Spelling Workout 2001 Level C Student Edition
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This updated version is very similar to the older edition. The most noticeable differences are a more contemporary page layout and a reduction in sports-themed headings like "warm-ups" and "pep talks." Other differences include an extra writing activity at the end of each lesson in the student book, but the removal of references to warm-ups, final tests, and bonus words activities. All information and instruction on these activities are now found only in the teacher’s manual. While you can still "get by" using the program without the teacher’s manual, you may want the teacher’s manual to get the most out of the program. Some content has been updated, including several new reading/editing passages and a few new word lists. Aside from these differences most of the pages (while they may not match up exactly in page number) look very much the same. The size/length of the books have not changed. Basically, if you’re trying to decide between the editions in your own homeschool, you won’t lose out either way. However, if you are using Spelling Workout in a group/class/co-op situation, you will probably want to pick one edition and stick with it to ensure uniformity of word lists, and for ease of checking work. For a better value, homeschool bundles that include the student worktext and teacher’s edition are now available.
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My son really enjoyed spelling this year due to this book. He liked the pace and the activities. We will continue on in the series. Spelling was his favorite subject and that is because of the book format.
We took a year off from Spelling Workout and tried a few other programs that I kept hearing recommended. We are back to it this year! My daughters love doing the lessons, and I love that it is based on phonics rules. I think it is perfect for a child who learned to read without a lot of phonics instruction. I really like that it incorporates other skills, like editing, also. My daughters have two very different learning styles, yet it works with both of them. I don't use the Teacher's Manual, and I find it very simple to use; we just open the book and do the lesson.
I hesitated to order a spelling program for my six year old/first grade son. My son is very active and typically avoids workbook style school work. My daughter uses an upper level Spelling Workout (Level G) and enjoys the variety of activities for each weekly lesson. So, I gave it a try. I have been pleasantly surprised with Spelling Workout, Level A. My son enjoys the book. The daily work is short and to the point. He really seems to feel a sense of accomplishment when he figures out which words share the same sounds. I did not buy the Teacher's Book. I don't think you need it for this level. However, I own and use the Teacher Book for my daughter's level. I reccommend this program and plan to continue with it. I actually think I could have used the next level for my son so if you have an advanced reader buy the level above his/her grade level. I don't think Spelling Workout is a Christian text. However, in nine weeks of lessons I have not come by anything in either level that I was uncomfortable with my children reading.
Although I thought this workbook was a little expensive (but still only $15), I have found it to be a good resource. Each lesson is four pages long and has a variety of tasks. The word lists are not overwhelming. My daughter is a confident writer... we do an entire lesson on Mondays, review and quiz on Tuesday, Wednesday off, and then a new lesson on Thursdays and a review and quiz on Fridays. The "Well- Trained Mind" suggests a few pages each day, which would work out to be a lesson each week. We are definitely going to continue with this series. It has some pictures, but they are small, black and white and not distracting.
Looking for a good workout for young elementary age spellers? You might want to check out "Spelling Workout A" by Modern Curriculum Press. My daughter, now seven, recently finished Workout A and has moved on to Workout B, and I’m discovering many features that I like about this spelling curriculum. Spelling Workout is a workbook series designed to teach spelling to young readers and writers. The “A” workbook is the first, and accordingly starts with several lessons devoted to reviewing letters and letter sounds. The student will first practice writing and reading letters, and identifying beginning and ending letter sounds. Lesson 6 is where the workbook moves into the format that you and your student will become familiar with in the rest of the workbook. Each lesson presents several list words (you begin with six words per lesson and gradually build up to eight). The list words aren’t chosen randomly, but center around one teaching concept presented on the lesson’s first page. For instance, Lesson 6 presents words with beginning and ending “s,” “t,” and “b” letter sounds. Lesson 35, the final non-review lesson, concentrates on action words with “ing” endings. For each lesson, the student is given a variety of exercises to help familiarize them with the words. I like that the student is given ample opportunity each week to both read and write the words. The repetition helps reinforce spelling, but also gives early elementary students needed reading and writing practice. The words are presented first in bold letters in a group of sentences the student can read on their own. Eventually, these sentences will become longer and form stories. Then you’ll find spelling tips, set off by a friendly little spelling “bee” graphic, which help reinforce the week’s teaching concept. Finally, the student is given opportunity to interact with the words in a series of approximately five exercises, each one designed to encourage the student to write the words in whole or in part. The variety of the exercises is excellent, though the variety also has some consistency. Early exercises include things like writing the missing beginning or ending sound of a word, writing list words to finish each sentence, writing list words beginning with the same sound as an object in a picture, or writing list words that match a picture. Each lesson also gives an opportunity for spellers to craft their own sentence (or later, sentences) that tells a story, describes something, or provides directions. Every few weeks, a review lesson is presented, with no new list words that week. The variety keeps things interesting, and the inclusion of simple drawings and black and white photos helps visual learners. The pages are busy but not overwhelming, and though the majority of the workbook is printed in black and white (which helps keeps the cost down) headers and borders are printed in one bright color: red for Workout A. The workbook also contains a glossary in the back, containing every list word your student encounters. We loved this feature and utilized it to teach dictionary skills. As lessons progress, exercises become more challenging. Students are introduced to different concepts as they write list words to match clues, identify words that rhyme with list words, or write groups of words in ABC order. They’re also introduced to the concept of proofreading and taught to identify common mistakes such as spelling mistakes, capital letter mistakes, and missing periods. This reinforces beginning grammar concepts. As you can see, there’s a lot of writing involved, even if you choose to pace your student with only one lesson per week. The writing spaces provided in Workout A are large three-lined spaces with a dotted middle line, like those you will find in most writing workbooks for this age level, and that helps. But the amount of writing required leads to the one caveat in my recommendation: don’t rush into starting this book with your young speller if they are not yet confidently writing their lower-case letters. If a student is still struggling with letter formation, or simply needs some lower-case letter review, they will likely balk at having to do so much writing early on. Once they are writing with more confidence, they will likely find the exercises enjoyable. I have not yet purchased or used the teacher’s guide for the early Spelling Workouts, so I’ve found it important to think through creative ways to reinforce spelling practice beyond the given reading and writing exercises. Having young students spell the words aloud, write the words on a white board, spell them with tiles, sketch them in the air, or trace them in sand are all helpful for various learning styles. With a little extra thought and guidance behind each lesson, Spelling Workout A can be an excellent component of early language arts.