Spellwell A

Spellwell A

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ISBN: 9780838821916
Grades: 2

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A flexible spelling program, designed to practice words by spelling rule, but incorporating high-frequency sight words and additional words of your choice. This allows you to include content-area words from other subject areas or words your child has misspelled in writing. Another nice feature is the upgrading of the lesson if a child misses less than two words on the pretest. Words with the same phonetic or spelling rule, but at a higher reading level, are substituted for those on the original list. For example, if words like "tire," "hole," and "mistake" are no challenge, they are replaced by words like "telephone," "useful," and "earthquake." As you might guess, this lesson's rule is "Words with Silent e." An "outlaw" word for the lesson is "whole," since it doesn't conform to its sound. After the pretest, the student uses the words in the list in games and activities throughout the week. According to research referenced here, students more easily retain information that's practiced in regular, short intervals than for a longer time less frequently. Exercises appear varied, educational, and interesting, giving the students experience writing and working with the words before the post test.

Cartoonish blackline illustrations liven the text and would be fun to color in as a reward for good work. Teacher guides are optional, providing an answer key for the exercises. You should not need them at this level, but they are inexpensive and will help busy moms save time.




Primary Subject
Spelling/Vocabulary
Grade
2
ISBN
9780838821916
Binding
Print, Other
Edition
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
Language
English
Series Title
Spellwell Ser.
Audience
Elementary/High School
Author
Nancy Hall
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Educators Publishing Service
Weight
0.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
inexpensive, well recommended
Krysia H on Jul 24, 2019
I read several Cathy Duffy reviews with my son who is struggling with spelling, and after reading the review and looking through the sample pages on Rainbow Resources' website, this is the program that looked most appealing to both him and me.
Wendy O on Jan 3, 2019
inexpensive, well recommended
Krysia H on Jul 24, 2019
All About Spelling has been great in terms of reviewing phonics and rules, but it's become tedious and time-consuming and my daughter and I both dread it. I need to find something she can do more independently (which is preferred method anyway), something she can have fun with, and something she can complete in about 10 minutes a day every day (she really struggles with spelling and needs the daily interaction with it). This seems to fit all requirements.
Stacy B on Jan 15, 2019
I read several Cathy Duffy reviews with my son who is struggling with spelling, and after reading the review and looking through the sample pages on Rainbow Resources' website, this is the program that looked most appealing to both him and me.
Wendy O on Jan 3, 2019
Need a simple speller workbook and this one is recommended by Cathy Duffy. Since it's low cost it's worth a try. Hoping my boys like it : )
Valerie B on Sep 4, 2018
I want to systematically teach spelling. I hope this is a good fit for us.
Tiffany F on Apr 19, 2018
My 2nd grader needs help w/ spelling! Wanted a simple method of spelling words
Danielle P on Sep 20, 2017
"I have heard great things about this program from other homeschooling families, and I'm excited to try it with my daughter this year."
kathryn a on Aug 29, 2017
2nd grader learns well and likes workbooks. She doesn't need Explode the code, but enjoyed the workbooks.
Tabitha T on Aug 22, 2017
We have used Spellwell before with an older child. It is an easy spelling curriculum that allows my kids to work with the words and not simply just drill in the spelling order.
Heather W on Jul 10, 2017
This did not work out well for my son. The lessons were a bit tedious and we just ended up skipping only to the test pages.
Shirley H on May 31, 2017
Did some research online and hoping our boys like this program better then what we are currently using, had really good reviews from others
Andrea D on Mar 17, 2017
Appears to be easy; to use and I have a busy, busy boy who likes to move around. Cathy Duffy recommended for wiggly willies.
julie f on Sep 11, 2016
Based on favorable online reviews
Mandi F on Jul 20, 2016
I like the phonics approach, the inclusion of outlaw words, the simple black-and-white page layout.
Maria D on Jun 13, 2016
Homeschool Curriculum for next year
Daniel K on May 28, 2016
looks good
Rebecca C on Nov 23, 2015
We sampled the first book of this spelling curriculum, and like it. We'll soon need this 2nd book.
Jennifer M on Oct 20, 2015
All About Spelling has been great in terms of reviewing phonics and rules, but it's become tedious and time-consuming and my daughter and I both dread it. I need to find something she can do more independently (which is preferred method anyway), something she can have fun with, and something she can complete in about 10 minutes a day every day (she really struggles with spelling and needs the daily interaction with it). This seems to fit all requirements.
Stacy B on Jan 15, 2019
Need a simple speller workbook and this one is recommended by Cathy Duffy. Since it's low cost it's worth a try. Hoping my boys like it : )
Valerie B on Sep 4, 2018
4.3 / 5.0
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Not loving this one
I agree with the other reviewer who said that the instructions are confusing. It is a bit weird and I'm surprised by that because this is the same author that does Explode the Code, which we love!! We're having more success teaching spelling by doing copywork from books they love.
June 6, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Great concept, poor font choice
Format wise, it's pretty close to perfect for what my 6 year old wants and needs in spelling. She LIKES busy work stuff. And it gives her some independent work to do while I help other siblings. But I knocked it down by 2 stars because of two reasons. 1, some exercises have very confusing directions. And 2, the j's are printed as straight lines, without a curve at the bottom. I realize all fonts are different and a 3rd grader would understand those as J's.... But for a FIRST GRADER, which this book is written for, shouldn't they look like J's?!? I went thru the book and added curves to the bottom of all the "tall i's," as my 6 year old first thought they were...
October 13, 2018
Good buy
I like Spellwell because it is inexpensive and gives the student variety. There are pages to work on Monday - Thursday with Friday being test day.
August 1, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Effective program
I used this program while home schooling my own children and now use it in my tutoring. The simple black and white layout allows students to focus on words with minimal distractions. Good choice of word lists and activities.
January 31, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
This is the one that fits my writing/spelling phobic daughter (we're using it as a remedial program) The lessons and lists are short The pages are black and white The activities are varied Each lesson has room for me (or her) to choose two extra words she's interested in learning Some lessons are very easy while some make her really think There is also a test score record sheet at the back of the book We love the fact that each level comes in 2 thin books--so much less threatening than a large book We've tried several spelling programs and experienced tears and failure--this one is working for us
June 24, 2010
This is the second spelling program we've tried The first had beautiful colored glossy pages and my daughter hated it We are loving Spellwell My daughter is 6 1/2 yrs old and a good reader who is handling Level A very well so far As parents we were not sure about the pressure of "tests" but she really likes the spelling test at the end of the week As a previous reviewer said it takes about 15 minutes per day What I really like is that instead of asking questions such as "which words have 2 vowels" or "which word rhymes with book" every week the exercises are typically fill in the blank unscrambling words and sentences and vocabulary related This means she is using these words in sentences and understanding their meanings So far my daughter is retaining the spelling knowledge and proud of her work
October 25, 2007

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