Spelling 1 Student Workbook Paperback – 2011
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Sequential Spelling 1 is typically begun by 2nd grade students. Students must have a good working knowledge of the alphabet, basic phonics and be comfortable with basic hand-writing or keyboarding, depending on the means they are using to record their work.
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Top Customer Reviews
Words are presented in related families, and the learner is forced to think through the spelling of every word.
This book has brought an end to the era of spelling lists learned miserably and in parrot-fashion at our house. My children now ask for their spelling time if I forget.
I like the clear instructions given for administering the lesson (which my children enjoy more as a game). As a first-time user, you cannot go wrong.
I like the fact that homophones are always referenced.
I like the fact that this system of teaching spelling is not onerous and is working for us.
We're glad we own this book
It's especially good because the kids understand that they are really figuring things out. Every once in a while a totally new word or a really long one comes along and I tell them, "Okay, challenge word!" And they usually rise to the challenge, put a special diamond around the word's number, and try hard to figure it out.
Would really love to see a little bit of narrative in the teacher's guide to explain some of the etymology of these word families. (Why are could and should spelled like that? Why do you double the 'n' in 'canner' but not in 'opener'?) It would be a neat way to start an understanding of the history of the language. As it is, it's a very effective and well-thought-out sequence of spelling words, which is what it claims to be!
Oh, and I really wish they'd fix the last two words of the introduction, which say, "Lets get started!" To which I say, "Let's not start out a spelling book with an error!"
Sequential Spelling builds on a root word just like the example on the front of the book. And here's the best part: It allows the child to be introduced to HOW words are put together. If they can see that words are built on a system of roots, prefixes, and suffixes, that's half the battle! Sequential Spelling has opened the door to my explaining prefixes and suffixes to her, not just in a boring "here, you need to learn this list" kind of way, but in a way that she sees the value in learning them because she's about to need them for her daily practice! During the daily test, I sometimes help by saying something like this, "Markers. So write 'mark'; then make it 'marker'; then make it plural, 'markers.'" It makes so much sense to her! I believe she has so much of a better idea of how words are put together, and that is so very important. Spelling used to be so painful for her-- this makes it all worth it.
Yes, you do have to buy the teacher book, but this program is extremely affordable. It's a bargain at twice the price! And yes, the student book is a book of blank lines essentially. Get it, or don't get it-- if you don't get it, your child will just use notebook paper everyday like we all did in school. It does have practice exercises to do everyday aside from the daily test; we started out doing those sometimes, but we don't usually do them anymore. The day looks like this:
1) Take a look with the child at the new words for the day pointing out any special things (you might say, "Remember, you have to double the n on runner," or "Remember to drop that e before adding the -ing.") All the words will make sense because they build off the previous day's words.
2) Start your test for the day watching as they write each answer and correcting as they go. Remember: the words follow a pattern so you don't want to reach the end of the test having made the same mistake 10 times. Correct the first time, and they'll get the next ones right-- usually. :-) Sometimes we even do ours orally because there is value in being able to spell aloud without having to write it down.
That's it! So spelling is that painless? Introduce new words and immediately take a test on them? Yes. I was terrified of making my child do this too, but she quickly adapted to it. Now she's spelling 20 words everyday practically painlessly. I looked at something unrelated that she wrote this morning, and only one word was misspelled-- tungue for tongue. Not bad! This is light years ahead of where she was just 1 year ago, and I credit Sequential Spelling with that. This program has made her a carefully thinking, deliberate speller when she wasn't before. If you have a struggling speller, it's certainly worth a try-- it's just what we needed.