Sequential Spelling Level 1 Student Revised

Sequential Spelling Level 1 Student Revised

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Item #: 029460
ISBN: 9781935943075
Grades: 1-3

This well-organized program that teaches spelling by word families has a very satisfying appeal. Imagine lists of words that are organized by word families but that go well beyond a simple vowel family (i.e. c-at; b-at; etc.) right from the start. Although the first day's word list includes only four words - in, pin, sin, spin; by the third day, the "in" list has expanded to pinned, skins, twins (and other "in" words) and started on the "e" (i.e. b-e; sh-e) family and even includes a crossover word (begin). By building from the easier words of a family to important power words, the program builds self-confidence. Traditional spelling programs introduce words "vocabularily" - in other words, when the child is likely to encounter the word in reading, or based on a chosen theme. As a result, word sequences are odd and incomplete. In Sequential Spelling (Revised), the phonics necessary for decoding is being presented through the back door, so to speak.

Every learning channel is employed with this program. Here's the process: a word is given verbally and used in a sentence (audio); the student attempts to spell the word (kinesthetic); the correct spelling is given using colored markers on a white board to differentiate between family and other letters (oral interaction & visual); students correct their own spelling (kinesthetic). Eager learners and definitive results are produced by utilizing the simple educational techniques of having students correct their own mistakes when they make them - not hours, days, or even weeks later - and creating a positive learning environment by maintaining that mistakes are opportunities to learn. Tests are used as learning devices, not as a method of evaluation. If you feel compelled to give grades, written tests (reproducible) are available after the 40th, 80th, 120th, 160th, and 180th days.

The Teacher Books (Revised) for each Level hold introductory teaching information, and an overview of the approach. Next follows the 180 word lists which include sentences for the homophones (same pronunciation, different spelling; i.e. bare and bear) and heteronyms (same spelling, different word and different pronunciation; i.e. bow your head, bow and arrow). The first several days of lessons are laid out in detail - completely scripted. In addition to the teaching process, a positive can-do attitude is modeled in these lessons. After the eighth day, the process is continued as established. In the lists, common words appear in bold typing. Homophones , heteronyms , and words that do not follow the normal pattern (like "gyp") are all marked. Review and repetition is built in as you progress through the days (lists). Reproducible test forms are provided along with an answer key.

Volume Levels are progressive but do not really conform to grade levels. For instance, the ending lessons of Level 1 include words like breathless, hedging, horrifying, and basically which would never be seen in a first or second-grade spelling book. Because they are introduced as parts of word families, they become doable for the early grades. This also means that an older child starting at Level 1 doesn't feel like he's way behind. (By the way, the parent is given complete freedom to drop some words from the lists if they feel it will be preferable for their child.) So, the bottom line is that you can start any grade level child at Level 1 and proceed through the books in order. It is recommended that children are reading at a second-grade level before beginning Level 1, so children in first grade may or may not be ready to begin, depending on their reading skill. Older children may or may not need to start with Level 1 so you may want to check out the placement test available on our website.

The Student Workbooks (Revised) hold pages with blank spaces for each day's spelling lesson and an additional activity on the following page that uses words from the lesson. Activities vary, including using words from the lesson in a sentence, unscrambling words, filling in blanks, writing the definition of words the student is not familiar with, and listing words that contain a particular word family (like 'ake'). Student Workbooks are available for Levels 1-5.

The Student Response Book provides the writing space for the daily word lists and can be used with any level of the program although the Student Activity Books at the early levels provide more review and repetition. To look at these books, you would scratch your head. The column for the 1st day words is in the middle of page 3 (with the 61st day on the left and the 121st day on the right). We don't see the 2nd day column until page 5. This peculiar arrangement is designed to prevent the child from copying words and/or word family parts from one day to the next, a tendency which gets in the way of truly learning the pattern. Once you figure out the system, it makes perfect sense. Although a student will need one book per level, the response book is not level-specific.

We offer Level Sets that include both Teacher Book and Student Book for each level and also sets which include the Teacher Book and the Student Response Book.

This is a well-organized program that offers a multi-sensory approach making it perfect for many students. There was a previous edition which included DVDs. This edition is largely out of print and unavailable. DVDs are not available. Any remaining items from this edition are listed as "while quantities last." ~ Janice

