Sequential Spelling Level 1 Teacher Revised

Sequential Spelling Level 1 Teacher Revised

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Item #: 029476
ISBN: 9781935943068
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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inductive program
Kristi M on Aug 20, 2021
We have found these books to be very helpful for our children.
Laurel W on Jun 7, 2021
inductive program
Kristi M on Aug 20, 2021
This spelling program does not require a child to learn spelling rules. Provided the ability for children to spell words that maybe spelled at a higher grade. No fuss, open book concept,
Lizette A on Jun 13, 2021
We have found these books to be very helpful for our children.
Laurel W on Jun 7, 2021
I found the student work book on amazon but did not know there was a website to order from directly nor that I needed a teacher guide until I read the back of the book and looked inside
Frances Z on Feb 1, 2021
To help my 4 kids become better spellers.
Jeanelle L on Jan 3, 2021
My daughter needs help with spelling, and I've used this successfully with my older children.
Frank M on Oct 25, 2020
I want to start a different spelling program with my child.
Eric B on Jun 4, 2020
My 7 year old has had difficulty learning to spell. I have used this curriculum with another child and have seen marked improvement. Having both the student workbook and teacher guide was necessary for success.
Rachel T on Apr 16, 2020
All of my kids can do spelling together
Stacey C on Mar 15, 2020
I gave my copy to my son's 3rd grade teacher. It brought my older son's spelling grade up from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile.
Erin B on Feb 5, 2019
It was recommended by fellow homeschoolers.
Lindsey G on Oct 11, 2017
I like how this spelling program builds on patterns of spelling.
Julia H on Sep 9, 2017
I have a friend who uses it and says it is good for kids with spelling issues.
Harry H on Aug 19, 2017
Looks to be a solid way to learn spelling.
Ruth on Jul 3, 2017
I am looking for a new spelling curriculum for my two boys, and this looked like an interesting method to try.
malena h on Apr 11, 2017
All About spelling was too many items to keep up with. A bag of magnetic letters and a chalkboard would suffice. I love the fact that, as a competent reader, she will quickly advance in word length for spelling. She will not be babied. She will be challenged gradually within a few days versus taking months. Sequential Spelling seems right for us.
Polly R on Feb 18, 2017
Great and gentle way to teach kids spelling while building their confidence!
Javiera S on Nov 2, 2016
Our Daughter was Dyslexic, and this helped like a miracle.
Heribert E on Nov 1, 2016
It was recommended as a good spelling curriculum
Kimberly N on Oct 27, 2016
like the idea, would like to try
Rita R on Jun 21, 2016
Referred by Daughter
Hillary D on Jun 15, 2016
So I can assist my son in his lessons
denee s on Jun 12, 2016
I picked this based off a friends recommendation. We used it for 2 months then stopped. It has zero review or reinforcement of the words learned. I could randomly pick out words from the dictionary and get the same results. I have gone back to Spelling Power (orange book)
Toshia B on Mar 19, 2016
This book was a recommendation from a friend who home schools. She was recommended this series from fellow home school moms. <br /><br />I do not home school my kids but thought it would be an extra assistance to help them in school. My daughter is struggling with spelling but my son could use the extra push, as he is getting bored in school.
Mandy M on Jan 7, 2016
Recommended by Sonlight - also read that the student book was not necessary.
Anne S on Jan 5, 2016
This spelling program does not require a child to learn spelling rules. Provided the ability for children to spell words that maybe spelled at a higher grade. No fuss, open book concept,
Lizette A on Jun 13, 2021
I found the student work book on amazon but did not know there was a website to order from directly nor that I needed a teacher guide until I read the back of the book and looked inside
Frances Z on Feb 1, 2021
how is this revised?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Revised edition changes to the Teacher Manual were relatively few and mostly in the area of formatting. The words lists remain largely the same. The Revised Student Activity Book was the main revision in the series. This book provides reinforcement activities for each list as well as space to take the daily tests.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent for building articulation and phonemic awareness!
Just completed day 18 of Sequential Spelling and it has been working beautifully for us! I appreciate the format of this book, how they cover a few phonemes a day and some odd ball words are worked on along too. The format shows kids how what they are hearing and saying and writing work together. I also love how little teacher supplies this needs! (A small marker board and various colored markers.) We are using the teachers workbook only and the kids type it on the laptop and so they are doing keyboarding making it double duty-2 lessons in one!
November 18, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Like it so far
It seems to be helping so far. I'll need at least a few more months to tell.
July 10, 2017
over 5 years ago

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