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Does anyone use the Spelling Workout series? How do you like it? I am thinking about getting it; but we would probably use it as a resource, and then do more kinesthetic activities on our own. If anyone is using it, did you buy the teachers manual also, or is the student manual enough?<br><br>
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i just started to use it with my dd-6. i have to say, i am not thrilled with it. a little too work-bookish for me, and i keep skipping ahead, because parts of it just are too basic, maybe i should have got the next level, anyway...... maybe with spelling that is the only way to go (workbook style). we are doing classical, so it seems that everything else we are doing seems "living".<br>
i would be interested in what others have found useful~<br>
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We use Spelling Workout. I have my younger children do one entire lesson 3x per week. I wouldn't recommend skipping ahead because there are spelling rules in many of the lessons. My kids write these down in their notebooks. It is basic at first but it really serves its purpose. My eldest tested in the 99th percentile for spelling on the ITBS last year. It's easy, it only takes them about 10 minutes. Most of the things we do are more hands-on and fun so 10 minutes of a workbook 3 times a week is not going to kill them. As long as you're confident of your ability to figure out the answer to grade the lesson, you don't need the teacher's book. The only thing some people use the teacher's book for is giving the dictation sentences at the beginning of the lesson. I just make up my own sentences.
 

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I didn't even know there was a teacher's manual. Whoops! My DD is almost 7, and we are just over half way through book A. I really like it, and she really likes it. It has definately helped her to become a better speller. We don't do a lot of workbooks either, but it is varied enough that she doesn't get bored. I get her started by having her read the first page, then I read the rule, then I help her read the rules in each little section. I do this while making my morning espresso. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She's usally finished about the time I am, then we can do math or grammar that needs more one-on-one. Like a PP, each lesson takes only 10-15 minutes, although long O sound (road, rode, toe, etc.) was really a hard lesson for her. She stuck it out (45 minutes!) but I will review that one this week again before moving on.<br><br>
I don't know of any other resources that teach spelling. We did it in school with spelling tests but I think this is more fun.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She's usally finished about the time I am, then we can do math or grammar that needs more one-on-one. Like a PP, each lesson takes only 10-15 minutes, although long O sound (road, rode, toe, etc.) was really a hard lesson for her. She stuck it out (45 minutes!) but I will review that one this week again before moving on.</div>
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We use Sing, Spell, Read and Write for phonics in K and they have a really neat song that helped my kids with that issue:<br><br>
With a silent e<br>
it's like a game<br>
the first vowel speaks<br>
it says the letter name<br>
the vowel is a, the word is game<br><br>
or<br><br>
the vowel is i, the word is time
 

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My ds1 just finished the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Spelling Workout A</span> book and I think that it has worked well for him. I liked that the book wasn't just practicing spelling the words, like I remember doing in school, but using them in a lot of different ways, like stories, crossword puzzles, alphabetizing them...<br><br>
He is a pretty decent speller (though that may be more because he spends so much time reading).
 

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JenMom - we call that "the evil e". The Evil pokes the letter and says "What's your name?" A or I (whatever) "Well now that you know your name I can't say mine!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So she got that, but the long O vowel sound can be spelled so many ways. That's the one to review.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone use the Spelling Workout series? How do you like it? I am thinking about getting it; but we would probably use it as a resource, and then do more kinesthetic activities on our own.</div>
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Have you looked at Natural Speller? If you aren't planning on using Spelling Workout as a workbook, Natural Speller might be usier to use. It contains lists, rules, suggested targets for a variety of language skills by grades, and pages of suggested activities that can be adapted to any spelling list. It is open ended and designed to be use as a resource. It has an amazing amount of information in such a small, expensive book.<br><br>
I've heard good things about Spelling Workout, but as my kids are in an anti-workbook phase, it wouldn't be a good fit for us. They really enjoy the things we do from Natural Speller, though.
 

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I would actually like a speling program for ME <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would actually like a speling program for ME <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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How about <a href="http://www.avko.org/ssadults.html" target="_blank">Sequential Spelling for Adults</a>? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about <a href="http://www.avko.org/ssadults.html" target="_blank">Sequential Spelling for Adults</a>? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I will check that out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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