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My youngest struggles with traditional spelling so this was suggested by a fellow home school mom.
Melissa M on Oct 13, 2021
My daughter is doing really well with this program. We tried several others but for her learning style, this is a perfect fit.
User on Apr 27, 2021
My youngest struggles with traditional spelling so this was suggested by a fellow home school mom.
Melissa M on Oct 13, 2021
Used the original many years ago with my son with success and now using the updated with my grandchildren.
Susan A on May 17, 2021
My daughter is doing really well with this program. We tried several others but for her learning style, this is a perfect fit.
User on Apr 27, 2021
younger son is dyslexic and older son needs extra spelling review
Laura H on Jan 5, 2021
I want the workbook for my daughter to use along with their online SS program.
Jennifer S on May 14, 2020
Going to try this with both kids, even though in different grade levels. Like that it goes by word families.
Genevieve A on Apr 13, 2020
This method works with my child who becomes very confused over the many different spelling rules.
Zachary A on Feb 25, 2020
This program is so easy to use and works! We have tried numerous spelling programs to no avail, but this one seems to do the trick! My kids became better and better spellers with every lesson. Their papers improved drastically.
John R on Sep 26, 2019
Like that this course has basic and advanced spelling words in one list so can be used to help multiple levels of spellers simultaneously. Also like that it provides new vocabulary and subversively addresses phonics skills for my one DD who missed that in her reading instruction. And especially like that these lists contain related words that build on each other rather than random unrelated words.
Ruth F on Sep 26, 2019
I've heard it is an excellent method of learning to spell.
Tammy I on Jun 1, 2019
We need help w spelling
Samantha D on Nov 12, 2018
Buying for my second child. Enjoyed the straightforward approach with my first,
Melissa N on Oct 13, 2018
I am using it with my children, needed two workbooks. So far it's helping.
Jennifer K on Sep 21, 2018
I bought a used teacher manual from a local homeschool mom. I think the student workbook will help us piece everything together.
Wendy B on Aug 19, 2018
I have the teacher book and want the student book for my child.
Leah E on Feb 16, 2018
It was recommended by fellow homeschoolers.
Lindsey G on Oct 11, 2017
Love the program.
Christiane J on Jan 16, 2017
I have a daughter getting old enough to need this.
Susan S on Dec 13, 2016
good reviews
Heather B on Oct 4, 2016
I have two students at the same level
Annette W on Sep 16, 2016
Went along with lesson books.
Rebecca W on Aug 2, 2016
It was highly recommended by a well seasoned homeschool mom
Danielle C on Jul 6, 2016
like the idea, would like to try
Rita R on Jun 21, 2016
Referred by daughter
Hillary D on Jun 15, 2016
Because my son is dyslexic
denee s on Jun 12, 2016
Used the original many years ago with my son with success and now using the updated with my grandchildren.
Susan A on May 17, 2021
younger son is dyslexic and older son needs extra spelling review
Laura H on Jan 5, 2021
Are the word lists found in the student book, teacher book, or both?
Elizabeth on Jul 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Word lists are in just the teacher book. The student book is every other page having blank lines for writing the words the teacher dictates. Every page in between those pages has an activity where you use some of the words. Occasionally the activities will require you to use words from previous lessons which was irritating to the kids. The teacher book has all answers to activities though.
are we allowed to make copies from the book for more than one student?
User on Jan 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can make copies within your family. You just can’t do it for a whole school.
What year was this revised edition published?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2017
How long does it take to work through each book? How many books should I plan to need for one full school year?
User on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sequential Spelling is based on 180 lessons. You can do it one per day or slow it down to a couple per week.....just depends on how fast you want to get through it. My child is in second grade...she likes the program, but after a few weeks it can get a little we are slowing it down to 2-3 times per week instead of every day. Remember, the student book is just the book the students can write their words in (you could just use notebook paper). It also has an "activity" on the back of each page for extra spelling/vocabulary practice. You need to purchase the teacher book in order to get the spelling words. Overall, I really like the program and my child is progressing well. My only issue is that it can get a little "old" if you were to do it every single day.
How long does each book take to work through? I understand you give one test per day; with that in mind how many books would it take to stay with it for one full school year?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are 180 lists in the Level 1 book with 4 review tests. Each book should last 1 school year. I agree with the recommendation to take the test at the beginning of the day, so there is time to retest later in the day if the student doesn't do well. We don't always accomplish that, so our book lasts a bit longer.
How long does each book take to work through? Would you use one per school year or how many sets do you think you would order for one school year?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are 180 lessons in each book. A lot! You would have to do a lesson a day without fail to finish in a regular school year. We did school at home 4 days a week, therefore we were not able to finish each book in one year. So, wherever we left off, we just picked it up the next year. As soon as that book was done, I bought another one. Definitely, one book per year.
can i use the AVKO version with the revised version? and if so. would it replace the teacher or student book?
User on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The AVKO version is the original version and would be used instead of the teacher in the revised series. Although there will be a general agreement between the two versions in terms of spelling lists, there might be some differences.
i see the grade level listed is 1 to 3 but i also heard if you are new to this to start with book 1. I have a fourth grader . Which book do i start with ?
User on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My daughter is spelling challenged and is 4th grade. We started with 1 and the first few weeks were easy, but that gave her confidence and now we are at day 75 and it is not easy and the words seem to be 4th grade appropriate. So I would start with 1.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Quick and easy
This program is without fluff and straight to the point of dealing with spelling. It takes minimal time to teach and for the student to complete. Especially valuable for those students who are discouraged with spelling. Must be consistent to see progress but progress will come along with spelling confidence.
April 13, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
love it
we have been using sequential spelling for over a year now (started level 1 in 3rd grade) and LOVE it. Because they correct mistakes as soon as they are made, it feels like learning together, not like taking a test. My daughter loves spelling! I highly recommend sequential spelling because it reviews and builds on it' self...making spelling easier. We use the teacher book, and then my kids write in a regular notebook
August 12, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best spelling curriculum ever!!
We have 4 days/week to get our work done and 32 weeks to complete it. Sequential Spelling gets us thru that with ease AND the way it chunks the words together makes my kids remember, its so much easier! Love love love this. I'm so thankful for Kelly Lawson who recommended it to me for my dyslexic children!!!
August 6, 2016
over 6 years ago

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