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Sequential Spelling, Volume 1 DVD-Rom NEW 2.0 Version (Classic Series, 1)

3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Format: DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BUYDRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This product so far is working well for our daughter. She is a VERY phonetic speller- sometimes we get the best laughs out of how she spells things! I like how this has immediate reinforcement instead of allowing them to "learn the wrong way."
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My 8-year-old daughter was not fluently reading or spelling a year ago, but Sequential Spelling really helped her to see the patterns in spelling. I truly think this is a brilliant system.

We were only using the teacher's guide and student's workbook, but recently added this DVD. I have a newborn, so it's great that my daughter can work on this spelling on her own. I like that the words in the lessons are color-coded.

With that being said, I still have to give this DVD 4 stars. Now the new interface lets her type her answers, but I would have been really excited if it had a spelling check and paused the lesson until she got it right. As for now, the typed answers are pretty small, thus hard to see and know if she got it right. I could print the answers at the end and grade them, but then it won't follow this system that she is supposed to get them graded after each word.

If she chooses a full-screen, there is nowhere to type. Our keyboard has DVD command buttons such as play, pause, stop, rewind, and fast forward, but they get disabled with this interface. If your student is already a good speller on a keyboard, this interface is wonderful. But if one has to pause at every word, think for a while, and click back on the right box to type in, using a mouse and a keyboard will be a mundane task.

But I found a solution to make this DVD usable. Instead of double-clicking on PC_Start_Vol_1, I open, say, Day 70 file with Windows Media Player or Real Player. After I make the lesson full-screen, my daughter can pause it, using the keyboard button and write her answers in her workbook. This way, her answers are in big fonts and she doesn't have to fumble with a mouse. Now I can spend 10-15 minutes each day working on something else!

I'm thinking of buying a portable DVD player again. We used to have one, but it broke a few years back. A portable DVD player will be probably the easiest to work with for younger children.
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I bought this edition, because it allowed my child to type the answers on the computer. However, when I downloaded the DVD onto the computer, I found that there is no place to type the answers. It seems that this is the older version, which only gives you the words verbally and then shows you the answer afterward. I'm disappointed.
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By N. Brown on September 13, 2013
We are currently trying this program for our 3rd grader. We have frequently had a hard time understanding the announcer's speaking voice. There are times where ending consonants are dropped in the pronunciation of words (which makes it hard to spell words correctly). Also, some of the words are words that we would hardly ever use in regular conversations, like, "Aye." The quality of the video is not the best for the price paid. Next time, I may end up using the workbook only.
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