Sequential Spelling Student Response Book

Sequential Spelling Student Response Book

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ISBN: 9781935943051
Grades: 1-8

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


Primary Subject
Spelling/Vocabulary
Grade Start
1
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781935943051
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Wave 3 Learning
Weight
0.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.5" x 0.19"
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I prefer to use the homemade student booklets that are detailed in my teacher's Sequential Spelling binder for all levels after the first, but I find that it's an easier transition for the student to buy the pre-bound blank workbook for the first level to introduce the student to the method before switching to the homemade ones.
Sarah G on Mar 19, 2021
We have used the student response books for many years. Yes, you could use a notebook, but this is laid out so that students can easily locate past lessons for focused work on problem words. It make is easy for students to locate the correct lesson for the day. Other notebooks can be easily exchanged -- math for lang arts -- but this one stands out for only spelling. No time lost finding the book!
Barbara W on Jul 5, 2020
I prefer to use the homemade student booklets that are detailed in my teacher's Sequential Spelling binder for all levels after the first, but I find that it's an easier transition for the student to buy the pre-bound blank workbook for the first level to introduce the student to the method before switching to the homemade ones.
Sarah G on Mar 19, 2021
I feel the response book is enough. We have had the workbook in the past and neither myself or my kids felt like it was a very helpful addition.
LaKeshia D on Aug 29, 2020
We have used the student response books for many years. Yes, you could use a notebook, but this is laid out so that students can easily locate past lessons for focused work on problem words. It make is easy for students to locate the correct lesson for the day. Other notebooks can be easily exchanged -- math for lang arts -- but this one stands out for only spelling. No time lost finding the book!
Barbara W on Jul 5, 2020
I've used this spelling curriculum with all three of my children.
Darla P on Jul 3, 2019
We use the program on the computer and this book is so helpful for the students to work in as they use the program
Beth P on Aug 10, 2018
i had heard good reviews.
Rhonda R on Feb 5, 2018
To give my kids something specific for their spelling.
Heather S on Aug 29, 2017
for supplemental activities
Vickie on Aug 23, 2017
Much handier than using my own paper.
Susan H on Jul 25, 2017
This material aids in teaching spelling, a good addition to the main workbook.
Iryna T on Jul 18, 2017
Perfect companion to Sequential Spelling
Victoria V on Jun 28, 2017
Have an additional Sequential Spelling workbook to go through
JEANETTE B on May 23, 2017
Teaching an ESL student who struggles with sound differentiation
N A on Jan 15, 2017
Liked set up and content
Eric S on Oct 8, 2016
good reviews
Heather B on Oct 4, 2016
Just finished up the first level. May end up just printing the book in the future as I have a digital response sheet, but I like the bound book.
Theresa O on Oct 4, 2016
This is a spelling series that my slightly dyslexic child can do well in and show improvement in on standardized tests.
Sharon M on Sep 13, 2016
Sonlight did not offer this product. Would love to see them offer it in future to go with the student book that they do offer.
Charles G on Feb 3, 2016
it's easier to keep their spelling lists straight and orderly, in this
User on Nov 11, 2015
I feel the response book is enough. We have had the workbook in the past and neither myself or my kids felt like it was a very helpful addition.
LaKeshia D on Aug 29, 2020
I've used this spelling curriculum with all three of my children.
Darla P on Jul 3, 2019
What is the difference between the Student "Response Book" and leveled "Workbook"?
A shopper on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A Response Book contains only list blanks for the student to write down the words. The lists are formatted so that sequential lists are not on the same page, but are easy to locate. While you could just use blank paper, the Response Book keeps all the information in one place if you'd need to look back at your student's work. I use Response Books because I have enough trouble just getting my child to write the words. A workbook would contain additional activities for each list like: unscrambling, using the words in sentences, etc. This would give your student more practice using the words. Can you see enough progress using only the Response Book? Yes, my child has made enough progress for me to keep using only the Response Book. Could your student see more retention of spelling words using the Workbook? Probably, yes. It all comes down to your student's behaviors. Once my child has finished moaning, complaining, and arguing about the vagrancies of English spelling we've spent 3-5 minutes per word, and we are both ready to just be done.
Is the student response book necessary for the Sequential Spelling classic edition? I don't think my 10 yo can write small enough to fit in the space.
A shopper on Aug 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, the student response book is not necessary. You could just use a piece of paper that would work well for your child. Each day you should use a different piece of paper because the list of spelling words from day to day are the same except for small changes - for instance today we spell cat, tomorrow we spell the same words in plural form- cats. You would want your child to not see yesterdays words. I hope that helps.
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You could just use a regular notebook, but I have found this keeps things organized and tidy... have bought a few extras to use in the coming years as well.
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